Thank you very much for taking a great deal of time for this excellent post.
Just as Doc Holliday made us here aware of your great canvass thread at AAAC, I've reposted this thread in AAAC where members can benefit from this and where I hope it will become incorporated into the HOF, joining your canvass thread. Your instructions, along with Kabbaz's instructions for cleaning, spot-cleaning, and ironing a shirt, are very informative and useful.
I assume that we should hand-press our suits only if we brush them after each wear and make sure that we have removed any stains, either by sponging or spot dry cleaning. In 2 email conversations with Anderson and Sheppard I learned that they have two kinds of sponging, one for when they originally make a suit, the other for stain removal. When they make a suit, the sponging is done with a dolly, a small piece of rolled cloth tied with string, to which they add tap water and then apply to a suit before hand pressing with a flat iron. But for cleaning, sponging for a light stain entails a little water dabbed to the area, followed by brushing, gently for lightweight cloths, more vigorously for heavier flannels and tweeds, in the direction of the cloth's pile. For a deeper stain then brushing with and against the pile is the method used.
For general brushing, do you recommend going with the pile first, then against the pile, and do you recommend brushing both inside and outside the suit?