Suit 101: Cleaning and Caring

So you’ve recognized the impact Bonaire custom clothing can make in the way you look and feel, and you want to prolong the life of your clothing for… Well, as long as possible! You also understand that with your investment in yourself and your wardrobe, your custom clothing needs to be cared for properly. But what does that mean precisely?

Suit 101: Cleaning and Caring

Bring in the professionals.

By that, we mean you should get to know your neighborhood dry cleaners. Professional cleaning is recommended for tailored clothing, although—here’s the caveat—it should be done as infrequently as possible. That means you shouldn’t need to have your things dry cleaned after every wearing, but after several wears or even once per season. Why? Garments cleaned less frequently will last longer than garments cleaned more frequently. Whatever you do, don’t throw your tailored clothing into a washing machine or dryer. If you do that, your clothes may become misshapen or damaged. 

Suit 101: Cleaning and Caring

What about spot cleaning?

In between visits to the dry cleaners, you can absolutely spot clean. Just be sure you’re doing it carefully and correctly. For wool fabrics, a wool detergent and a wet cloth can effectively remove small stains. Be sure to blot the stained area and avoid rubbing as this can force the stain even deeper into the fabric fibers. You can also use a wool or fabric brush every now and again to remove loose particles that could break down the wool.

If you have cotton and linen fabrics, treat any spots promptly by blotting the stained area with detergent and a wet cloth.

Suit 101: Cleaning and Caring

Smooth out the wrinkles.

Nobody wants to be wearing fantastic-fitting clothing that looks rumpled and tired. If your garments have gotten wrinkled, you need to fix that before stepping out the door in them. Just sayin’. While wool is naturally resistant to wrinkling, hanging your wool garment between wears helps it rebound from any wrinkles. Cotton and linen on the other hand are more prone to wrinkling and don’t rebound as easily as wool fabrics do.

Steaming is the way to go, and not only is it recommended because it removes wrinkles, but also because it’s a great way to freshen up and disinfect your clothing. The high heat from the steam kills bacteria, while the moisture helps to relax the fabric’s fibers and release dirt. Ironing is also an option, although it should be done on a low heat setting to prevent potential damage. If you’re ironing wool, use a lower heat setting than you would use for cotton or linen garments. 

Suit 101: Cleaning and Caring

How often should you clean your custom clothing?

We’re not going to suggest a specific schedule, but what we want you to understand is that tailored clothing requires less frequent cleaning than dress shirts or casual pants. Not to be indelicate, but jackets and trousers should be cleaned when they display signs of odor and wear, and when airing them out and spot cleaning aren’t removing odor and dirt. Trousers should be cleaned more frequently than jackets.

There you have it. Properly caring for your custom or tailored clothing translates to properly caring about the way you look and feel. It’s what we’re all about. Turn to Bonaire for information—and inspiration—that helps you do just that.