When you purchase a new garment of clothing, especially a suit, it’s important to know how to look after it, from cleaning to maintaining different fabrics and materials. You want to know the best way to store and maintain great suits to keep them in pristine condition for a long period of time.
Here’s our guide to making sure your suits, new and old, last longer when cleaning and storing them, whether they are your own or your employer’s.
Maintaining your wardrobe
It’s important to realise how cleaning your wardrobe regularly can increase the longevity of a suit. Protecting and cleaning your wardrobe from top to bottom will prevent insects, especially moths, from wiggling their way into the garments, woollen clothing in particular. Having a professional opinion from a wardrobe specialist would be a good start, or you can keep your suits in zip-up suit protectors until then.
Brushing your suit jackets and trousers
Cleaning your suit jackets and trousers with a stiff bristled brush after each use is important, this will remove the dirt that has accumulated on the outer layer of fabric, before it has a chance to settle. If this is not done, especially before placing into the wardrobe, it will attract insects to feed on the fabric. Another benefit to brushing your suits after use is that it will decrease the number of visits to the cleaners.
Many household staff will have access to a steaming machine or iron, this is an excellent way to prepare and quickly remove lines and creases from delicate fabrics. There is a minimal chance of damaging the fabric as it won’t come into contact with the hot plate of a normal iron. However, steaming isn’t as effective on cotton and you should take great care when steaming a wool suit to prevent a shine from appearing on the material or crushing the surface texture.
If not cared for properly, wool can be a very expensive material to repair. With its long-established wear in society, it would be a shame to not look after suits made from the luxury material with care. Before you store your wool suits, you should have it professionally cleaned as this will get rid of any microscopic insect eggs that may have been laid on your jacket. Moth balls are a reoccurring nightmare if not prevented properly, natural alternatives such as lavender, rosemary and other aromatic repellents would work well.