Wow thanks for all the replies guys, I'll try address them one at a time...
Originally Posted by CousinDonuts
So a steamer and some deoderant doesn't work? Those 2 plus Febreeze plus steam it again in the shower?
To be honest I haven't tried steaming yet, it seems as though most people say that they're steaming their suits (either in the shower or with an actual steamer), however there is the odd poster who claims doing so will destroy the fabric. I figured I'll get more opinions on steaming before I go out and buy one. I have no problem with doing so, however buying a cheap one I'm guessing will be pointless and spending a few hundred dollars just to test out whether it'll work or not seems a bit risky to me. So thoughts on steamers?
Febreze I haven't tried yet as there seems to be more people saying not to use it rather than those saying to. From my understanding it contains undesirable chemicals which harm the fabric, so I suppose it'll be my last resort prior to dry cleaning.
Originally Posted by RedDevil10
CD is 100% right. Prevention is the best medicine.
However, for the currently smelly jackets (and the below applies only to the interior of the jacket, particularly the pads)...
i use #1 as part of my daily routine (brush with clothing brush after wearing, lightly spray, air out on valet, then put away)
Totally agree that prevention is the best plan however unfortunately I'm one of those people who naturally just run a few degree's too hot and my body compensates by perspiring rather quickly. My current deodorant scheme is a 'natural crystal deodorant' spray followed up by either a CK One or Aqua Di Gio roll on, this seems to be working out the best for me and normal deodorants do next to nothing for me and anti-perspirant's cause funky reactions. I've ordered some bottles of Dr.Mist to see if this helps any better, saw the recommendation elsewhere on this forum.
Thanks for the recommendation on that spray, I've had a quick look and it seems as though importing it will cost me about 3 times the actual price of the product, so I'll have to hunt around for a reseller in Australia. I'm assuming since you use this spray each time you wear your suit that it doesn't cause any/much damage to the wool?
Originally Posted by HansderHund
]Is the smell confined to the underarm patch? If that's the case, why not have your tailor replace it rather than clean it?
How often are you wearing the suits and are you wearing them back to back days?
I'm fairly confident that the OP is wearing deodorant or he wouldn't be asking the question, so a better deodorant seems to be a silly suggestion.
Yes its (for now) just confined to the underarm "sweat guard" patch. Having my tailor replace it on a weekly basis is unpractical so I'm hoping for a more efficient solution. I rotate my 4 suits on a daily basis, never wearing the same one back to back. When not wearing a particular suit a hang it up for 'airing out' however not having a breeze in the room probably isn't helping much at all. Unfortunately though as stated above, I tend to perspire a bit more then the average guy so I need to figure something out asap.
Originally Posted by GBR
Shave your pits every week and use deodorant/anti perspirant. Prevention is better than cure.
As for the suits, try some of these remedies but it is likely that they may not work so get ready to burn them and start again.
Yeah I trim my pits down to #2 (barely noticable hair), it helps but unfortunately the problem still persist. Burning the jackets doesn't seem like my wallet would still want to be friends with me :P
Originally Posted by msulinski
Some people who never wash their raw denim say that putting the garment in the freezer for a few days kills the odor. Obviously seal it in a bag.
Interesting, I've also heard of other using the fridge/freezer. I suppose it couldn't hurt and I'll give it a go if nothing else works.
....wow so does really no one else have this issue of sweating a lot? Surely I can't be that unhygienic, I shower on a daily/bi-daily basis :S
thanks for the help guys