Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by T900, Oct 1, 2006.
after every wear? or after several wears, in which case, how many? Thanks.
and i am referring to 100% wool trousers.
When they get noticeably dirty.
Once a season, depending on wear, and if by chance, something spills on them, say at a restaurant. Otherwise I air them out, as much as possible. My sister has some garments that have never been cleaned, in more than twenty years. Just aired out. I take care of the pressing. They look like new, only better.
Depends a bit on the type of cloth and the season. If my wrists drip sweat onto the edges of the pockets (where I keep my hands a lot) in the summer, I'll suck it up and clean more often. That's less of a problem in winter, and I can generally stretch the dry-cleaning out to the end of season. That would be about 15-20 wearings. Maybe an intermediate one in January to freshen things up a bit. Steaming and a trip through the Corby trouser press can postpone that a little.
The Brits and some Italians make a fetish about never drycleaning anything. That goes too far, I think. But they have a point. I do have some garments that I've never had dry cleaned-- brushing, airing and touchup pressing covers most sins. Among other things, a limiting factor on garment life is number of drycleanings. Not everything is designed to last a lifetime, but good tailoring is not meant to be disposable, either.
The Brits and some Italians make a fetish about never drycleaning anything.
Some of them also make a fetish of not showering. Just because it's European, does not make it better.
I would say, dry clean items as infrequently as possible - but if it's soiled or smelly, you really have no choice.
In the Cary Grant book, by Richard Torregrossa . . . the 'smell' or essence of old clothes, is talked about in some detail. There is something to it, yes. One thing: dry cleaning is supposed to kill all moth larvae. I have an exterminator in here every two months, so I don't have too much trouble with moths, anymore. Moths LOVE cashmere. They are devilish little creatures, that must be eradicated, from any environment where fine clothes, are at risk.
always at the end of every season. and maybe 1-2 more times in between. i have a rotation of around 10 pairs. and i do the same for both my wool and cotton trousers (mostly cords for F/W wear).
When they get noticeably dirty.
+1. I don't place a timeframe on when cleaning occurs.
I get my odd trousers dry cleaned once approximately once every season, and almost never dry clean my suit trousers, because I rarely dry clean my suits.
even on summer days? from where i am from, it is summer all year round. so wondering if i can follow what you guys are doing i.e. clean only when it is noticably dirty. i do refrain from bringing it to the cleaners though; you should have seen how they treat your stuff.
Same as for everything else that hasn't been spilled on, etc - once twice year (or once a season for seasonal stuff).
whichever comes first.
It can be hard to tell if something is dirty or smelly. Dark colors hide many stains. Lighting can, too - remember that. Your nose might not notice an odor, but a typical woman will notice. There are safer intermediate cleaning options that probably you should use, and waiting an entire season to dry clean is not what professional cleaners would do for their own clothes.
Once a year at most and very much depending on how dirty they are.
Dry cleaning is very bad for clothes; it's always best to be very, very conservative on visits. A good clothes brush and a pro steamer are your best friends.
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