How to Care for a Suit

Almost every man will wear a suit at least once during their lifetime. A quality suit can be a bit costly so it is important that you learn how to take care of it. If you take good care of your suit it can easily become an investment that will last a few years or even a lifetime!


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    Hang your suit on a wooden hanger away from other clothing. This will help it retain its shape (especially in the shoulders) and will allow it to air out.
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    After wearing your suit brush it off with a suit brush to remove any lint or hair. You can purchase a suit brush at any suit store. Brush lengthwise from top to bottom.
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    Steam clean your suit after wearing, but only if needed. This will clean it and remove wrinkles at the same time with the need for ironing. However, only professionally clean your suit if it is dirty or stained. Since cleaning it can cause it to lose shape it should only be cleaned a few times per year.
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    Always have your suits wet-cleaned rather than dry-cleaned when possible. Wet-cleaning doesn’t use dangerous chemicals and will help to retain the shape of your suit.
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    When you purchase a suit remove it from the plastic covering once you get home. Plastic can emit fumes which, over time, can weaken the suits fibers.
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    When not using, always store your suit in a garment bag. Be sure the garment bag is ventilated or else the suit could get musty or moldy.
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    If your suit is just wrinkled, but not dirty then have it pressed. Many menswear stores offer this service for little to no charge.


  • Always wear an undershirt under your dress shirt. This will help absorb perspiration and prevent it from reaching your suit.
  • Always take your suit to a reputable, professional cleaner who has experience and is dedicated to the service.
  • Allow your suit to air out for 24 hours after wearing before placing in the garment bag. This will help prevent damaging moisture.
  • Always professionally clean your suit immediately if you get a food or drink stain on it or else bugs may eat at it.
  • Try not to wear your suit every day. Give it at least one day in between wearings or else it will get sweaty and bugs will eat at it. If you are required to wear a suit daily then consider getting a second suit so your can alternate between the two.
  • When traveling or driving, remove your suit jacket and either hang it or carefully place it flat. Doing so will keep it wrinkle free.
  • You will probably have your suit for quite a few years if you take care of it so it is a good idea to find a decent tailor. Unless you plan on staying the same size for the rest of your life you will probably have to have at least a few alterations at some point.
  • When ironing your suit avoid ironing the edges as this can cause them to wear out sooner.
  • Use cedar blocks or chips in your closet to help ward off moths. Purchasing a cedar wood hanger will help keep your suits shoulders shaped and double as a moth repellent.


  • Do NOT rub a stain to try to remove it as this can set the stain. If you spill something on your suit gently blot up as much as you can then take it to the cleaners right away.
  • NEVER machine wash or tumble dry your suit. This can seriously damage the suit and cause shrinkage, loss of color and loss of shape. Always follow the manufacturers instruction on the garment label.

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