April 1, 2020
With the proper care, a quality suit can last you years; but just like a car, it needs to be regularly maintained. Improper care of your suit can lead to not only the shortening of the lifespan, but it can also affect the fit, texture and even colour.
By following these simple tips, you’re bound to get more mileage out of your favourite suits.
Dry-Cleaning & Dry, Cleaning
Despite the name, the dry cleaning process uses harsh chemicals that are harmful to both your garment and the environment. Make sure not to over-dry-clean, the natural fibers will wear away and the life of your suit would surely decrease. The easiest way to tell if your garment needs a clean is the smell test – if it’s ripe then it might be time to send it off!
We recommend dry-cleaning your suit no more than three times a year.
Between the visits to the dry-cleaners, it’s still important to make sure you keep your garments looking fresh. Using a natural bristle brush will help remove any lint or dirt that has been collected throughout the day. If any spillages happen, spot clean with water and a soft fabric towel – if that doesn’t work your dry-cleaner should be able to clean that spot rather than having to dry-clean the entire garment.
Steam it & Press it
The most well-known method to get rid of wrinkles is by getting it professionally pressed by your local cleaners – this method does yield the best results for your suit, but can become costly to maintain. If you’re getting your garment pressed, make sure there are no stains otherwise they will be set in place and will become a permanent mark.
Portable steamers are relatively inexpensive and are an excellent solution for keeping your garments fresh whilst not having to spend a fortune. Be careful not to hold the steamer head too close to your garment as this can generate excess heat which can damage the material.
If you don’t have access to a steamer, hang your garment in the bathroom before you shower as the steam from the shower will help to relax the fabric, dropping out any minor wrinkles.
Hang it Up & Let it Rest
After a long day of work, we need a rest; and so do our suits. The fabric needs time to rest, and by hanging the garment on the correct coat-hanger and letting it sit will help any moisture leave naturally, extending the lifespan of your suit. Just like not wearing the same shoes two days in a row, it’s important to make sure you rotate your suits; leaving at least two days in between each wear.
If you’re the type of person who only wears a suit for the odd occasion, hanging your suit with a garment bag over the top will help keep the dust off and the moths away until its next use.
- Avoid dry cleaning, steaming and spot cleaning will do the trick
- Rotate your suits, let them rest for a couple days
- Hang it properly – don’t leave it on the floor!
- An extra pair of trousers will double its lifespan
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