Some men are blessed with the luxury of having a wardrobe full of suits meaning they can alternate their suits on an almost daily basis. The common gentleman doesn’t typically have this and rotates a couple of suits, sometimes even just one if you are further down the office career path. So, how often should men clean their suit?
The answer is not very often.
I’m assuming it is clear that you shouldn’t be putting any suit in the washing machine. The correct way to get a suit professionally cleaned is by using the method of dry cleaning. Dry cleaning uses a liquid called perchloroethylene (perc) to remove stains and dirt. The downside is that perc robs the wool fibres of their natural oils. As a result the more a suit is dry cleaned the more brittle and worn the suit becomes.
Where possible use a brush, spot cleaning or give it a good airing to remove any smells and stains. Only once this has failed to remove the offending aroma or markings do you take the suit to the cleaners.
So how often to clean is predisposed on your ability to finish that morning coffee without spilling it down yourself. But follow the steps above and dependent on the frequency of wear you should have a clear idea on you future laundry requirements.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.