There are a few crucial steps when taking care of a suit. To get a custom-made suit, you should always ask a professional bespoke tailor. Here is a quick guide on what you should do :
Step 1: CLEANING YOUR SUIT
Most guys think that a suit needs to be dry-cleaned after each wear or once a week. Even though this is because we want to look our best in a freshly cleaned and pressed suit the reality is that this is the fastest way to age your suit.
If you wear a suit often, such as a business suit, then our recommendation is to have your suit dry-cleaned once every 6-8 weeks. For the formal suit that you may only wear 3-4 times per year, then once a year is enough.
There is no set number or method, and each person is different and so to be how they wear their suit. Generally, if your suit is on the nose and no amount of spot cleaning can rectify the problem, so send it for a Dry-clean.
Over Dry-cleaning your suit will wear away the natural fibres and take some years off. If you have a dry-cleaner who doesn’t love your suit as much as you, then the result can be worse. Alternatively, try spot cleaning it with water and a cotton towel or have your suit pressed/steamed by a reputable Dry-Cleaner.
Step 2: PRESSING YOUR SUIT
There is a reason why we give you a nice big fat suit hanger when your purchase a suit from us. If you learn to hang your suit correctly (that’s a skill we would be happy to teach) you will cut down on having to have your suit pressed. Why is this important?
Overpressing your suit can burn the fibres and add sheen to the material, particularly with a dry iron. Steam is very important when pressing a suit as it helps invigorate the fibres and ensures you don’t burn the cloth. When dealing with quality natural fabrics such as Superfine Merino wools, the fibres in your suit will fall back to their original drape when steamed.
Again, a reputable dry -cleaner will gladly steam press your suit. Good news is this is not only cheaper its also a faster than having your suit dry cleaning.
Step 3: HANGING YOUR SUIT
A suit needs to be hung up in your closet on a proper suit hanger and with enough space so it isn’t crushed and for the garment to air. When it sits properly on a hanger for a day or two, the suit will naturally go back to its original drape. It also allows moisture to exit, too.
At all costs, avoid hanging your jacket on wire or thin hangers. If the shoulders haven’t been filled out by the hanger, then ditch it. Over time thin hangers will cause the shoulder to lose that full, round shape and you may end with permanent indentations in the shoulder pads.
Rotate and Air: For those of you that are regular suit wearers then this is important. Wear it for one day, on the hanger for the next 2. This will give the fibres a chance to breathe and for the moisture a chance to exit.
On a breezy day, place your suit on the suit hanger outside in the shade and let mother nature do its magic.
Alternatively, buy the second trouser to extend the life on your suit.
Travelling: Travel suit covers are a great solution when travelling and offer the versatility of being able to be folded and carried like an overnight bag. Just ensure you place them on a suit hanger and that when you get a chance to unfold the bag. Try to store them in the overhead compartments with nothing on top of them and unfurl the cover. As soon as you get to your destination, hang your suit up. If it needs a steam to try hanging it in the bathroom whilst your showering.
Step 4: STORE YOUR SUIT
If you need to store your tailored suit for long periods, dry clean them first. Removing stains and odours after a long storage may prove difficult. Use a suit cover, a suit hanger and a natural deterrent for moths and silverfish like cedar wood.