Care Tips and Advice
Our KEY POINTS to remember when purchasing Uniform:
- Always leave a bit of room for growth, we don’t want to see you back until your child has grown out of the garments
- Ensure you have checked the school’s specific regulations – many schools are very specific on skirt length!
- NAME YOUR GARMENTS – please always name label or embroider your child’s uniform (even down to their skivvies)! Uniform often gets mixed up after PE lessons and it’s much easier for teachers/student’s to find out whose is whose if they are labelled.
- Choose appropriate footwear – again check the school’s regulations, but usually a black leather shoe (lace up, Velcro or loafer style) is more than appropriate – make sure girl’s shoes have little to no heel and take into account if your child’s playing football at lunchtime – they need a scuff proof and heavier shoe!
- When trying on football/rugby boots remember to try with a thick sports sock – you will usually get a size bigger than you school shoe. Schools often prefer if you purchase a non-marking sole trainer.
- Remember to buy safety studs when purchasing sports boots.
- We cater for all – if you need a size that isn’t available on our website – give us a call and we will get it sorted straight away for you.
- Personalisation – we offer an in-house embroidery and print service. Highly recommended to help prevent loosing uniform!
- Remember your safety gear – gum shields, shin pads and headgear should always be purchased where necessary for specific sports.
- Keeping Items Clean – it’s a really good idea to keep muddy boots away from the rest of the sports kit – Boot Bags are great for this!
- DON’T STRESS – we are here to help and aim to make it a pleasant and enjoyable experience – give us a call with any queries and we are only too happy to help.
Washing: Always follow the manufacturer's garment care guidelines as labelled before washing. It is advisable to wash knitwear inside out.
Fabric conditioner: Use very little or no fabric conditioner as many garments are specially coated for easy care and fabric conditioner interferes with this process. Check the washing instructions!
Tumble drying: Always follow the manufacturer's garment care guidelines as many garments are best left to dry naturally. Never tumble dry a pleated garment - always hang up on a suitable hanger to dry and pleats will naturally re-appear.
Ironing: Make sure your iron is set to the correct temperature as given on the garment care label. Many school uniform garments are 'easy care' and do not need ironing. Printed garments should not be ironed over the printed area.
Iron-on labels: These do not adhere well on stretchy fabrics i.e. sports socks. Only iron on to garments you can iron and remember to put a layer e.g. a handkerchief, between the clothing and the iron to avoid scorch marks. Follow instructions on reverse of packaging for full care instructions.
Velcro fastenings: Never wash a garment with its Velcro fastening unfastened. The material is abrasive and can cause damage to other items of clothing in the wash.
Pilling/ bobbling - a general guide
Knitted goods are prone to pilling, some more than others. The main reason is friction or rubbing against another object and this does not necessarily mean that the garment is faulty. Pilling can be caused by any of the following:-
Movement against another fabric
Heat generated by the person when the garment is worn
Washing the garment at the wrong temperature and/or with other fabrics that will rub against the garment.
Tumble drying the garment at too high a temperature. This causes the heat to draw out the fibre.
Some garments appear to have 'fluffed up' after a short period of wear and this is due to surface fibre from the yarn coming to the surface. The yarn in these cases is slightly hairier than usual and the hairs disappear after a period of wear and washing. If the fibres do not wash away, various devices can be used to remove the excess fibre to enhance the look of the garment. Once the fibre is removed the garment is unlikely to pill again.
Our advice: we find that it is best to turn garments inside out when washing. When pilling occurs it should settle down after washing a number of times. If pilling is extreme please pop the item into us, we will assess the problem and sort it out straight away for you.