How often do you need to dry clean a suit?

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    Mar 15, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    I am starting a new job, and have to wear a suit every day. It is not a prissy looks-is-everything fashion job or out in front of the general public eye, and fortunately it's not strenuous at all (I don't really sweat, even at the gym) so I'm trying to figure out how often I should dry clean my suit.

    PS: It's a full-time travel job, 100% on the road - home every two months for the weekend.
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 15, 2012 11:41 AM GMT
    You dry clean it when it's dirty. If that's after two days or two weeks, it doesn't matter.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 15, 2012 11:46 AM GMT
    I wear my suits occasionally, mostly during the colder months.... but my
    suit pants need to cleaned much more than the coat,,, part of the time I just have that hanging up. Really it all depends... do your best to keep it clean and that goes a long way.... also have several suits if at all possible.
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    Mar 15, 2012 11:51 AM GMT
    generally only a couple times a year? dry cleaning uses chemicals which gradually destroy your suit.

    try to rotate your suits (not wear them consecutively), air them out, get 2 pairs of pants for the one set

    of course dry clean when it gets dirty..
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:11 PM GMT
    keys87 saidgenerally only a couple times a year? dry cleaning uses chemicals which gradually destroy your suit.

    try to rotate your suits (not wear them consecutively), air them out, get 2 pairs of pants for the one set

    of course dry clean when it gets dirty..


    plus 1 always try and get the cleaners to do a steam clean with no chemicals. They damage the fibres.
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:23 PM GMT
    If you have to wear one every day, ideally you should have about two dozen so you can rotate them.
    For routine office wear unless you are sloppy with your coffee or something a few times a year should do it.
    For travel check out travel-fabric suits that are more wrinkle-resistant.
  • Laurence

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    Mar 15, 2012 12:34 PM GMT
    two dozen suits????

    Who has room for that many suits?

    6-8 suits is a more managable/affordable number.

    You'll probably dry clean a suit a couple of times a year and replace completely after about 3-4 years.

    If you can afford to, when you buy your suit buy an extra pair of trousers, as these wear out more.

    Good luck in your new job.

    Lozx
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    Laurence saidtwo dozen suits????

    If you had to wear a suit every day in Houston, with heat and humidity rivalling the swamps of the Amazon, you'd want lots of of suits too.
  • drypin

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    Mar 15, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidIf you have to wear a suit and tie, 5 days a week like I do, the secret is to have enough that you can rotate them so they don't get all that dirty. Dry cleaning will destroy a suit quicker than you think. I try and limit my suit cleaning to twice a year if possible. I spot clean small stains, but take it in when it's something I can't get out.
    Mind you, I work around food and beverage on a corporate level as a Maitre d', so I walk through a war zone of stain worthy things every day.


    And, really, who looks better in a suit than you do?
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    Never.. havent worn a suit in years!
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    You clean it when the cum stains start to smell.
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidNever.. havent worn a suit in years!



    too bad. I would have liked to see you in a birthday suit icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 said
    TropicalMark saidNever.. havent worn a suit in years!



    too bad. I would have liked to see you in a birthday suit icon_twisted.gif
    THAT, I am always in.. in fact right now I happen to be wearing that!
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    Mar 15, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    i used to have a job where i had to wear suits every day, and i traveled a LOT (taxis, trains, airports, different climates, fancy places, and developing countries). here are my tips:

    1 - have enough suits so that you don't wear the same one in a 1-week work cycle.
    2 - synthetic blend fabrics (e.g. polyester, lycra blends) stand up to travel better than 100% natural fibres, are more durable, are easier to clean with a damp wash cloth, and they trap the heat of your body, keeping warmer (great in cool climates, but make you sweat more in warm climates). steaming them without cleaning them is often enough.
    3 - 100% natural fibres (e.g. cotton, linen, wool) look best when they are fine fibres, high twill/twist, they breathe better than synthetic fibres and can be cooler to wear, but they wrinkled or get pulled out of shape very easily in a normal day's wear, on trains/planes/automobiles, and they absorb dirt and odour and hence may need cleaning more often. these can be steamed to get the wrinkles out, but need to be professionally cleaned more often than the blended fabrics
    4 - pay attention to the cut of the trousers and the fit, especially if you are in a job that requires you to drive all day. often times the focus is on the jacket, which is the more stylish part of the suit (its lapels, top stitching, vents, buttons, etc.) but remember that while you're working, you can't take your pants off as easily as your jacket ;^) ... also, getting in and out of cars stresses the seams of the trousers and if they are too tight, you can easily split the crotch or rear end.
    5 - have at least double the number of shirts/ties as you have suits, so you can switch them around for a different look. depending on how sweaty or dirty your job is, or if you work long hours, you may need to change shirts during a day.

    congrats on the job!
    good luck
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    Mar 15, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    Personally, I am thinking two suits and six shirts. Work (I.T. trainer) before has always been business casual (slacks and polos) but this will be with NYC financial-type people, so we have to look the part.
  • LJay

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    Mar 15, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    If you are on the road a lot it would be tricky, but thereare washable suits. Cleaning depends on lots of things, including climate, whether you are wearing the coat all day or hanging it in the car most of the time, work environment, etc. Extra shirts, clean underwear, etc. will make a lot of difference. If you have to work in the evening, as well as daytime, plan on two shirts per day.

    Good luck with the new job!
  • araphael

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    Mar 16, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    NakedBudd saidI am starting a new job, and have to wear a suit every day. It is not a prissy looks-is-everything fashion job or out in front of the general public eye, and fortunately it's not strenuous at all (I don't really sweat, even at the gym) so I'm trying to figure out how often I should dry clean my suit.

    PS: It's a full-time travel job, 100% on the road - home every two months for the weekend.


    Every two weeks I dry clean any suit jackets and/or pants I wear to work regularly. But this is after some years of professional experience and advice from older professional guys. With my dress shirts, I actually buy and stock enough of them to last for a two week period and that way I can have one week's worth being cleaned and pressed as I wear the next week's worth, so the cycle continues and remains consistent. But I'm a bit of a meterosexual kinda guy, if such a thing exists, ha, ha. I like to look good, smell good, and dress good.