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How to Clean a Suit: Suit Cleaning Tips


Cleaning your suit is an essential step to keeping it in its best shape so it will serve you for years to come. Whether you need to treat a stain on your sleeve, freshen up your blazer, or find a suit cleaner, we're here to answer all your suit cleaning questions.

Suit dry cleaning

How much does it cost to dry clean a suit?

On average, you can expect to pay between $15-35 to get your suit dry cleaned. Price can vary depending on where you live and which dry cleaner you go to. Many cleaners charge per individual garment, so keep in mind that a three-piece suit will often cost more than a two-piece suit.

How long does it take to dry clean a suit?

Dry cleaning turnaround time for suits varies from cleaner to cleaner, but 2-3 days is pretty typical. If you're in a time crunch, it's always best to call ahead and ask what's possible before dropping your clothes off to make sure they can meet your needs.

How often to dry clean a suit

Unless you wore the suit all day long, you likely do not need to clean it after each use. If you wear suits regularly, consider getting them dry cleaned after the third or fourth wear as needed.

Do dry cleaners press suits?

Getting your suit pressed is one of the best reasons to take your suit to the dry cleaners before an event. While you can sometimes press a suit at home depending on your suit's care needs, it's hard to replicate that perfectly pressed look professionals provide.

How to clean a suit at home

While we recommend taking suits to the dry cleaner when you need a full cleaning, you can sometimes spot clean or freshen up your suit in between cleanings at home.

How to freshen up a suit without dry cleaning

  1. Spot clean mild stains before storing.

  2. Brush your suit after every use. This removes dirt and dust from your suit before it sets in.

  3. If the care label indicates it's okay, steam your suit to remove wrinkles and odors.

  4. Hang your suit neatly on a sturdy hanger to help keep its shape and inside a garment bag to protect it from dust.

How to remove a stain from a suit jacket

It's important to treat stains as soon as you notice them. For large or tough stains, take your suit to the dry cleaner for professional care. Be sure to give as many details as you can about what kind of stain it is and how old the stain is so they can better assess and treat it.

How to spot clean a suit

If you find yourself without stain remover, you can try dabbing cold water and lemon juice or white vinegar. Just be sure to test the mixture on a hidden part of the fabric first to make sure no color transfers.

If you see any color transfer, don't try to spot clean on your own. Take your suit to the dry cleaner as soon as possible to treat the stain instead.

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