Welcome to Suits Avenue’s blog! Today we are going to give you many tips on how to take care of your clothes! Suits are a big investment and don’t stereo-typically last a very long time. If you follow these simple steps, we promise it will help add years to your suits life! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover! Stop in the store today and the girls will help you pick out a new outfit for your upcoming event!
Table of contents:
- Rotating your suits
- Use a round wood hanger
- Use a regulated closet
- Don’t overload your pockets
- Use a clothing brush
- Steam your suit
- Cloth cleaning tips
- Leather shoe cleaning tips
- Removing stains from leather shoes
- Suede shoe cleaning tips
- How to fold a suit
Rotating your suits:
If you wear a suit regularly, or more than three times a week, you should own more than 1 suit. Owning more than one suit will allow you to rotate your suits. This gives your suit time to relax and go back to its natural form and allow the fibers time to breathe. During the day your suit takes in the smells it is around.
Use a round, wood hanger:
Using a round, wood hanger as pictured below, will also help your suit breathe and give it time to rest and get back to it’s natural form when you aren’t wearing it. This hanger creates the perfect form it needs to relax the fibers.
Use a regulated closet:
Having a regulated closet isn’t only good for your suits, it’s good for all of your clothes. It keeps the temperature the same making sure it doesn’t get too hot or col and ruin or stiffen your clothing. It will also help deture any insects or creepy crawlys.
Don’t overload your pockets:
Make sure you only keep the essentials in your pockets when wearing a suit. Your I.D., credit/debit card, cash, or anything else you may need! If you keep too much in your pockets, not only will it buldge and look goofy, but it will also cause wear and tear on your pocket, and quickly. Once the fabric is stretched there is no turning back.
Use a clothing brush:
Using a clothing brush at the end of the day will help the fibers in your suit freshen back up and relax. Your suit takes in the smells of your evenings adventures, the clothing brush will open those fibers allowing it to open back up.
Steam your suit:
Steaming your suit is a gentle way to clean your suit and remove the wrinkles. Don’t take your suit to the dry cleaners often. They use harsh chemicals that will damage your suit, especially if you take it regularly. Steam is only heated water that will open the fibers and not cause any damage. Make sure to check your tags before doing anything and see whats safe to use.
- Pre-Treat your stains before washing, steaming, or sending your suit to the dry cleaners. This will help ensure your stain doesn’t set and comes out.
- Put cedar blocks in your closet near your suits. This will help keep moths and other insects away so they don’t eat or damage your clothes. This will also help prevent mold from growing if any moisture gets into the area.
- If possible, have a specially regulated closet for your clothes. This will also help prevent any mold, bad smells, or possible damage to your clothes.
Step 1: Remove the laces.
If they’re dirty, run them through the washing machine or replace them.
Step 2: Clean loose dirt and debris.
Use a soft cloth or a brush to remove any grime that may be stuck to the shoe’s leather surfaces.
Step 3: Apply soap.
Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the shoe.
Step 4: Wipe off soap.
Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel. Warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scuffs.
Step 5: Condition leather.
Apply leather conditioner to protect from stains and to add shine. You can buy a commercial leather conditioner or make your own by mixing 1 part vinegar to 2 parts linseed oil. Apply to leather, let sit for about 15 minutes and buff with a soft cloth till the leather shines.
Step 6: Dry
Let your shoes and boots dry in the open air. Don’t put them in the sun or by a heater, as this may cause the leather to fade or crack.
Help removing stains:
Grease or Oil
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the spot. Rub it in gently, with a damp cloth. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth.
Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and lightly blot the stain. Don’t rub, or you could make the ink spread. Blot gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.
You can use toothpaste to clean leather. Squirt a dab of the non-gel sort on the scuffed area. Rub with a soft cloth.
You will need a shoe brush, shoe cleaner, rubber stone, and a rag. You can find all of these at a shoe store in the care section or possibly at your local super store as well.
Apply cleanser with a rag, covering the entire shoe evenly (don’t oversaturate). Avoid spot cleaning, as this may cause staining. Let it dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Gently rub the rubber stone (moving in the same direction) all over the shoe to remove any remaining dirt. Use the suede brush to gently fluff up and restore the nap to your suede. Remember: suede is sensitive so don’t be too rough, it is a gentle project.
Protect your newly cleaned shoes from the elements by misting a light, even coat of protective spray all over the shoe.
Pro tip: Try to brush off any dirt on your shoes every day; that simple step makes a huge difference in the look of your suede.
How to fold a suit:
If you have to wear a suit for work, more than likely you are going to travel at some point. This is a good way to pack your suit safely in your suit case to help reduce the wrinkles in your suit.
- Lay the suit face down on a flat surface.
- Fold the left shoulder back.
- Turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck the left shoulder into the right.
- Fold the jacked in half lengthwise and then fold horizontally.
- Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.
- Fold the trouser bottoms over jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.
Thank you for reading our blog today! We hope we were able to give you some new information to help continue the life of your suits! If you don’t follow any of these steps, we promise by doing so it will add years onto your suit life! Stop into the store today and we can help dress all the men in your home for your upcoming event!
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