Garment Care

Some basic tips on garment care for your suit

Empty Pockets
You will find your suit comes with all of the external pockets tacked shut. We typically recommend this should be left so, except for the breast pocket for a pochette or glasses. There are more than enough pockets on the inside of a good jacket for your pens, wallet and keys, rather than using the more visible exterior pockets, which over time can become misshapen and unattractive.

Brushing
Brush your suit lengthwise after wearing to remove surface soil and dust.

Airing
To remove cigarette or food odours, hang your suit out in the fresh air on a shaped or padded coat hanger. All suits and blazers from Suits On Broadway will come with a shaped coat hanger.

Resting
Rest your suit for at least one day before wearing again or alternatively buy two pair of trousers for the same jacket and rotate to get maximum wear out of your suit. The more suits you have the longer they will last.

Refreshing
Woollen Garments can be refreshed after unpacking or wearing, by hanging them in a steamy bathroom for 10 minutes. Moisture from the steam will remove wrinkles or alternatively if there is an iron handy, use the steam mode.

Ironing
The beauty of a quality woollen suit is it does not require any ironing: if properly hung it will take care of itself. The natural resilience of wool allows it to shed wrinkles and return to its original shape. If needed use the refreshing method above.

Dry away from direct heat
If your suit gets wet a quick pat down will remove most of the water. But if your suit gets soaked, dry it at room temperature away from direct heat or sunlight.

Long-term storage
Since food stains and body oils attract moths, you should ensure your suit is cleaned before packing it away in an airtight bag. Use mothballs but don’t put them directly on the fabric. Suit carry bags are designed for travelling and should not be used for storage.

Dry clean
Wool should be dry cleaned sparingly. Otherwise it can go shiny and limp. Use a reputable dry cleaner and identify spots or stains for special treatment. We recommend Regal Dry Cleaners. Visit www.regaldrycleaners.co.nz to find out more.

Removing stains
Wool is naturally stain resistant and many common stains can be easily removed, but it pays to act quickly to prevent stains from setting into the fabric.

Garments with stubborn stains (e.g. paint, nail polish and dyes) should be taken to the dry cleaners as soon as possible. Otherwise in emergencies, try using the following stain removal techniques:

Alcoholic drinks
Remove excess liquid by gently dabbing with a sponge.

Blood
Quickly dab with a damp sponge to remove excess blood. Then dab very gently with undiluted vinegar followed by cold water.

Chewing gum
Scrape off excess gum then sponge with dry cleaning fluid.

Chocolate
Sponge with cold soapy water.

Coffee or tea
Sponge with glycerine. If none available, use cold water.

Egg
Scrape off excess egg and then sponge with cold soapy water.

Food
Place towel under the affected area. Gently rub soda water toward centre of the stain.

Grass
Soap very carefully using mild tablet soap or dab gently with a cloth soaked in methylated spirits.

Ink
Immerse in cold water.

Lipstick
Can often be removed by rubbing white bread over the stain with a firm, gentle motion.

Make-up or shoe polish
Rub gently with a cloth soaked in turpentine or dry cleaning fluid. Rinse with mild soapy water.

Mud
Allow to dry, and then brush off excess mud. Sponge from back with cold soapy water.

Red wine
Immerse in cold water.

Wax
Carefully scrape off as much wax as possible with a butter knife. Place blotting paper over the wax and gently iron on wool or dot 2 setting.