To get the most out of Socksy’s fine products, or indeed out of any luxury item, they should be treated properly and cared for well. Our products are made from an array of the finest fibres and fabrics, each needing to be treated in its own way. The following guide is designed to walk you through the steps to ensure our machine-washable products maintain their excellent standards. Fabrics such as silk and cashmere need to be hand-washed. Always check the label first.

Wash your socks separately

In order to keep the colours of your dress socks vibrant, they need to be washed separately. This helps to prevent them from accumulating lint. High-quality dress socks are knitted using only the highest-quality yarns and so will not lint themselves. Lint comes from lower-quality, “plusher” items such as sport socks and bath towels. Separating your dress socks from these items will keep the colours bold for longer.

Turn inside-out

Another important safeguard against the accumulation of lint is washing your socks inside-out. It takes a little additional time to turn all the socks inside-out before washing and right-side-out after, but it is the best way to ensure that your socks never accumulate impossible-to-remove white lint and continue to look vibrant. The inside of the sock would be what accumulates the lint, not the outside. So, when you turn the sock right-side-out, it would be lint-free.

Wash in cold water, gentle cycle, with light detergent

Wash your socks in the gentle cycle with cold water and light detergent. It is possible to buy specially-formulated enzyme-based detergent that prevents fading. The use of enzyme detergents rather than petroleum-based solvents also helps to protect the integrity of cotton fibres, which helps to prevent “fuzzing.”

Turn right-side, dry and pair

When the cycle is complete, remove the socks, turn them right-side out and hang to dry. Allowing your dress socks to hang dry is perhaps one of the most important steps of the process. The high heat of a dryer causes the elastic in the top band to break down and stretch and can also weaken the cotton fibres.

When dry, fold or roll them into pairs. It is important to do this gently so as not to cause any unnecessary stretching. Organising your socks into pairs is a safeguard against missing socks. There is nothing more annoying than discovering that one sock has gone missing…

If you are short on time, washing your dress socks separately in cold water on a delicate cycle and hanging them out to dry will do wonders for the long-term care of your socks.

Article first appeared on the Hanger Project