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Caught wearing suit in thunderstorm, lapel is wrinkled! Help!

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I've been rained on before while wearing a suit............but never this bad. When I got home, I was drenched in water. I hung up the suit, which dripped for hours.

Now it's dry, but it appears the upper portion of the lapel and collar are wrinkled. Steaming does not get the wrinkles out. What should I do? I've never done anything more than steam and brush my suits I never take suits to the dry cleaner (my father taught me as a kid that if I ever need to dry clean a suit, it's time to throw it away). However, a friend of mine suggested I could have the dry cleaner press the suit. Is this a good idea? I'm afraid to try ironing it.......I don't want to do any more damage.
 

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Is the suit is fused or fully canvassed?
Please post some photos of the suit.
Closeups of the areas of concern will be useful.
If we can see the suit, you'll get the best advice.
Standing by....
 

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You don't have to clean your suit every week but every once in a while is OK. As it's already in bad shape you don't have a Kongo lose by taking it to a specialist cleaners and seeing if it can be rescued, either with steam, pressing or solvents or all of the above.
 

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The suit is fused. I tried taking pictures, but the only camera I have is on my phone, and with the flash from the camera, it doesn't look wrinkled at all. So, it's not that bad, but trust me, it's noticeable. The only part that is really bothering me is the collar. Is there a way I can safely touch it up with an iron?
 

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If you wish to iron it, use a press cloth or towel between the iron and the fabric.
 

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If you lift the collar leaf and press the collar alone from the outer edge to the crease you will be ok. Don't try to press the collar folded on the jacket. If you don't have a press cloth or want to fool with one you can press the collar form the underside with an iron and heat. Use little or no steam. To do this lay the top collar, the cloth side, face down on your pressing surface, try to keep it in the natural shape, slightly curved but keep it flat on the table. Leave the iron in one spot and let the heat and iron weight do the work. Don't slide the iron back and forth over the cloth. Be careful not to burn the cloth.
If you don't want to fool with it, find a tailor to press it. Cleaners almost never press collars and I don't think they would care or know how to do so properly.
 

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