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How often to dry clean a suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrMiyagi, Jul 5, 2009.

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  1. MrMiyagi

    MrMiyagi New Member

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    I have a suit that I wear every day for work. Its wool and I have it dry cleaned weekly.

    Is this too often? It has been hot so I've been sweating in it for the past few weeks but I dont notice any smell. I'm thinking I can push it back to every other week (if not further). Its the only suit I have so its worn every day.
     
  2. radicaldog

    radicaldog Well-Known Member

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    You really need to get another suit, or this one won't make it until the end of the season. Get a heavy wool worsted -- it will last longer.

    Just don't dry clean your suit unless it smells or is stained.
     
  3. JayJay

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    I'd consider getting at least a couple more suits so that you can rotate wearing them. Daily wearing the same suit and dry cleaning it weekly will ruin it quickly.
     
  4. MrMiyagi

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    Right. I've only had it cleaned maybe six times. I dont know what guide I was using, but I read this weekly guide somewhere. I guess I'll just get it cleaned when it smells or gets stained. Getting another suit isnt really an option.
     
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    You should only dry clean suits when really really needed because it is not good for the fabric. I wear suits every weekday and dry clean them once every year or so, if that. However, I brush them with a Kent natural bristle brush after every wearing.
     
  6. radicaldog

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    Look, if you really need to clean it just use a brush and maybe a little bit of steam. Dry cleaning should be a last resort.
     
  7. Don Carlos

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    Getting another suit isnt really an option.

    It will be when your current suit wears out. At the very least, get another suit or two now -- even if on the cheap -- to develop a rotation. You're going to destroy your one suit if you wear it every day, five days a week, regardless of how often you dry clean it. Frequent dry cleaning will hasten its destruction, but the point is academic if you're wearing the suit every day in the first place. At this point you're doing the sartorial equivalent of putting butter on bacon and debating about which will give you a heart attack first.
     
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    S long as it isn't dirty I say hold off on the dry cleaning or else your suit will wear out very quickly
     
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    def only two to three times a year.
     
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    Don't over dry clean your suits...The chemicals involved are not good at all for the wool...
    Buy another one or two suits and have a rotation between them...A suit needs to breathe.
    It will be cheaper in the long term than dry cleaning every week...
     
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    AS long as it isn't dirty I say hold off on the dry cleaning or else your suit will wear out very quickly

    Agreed. And dont wear the same suit daily.
     
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    Another suit or two is a definite must, even if you go the cheap route.
     
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    I can't imagine someone who can wear the same suit day in and day out. I'd die of boredom alone.

    I have seen someone who brought in a pair of pants to my tailor to get the belt loops replaced. The loops were so worn out that you could see the white threads in them. Apparently that wasn't the first time either. The tailor had to get the extra fabric from the hem. This was caused by wearing the same pants to work everyday and sitting in a hard plastic chair.
     
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    You really need to get another suit, or this one won't make it until the end of the season. Get a heavy wool worsted -- it will last longer.

    Just don't dry clean your suit unless it smells or is stained.


    +1

    Getting a few more suits is really the answer. Even if you have to go to JAB for a stopgap, doing so will preserve the suit you currently wear.
     
  15. GusW

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    I have found that the less you dry clean the better.

    You need to send it out if it truly needs it. However, if you 1) hang a suit and let it air out, 2) give a simple brushing and 3) simply spot with cold water and a towel any small food or dirt stains, you can probably get by for a very long time without cleaning.

    I feel the longer you can go the better. And, avoid hotel cleaners whenever possible. I have had more shirts, pants, suits and jackets ruined by sending them out while traveling.
     
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    I completely subscribe to the idea of not drycleaning your suit more than 2-3 times a year. But I was out for lunch with a couple of female colleagues last week when they started asking me about my suits. I told them that I have 8 suits which I rotate on a biweekly basis (together with a blazer) at work, but they were absolutely horrified when I said that I don't have the suits dry cleaned more than twice a year. I told them that I brush my suit after each wearing, but they still found the notion gross.

    Anyone else has had this experience? And does brushing really help if you've been sweating quite a bit in your suit, particularly the pants?
     
  17. Quebec1977

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    First of all, I would say that anybody who must wear a suit everyday should have a minimum of 3 to 5 suits, for hygiene as well as for style reasons. I wear a suit everyday and I have 14 or 15 of them, though I no longer wear 2 of them. So I wear each suit about once every two weeks. One dry clean per year is enough, unless some emergencies, of course!
     
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    I told them that I have 8 suits which I rotate on a biweekly basis (together with a blazer) at work, but they were absolutely horrified when I said that I don't have the suits dry cleaned more than twice a year. I told them that I brush my suit after each wearing, but they still found the notion gross.

    I am starting to get into the habit of ordering two pairs of trousers with my suit. I think if a person sweats a lot in his pants, they should be dry cleaned more often than twice a year but the jacket is ok because you always wear shirts.
     
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    I am starting to get into the habit of ordering two pairs of trousers with my suit. I think if a person sweats a lot in his pants, they should be dry cleaned more often than twice a year but the jacket is ok because you always wear shirts.

    I agree. I dry clean pants alone more frequently than the jackets; often times a stain or odor in the pants doesn't indicate the jacket is dirty at all, hence further extending the life of the jacket.
     
  20. GusW

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    I suppose if you sweat like a mutherf**k#r then you might need to dry clean a bit more often. However, airing out a suit and good hygiene go a long way [​IMG]
     

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