How to Clean and Care for your Suit or Tuxedo
You need to take proper care of your suit or tuxedo if you want it to last as long as it can. Over time the material quality will deteriorate and you will be buying a new one too soon if you don’t take care of it.
After wearing your suit or tuxedo if you do not need to have it dry cleaned you should at least use a clothes brush on it to remove as much lint and invisible particles as possible. When you hang your suit or tuxedo you should always use a good wooden hanger made for a suit which is to hold the jacket and pants. This will ensure that you will hold the proper fit of the shoulders and hanging the pants by the cuffs. Good hangars made for suits will be nicely shaped to retain the shape of the shoulders and have clips to hang your pants by the cuffs or hem.
Clothing needs to breath…Make sure you have room in your closet and your clothes are not pressed up against each other. Remove any items in the pockets to prevent those from stretching out of shape. If you don't wear your suit very often, cover it with a cotton pillowcase or fabric garment bag to keep dirt and dust off of it. Always have your suit cleaned prior to long-term storage. If you aren't going to be using your suit for a while, have it cleaned, then cover it with the fabric storage bag in your closet.
To Iron or Not to Iron…. It is best not to iron your suit with a hot iron as this could permanently affect the sheen and color of the suit. If you have a steamer use it to remove any wrinkles that have inadvertently shown up.
A tuxedo should be cared for in much the same way as a good suit. Don't keep your fine clothing exposed to sunlight as the UV rays of the sun will permanently fade the material.
As with a good suit, always have your tuxedo cleaned prior to long-term storage. Check first to see if there are any stains. If so, point them out to your dry cleaner when you take your suit or tuxedo in for cleaning.
By keeping your suit or tuxedo in good repair, you will always have a very sharp looking outfit ready at a moment's notice. There's nothing worse than having to pay for a rush job to clean and press your suit because you didn't take the time after you last wore the garment.