Do: Pack your shoes with newspaper and keep away from direct sunlight. (This trick works on your running shoes too.) Before they’re fully dry, insert shoe trees (available at Ecco outlets) to help your shoes maintain their shape. Polish when dry.
Don’t: Put them inside a microwave, however quickly you need to use them again. The kitchen appliance will leach the leather of its natural oils – and it will stiffen and begin to crack.
Do: Fill it with newspaper or towels to maintain the correct shape. When it’s nearly dry, add a leather care conditioner. (Get one from the store you bought your bag at.)
Don’t: Don’t fall prey to your temptation to use your hairdryer on your bag. As with shoes, this will permanently damage the leather and will likely cause the shape to deform. Patience is paramount.
Do: Lay it flat and let it dry in a warm room. Turn your suit over every hour so it dries evenly and keep the fabric smooth to prevent hard-to-remove creasing.
Don’t: Hang up the suit jacket when wet as the extra weight will warp its shape. And don’t even think about wringing it out even if it’s absolutely drenched.
Wool Or Cashmere Jumper
Do: Set it flat on an absorbent towel in a warm room and press the garment gently to draw out moisture. Turn it over and repeat. Replace the towel when it sets soaked.
Don’t: Like the suit, avoid wringing it out – you will damage the wool fibres. And don’t attempt to dump it in a tumble-dryer – speed drying will cause shrinkage.