Just like any important item, a kilt is an investment and it deserves to be taken care of. Not only do you want your kilt to look its best so that you, in turn, do too, but ideally, a kilt should last long enough to be passed down to the next generation of kilt-wearers in your family. Our article will outline a few ways to ensure that your kilt is always in its best possible condition and always looks pristine.
Cleaning Your Kilt
In an ideal situation, if you spill something on your kilt, you should try to clean it right away. Baby wipes are a surprisingly excellent choice for cleaning stains on a kilt, but in a pinch, you can use a cloth with warm water and dab at the stain. Do not rub or you will make it worse. Once you get home, you can use a spot cleaner if the stain is still present, but it is recommended that you test it out on the inside of the kilt to ensure it does not leave a mark.
Storing Your Kilt
One of the best ways to make sure the kilt keeps its shape is to hang it up. One of the best choices for hanging a kilt is a clamp hanger. It will let you clamp firmly onto the kilt in order to prevent the sagging that often occurs when it is hung using the cotton loops on the side instead. Once the kilt has been placed onto the hanger, it is recommended that you hang it in a plastic garment bag. This will go a long way toward protecting the kilt against dust and moths. Using cedarwood moth repellent adds an extra layer of protection.
Packing Your Kilt
Packing your kilt without a garment hanger can be tricky, but one way to combat this is to roll the kilt instead of folding it. Not only does rolling help lower the number of wrinkles in the kilt, it may also help save space in your luggage. Once the kilt is flattened out, roll it toward the fringe side. If packing 2 or more kilts, they can be laid flat on top of each other and rolled up together.
Traveling With Your Kilt
A quick tip for traveling while wearing the kilt is to smooth out the pleats when you sit. This will help you to avoid creasing. Another good idea is to move the sporran over to the side of your legs while you sit to stop the sporran from creasing the front of it. When you stand back up, you can make quick work of adjusting the sporran back to the front of your kilt and go on with your day.
Taking proper care of your kilt is the only way to ensure that it sees its longest possible lifespan and looks good while doing it. Daily maintenance is often not required, so take the time when it counts to take care of your kilt when the need arises. Follow the tips above the next time you need to handle your favorite kilt.