Updated: Oct 18
The original purchase and any adjustments are often the first two items that come to mind when considering the costs of having a suit made. With these facts in mind, one overlooked expense is maintaining a suit. To be more precise, we should refer to it not as a cost but as an offset of potential future expenses. Suits treated with proper maintenance have a longer lifespan and retain their sharper appearance during that time. This section will give you the resources and advice required to care for your suits and maintain their cleanliness properly. Maintaining the quality of your suits doesn't take much effort, and the costs associated with doing so are relatively low.
Utilize Coat Hangers of High Quality
We all have them, but are they tailored to your dimensions? When you get the right size suit, it will hang from your shoulders appropriately, which will help it hold its form better. Use wide hangers. Using hangers that are too skinny or too pointy can distort the contour of your clothing. For example, T-shirts and polo can grow "nipples" at the point where the end of the garment hangs on the hangar. There is no specific advantage to using wooden hangers unless they are produced from untreated cedar, as we will explain in more detail below. Other than that, there is no benefit to using wooden hangers. In a nutshell, it is essential to acquire coat hangers of a good grade.
Make Sure You Have Enough Closet Space, and Invest in Some Garment Bags
Unfortunately, due to the larger coat hangers suggested, you now require additional storage space for your suitcoats. It is essential to offer enough room for your suits to hang inside the closet properly when stored. Your clothing risks developing wrinkles when packed too closely together. In a similar vein, sealed in too closely, air won't be able to flow freely, which can lead to the accumulation of moisture and damage the fibers. In addition, we strongly recommend that you store all coats and suits in garment bags to protect them from dust and moths. Finally, it would be best if you made it a point to choose breathable clothing bags. When sealed, air won't be able to flow as it should, which might lead to condensation forming on the inside of them.
Using Cedar Blocks & Shavings
In a nutshell, there are three primary advantages associated with the utilization of cedar:
● Cedar has been proven to be an effective natural insecticide.
● It can soak up any remaining moisture.
Cedar has a lovely aroma that transfers to fabrics.
Did you know that a single moth may lay more than one hundred eggs? Consequently, these creepy crawlies can devour your clothing like nobody's business! Cedar alone will not solve a moth infestation problem for you. When you get moths in your closet or your clothes, wash your clothes immediately. Both methods involve subjecting the clothing to high heat to eradicate the larvae. After that, vacuum frequently and, if required, invest in some moth traps. As a preventative strategy, you should use Dr. Killington's moth traps. After some time, the smell of cedar may fade from the blocks. You may sometimes refresh them with a few drops of cedar essential oil to revitalize them when necessary. Just be careful not to get any on your clothes since the high quantity of oil can ruin the fibers in textiles if it encounters them.
Methods Appropriate for Cleaning a Suit
Even if we have made significant strides forward in the hygiene field over the years, there are occasions when it can become excessive. These days, one of the most critical issues is the excessive use of dry cleaning to keep suits in good shape. You only need to get a suit dry-cleaned twice a year, but there are circumstances in which it might be helpful, such as when you have a nasty stain. Dry cleaning your suits too frequently might lead them to deteriorate, and this can happen even if you wear them more than once a week. Fabric deterioration occurs because the chemicals harm the fabric's natural fibers. Frequent dry cleaning lowers the overall quality appearance of the garment and shortens its lifespan. Because the threads in a suit require time to rest between wearing, only wear the suit once per week.
Use a Brush Made of Horsehair.
The expression "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly applies here. After you've finished wearing your suit for the day, grab a brush made of horsehair and give it a quick once-over to freshen it up. A horsehair brush eliminates lint and other debris from the fibers, making it possible for them to have a longer lifespan and protecting the value of your investment. After each usage, a quick brush-down that lasts only one minute is more than sufficient. We advise using a brush with soft bristles to prevent the fibers from becoming damaged. The finest results come from using a colossal horsehair brush about 10 inches long, costing very little. Finally, another advantage of brushing is that it reduces the likelihood that moths will find your suit to be a delicious feast, which is never a bad thing.
Utilize a Steamer for Your Clothes or an Iron.
It is best to do a fast stream in the morning, but those five minutes are often priceless in the wee hours of the morning if you can do it. In all honesty, steaming should only be done for infrequent occasions or to eliminate creases from cloth. If you do not own a steamer and you cannot borrow one, take out clothing wrinkles from your suit by hanging it in the bathtub while you take a hot shower. Steam relaxes the fibers of the fabric, which will cause the creases to fall out. Using shower steam is a fantastic tip to have when you are traveling. In addition, steaming is an effective method for removing types of stains caused by particles. If, on the other hand, the stain is oil-based, you can attempt removing it by applying talcum powder to the affected area.
If none works, dry cleaning is the most effective method, not to mention the most secure one. If you attempt to remove a stain, you risk making it much more noticeable.
How Frequently Should One Wear a Suit?
Switching up your clothes regularly each day is essential, just as avoiding wearing the same pair of shoes for two days. The fabric requires some time to recuperate and allowing this to take place will significantly increase the suit's lifespan if it is allowed to happen. It is a fact that suits worn daily become soiled and absorb moisture from your body and the surrounding air due to the humidity. After wearing a suit, brush the dust and dirt off the suit with a horsehair brush and get the moisture in the suit to evaporate by hanging it up and allowing its fibers to relax for 24 hours. Hang-up suits heavier fabric suits for 48 hours, so all the moisture in it evaporates. Hanging up the suit to pull it back into its proper drape takes some fresh air.