One of the most important things we here at Suit Vault Perth believe in, is ensuring the highest quality standard of our hire and tailored suits. We know that when you are investing in a high-quality tailored suit it’s a significant decision, and proper care is essential to ensure its longevity. Regular cleaning and maintenance will not only keep your suit looking sharp but also extend its lifespan. By following a few simple steps, you can keep your suit in pristine condition for years to come. In this guide, we will explore the best practices for cleaning, storing, and caring for your suit to make it last.
Cleaning Your Suit
When it comes to dry cleaning your suit, here are some high-level tips to ensure the best results:
Choose a reputable dry cleaner: Research and select a dry cleaner with a good reputation for handling suits. Seek recommendations from friends, family, or trusted reviews to find a reliable establishment.
Read the care label: Before taking your suit for dry cleaning, carefully read the care label on the inside of the jacket or pants. The label will provide specific instructions and any limitations for dry cleaning.
Limit dry cleaning frequency: Dry cleaning uses chemicals that can gradually break down the fibres of your suit over time. To extend its lifespan, limit dry cleaning to two or three times a year, or as needed for specific stains or odours.
Spot clean minor stains: For minor stains or spills, consider spot cleaning before resorting to dry cleaning. Use a gentle fabric cleaner or a mixture of mild detergent and water. Test the solution on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.
Inform the dry cleaner: When you take your suit to the dry cleaner, inform them of any specific stains or areas of concern. Providing clear instructions can help them address those issues effectively.
Request a gentle cycle: Ask the dry cleaner to use a gentle cycle specifically designed for delicate fabrics like suits. This will help minimise the risk of excessive agitation and potential damage.
Avoid harsh chemicals: Request that the dry cleaner avoids using harsh chemicals, such as bleach or strong solvents, on your suit. These chemicals can be too harsh for the fabric and cause discoloration or weakening of the fibres.
Inspect the suit after cleaning: Once you receive your suit back from the dry cleaner, inspect it carefully before leaving the establishment. Check for any new stains, damages, or loose threads. Bring any issues to the attention of the dry cleaner immediately.
Remember, while dry cleaning is an effective method for suit maintenance, minimising its frequency and opting for spot cleaning or steam cleaning when appropriate can help preserve the integrity of the fabric and extend the lifespan of your suit.
Of course, when you hire your suit, it’s important to follow the instructions for cleaning given to you by your hire company or tailor. If they are anything like us hear at Suit Vault they will have done their own quality checks and control into dry cleaners to ensure their suits look as good as possible.
Steam cleaning is an excellent alternative to frequent dry cleaning, as it refreshes the fabric without subjecting it to harsh chemicals. Consider these tips when using a steam cleaner:
- Use a handheld garment steamer with a suitable fabric attachment. Ensure that the metal plate of the steamer does not come into direct contact with your suit without the appropriate attachment to avoid burns.
- Ensure the steamer is held at least six inches away from the fabric to prevent water droplets.
- Steam the suit evenly, paying attention to any wrinkles or creases.
- Hang the suit immediately after to air dry after steam cleaning to remove any remaining moisture.
Brushing and Lint Removal
Regular brushing helps remove surface dirt and lint, preserving the suit’s appearance. Follow these steps to brush your suit correctly:
- Use a soft-bristled garment brush or a lint roller to gently remove debris.
- Brush in the direction of the fabric’s nap to prevent damage.
- Pay special attention to areas prone to lint, such as the lapels and cuffs.
- Avoid excessive pressure or brushing on delicate fabrics.
Storing Your Suit
Proper storage prevents wrinkles and will maintain the shape of your suit for longer. Follow these recommendations for hanging your suit:
- Use a sturdy, wide-shouldered hanger made of wood or padded plastic to support the weight of the suit. The wire hangers that come back from the dry cleaners, should be avoided at all costs.
- Hang the suit jacket on the hanger, allowing it to maintain its shape and prevent shoulder dimples. Don’t leave it hanging over the bed for hours before putting it away.
- Fasten all buttons and zip up the pants before hanging to maintain their structure.
- Leave enough space between garments to allow air circulation, preventing musty odours.
Regular rotation of your suits ensures that each one receives equal wear and avoids excessive strain on a single garment. Consider these rotation tips:
- Rotate your suits weekly or monthly, depending on your wardrobe size.
- Allow your suit to rest for at least 24 hours between wearing to recover its shape.
- Use a garment bag or suit cover to protect the suit from dust, light, and moisture whilst hanging in your wardrobe.
Quite often you will need to take a suit when travelling. This usually means folding it and putting it in a suitcase or at best having it travel in a suit bag. In these situations, it’s best to take extra precautions to minimise wrinkles and damage:
- Use a garment bag or suit carrier to protect your suit during transit. Always make sure your suit is protected from spillages within a suitcase.
- Fold the suit using the “fold and roll” method to minimise creasing.
- Upon arrival, hang your suit in the bathroom while you shower, avoiding it getting wet, and allow the steam to relax any wrinkles.
Additional Care Tips
Treat stains promptly to prevent them from setting into the fabric. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth and apply a small amount of stain remover or mild detergent. Always test the solution on an inconspicuous area first.
Avoid Excessive Wear
Avoid wearing the same suit too frequently to prevent accelerated wear and tear. Consider rotating your suits and allowing them time to rest between wearing.
Alterations and Repairs
Address any necessary alterations or repairs promptly to avoid further damage. Loose buttons, loose threads, or minor alterations should be addressed as soon as possible.
If your suit becomes wrinkled, take it to a professional tailor or dry cleaner for proper pressing and avoid using home irons, as they can damage the fabric.
Keep your Suit in Great Condition
Whether you’ve invested in a custom-tailored suit or have hired one of our high quality designer suits, by following these cleaning and care guidelines, you can maintain the impeccable appearance and longevity of your suit. Remember to choose dry cleaning sparingly, steam clean when possible, and brush your suit regularly. Proper storage, rotation, and attention to stains and repairs will also contribute to its longevity. With a little effort and care, your suit will remain a staple in your wardrobe for years to come, allowing you to look your best for any occasion.
Suit Vault have an extensive range of hire and tailor suits here in Perth, all ready for you to try on today. Make an online booking with us to check out how we can style your for your next event today!