Product Care

Product Care

All Hobbs garments carry care instruction labelling showing the universal symbols. To help maintain the appearance and to prolong the life of a Hobbs garment it’s important to always double check the care label prior to laundering and drying. For the best results in washing: always remove from the washing machine promptly and reshape before drying. Garments marked ‘Wash separately’ may continue to lose colour even after several washes.

Care Labels

Hand Wash:
Turn your garment inside out prior to washing. Do not put in a machine, wash by hand. Washing at 30°C indicates the water temperature is cold to the touch.
If you wear rubber gloves, you may happily withstand a water temperature of 40°C but your Hobbs natural fibre garment may not.

Delicate Machine Washable:
The indicated temperature 40°C is the maximum water temperature for washing. 
The addition of a Double solid bar beneath the wash tub indicates wash and rinse on a reduced wool cycle and a short spin at the indicated temperature.

Machine Washable:
The indicated temperature 40°C is the maximum water temperature for washing. 
The addition of a single solid bar beneath the wash tub indicates wash and rinse on a reduced synthetic cycle and a short spin at the indicated temperature.

Machine Wash Cold:
The garment can be washed in a machine with the recommended max temperature at 30°.

Cool Iron on Low Heat:
Iron on a low heat a maximum 110°C temperature.

Professional Dry Clean:
Products can be dry cleaned in perchloroethylene solution, hydrocarbon and siloxane with limitations on the addition of water and/or restrictions on the spin circle and drying temperature during dry cleaning. Dry clean matching pieces together. i.e. two piece suit to avoid colour variation developing.

Professional Dry Clean in Hydrocarbon and Green Earth Siloxane:
Products which can be dry cleaned in hydrocarbon and siloxane: Green Earth, products may face longer service time from their drycleaner as items are sent to central processing units for specialist.
Siloxane is a gentle detergent with no negative impact on the environment or the garment. 

Cool Tumble Dry:
Tumble dry on a low heat setting.

Warm Iron:
Iron on medium heat a maximum 150°C temperature.

Dry Flat:
The garment should be laid out on a flat surface to dry

Natural Fibres

All natural fibres can shrink. Washing or drying at excessively hot temperatures will cause shrinkage.
Never use a hot iron directly onto wool. To avoid glazing, we recommend use of a damp pressing cloth.
Care is required when laundering wool & natural hair fibres to minimise the agitation and felting when fibres become matted together.

Pilling:
Pilling is something often referred to on wool garments. It occurs when fibres gather into small balls on fabric during wear. This process cannot be stopped with a natural fabrication, so if customers would like to remove this they should be encouraged to do so gently with a shaver or comb.
 

Suede and Leather

Keep garments on a good wooden hanger when not in use.  When wet, allow to dry naturally, away from direct heat.  Leather and Suede garments must not be dried in front of the fire or by hanging them over a radiator.

Footwear

General Care:
Hobbs uses only the highest quality leathers, suede and other materials to produce high quality footwear. Slight marks and variations in the surface colour and texture are an inherent characteristic which will develop during wear and should not be mistaken as a fault as they are part of the unique appeal of leather. To help maintain the appearance and to prolong the life of your shoes, they should be cared for with the relevant products. Always test a small non visible area first.

Leather Soles:
Due to the porous nature, a leather sole will absorb some water. For this reason we do not recommend that they should be worn in very wet conditions. A leather sole will wear away (even under normal conditions) making it necessary to re-sole regularly. Leave wet shoes to dry naturally (never dry by artificial heat). The use of a shoetree will help maintain the shape of your shoes.

Leather Shoes:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with neutral leather cream.

Decorated Shoes:
Particular care must be taken whilst wearing decorated shoes. Beads and crystals may be lost or damaged if caught or snagged and this is not considered as a fault.

Suede Shoes:
Dust and dirt should be removed before cleaning. A crepe brush should be used to remove any marks in the suede. Suede is a natural dyed product and cannot be entirely colourfast. Some loss of colour may be experienced during wear.

