Dry Cleaning Men's Suits - When & How Often to Dry Clean Your 2 Piece Mens Suit

Uploaded by RealMenRealStyle on 01.09.2011

Dry Cleaning Men's Suits - When & How Often to Dry Clean Your 2 Piece Mens Suit
Hi. Iím Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today Iím going to be
answering the question, ìHow often should you dry clean your suit?î If you havenít
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Okay. So letís get right to the question. How often should you dry clean your suit?
Hereís the answer. Itís whenever itís dirty. And I know youíre like, ìOkay. Thatís obvious.î
Well, it isnít, because it depends on a lot of factors as to when your suit gets dirty.
I mean, you could be wearing a suit one time and half stuff ñ you know, have something
ñ spilt ñ coffee spilt all over that.
And, you know ñ so the question is okay, I just ñ you know, do I need to take that
to the dry cleaners? Well, letís look at it. Did the coffee penetrate; you know is
it the type or did that role right off? I mean, there are options besides dry cleaning.
So dry cleaning is probably the most extreme thing. Basically, itís put into a solvent.
Itís put into a machine and you have this ñ itís called dry cleaning because itís
actually dry. They donít use water. And the solvent will go in there and it will go through
all over the fibers and itís going to remove off, you know, any pieces of dirt or lose
debris or, you know, any of the coffee stuff that kegs onto the fiber.
So, in that case, if it penetrated, youíre going to probably want to get that dry cleaned.
But what happens when youíve been wearing, you know, a suit all week and it looks clean,
it smells clean. You know, but youíve got a schedule where every week or every two weeks
youíre talking your suits in and youíre getting them cleaned, thatís just your schedule.
Well, Iíd have to say that youíre probably over doing it because if you think about it,
a suit really ñ except for the trousers, you know, it doesnít touch a lot of your
body. You usually have got a shirt which you can see, you know, if youíre wearing your
shirt right then not even the end of the jacket sleeve is going to be touching your ñ your
body. The shirt is usually protecting the jacket from pretty much all of your body so
your jacket ñ the only thing that itís picking up is perhaps dirt, food particles as youíre
going throughout your day. And you can handle that by at the end of each day having a suit
brush and simply brushing off your suit.
Brush it off before you take it off and, you know, get the back when itís on the hanger.
This will take you one minute and it will extend the time that you need to take your
clothing to the cleaner, I donít know, by two to four times at least. I mean, you can
go from ñ instead of taking your clothing to the cleaners once a week, once every two
weeks, you could literally go a month to two months and this is, you know, a suit that
you wear pretty frequently. You can go a month to two months between taking it to the cleaner.
Because a lot of times ñ what you want to get rid off are the little bits of food, the
little bits of, you know, other debris that build up on the outside of the suit and it
can start to settle in. So thatís what the brushing is going to take care of.
In addition, consider a sponge and press. And this is whenever you get a little bit
of dirt in an area or the jacket starts to wrinkle pretty bad and you need ñ or itís
losing its shape and this is something thatís not offered by every cleaner. Youíre going
to have to call and ask around. But a sponge and press is whenever they do a bit of spot
cleaning and basically like it sounds, theyíre going through, theyíre adding a bit of moisture
so theyíre re-moisturizing and this is something thatís important if you live actually in
the desert because the wool can start to become brittle so you want to add a bit of moisture
to it and then theyíre going to reshape the jacket and make sure that it conforms to your
body correctly.
A lot of times, tailors and some seamstresses will offer this. But be careful, a lot of
cleaners, youíll say this and theyíre just ñ you know, theyíre not going to offer.
You need to really know, you know, make sure that they know ñ you donít mean, you know,
a simple spot clean, youíre about a sponge and press. Although a simple spot cleaning
isnít that bad but you can do that yourself because the jacket canít take a bit of water...
...and if youíve got just, you know, a dirt area or a dirty area in one spot, thereís
no reason to send the whole jacket in to get cleaned.
So we talked about sponge and pressing. Another option is steaming. If youíre brushing your
jacket regularly and you just occasionally get wrinkles then perhaps invest in a steamer,
Iíve got a Jiffy Steamer and this thing works wonders. You want to be very careful though
that you donít blow out the seams. And the seams are going to be in the back of the jacket
and thatís where itís actually been pressed. And if you go over it too hard with a steamer
and you spend too much time there, it can actually lose its shape and thatís not a
great thing that youíre going to want to have with the jacket.
Never iron a jacket directly. You can use an iron on a jacket and then use it whenever
theyíre pressing your jacket but they never press directly onto. So you donít want the
ñ you donít want the iron to directly touch any of your suit jackets. So always have like
a piece of clear white cotton between it and make sure the setting is correct. And in fact
start with a lower setting than whatís recommended.
So wool go right below there. I think thatís usually like a three on an iron but look to
each iron. The thing is itís always better to increase the temperature to get your desired
results versus going on wool with too hot of a temperature because you basically cause
the other fiber to denature and youíre going to end destroying the fiber and then you basically
ruined your suit.
So, Iíve mentioned brushing, donít iron directly, steaming, spot cleaning, consider
a sponge and press so thereís a lot of other options. And getting back to the question,
how often should you dry clean? Only dry clean when you have to. So dry cleaning is going
to be one of the more expensive options out there and you can save yourself a bit of money,
save yourself quite a bit of time by just doing a little maintenance items on your suit.
So, hopefully that answered the question. And if you got any more, make sure to reach
out. This was a question that somebody asked me and so I went ahead and put this video
together. If you want to reach out to me at realmenrealstyle.com. I donít usually check
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This has been Antonio. Take care. Bye-bye.