How to care for your bespoke Kilt Society™ pure wool kilt
Posted on September 13 2016
Storing your Kilt at Home
A quality wool kilt is a precious garment and will be in your life for many years and so it’s worth taking good care of it. To store your kilt long-term, we recommend the Premium Kilt Hanger as it is a heavy duty clip which fastens securely along the full width of the kilt. Several yards of pure wool make your kilt rather heavy, so it might sag and crease if it’s hung for a long time on side pegs only. Try not to overload your wardrobe either, as wool likes to breathe, and giving your kilt enough space also helps to prevent crushing.
Before storing your kilt away for a long time, a few months perhaps, it’s a good idea to air it thoroughly, if possible outside on a bright day (but out of direct sunlight). But if that’s not available, an alternative is to hang it in the shower room (not IN the shower, guys) so as to absorb the steam, but be sure to let it dry completely in a warm, airy space before covering it with a kilt carrier to keep it free of dust. If you have any worries about moths, apparently a day in the freezer is supposed to kill off any threats, but we have no evidence of this. If you do try this, make sure it is well dried before storing.
Ironing your Kilt
With normal use, a kilt will almost never need ironing. Any light creases will usually drop out after a few days hanging, especially as described above, in a steamy atmosphere. However, if you still feel your kilt needs ironing, you can do this yourself. Set the iron to steam, and place the apron of the kilt (the section without pleats) on the ironing board, with the under-side of the apron facing you – never iron wool on the right side as the iron leaves shiny marks on wool.
Put an ironing cloth over the fabric to protect it, and using the steam function of the iron, lightly place the iron on the cloth, but do not iron back and fore, simply place the iron on the fabric, then lift and place on the next section, being careful not to press hard. We don’t recommend steaming the pleats yourself, but as they rarely need pressing, this can usually wait until you have your kilt professionally cleaned.
Cleaning your Kilt
As wool is a very resilient fibre and is naturally resistant to dirt, the care described above will usually be sufficient to look after your kilt for many years. However, if necessary, you can brush your kilt with a soft clothes brush to keep it free of lint and dust. Do this lightly in a downwards direction only.
If you do accidently spill anything on your kilt, dab (don’t rub) it with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth, and do this as soon as possible before the spill sets or stains. If there is any residual marking, or if ever you think your kilt needs further cleaning, take it to professional cleaners.
If you are really concerned about caring for your kilt, choose a tartan made by Marton Mills, as all their pure wool tartans are coated with Teflon (that magic material which doesn’t let anything stick to it). As with any woven wool fabric, whatever you do, don’t try to wash your kilt, the result will be disastrous and you’ll need to buy a new one.
Travelling with your kilt
For travelling, it depends on the length of journey and the type of transport how you should pack your kilt. If you are going by car with a suit hook in the back, you can hang your complete outfit in a protective carrier and have your outfit safely bagged in one place and protected from the elements.
Women have always known that rolling clothes when packing a suitcase minimises the need for ironing when you arrive. Now we have a specially designed product which not only lets you roll your kilt, but then you pop it into a soft zipped case with hand and shoulder carrying straps. We think this is perhaps the cleverest thing since the plaid was pleated into a kilt, and is a must for world travellers.