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The Dos and Don’ts For Caring For Your Suit

Suits mean style, elegance, and professionalism and when washed properly, can result in compliments coming your way in the office. However, washing a suit isn’t as straightforward as it sounds and if you’re not cautious, you could end up ruining your suit. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to turn up in a meeting with a messy suit! To save you from having a bad day at the office, we’ve come up with a guide on dos and don’t of caring for your suit.

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Do: Check The Label

The first dos and don’ts of caring for your suit is the golden rule of laundry; always check the label. Suits are expensive outfits to get so it would be a big mistake to ignore the care labels.

For most suits, they have a label that says ‘dry clean only’. If you see this, follow the instructions and take it to a dry-cleaner to dry-clean it for you. You can also book a service with Laundryheap and our team will dry-clean it to perfection for you!

Don’t Use The Washing Machine

Unless your suit is casual, putting it in the washing machine is detrimental because it will cause your suit to shrink. The huge amount of water in the washing machine would overwhelm your suit so because of the consequences, don’t use the washing machine to wash your suit.

Do: Use a Suit Hanger

The key to caring for your suit is getting suit hangers. Never underestimate the value of suit hangers as they protect your suits against any creases or wrinkles and give them longevity. Suit hangers also keep you well-organised when it comes to storage.

Don’t: Dry Clean Regularly

Dry cleaning may not include water or detergents, but it includes the use of solvents. While these solvents do a brilliant job of cleaning your suits, dry-cleaning your suits regularly (i.e. weekly and monthly) will result in wear and tear as the chemicals are quite harsh. Only dry-clean when the suit is dirty or doesn’t smell good.

If you do notice any stains, make sure you clean them immediately with a damp stain to avoid the need for dry cleaning.

Do: Get In Touch With a Professional to Dry-Clean

Linked to our previous dos and don’ts of caring for your suit, you should get in touch with a professional to do the dry-cleaning for you. Luckily for you, our dry-cleaning services are convenient, affordable and fast. The starting price is only £2 and the best part? We come to you which saves you time from going to your dry cleaners!

If you happen to manage an office, we do offer commercial services to help you out! We will make life easier for your employees by dry-cleaning their suits for them – keeping them professional and office-ready for those crucial Monday meetings!

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Don’t: Cram Your Suit Together With Other Clothes

Your suit is a special piece of outfit that does need special care. Even before you hang it in the closet, make sure it gets exposed to the air for a day or two so that the moisture gets evaporated.

In addition, you should also check that you’re not cramming all your clothes together because this will increase the chances of wrinkles, mildew and dust building up. It’s always recommended you choose a cool, dry and dark place to store your suit otherwise sunlight will fade your suit.  

Suits are important in the professional world. They show you mean business and are ready to take on those office tasks!

We hope our guide of dos and don’ts of caring for your suit has given you more information on how to keep your suits in the best condition.

Suit up and check out our commercial services if you are interested in partnering up with us!

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The Right Way To Care For Your Suit

You splashed out a bit of money for a prestige suit and now you have to ensure it is well maintained or it won’t be worth the money you spent on it.

Follow these easy tips to make your suit last longer:

  • Avoid regular trips to the dry-cleaners

A key cleaning tip is to not have your suit dry cleaned regularly unless absolutely necessary. Instead, use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas rather than the whole suit. A trip to the dry cleaners (or a scheduled pick up from Laundryheap) is suitable only when: a tough stain occurs, there’s visible dirt or built up odour.

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  • Use a brush and lint roller

The fabric on suits can accumulate particles of dust, dirt or lint from the environment which, if left over time, will cause damage to the fabric. Invest in a brush and occasionally use with a lint roller to remove the debris. Use in a careful, downward motion.

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  • Use the right hanger

Do avoid using wired hangers. Stick to using a wooden or thick plastic hanger that will take the shape of the suit shoulders. This way, it will keep it in a good shape and promote longevity of the suit.

Always remember to hang your suit when you’re not using it!

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  • Steam, don’t iron!

Steaming is a great way to remove creases and wrinkles on suits. Unlike ironing, it’s a delicate method that won’t damage the fibres.

Caution: when steaming, avoid the chest area to maintain the shape of the internal canvas.

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  • Use a garment bag

If you’re on the go and you need to carry your suit with you, use a garment bag to keep it in good shape. It’s easy to carry, light and breathable for your suit. Plus, you don’t have to fold it.

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