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How To Clean A Suit Jacket

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Suits represent a significant expense in your closet, and with careful care, they can last for decades. Believe us it’s true! Classic suits are worth the investment. 

Washing and ironing a suit is a difficult, time-consuming process. The good news: if you treat your suit jacket well, you can wear it many times without tossing it in a washing machine or sending it to Impressive Cleaners. Nothing is more important than extending the life of your suit in the process. Everyday cleaning takes a few minutes.

What You Need To Clean and Maintain Your Suits

With a few inexpensive tools, it’s easy to keep your suit clean and in good shape. 

  • Suit brush
  • Lint roller
  • Clean white cloths
  • Mild detergent or spot cleaning solution
  • Garment steamer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wooden hanger
  • Dark, cool area for storage

Different Ways To Clean Your Suit

1. Take It Off

When you arrive at home from work, remove your suit jacket immediately, shake it, and hang it in a ventilated area for perspiration or condensation to evaporate. Hang it for at least thirty minutes.

2. Brush and Roll

Using a suit brush, start at the shoulders and brush downward. Brush down the sleeves, front, and back, under the arms and down the sides. Use the same method to roll the jacket using the lint roller.

3. Spot Clean

If you find a stain, break out the clean white cloths and use your favorite spot cleaning solutions. Carefully clean the spot. 

Tip: Check the care label before attempting a cleaning process and exercise extreme caution when trying to spot clean certain fabrics, like suede or other types of leather.

4. Press

If you find any stubborn wrinkles or the suit fabric seems a bit saggy, use your iron to finish those areas. If your suit is too rumpled to look professional, it’s easy to take it to Impressive Cleaners.  

5. The Smell Test

Steaming should have released any residual smells from the environment or light perspiration, but it won’t erase deep funky smells. Give your suit jacket a good sniff to make sure there are no lingering odors. If your suit jacket still smells after steaming, you need to have it dry cleaned.

6. Air Dry

Hang your suit jacket in a well-ventilated area to make sure it’s fully dry before storing it. 

8.  Hang It Properly

If you’re satisfied with how your suit jacket looks and smells, hang it on a wooden hanger designed for suits. Flocked plastic or suit hangers are also a good choice. You need a hangar that’s designed to support the shoulders of the jacket all the way to the sleeves, and one that’s strong enough to support the weight of the jacket.

Tip: Keep a quality suit hanger in your office or car to hang your jacket wherever you happen to be during the day. This will help preserve the shape and drape of your jacket.

9. Practice Good Closeting

Store your suit jacket in a cool, dark, dry closet with a couple of inches between it and other garments. Never store clean suit jackets in the plastic bags.

At Impressive Cleaners, it is our goal to provide the Ultimate Customer Experience through exceptional customer service that ends with a smile. We stand behind our work and if for any reason you are not satisfied we will process your garments again free of charge! Contact us if you have any questions!

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