Men’s Custom Clothing, Custom Shirts & Ladies’ Fine Apparel

Product information and care

Here are some key points of information that will help you with the longevity and care of your Mike and Carol Trotta purchases.

Woolen Garments

Jackets, suits, and fine garments in general, are better cared for with a good brushing, a light steaming, and a very rare dry cleaning. If you soil your garment, get it to a dry cleaner with in 72 hours. This will avoid the stain from setting into the fabric. Tell the dry cleaner if the spot is grease or water based. Remove garments from dry cleaning bags when you get them home. They tend to yellow whites and hold in moisture. All garments should be dry cleaned at least once a year and stored in a cool dry place. Garments in need of major repair should be dry cleaned before alterations. Minor repairs can be dry cleaned after alterations. 

Shirtings
When dry cleaning your custom made shirts choose your dry cleaner wisely, because many cleaners use excessively hot water, and pump some amount of starch into all wash, regardless of your request for “no starch”. The fusing that we use in our collars and cuffs is sufficient in providing a crisp, clean appearance without the use of starch. Such cleaners also use automatic presses for ironing. All these factors contribute to the tightening of the fibers in a custom shirt, and give the feeling of shrinkage. Please notify your cleaner of the care instructions inside of your custom made shirt when dropping them off. The international Fabric Institute sets the standard life of a shirt at one year or 52 launderings, but remember shirts are best washed and ironed at home to avoid undue shrinkage. 

Neckwear
Only dry clean neckwear when necessary. If you soil your neckwear, do not rub the stain, blot the stain and bring the tie to a dry cleaner with in 72 hours. This will avoid the stain from setting into the fabric. Tell the dry cleaner if the spot is grease or water based. Avoid pressing a necktie. Untie your tie in the opposite way in which you tied it. Hang your tie after use to ease out the creases, and allow the tie to regain its shape. When traveling, wrap your tie in a cellophane tie sleeve or place it over your hanger in your suiter to avoid wrinkles. 


Mike & Carol Trotta · 406 Walnut St. · Downtown Cincinnati · 45202
513-621-2930 · miketrottatailors@fuse.net