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How To Care For A Suit

A fine suit is an investment and companion for life. Depending on the construction and fabric a suit could last upwards of 30 years. To maintain a garment for that amount of time it is imperative to take proper precautions. Much like a luxury car, luxury clothes require maintenance. Care and attention can eventually allow for the venerated ‘classic’ status as the garment ages with you gracefully. 

Dry Cleaning

Garment Care

Save a trip to the closet, your suit is dry clean only. Be sure to avoid over-cleaning. Some men drop off their suits every week or two, leading to the premature breakdown of fibers or unnecessary stress on clothing. Obviously, if the suit is stained, take it to the cleaners as soon as possible. Ideally, a suit should be properly dry-cleaned every 3 months or so. Between visits to the cleaner, try steam cleaning your garments, a much more delicate process.

Equipment, chemicals, and cleaning procedure play an important role in determining a good dry cleaner from a bad one. Learn more about how to find the right dry cleaner here.

Alternate Suits

Capsule WardrobeEvery man should own a minimum of two suits. Whether wearing it every day for work or just a few nights a week, it’s best to have options. Set aside the impression you are giving others when you show up in the clothes day after day. Letting the fabric rest allows it to regain its shape. Keep in mind, trousers take much more stress than a jacket. An additional pair of trousers to go with your suit is the best way to ensure longevity.

Daily Care

  • Brush it – Even after a day of sitting at a desk, your suit can pick up dirt and dust. A suit brush and a lint roller will ensure that your suit is not accumulating grime after daily wear.
  • Shower With It – Hang your suit on a hanger and then place the hanger on the back of your bathroom door when you shower. Steam from the shower will de-wrinkle and relax the fabrics of your clothes as well as aerate and deodorize them.
  • Hang it up – Hang your suit up on a cedar wood hanger with a contoured form. Cedar is a natural moth-repellent, it also absorbs moisture while it preserves the shape of your suit. When you hang it up, give it plenty of room in your closet, cramming it in-between other clothes will wrinkle the garment and stress the fibers.



Many people develop cleaning rituals but it can take time. Luckily you don’t have to do it alone. If you have any further questions or would like to get the custom clothing process started Contact Us, call 215-310-0219 or email us at info@henrydavidsen.com.

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