Maintaining your garments requires some effort and attention, but it is well worth it to keep them looking their best. Here are some tips on how to store, clean, and take care of your suits, shirts, jackets and trousers after each wear:
Suits, Jackets & Trousers
Hang your garments
One of the most important things you can do to care for your suit/jacket is to hang it properly. This means using a suit hanger with a wide shoulder to prevent the jackets from losing their shape. Avoid using wire hangers or any other hangers that could cause creases or damage to the fabric or shape of the suit. Also, don’t hang your suit in direct sunlight, as this can cause the colors to fade over time. When it comes to trousers, hang them carefully after each wear, being sure to maintain their original press fold.
Air your garments
After wearing your suit, give it time to air out before placing it back in the closet. Airing a suit is an important step in maintaining its quality and longevity. When a suit is worn, it collects dirt, sweat, and body oils, which can cause it to smell and deteriorate over time. Airing out a suit helps to remove these odors and allows the fabric to breathe, relax and release any wrinkles.
Wool is a natural fiber that has many unique properties, including its ability to resist bacteria and odors. This is due to the unique structure of wool fibers, which are covered in tiny scales that trap bacteria and prevent them from spreading.
When wool is exposed to moisture, such as sweat, the fibers absorb the moisture and release it as vapor, which helps to keep the skin dry and prevent bacteria from growing. The natural lanolin in wool also has antibacterial properties, which can help to further inhibit the growth of bacteria. When a wool suit or trousers are worn, any odors are typically released when the garment is hung up to air out, allowing the wool fibers to release any trapped bacteria and moisture.
Airing out your suit is also a great way to freshen it up before wearing it again. It’s a simple step that can make a big difference in the look and feel of your suit.
Brush your garments
Another way to care for your suit is to brush it regularly. This will help remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated on the fabric. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush in a downward motion to avoid damaging the fabric.
If your suit gets stained, have it professionally cleaned as soon as possible. Do not attempt to remove the stain yourself as this can cause damage to the fabric. Take your suit to a reputable dry cleaner for professional cleaning and pressing.
Rotate your garments
To ensure your suits last as long as possible, it’s a good idea to rotate them. This means not wearing the same suit / jacket/ trousers every day. By rotating your garments, you’ll allow them to rest and recover between wears, which can help prevent wear and tear.
Avoid dry cleaning too often
While dry cleaning is an essential part of suit care, it’s important not to overdo it. Dry cleaning can be harsh on the fabric and can cause it to lose its shape over time. Only dry clean your suit when it’s really necessary, such as when it’s stained or has a strong odor. You can also spot clean your suit with a damp cloth if it only has a small stain or use a soft brush to remove any accumulated dirt..
Store your garments properly
When you’re not wearing your suits or jackets, it’s important to store them properly. This means hanging them in a cool, dry place that’s well-ventilated. Avoid storing suits or fine garments in general, in plastic bags or any other type of bag that doesn’t allow air to circulate. This can cause the fabric to become musty and can even lead to mildew growth. When traveling with your suit, use a garment bag to protect it from wrinkles and damage.
Wash your shirts on a gentle program at a maximum of 40 degrees to avoid shrinkage and color fading.
It’s important to separate light and dark colors to prevent color bleeding. Use a mild detergent and avoid bleach or other harsh chemicals that can damage the fabric.
If your shirts have stains, treat them immediately before washing. Avoid using hot water, as this can set the stain.
Turn your shirts inside out before washing or put them in a wash bag to protect buttons, collars, and other delicate parts from rubbing against other garments.
Avoid using a dryer, as the high heat can cause shrinkage and damage to the fabric. Instead, hang your shirts on a hanger to dry or lay them flat.
Set your iron to the appropriate temperature for the fabric. Avoid using high heat on delicate fabrics, as it can damage the fibers. Use a pressing cloth to avoid direct contact between the iron and the fabric.
Store your shirts in a cool, dry place with good air circulation. Avoid storing them in plastic bags or in direct sunlight, as this can cause discolouration and damage to the fabric.