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How often do you dry clean your garmet?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, May 4, 2004.

  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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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?
     
  2. fareau

    fareau Senior member

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    If the suit looks and smells clean, I wouldn't get it dry-cleaned. I always think of the chemicals diminishing the ultimate longevity of the suit and so try to avoid dry-cleaning where possible.
     
  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I would not dry clean "just for the hell of it." Either once every six months or once a year should be fine. I have heard tailors, however, recommend that you just steam clean your suit, and save dry cleaning for times when your suit is actually stained. This seems like wise advice.
     
  4. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Do they recommend "steaming" the suit or "steam cleaning" the suit?  My only knowledge of steam cleaning involves high-pressure hot water and is better suited to removing congealed motor oil from engine parts than maintaining tailored clothing.  I do steam my clothes once per wearing to remove the wrinkles, but I'm not sure how much of a cleaning effect that has.

    dan
     
  5. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    And speaking of dry cleaning, next time I need to dry clean any of my clothing, I intend to try one of the carbon dioxide dry cleaners. It's supposed to be much easier on one's clothes. I'll try some of my lower-quality clothing first, but I can't imagine that CO2 results could be any worse than perchloroethylene.

    dan
     
  6. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    dah,

    Steam-cleaning and steaming are totally different.  I can't imagine one would want to wear a suit after it has been pressure washed.

    I'm sure you've seen a steamer (most retail clothing stores have one, and many people own them as well).  Basically, there's a small unit that sits on the ground, and is composed of a water tank and a heater.  There is a long, flexible hose which is connected to a 'nozzle'.  Water is heated up in the bottom, and the steam flows through the hose.  The steam will remove wrinkles and help 'lift' the fibers of the fabric on suits.  I believe it also helps to give life to the roll of the lapel.  You can pick them up for around $70 on ebay, I want to purchase one soon.

    My question to those who own them: does steaming a garment remove any odors at all?

    **edit** nevermind, I didn't finish reading the rest of your post.
     
  7. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    On the occasions when I've been stuck in a place that allows smoking, I've found that steaming the offending article will remove some of the smoke smell.  It doesn't remove it all, though.  I can't really comment on other odors.  I haven't had a steamer long enough to try it on other stuff.

    dan
     
  8. DandySF

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    You'll keep your suits clean and fresh if you just air them out and give them a good brushing before returning to the closet. Dry cleaning is the quickest way to age a suit.
     
  9. Dan G

    Dan G Senior member

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    What type of brush is appropriate for a suit? Where can I get one and what should I expect to pay? Thanks
     
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    DandySF Senior member

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    Brushes are readily available at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. Â I suspect they'd be about $20. Â Or, you can get a nice one from a company like Kent: Â Link to Kent Brushes
     
  11. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I want to get steamer as well. Pressing/ironing is hard on wool.

    To get rid of smell (cigarettes etc..) I heard that turn the suit inside out and air the suit will accelerate removing smell.
     
  12. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    i concur with dry cleaning as little as possible
    once a season is good or only when it actually gets stained

    airing your suit out on a valet after each wearing will actually elimate a lot of odours/smells .... i've been to some very smokefilled events and i've merely let my suit hang on a valet for a few days and that alone has elimated the smells - i fail to see how turning it inside out will help as you've then put the wool on the inside and are essentially airing out the lining

    i also steam but i find it's moreso for the elimination of wrinkles that don't fall out from hanging on the valet - i suppose it does eliminate some of the smell as well but i never thought of it that way

    a brushing usually just gets rid of any lint, dust, stray hairs ... that sort of thing but does freshen
     
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    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I've never dry cleaned any of my really good suits--simply too paranoid.
     
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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.
    What's wrong with a little healthy paranoia? My insanity makes me the man I am. [​IMG] Jon.
     
  15. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Then .. in what occasion do you folks wear g$$d suits?
     
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    How often do you dry clean your suits? Â 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?
     
  17. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I only spot clean (club soda) and hang them up in the shower to let the steam do its magic.
     
  18. kabert

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    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.
     
  19. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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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.
     
  20. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    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
     

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