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How to care for your suit

March 12, 2022 5 min read

#1. Air out often  

( If the climate allows*)  - A suit last longer if it is aired out in the fresh air between usage. The Sheep loves fresh air and so does your woollen suit. How often you should air it depends how often you use it and for hoe long but it will never hurt to do it as often as you can. Air out over night and you will notice the suit feels cleaner and more fresh the next day. If you air your suit on a regular basis you can dry clean it less often making your suit last longer and good for the environment. If you have a cotton fabric suit airing it also works to keep it fresh even if its not as effective as for wool.


* In humid climates or polluted areas airing your suit outside is not a great option as the effect is rather the opposite why dry cleaning will be needed more often and you should avoid to hang your suit outdoors. 

 


#2. Care extra for the construction

The most sensitive area of a suit is the front chestlapel and collar of the jacket and the pressing line of the pants. These parts are constructed with premium materials and pressed with specific high technology pressing machines to give the shape to your suit. These areas are extra important to protect and be careful with for when cleaning, pressing, hanging and folding you suit.


#3. "The Cloth"

To care for your suit in the best way secure you have a few home made "suit cloths". This will be your main tool for ironing and cleaning. You can create your own cloth by using something thin that has been washed many times not to leave any dust. Next time you are about to throw away a shirt cut out a cloth from the back part ( approx 50 x 50cm/ 20 x20 inches). Or use an old pillow case to cut out your cloth. 

 

#4. Cleaning & Spot Cleaning


A suit made of wool fabric should always and only be DRY CLEANED. However in case there is a small spot that is easy to remove with water go ahead and do a "spot clean it" using a wet "suit cloth". If you have a cotton suit made in cotton stretch or seersucker you have other options as stated below*

 

 

#5. Ironing

 FIRSTLY

- NEVER use a steamer for your WOOL suit. Wool is curly by nature and the fine wool threads used in suit fabrics are not meant to be frequently wet unless combined with pressure. All our REDA TEKNOLOGI fabric are water resistent but this is not the same as using a steamer close to the fabric. And more important is to protect the underlying canvas and skin fusing construction in the jacket why a steamer is not recommended. 

ALWAYS use a"suit cloth" when ironing. This will secure your'e not burning the fabric or leaving ironing marks. 

JACKET:
The first part to get wrinkles is normally the back waist after sitting agains a chair. This part can be ironed but ONLY if you have the "suit cloth" between the garment and the iron. NEVER iron the front and collar part of your jacket. These parts are crafted and constructed with underlying premium and sensitive materials such as the canvas and skin fusing construction and pressed under high pressure to be shaped for your body and continuously shaped after your body every time you use it. If you iron this part you are risking to loose the shape and worst case destroy the underlying construction. If hanged properly on a hanger this part of the suit will flatten it self out in a day or two in case it got wrinkled.

PANTS:
Your Pants can be ironed but same as for the jacket ONLY if you use a "suit cloth". When ironing the pants secure to lye them flat on the ironing board with half front and half back facing up. Meaning as if you would hang them folded along the press line. Iron one leg at the time. If you have a Seersucker suit or garment read the extra material below*. 

TOOLS:
"Suit Cloth" ( ALWAYS), iron set to medium - high heat, some steam from the iron is ok as you give pressure and using the cloth, regular ironing board. If you have a sleeve ironing board that will make it easier to iron the jacket sleeves and the "pants butt". If you normally iron your shirts investing in a sleeve ironing board is a great move.

A quick iron on these places will make your suit look sharp in no time. 

 

#6. Hanging 

Hang your suit after each day when you can. Use a proper hanger for the jacket and fold the pants on the middle and place on the hanger bar. Easiest way to get the pants flat along the pressing line ( half front, half back on one side) is to grab the leg opening and turn the pants up side down and they will fall nicely along the pressing line and you can fold in two before hanging. A high quality wool fabric will flaten it self a lot just by being on a hanger. The pressing line on the pants will last longer and it is just the right way to go. The performance of our fabrics are amazing when put on a hanger and many foldings will straighten out in a day or two by them selves. When traveling feel free to fold your garment but as soon as you reach the destination find that hanger! 

 

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* SeerSucker Fabric 

SeerSucker is a cotton fabric making it much more friendly to water. Still, a suit Jacket is made with layers of fusing and canvas in the chest construction and can ONLY BE DRY CLEANED. However the pants will be happy for a wash every now and then but try not to clean them too often. Fresh air and spot cleaning in between washing will make them last longer. 

Your Seersucker pants can be ironed with a STEAMER or you iron as normal together with the "suit cloth" ( not as important as its a cotton fabric but we always advise it to avoid iron marks). Using an iron will flatten those "bubbles" so you need to ad some steam to it to make them pop up again. Hanging them in the bathroom after a hot shower will do the trick.

For the Jacket you can iron the back waist, hang it and use the steamer fromt he iron itself as a "spot steamer", avoiding the steam to reach the front part. If you have a proper steamer you can use it directly on the back jacket as long as you avoid the front part. 

 

* Cotton Stretch Fabrics & Chinos

A Cotton Stretch fabric (pure cotton or a blend with stretch) is much more friendly to water. Still, a suit Jacket is made with layers of fusing and canvas in the chest construction and can ONLY BE DRY CLEANED. However the pants will be happy for a wash every now and then but try not to clean them too often. Fresh air and spot cleaning in between washing will make them last longer. 

Your cotton stretch pants/chinos can be ironed with a STEAMER or you iron as normal together with the "suit cloth" ( not as important as its a cotton fabric but we always advise it to avoid iron marks).