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post #16 of 28
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How often do you dry clean your suits?  I know most of people do once a season, but recommanded once a year. If you find your suit is clean even after year of wear, would you still do dry clean just for hell of it?
I've never dry cleaned any of my really good suits--simply too paranoid.
Interesting, how actually did people care for their suits before dy-cleaning was invented?
post #17 of 28
I only spot clean (club soda) and hang them up in the shower to let the steam do its magic.
post #18 of 28
Seems to me there must be a bunch of you walking around with smelly suits -- the pants anyway -- if you're really not getting them dry cleaned (unless "steaming" really does something?.). What about fine wool or cashmere or cotton pants? I assume those get dry cleaned, right? Not to be too distasteful while some of you chaps are still finishing brunch before firing up the Ferrari 456 for a zip o'er to the Club for a golf round (that's the mental image I have of you guys anyway), but I'd think your fine suits/blazers/slacks would simply need to be dry cleaned in order to rid them of nasty odors that appear after extended wear, especially in the sweaty summer months.
post #19 of 28
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kbert: 1. I do not own an Italian Automobile. 2. I do not play golf. 3. I do wash/clean my normal wear clothes frequently. 3. I do not wear $$$ suits in hot summer days. Yes. steaming does lot of things; one most important thing is it makes cloth(wool related) to bounce back to its shape. Caring suits are very important. One bad dry cleaning can F%^K up the suit.
post #20 of 28
Unless you're going commando, with regular steaming and brushing your wool suits (including your pants) won't get smelly. I save my dry cleanings for the times that I have a bad stain to deal with. When I do get a suit dry cleaned, I am very picky about where I send it. I live in Virginia and send my suits to Maryland because that's where the only dry cleaner I trust is located. Even then, I assume the suit will come back looking worse for wear. Montecristo#4
post #21 of 28
Picked up 2 suits at the cleaners today. One was dry-cleaned while the other was steamed. Certainly if the suit requires to be cleaned, then get it cleaned. However in the majority of times, the simple task of letting the suit properly air out after it has been worn, before placing it in the closet will go a long way to extending the life of the suits. Even the proprietor of the location where I get my suits cleaned has told me to resist dry-cleaning my suits unless necessary. Classic
post #22 of 28
Your cleaner will steam suits for you? Interesting -- I'll have to ask mine if he does anything with suits other than dry clean them.
post #23 of 28
I have my cleaner "press-only" (i.e. steam) my suits all the time.
post #24 of 28
Hey, Mike -- thanks for that insight. I never would have thought of asking my cleaners only to press an article of clothing. Sometimes I just take my dress slacks to the cleaners, and ask for dry cleaning, because they are somewhat wrinkled and have lost most of their crease after several "wears." No wonder that Zegna suit I recently turned over to the thrift shop was developing a sheen....
post #25 of 28
Whoa. Hold up. Steaming is VERY different from pressing. Pressing involves direct contact from the hot surface of an iron, which (if done improperly at too high a heat or for too long a time) can dagamage fabric. Steaming is much safer and just involves hanging a garment upright, very gently pulling the fabric, and applying steam from a nozzle, with the net effect of loosening the fabric and returning the garment to a proper shape. Big difference. Note--most dry cleaners do not know how to properly press a garment. From time to time (maybe once a year, or before some special event), I'll bring my bespoke suits back to my tailor and ask him to give them a proper pressing, which he does free of charge. After they've been properly pressed, they literally look brand new, even though they may actually be 5+ years old. Montecristo#4
post #26 of 28
Hence why when you find a great cleaner, you stay with them, even if it means having to pay more than at most other places. Remember, sometimes it is better to pay a little more now, than a whole lot later. Classic
post #27 of 28
It's true: pressing is not the same as steaming. For pressing, I take my suits to one of the most expensive drycleaners in town. They charge a lot (at least $13 or so to press a two-piece), but do a nice job. I also used to have them take care of rare dry cleaning needs, but I've now discovered a place that uses CO2 instead of traditional perc (i.e. toxic chemicals). This is good not only for the environment, but also for me, as I don't think dousing ones clothes in carcinogens is the best way to go. Unfortunately, the CO2 place seems to do an average - at best - job of pressing. This provides yet another reason to avoid dry cleaning...
post #28 of 28
Interesting reading! and this too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_cleaning
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