If you have ever bought a suit then you’re aware of the expense. When something costs that much it becomes especially important that you take care of it. If you don’t then it will look bad, fall apart quickly, and you’ll have to buy another one. The problem that we often have is there there aren’t strict guidelines for how to properly take care of a suit. We just buy it, and they send it home with us. So what, you just keep it in the bag until you need to wear it? Is that enough? How do you clean this thing? You might be able to send it to the dry cleaner at every opportunity, but for others, that’s not really a practical way to go about things. So what’s next? Here are 4 ways you can take care of your suit so that you’re not constantly taking it to the dry cleaning service.
The Hanger Matters
You just spent how much on a suit and now you’re hanging it with a hanger that costs 30 cents? How does that make sense? The hanger that you use actually does matter when it comes to keeping your suit in top condition. The most important thing, aside from the quality, is that you’re using the proper size hanger. Hangers that are too small can cause the coat to hang poorly and damage the shoulders in the process. Hangers that are too large can also damage the shoulders and the way it hangs matters. Make sure you’re using the right hanger for the job. If you’re not sure, look it up online, or ask the sales associate who sold the suit to you what size and type of hanger they recommend.
Give them Space
Making sure they’re in a garment bag should be a given. I’ll say it anyway to top this off in case it isn’t. Make sure your suit is in a garment bag while it’s hanging. Next, make sure that it has space. You don’t want to crush the suit between a heavy jersey and your winter coat. Give it some space so that it can hang the way it was meant to hang. It’ll be much better for it in the long run.
Use Cedar Chips
This may sound unintuitive so let me explain. Get an aerated bag and fill it with cedar chips. Then hang the bag outside the garment bag with your suit. The benefits of cedar chips are that they are a natural moth repellent. They can absorb residual moisture and they even leave a pleasant scent on your clothes. It should be said before we move on that Cedar won’t solve a moth problem if you already have one but it can help in preventing you from developing a moth problem.
Clean it Properly
This is the most important thing out of the entirety of tips that I’ve listed. Clean the suit properly. That means following the instructions on the tag, using gentle cleaning methods like horsehair brushes, and not using harsh chemicals. It also means that the best option for a deep clean is a dry cleaning service. Find the one that’s right for you and don’t out your nice suit through your own washer and dryer.