How often should you dry clean a suit?

A good suit is the crown jewel of any man’s wardrobe. It can make a look go from ‘okay’ to ‘wow’ in a snap, be it for an important office meeting or for a corporate party afterwards. However, not every man who owns a suit knows how to take care of one. A suit is not like your everyday pair of denims that you can use, wash and handle in any way you want. Extra care and caution should go into the maintenance of an expensive suit, if you want it to last for years.

The easiest way for many to clean a suit is to send it for a dry clean. However, frequent dry cleans cause damage to the suit and reduces its lifespan significantly. Dry cleaning is done with a liquid solvent called Perchloroethylene or Perc to remove dirt and oil from fabric and it strips the woollen fibres of the suit off their natural oils.

In this blog, you will find out all about dry cleaning your best suits.

When to dry clean your suit?

The frequency of laundry visit for a dry cleaning a suit depends on how much you wear and you handle it. A suit can have extended longevity if proper care is taken in everyday use and therefore does not require dry cleaning often.

  • A suit which is barely worn and well-maintained, that is hung up in a wooden hanger, kept in a cloth suit bag and cleaned with a suit brush after every wear, would require dry cleaning once or twice a year.
  • A suit which is gently worn and handled moderately would require a dry clean after every sixth wearing.
  • A suit which is hard-worn, used roughly and exposed to more pollution, sunlight and body sweat, needs a dry clean after every second wearing.

How to tell if your suit needs cleaning?

There is no hard and fast rule as to when you should send your suit for dry cleaning. But there are some rules of thumb you can follow.

  • When a suit smells of odour even after hanging it in an airy space overnight, it is time to send it for a dry clean.
  • When regular brushing and damp cloth cleaning does not do away with the dirt and spots, consider a dry-cleaning session.
  • Any hard stain such as wine, coffee or curry cannot be removed at home easily. In that case, do not make the mistake of throwing your suit into a washing machine. Contact your laundry for a dry cleaning or at least a spot cleaning of the suit.

Tips on how to reduce dry cleaning of suits

  • Keep 2-3 sets which you can alternate and wear so that one suit is not exposed to rough wearing.
  • Store the suits in well-aired cloth bags and hang them in wooden hangers to extend life span.
  • Steam your suits, never iron them. The heat of thermal irons are damaging to the suit fabric.

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