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Cleaning a suit yourself? Here’s what you should pay attention to!

Everyone is familiar with this problem. An ugly stain mars your suit trousers or jacket. Usually, you’d have to take the respective piece of clothing to the dry cleaners as soon as possible to get the stain removed so you can wear the trousers or jacket again. This not only takes up valuable time but can also be a hassle. Above all, it costs money. However, you can avoid all of this by following our tips for cleaning a suit yourself, which is quicker, saves money and is also less hassle, provided you do it the right way.

Of course, cleaning a suit yourself always harbours certain risks, but it is nevertheless possible to clean your suit at home in your own washing machine. If you keep to a few important rules, it shouldn’t be a problem. It is possible to clean your suit jacket and trousers and to make them presentable again without resorting to having them professionally dry cleaned.

Laundry label provides information

Before you wash your suit by hand or in the washing machine for the first time, you should carefully study the laundry label to find out how your suit should be cleaned. The label attached to the inside of the piece of clothing tells you how hot and at which setting it may be laundered. The cycles also differ in terms of the spin speeds,

A tub with a cross through it or the picture of a hand in it indicates that the piece of clothing may be laundered by hand only or in the washing machine at the respective setting, or not at all without the risk of damaging it.

In this case, you should definitely opt to have your suit dry cleaned in order to maintain its shape, colour and size.

Test the fabric before you wash it

Before you wash your suit, you should test the washing powder on the fabric in an inconspicuous place. Some fabrics cannot be washed with water. You should therefore check whether some lightly diluted washing powder solution applied to the inside of a trouser or sleeve seam and rinsing it out afterwards leaves any unsightly stains. If a stain cannot be removed in this way, you should have your suit dry cleaned. If there are no visible stains or rings left afterwards, the suit can easily be cleaned with water.

 

Special detergent is gentle on the fabric

If your suit is made of virgin wool, you should use a special wool detergent when laundering it at home. This is gentler on the fabric fibres and does not contain any enzymes that might damage the virgin wool. The enzymes in ordinary detergents attack natural fibres like the virgin wool given as an example here as well as silk, for instance, and may impair their quality. 

Virgin wool is a particularly popular choice for suits and suit jackets as it is breathable. 

This means that any perspiration leaves no unsightly stains. bugatti’s suits for men also have a high breathable virgin wool content or are made completely of this high-quality fabric and reflect the modern casual business look.

Summary

Ultimately, if in doubt, you should have your suit professionally dry cleaned if you do not want to run the risk of damaging it. If you do decide to wash it yourself, you should be one hundred per cent certain which cycle you should choose. If you are unsure about the information shown on the laundry label, we recommend asking a professional dry cleaner for advice, rather than risk ruining your suit. 

Hand washing

First of all, you should check the suit for stains. They can be soaked beforehand with the aid of a lint free cloth, for example a microfibre cloth, and a solution of water and gall soap, for instance. Please do not brush or rub it in! This would damage virgin wool.

Now start the actual laundering process by filling a small tub with water. The water should only be lukewarm. Completely dissolve the detergent in the water, then soak the suit in it. However, you shouldn’t leave the suit to soak for too long. Empty out the water and rinse the suit several times with clean water until all of the detergent has been rinsed out.

Wrap the laundered piece of clothing in a terry towel and carefully squeeze the water out. Do not make the mistake of wringing out the piece of clothing. 

Machine wash setting

Modern washing machines also feature settings designed especially for certain fabrics and fibres. Most washing machines therefore offer a wool or hand-wash cycle.

You should put no more than three pieces of clothing into the machine per load to avoid damaging the suit fabric. The wash cycle that you opt for should offer a high water level, a low spin speed of less than 600 RPM per minute and a maximum water temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. Before loading the clothing into the washing machine drum, you should fasten all fastenings so the clothing keeps its shape.

Air dry rather than tumble dry

To ensure that your suit or trousers keep their shape and to avoid creasing, please remember:

suits and trousers should never be dried in a tumble dryer. The respective symbol on the label of these pieces of clothing is therefore also crossed out.

Hang the suit jacket and the trousers on separate hangers. The hanger for the suit jacket should have so-called shoulder flares on the outsides to ensure that the shoulder pads keep their shape.

If possible, the suit trousers should be dried spread out on a terry towel on a clothes horse.

By hand or in the machine?

Before you actually wash your suit, you should first of all brush any dirt, lint and hairs off the individual pieces of your suit with a suit brush. You can the choose to wash the suit by hand or put it in the washing machine. Pull the jacket and trousers into shape once more before you hang them up. This avoids creases and ensures a perfect fit. You should also fasten all buttons on the clothing.

If you follow these rules, it shouldn’t be necessary to iron the suit. However, if you do discover the odd crease and are forced to iron it out, you should always place a damp cotton cloth between the piece of clothing and the iron.

 

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