Here are some helpful hints on caring for your suits so that they can remain in your wardrobe for years to come.
Providing your suit regular attention with a good-quality suit brush will help to remove dust and restore the fabrics natural fibres and lustre before wearing again. When brushing the garment, brush downwards, also combining this action with the use of a lint roller. Be sure to brush your suit before and after wear.
Wool is a natural fibre and fabric that is excellent at looking after itself. The majority of the time your suit will only need a quick brush down and airing after each wear. If your garment smells of smoke or food, hanging outside for a couple of hours will be enough to rid this scent and freshen up the suit.
If you do have a mishap with stains, don’t panic! Most stains will come out with a simple spot clean and won’t always require a visit to the dry cleaners. Gently rubbing the affected areas with a damp cloth should lift out any markings, and chemical-free baby wipes are also a good solution when one is on the go.
If you do require a trip to the dry cleaners, locate a trusted specialist and be sure to express exactly what your garment is made from–the internal care label will tell you all you need to know about the fabric composition. Try not to dry clean your suit more than 2-3 times a year, depending on how often you wear it.
Suits need time to rest and recover. If possible, try not to wear your suit more than twice a week, and in rotation with other suits. This allows the suit to air and re-gain its shape between outings.
When putting the suit away, you can hang in the suit bag with the zip left open. This will keep dust off the garment while allowing the fabric to breathe.
Remember that you feel your best when you look your best. A well-maintained suit is imperative to this cause.