Suits are often the most expensive piece of clothing a person owns. It’s also something businessmen and women wear frequently, requiring attention and care to keep it fresh and clean. It’s important to keep suits looking and smelling clean, but it may not require dry cleaning all the time.
Dry cleaning too frequently can wear down the fibers of the suit so make sure you clean only when necessary. Learn the best ways to care for your suit jacket and pants and recognize when it is time to take it to the cleaning professionals.
Daily Care For Your Suit
There are things you can do to keep your suit clean enough between dry cleanings.
- Brush the suit after wearing it to remove dust, dirt and hair (shaking it out works, too).
- Hang it up and keep away from dirt, dust and food (this should be somewhat obvious).
- Spot clean it with water (or another solvent) if food or liquid spills onto the suit (but then get it cleaned if you can).
- Air it out between uses to remove light wrinkles or odors.
It’s Time for the Dry Cleaners
When any of the above options aren’t enough, it’s time to take it to the cleaners. Everyone wears their suits differently and for different jobs or occasions, so there’s no set time or schedule for cleaning a suit. However, if there are spots, smells or other signs of dirt, get it dry cleaned.