Dry cleaning is the best method for getting stains out of a men’s dress suit. We take our suits to the dry cleaners too often. Aunt Krubah explains how to tell when it’s time to take a suit in for dry-cleaning.
A man’s dress suit is one of the most expensive additions to most men’s wardrobes. So knowing how to care for and clean a dress suit is something that all men should be knowledgeable about.
Whether you wear an off-the-rack suit or are looking into a bespoke or custom-tailored suit, sooner or later it will need dry cleaning.
Despite what the name suggests, dry cleaning uses a liquid solvent by the name of Perchloroethylene (or Perc) to remove dirt and oils from fabrics.
There is not an exact science that tells you when it’s time to take your suit coat and trousers to the dry cleaner. However, most of us visit the dry cleaners too often.
A good rule of thumb is to dry clean your menswear when brushing, airing out ,and spot cleaning aren’t removing the odors, dirt or stains any more. Of course, if you live in your suit, you may dry clean more frequently.
Take the time to call a few local dry cleaners. If they’re willing to take the time to answer your questions, that may be a sign that you can trust them with your custom suit.
Don’t forget to find out if they do their dry cleaning in-house, or send it out to a larger facility. This may not seem like a big deal but it will make a world of difference the first time an item gets misplaced.
Pay attention to how your clothes are handled at intake. A good clerk will mark any spots or problem areas which may need pre-treating. Also, be sure to point out any loose buttons. Get a detailed receipt of what you’re dropping off for your records as well. This is a great guide to dry cleaning.
To keep a suit looking its best between trips to the dry cleaners, here’s a few tips that can help.
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