Some suits can be machine-washed or hand washed, but it’s generally recommended that you take your suit to a professional dry cleaner for the best results. Dry cleaners have the experience and equipment needed to clean and preserve suits properly.
If you do decide to wash your suit at home, make sure to use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent, and avoid using bleach or fabric softener. It’s also important to hang or lay the suit flat to dry, rather than putting it in the dryer, which can shrink or damage the fabric.
Dos and don’ts of washing a suit
5 step guide to washing a suit
Check the care label
Before washing your suit, check the care label to see if it’s safe to machine wash or if it requires dry cleaning. If the label recommends dry cleaning, take the suit to a professional dry cleaner. If the suit can be machine washed, proceed to step 2.
Pre-treat any stains
If the suit has any stains, pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of water and mild detergent. Apply the solution to the stain and gently blot with a clean cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing.
Wash the suit
Place the suit in the washing machine and select a gentle cycle with cold water. Use a mild detergent that is suitable for delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as these can damage the fabric. If possible, wash the suit alone to avoid any potential damage from other items in the load.
Dry the suit
After washing, remove the suit from the washing machine and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist the fabric. Hang or lay the suit flat to dry, avoiding direct sunlight or heat sources. Do not use a dryer, as the high heat can cause shrinkage and damage the fabric.
Iron the suit
Once the suit is dry, iron it with a steam iron or pressing cloth on a low heat setting to remove any wrinkles. Make sure to iron the suit inside out to avoid any potential damage to the fabric or lining.
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