How to Clean and Care for a Suit or Tuxedo
Clean and Care
If you want your suit to last as long as it should, you need to take care of it. If you don't take care of it, the quality will deteriorate and you will lose much of the money you invested in it. After wearing a suit jacket, the very least you should do is use a clothes brush on it to remove as much dust and invisible dirt as you can from the fabric.
When hanging your suit, always use a shaped wooden hanger in order to preserve the fit of the shoulders. The trousers should be hung by the cuffs with a wooden or plastic clamp that preserves the shape of the cuff or hem.
Make certain there is adequate room in your closet for your suits. They shouldn't be pressed right up against one another. They need room so that they aren't crushed. Remove any items in the pockets to prevent those from stretching out of shape. If you don't wear your suit very often, cover it with a cotton pillowcase or fabric garment bag to keep dirt and dust off of it. Always have your suit cleaned prior to long-term storage. If you aren't going to be using your suit for a while, have it cleaned, then cover it with the fabric storage bag in your closet.
Use a steamer to remove any wrinkles that have inadvertently shown up. It is best not to iron your suit with a hot iron as this could permanently affect the sheen and color of the suit.
A tuxedo should be cared for in much the same way as a good suit. Don't keep your fine clothing exposed to sunlight as the UV rays of the sun will permanently fade the material.
As with a good suit, always clean your tuxedo prior to long-term storage. Always check first to see if there are any stains. If so, point them out to your dry cleaner (that's us!) when you bring your suit or tuxedo in for cleaning.
By keeping your suit or tuxedo in good repair, you will always have a very sharp looking outfit ready at a moment's notice. There's nothing worse than having to pay for a rush job to clean and press your suit because you didn't take the time after you last wore the garment.