How to Care for and Store Your Suits, Sport Coats, and Blazers

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Suits

Always read the care and content label to determine how to care for your garment. This is especially important because your garment may have different care instructions than those detailed here.

Laundering Your Suit

All suits are dry clean only.

Laundering Your Sport Coat

All sport coats are dry clean only.

Troubleshooting

The less frequently you dry clean your suit or sport coat, the better. Once a season is plenty, but if you do get a spot on your garment, take it to the dry cleaner immediately. Your dry cleaner should know which method to use to remove it, depending upon the cause of the stain. When dry cleaning a suit, always have both the jacket and trousers cleaned at the same time to avoid the slight changes in color that dry cleaning can sometimes cause.

Brush your garment with a clothing brush after each wearing. Brush with short quick strokes, first up against the nap then down with the grain of the fabric. There are four types of brushes that you may use to get dirt, dust, and lint off your garment:
1) A roller with sticky sheets is best for getting pet hair and lint off your clothes. Keep one of these brushes in your car or office desk for emergency use.
2) A wire bristle brush, usually brass, can be used for deeper cleaning.
3) Nylon or other bristles are also effective for deep cleaning.
4) A raised fabric brush will create static electricity to pick up lint; brush one way to clean your clothes and the brush opposite way to clean the brush. These sometimes come in combination with nylon brushes.

Storing Your Suit or Sport Coat

Rest your suit or sport coat for at least one full day between wearings; make sure there is room in your closet for adequate air circulation. Hang your garment on a wooden or plastic contour hanger to retain its shape. You may choose to use a cloth cover, which will provide protection from dust and allow the fabric to breathe.

For long-term storage, keep your garment in a dry, temperature-controlled space. Ideally, you should store your garment in a cedar closet, which along with mothballs will deter cloth-eating moths. Before putting your suit or sport coat in storage, make sure to dry clean it, because moths are attracted to soil, fresh food stains, and sweat residue. Remove the dry cleaner’s plastic and the tissue paper so that moisture will not accumulate on the clothes. A breathable fabric or paper bag is best for long-term storage.

4 Comments

  1. DR SAMUEL J. CASCIO

    September 8, 2015 at 6:11 am

    CONCERNING STORING SUITS. SHOULD PANTS BE HUNG FROM THE CUFFS OR DRAPED OVER THE BAR OF THE HANGER. NOTE: I FIND WHEN I DRAPE THE PANTS OVER THE BAR OF THE HANGER IT WILL LEAVE A CREASE ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE PANT LEG. SO I USE A HANGER THAT HAS TWO PINCH CLIPS AND HANG THE PANTS BY THE CUFFS. WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION?

  2. Great question, Samuel!

    This would be a matter of personal preference; however, the space you have available could be a factor. The best method, if you have the room in your closet, is to hang your pants full length. Hanging by the cuff gets the wrinkles out most efficiently since the full weight of the pants helps pull the pants smooth by gravity. Hang from the bottom (not the waist band).

    If you’re hanging at the middle of the leg, center the pants over the bar and make sure both legs are laying smoothly, one leg directly above the other to avoid creases.

    The ankles and waist should be evenly balanced so the portion about six inches above the knees is draped over the bar. Since the knees get the most wear you don’t want to add to it by hanging the knee portion over the bar. Hanging them right at the knees causes more wear at an already worn (stretched) spot.

    If your closet is too small to hang pants separately you can hang two pairs on one hanger by distributing them across the bar and hanging them in opposite directions.

    Also, always re-crease your pants before hanging. Find the center front and back by aligning the out seam and the inseam, one on top of the other. The creases that form will be the center front and center back.

    We hope this helps! If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to email us at custserv@paulfredrick.com or call us at 1-800-247-1417.

  3. Vincent C. Libertini

    February 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I used to hand pants fronm the bottom -but found that the hanger leaves creases that can be seen when wearing them -but from the waist line there are none and if so they can’t be seen..Please advise-

  4. Allie

    March 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Vincent, thanks for your question! If the goal is to avoid creases, the best way to hang your pants is by the waist or to clamp the cuffs.

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