Ask Harry: How Do I Care for My Suit?
Our Top 5 Tips for Caring for Your Suit.
A suit is an investment that you want to look and feel good for a long time. A well-made suit is a garment that requires a bit of extra care.
Tip #1: Rotate your suits. As with your shoes, it’s advisable to skip a day between wearings. Suits are made from natural fibres which need time to rest and recover. All fabrics have memory, and this time off allows your suit to revert back to its proper shape.
Tip #2: Use a proper hanger. It will contour and fit the shape of your suit, the edge of the hanger meeting the edge of the shoulder of your jacket. A cedar hanger prevents creasing and repels insects that damage fabric.
Tip #3: Brush your suits. Over the course of a day, a wool suit can trap lint, dust and hair. In time, this can damage the fabric of your suit. After removing the suit and hanging it in your closet, begin by brushing at the shoulder and work your way down. It will leave your suit looking great, and reduce the need for additional cleaning.
Tip #4: Do not dry clean. There’s a misconception that if your suit gets dirty or wrinkled you must have it dry cleaned. However, we recommend against this unless absolutely necessary. Harsh cleaning chemicals can damage the fibres of your suit. Aim to dry clean your suit every six months to a year. If you find that your suit gets creased, you can send it to the cleaner for pressing only.
It’s also important to remember that not all dry cleaners are created equally. If you visit us at one of our Harry Rosen stores, we will gladly recommend a cleaner in your area.
Tip #5: Travelling with your suit. When you travel, a garment bag is your suit’s best friend. We recommend a bag that is light, breathable, and will protect your suit during travel. If your suit becomes creased, hang it in the bathroom while you run the shower – the steam will reduce the wrinkles.
One last word of advice: Be sure to take advantage of our Lifetime Maintenance Guarantee. After you’ve purchased a suit from Harry Rosen, should you need a button replaced or seam repaired, bring your suit to any one of our locations and our team of professional tailors will tend to your needs free of charge. Will also make adjustments for weight loss or weight gain on trousers within one pant size. Visit www.harryrosen.com for a full listing of services.
For more details on tailored clothing, please see our Tailored Clothing page.