Heels:
Top pieces on heels are a replaceable component. Do not allow them to wear down. They should be replaced regularly by a good cobbler. Thin and delicate heels must be worn with extra consideration. Wearing shoes on very uneven, abrasive surfaces or when driving may weaken the shoes and could spoil the leather sole or intricate components.

Animal Print (Hair on Cow Hide Upper):
Hair on the leather varies in length and direction. Colour can also vary within the product because the dye reacts differently in different parts of the skin. Hair loss will occur if continual rubbing is experienced on the surface of the product – ie: the back of a shoe whilst driving. Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Fabric Shoes:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric shoes are not ideal for use in wet weather.

Handbags

General Care:
Please take care not to over-fill your handbag as it may loose its shape and may damage the handles.

Embellishment:
Bags embellished with beads and sequins are especially delicate. Please take particular care when wearing them as scuffing may damage them.

Drying:
Leave wet handbags to dry naturally, never use artificial heat. Stuffing with newspaper will help maintain the shape of your bag whilst drying.

Fabric Handbags:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric bags are not ideal for use in wet weather.

Animal Print (Hair on Cow Hide Upper):
Hair on the leather varies in length and direction. Colour can also vary within the product because the dye reacts differently in different parts of the skin. Hair loss will occur if continual rubbing is experienced on the surface of the product. Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Suede Handbags:
Dust and dirt should be removed before cleaning. A crepe brush should be used to remove any marks in the suede. Suede is a natural dyed product and cannot be entirely colourfast. Some loss of colour may be experienced during wear.

Leather Handbags:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with neutral leather cream.

Patent Handbags:
Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Other Materials:
Materials such as cork and wood naturally absorb water so should not be worn in very wet conditions.

Belts

Fabric Belts:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric bags are not ideal for use in wet weather.


Suede Belts:
Dust and dirt should be removed before cleaning. A crepe brush should be used to remove any marks in the suede. Suede is a natural dyed product and cannot be entirely colourfast. Some loss of colour may be experienced during wear.

Leather Belts:
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with neutral leather cream.

Animal Print (Hair on Cow Hide Upper):
Hair on the leather varies in length and direction. Colour can also vary within the product because the dye reacts differently in different parts of the skin. Hair loss will occur if continual rubbing is experienced on the surface of the product. Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
 

Candles and Diffusers
  • Always leave at least 10cm between burning candles
  • Keep away from draughts and flammable materials
  • Liquid used for diffusers is flammable, so please take care
  • Do not place diffusers on or near any varnished or plastic surfaces which may be damaged by perfume oils
  • Keep out of reach of children & pets
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle
  • Do not place candle near a heat source
  • Trim wick 1cm before relighting.
  • Do not burn candle below 2cm from base.
  • Keep wax pool clear of matches & other debris to avoid flaring
  • Always snuff out the flame, do not blow it out
  • Place candle in an upright position and burn on a suitable surface
  • To maximise burning time for candles light up for 4 hours only
Jewellery

Silver
Silver reacts with the hydrogen sulphide present in the air forming silver sulphide (tarnish). This can easily be removed by cleaning with a quality silver proprietary polish. Use a soft clean cloth as abrasive materials will scratch the soft surface of the silver.  

Gold
Most gold jewellery can be maintained with a non-abrasive cleaner. Avoid exposing gold jewellery to household bleach, which will quickly cause gold to discolor. Store gold jewellery in a suitably lined box or pouch.

Costume Jewellery

  • Jewellery should not be worn when in the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna/steam room or while bathing or showering. Chlorine, detergents, oils and perfumes can all cause tarnishing & damage.
  • Make-up, perfume & hairspray all contain chemicals which may dull the finish of jewellery.
  • Gently wipe jewellery clean with a soft cloth after each wear to remove any make up.
  • Always dry jewellery thoroughly after exposure to water. The moisture can cause tarnishing and affect the performance of clasps.
  • Coil your necklaces to prevent damage in storage