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Steaming dinner jacket in bathroom, problem with the silk lapel?

guyver00

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Recently purchased a used dinner suit, and the jacket has some unsightly creases, so I thought of hanging it in the bathroom to let the steam remove some of the creases, just like with a normal suit jacket. But I'm not sure about the silk lapels, since I read somewhere that water can stain it. Have anyone tried steaming their dinner jacket in the bathroom, any long term damage? Or should I just send it to a dry cleaner and have it cleaned and pressed?
 

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Do you have access to a sauna? If not, how about having a tailor give it a quick touch up?
Lowers the risk of any damage to the silk lapels.
 

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especially after just purchasing used, i feel like i'd go to the drycleaner with it; however nice a dinner suit it was, i'd rather have it professionally cleaned before i wear it since who knows what kind of crazy person wore it last...
 

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Jeffrey D, a tailor who posts here, advises against steaming either with a machine or the steamy bathroom trick, since it relaxes a lot of the shape out of garments.

Ironing it using a damp cloth is much better. And there is a tutorial on here showing you how to do that without destroying it: here
 

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If you have bought this used, it should be try cleaned before coming into your house to take care of any moth larvae. This also make any steaming unnecessary.
 

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