Since you’re putting them through their paces on a week-to-week basis and giving them some social time on the weekends, those suits in your closet need a bit of TLC between wears to keep them in the best possible condition. Follow these few simple steps and you’ll get the most out of your investment and keep your suits looking sharp for years to come.
Avoid The Dry Cleaners
Yes, despite what you may think, dry cleaning your suits is hell on the fabric. The harsh cleaners and rigorous process is tough on the delicate wool fibers and ultimately takes a toll on the suit’s look and durability. But the good news is, you really don’t need to dry clean your suits as much as you think. A simple hang out and light steam is all the suit needs between wears, even if you wear them each day. Obviously keep an eye (er, nose) out for funky odors but unless you’re hitting your Crossfit WOD in your suit, you should be good for a few weeks with proper care. A professional steam from a dry cleaners once a month is your next step but if you do end up with a stain, take it in for professional spot cleaning. From there, a proper dry cleaning once every 3 to 4 months is really all you need. Just make sure you choose a reputable one with a delicate process, it’s worth a bit of extra coin.
The Right Tools For The Job
If, for some reason, you haven’t already invested in a proper steamer or iron, now’s the time. After each wear, (or in the morning, before you wear the suit) give the jacket a good steaming to revive its look and remove any creases. Just make sure you don’t press or crease the lapel fold, open it up and steam from the back if it needs it. From there, steam or press the pants with an iron (with steam) to remove wrinkles and re-set the crease. A simple horsehair brush is another super useful tool, just run it over the suit to remove any dirt or debris before you store it. Don’t neglect the humble lint roller either, they’re a necessity for any dark-colored suit, just don’t spend a ton of money, buy ‘em cheap and in bulk.
Store The Right Way
How you’re not wearing your suit is almost as important as how you wear it. That is, store ‘em properly and give them the respect they deserve. When you get home from work, avoid throwing your jacket on the floor and cracking a beer and posting up on the couch for an hour. Take your suit right off and hang it out for some air, you can then bag it up and put it in the closet later on. In terms of hangers, ditch those suit torture devices that are metal wire hangers and invest in some decent wood ones. We’ve mentioned the importance of good hanger before, but it bears repeating because it’s pretty damn critical.
Follow a few easy steps and make use of the right gear for the job and you’ll instantly be adding life and longevity to all of your suits. When you pull out that year-old suit and it looks as fresh and crisp as it did the day you bought it, just make sure to thank us then.