Brush (Your Clothes) With Greatness

Over at Jezebel, there’s an interesting (and graphic) post about how to extend the life of your jewellery. Which reminded me that I want to write some stuff about extending the life of your clothing.

When I was helping my parents move last spring, I found two interesting and related artifacts. One was the care instruction card for their Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket. It recommended brushing your blanket to help preserve it’s nap and help get rid of dust and dirt in between cleanings. The second was an old suit brush.

A clothes brush is a wonderful wardrobe tool. Brushing your wool garments after every wearing will help keep it clean and looking good. It will also save you money but stretching out the time between dry cleanings. You can also use them to get rid of unsightly pilling (tip: Get a pal to brush you while you are wearing the garment).

The only tricky part is finding a good, stiff-bristled brush (lint brushed just won’t cut the muster) in a shop. You can find nice vintage models on eBay. British concern Kent still makes what is widely considered to make the finest clothes brushes.