Buying a new suit is a major purchase and you want to do all you can to make it last. If a suit is worn either too tight or too loose, then it is likely to wear out faster as the fabric will wear unevenly based on the unusual stress or lose folds caused by ill fit.
– How Often:
The material of the suit is important to consider as some fabrics hold odors and stains better than others. Wool suits, for example, need to be cleaned more often than synthetic blends because they absorb odors quickly. No matter what the material, all suits should be taken to the cleaners as little as possible to prevent fading and wearing of the fabric. In general, only dry clean a suit when it becomes soiled or there is an odor present to prevent damage
– Suits Worn Occasionally:
Suits that are worn only on occasion should be taken to a dry cleaner a couple of times a year to prevent odors and dust from building up on the fabric. A suit that is dry cleaned at least once every six months will retain its crisp appearance and be ready in the closet when it’s needed. Because dry cleaning is so affordable, it can be the perfect way to maintain the quality of suits over a long period of time that are infrequently used.
– Dry Cleaning Tips:
There are many ways to maintain a suit’s crisp and clean appearance through dry cleaning. Occasionally taking a suit to a dry cleaner can keep a professional appearance without harming the integrity of the material. When a suit is taken to a dry cleaner it should always be kept together. Although some trousers can be washed in a home washer, washing all pieces together allows them to wear the same way. This prevents mismatched suits in the future. A professional dry cleaner can also provide services like pressing. This can restore the neat look of the suit without running it through the cleaning process.
Having a suit cleaned is an affordable and easy way to maintain a clean and professional appearance. However, constantly leaving a suit with the dry cleaner will cause premature wear that will damage the fabric. Most suits only need to be cleaned when they are visibly soiled or there is a smell. Between cleaning, use spot treatments and suit pressing to keep the suit looking new.
Most suits bought these days are dry cleanable. When you go out to a function try not to spill anything on you, and if you do, there are methods and ways to clean those spills. When you rotate your suits it is likely that some of them would be dirty or stained, and if they are or have stains or spills, here are a few ways to clean it.
– Tea stains:
Wet a clean cloth, dip it into vinegar then dab the stain until it’s gone.
– Coffee stains:
Apply the pure glycerine directly onto the coffee. Rinse it in warm water until it goes away.
– Wine stains:
The first and easiest thing to do is to throw salt onto the spill and leave for a few minutes. This will, then, absorb the wine stain.
– Blood stains:
Rinse the blood off with cold water. Dab gently with a clean cloth until the blood stain is gone.
– Grass stains:
Put the garment on a clean cloth and dab the grass with alcohol until gone.
– Lipstick stains:
Apply either directly or mix water with hydrogen peroxide and apply to the lipstick to remove it.
– Ink stains:
Pour milk into a bowl and soak the ink for several hours. Rinse the soaked ink stain with cold water until gone.
– Sauce stains:
Apply trichloroethylene to dissolve the sauce or rinse it in hot water until it’s gone.
– Gum stains:
Use an ice cube to harden the gum. The gum can then be easily broken without damaging the garment or the fabric.
– Candle wax stains:
Remove all visible wax by scraping it off first. Place the stain between two blotting paper sheets and press with hot iron. The wax stain will stick to the blotting paper.
– Beer stains:
If it’s a wool or silk garment, mix warm water with alcohol and apply to the beer stain. Rub it with a clean cloth until it’s gone.
– Chocolate stains:
For silk garments, stains can be removed by rinsing the chocolate with warm water until it’s gone. For wool suits, remove stains by applying Benzine to the chocolate to remove it.
In general, you can dry clean your men’s suit if it is really necessary. Dry cleaning should be done once every six months as this can be a costly thing to do. Cleaning your suit more times than you should, would compromise the fibres and significantly reduce your suit’s lifespan
– Steam iron:
Custom men suits will need to be ironed out before you wear them. A crumpled suit is no ones idea of style. The best way to iron a suit is to work with a steam iron. Keep in mind that ironing a suit not only helps to keep it crisp but also guards it against mold and prevents trips to the dry cleaners. The seams of the coat will need to be ironed out first followed by the collar. Always make sure that the dial of the iron is set in keeping with the fabric of the suit, so as to ensure that you do not damage the suit in any way. Of course the suits can always be fresh stored at a dry cleaners.
Since most people do not wear custom men suits on a daily basis, storage is an integral part of buying these suits. Most suits come with their covers and if not, it will help to buy a few. The suit must always be kept in their covers and stored away from moisture since molds can ruin a suit completely. It is also advisable to keep a few naphthalene balls in the suit cover, so as to ward off silver fish like insects that can bite into the fabric.