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Cleaning Your Suit

So you think your suit needs dry cleaning? Think again!
How would you like to be submersed in a liquid for 20 minutes and then spun around until you have no life left? You wouldn't, so I suggest you treat your suits the same way.

One of the biggest factors in shortening the life of a suit is unnecessary dry cleaning. Our recommendation would be to dry clean your suit no more than 3 or 4 times a year, assuming that you don't change the motor oil, cut the lawn or stain the suit. If your suit meets your favorite food then immediately take it to the cleaners, but ask them to try to clean the spot out rather than dry cleaning the entire suit. it'll save a lot of wear and tear on your suit. Don't try and remove the stain yourself, leave that to the professional. Inform them of the type of spot you have.

A few good tips on keeping your suits looking new:

  • Store suits on the original hanger when not being worn. Wide hangers keep the shoulders from sagging. Wool has memory - wrinkles will hang out.
  • Never button the suit jacket or zip the pants while storing. This is the only time you can keep your pants unzipped.
  • Brush your suit after each wearing. It takes off the surface dirt.
  • Dry clean your suit no more than 3 or 4 times a year.
  • Find a reputable dry cleaner (you get what you pay for).
  • Always clean both jacket and pants together. Colors may undergo subtle changes in the dry cleaning process.
  • Request hand pressing of the jacket (lapels need to be rolled).

Best Practices for how to remove stain from wool suits.
  • Brush and thoroughly ventilate wool clothing after wearing to remove surface soil and allow the fabric to relax.
  • Allow breathing space between clothing when hanging. Don't pack garments tightly together.
  • Hang wool garments in a steamy bathroom to relax creasing and refresh garment.
  • To prolong the life of your wool garment, wait 24 hours before wearing it again.
  • Clean wool garments periodically but not too often to prevent premature fiber wear. Once a season is usually enough.
  • Spot clean stains with water or spot cleansing fluid.
  • Never dry wool with heat. It could shrink.
  • When spot cleaning, test on an inconspicuous area first to avoid unsightly and costly mistakes.
  • Rinse stains immediately with cool water.
  • Never wring or vigorously rub wool garments.
  • Prior to long term storage, clean garments thoroughly. Store with fresh cedar or mothballs, crystals, or flakes.

StainStep 1Step 2
Coffee, Tea Dab with mild soapy water or glycerine. Rinse with 5% hydrogen peroxide in water or rinse with white vinegar.
Red Wine, Colored Liquids Apply absorbent powder or salt. Brush off. Dab with mineral water or cool water. Rinse with rubbing alcohol.
Tomato Sauce Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray. Rinse with mild soapy water.
Chocolate Dab with mild soapy water. Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray.
Blood Rinse with cool water. Dab with mild soapy water.
Shoe Polish Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray. Dab with turpentine or white spirits. Rinse with cool water.
Nail Polish Dab with clear nail polish remover. Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray.
Lipstick Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray. Rinse with mild soapy water.
Ink Soak in rubbing alcohol, rub, rinse with cool water. Apply aerosol hairspray, dry, brush away.
Oil, Grease Apply spot cleaning fluid or spray. Rinse with warm water.