- Avoid wearing your suit on consecutive days, a suit requires at least 24 hours to ‘breathe’ between wears.
- Correct rotation of suits and other garments will prolong their life.
- Do not overfill your pockets as it will strain the seams of a good suit and may teach your suit to sag and bulge in the stress areas around the pockets and seams.
- Always un-button your jacket when sitting down as it will avoid any unnecessary strain on the seams.
- When sitting in trousers pinch about an inch of fabric on each front thigh and lift the fabric towards your waist as you sit down , doing this stops the huge strain on all your trouser seams and prevents the fabric bowing at the knees.
- When hanging your suit up always empty your pockets, and then hang it on a good quality hanger, padded plastic or wooden hangers are best as they will support your suit and allow it to regain its shape after a days wear.
- Avoid hanging a jacket by the neck or on a coat rack or hook, or over the back of the office chair
- After wearing your suit take a few moments to brush the shoulders and collar areas of your suit to remove any lint, hair or surface dirt that will have accumulated during the day, this prevents them from embedding in the fibers and becoming stains later on.
- When brushing your suits and jackets always use a soft bristle brush as it is less harsh and prevents tearing the fibers.
- Softer luxury fibers such as flannel, cashmere need special care so as not to be damaged by harsh brushing, use a lint roller to remove any surface dirt with these types of fabrics as it will be gentler.
- After each wear hang your suit up in a well-ventilated area for a few hours before putting it away as it will allow any moisture and odors to dissipate helping the wool fibers spring back into shape.
- If you have slight creases in your suit, it should be hung on a supported hanger inside a bathroom during a shower or bath keeping the room filled with as much steam as possible, wait 30 minutes for the suit to take to the steam, then take it out of the bathroom and place in a well-ventilated room to allow any creases to drop out.
- Dry cleaning chemicals can literally take the life out of wool suits, causing shrinkage and discolorations, in time they will break down natural fibers.
- Except in the case of large spills and hard or prolonged use, suits don’t need much dry cleaning at all. Suits only need to be dry cleaned a couple of times a year or only when they have been heavily soiled.
- If you must dry clean your suit, then use a good quality dry cleaner with on-premises equipment, including hand – steam ironing equipment.
- Before pressing give your suit a good brush and then take it to your dry cleaners and ask them to press your suit ask them for “hand steam ironing only “as it will freshen the suit, often this is all that is required.
- Over pressing with an overly hot steaming machine can destroy the suit’s built-in shape and leads to the fibers being cooked, turning your suit shiny.