How to Clean Your Suit and How Often You Should Do It

June 29, 2012

 

a picture of a bespoke suit being cleaned with a soft bush

A bespoke suit is likely to be the most expensive item of clothing you’ll ever own, and it’s important that you know how to take care of it. Not only because you want it to last for as long as possible but also because you want it to look as good as the day you bought it. Knowing how and how often to clean your suit is vital and here we will share a few tips on how to do it best.

Caring for Your Suit

Firstly, it’s worth noting that one of the major mistakes most people make, is simply that they clean their suit too often. Dry cleaning your suit is typically only necessary once or, maximum, twice a year. Although dry cleaners take care not to damage your suit when cleaning it, it is inevitable that the process will damage the material and shape of your suit. Only get your suit dry cleaned if it really needs it.

Instead of taking your suit to the dry cleaners every time you wear your suit, simply make sure to follow these basic suit care tips; Use a soft brush to gently brush away day-to-day dirt such as hair, food and dust. You should do this on a regular basis and pay special attention if you have been frequently wearing the suit.

Always brush in one direction (most agree it’s best to brush against the grain) and never brush in circular motions, as this will press the dirt deeper into the fabric. Use short, brisk strokes and be gentle.

Use a solid wooden hanger to allow your suit to air and recover. This will also allow the wrinkles to fall out. To keep the shape of your suit make sure your pockets are empty and hang it in a space where it has space and isn’t squashed against other clothes.

If and when you do need to get your suit dry cleaned, make sure that you get both the suit coat and trousers cleaned at the same time. You want your suit to have a perfectly balanced appearance and this will be lost if you wash each part separately.

Ultimately, prevention is easier and more effective than cure. Treat your suit with respect and care, use a napkin when you eat, be careful where you sit and never leave it thrown on the floor or hanging over a dirty old sofa. You’ll have a better looking suit, that will last longer and, of course, keep you looking at your very best.

 

 

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