Dry-cleaning is very effective at lifting stains, but it is harsh on fabric and should not be used frequently. On average you should expect to dry-clean your suits around twice a year or less, and as a good rule of thumb don’t dry-clean your suit unless it’s been soiled. If you’re looking for that ‘fresh-pressed’ look that dry-cleaned garments have, this can be requested separately without the harsh cleaning treatment - great if you’re simply looking to get your suit back in shape after a hard night out (or in). Always request your garments be pressed by hand to avoid excessive machine pressing. We offer this service on-site - drop your items in and we can have it taken care of for you.
STAINS & REPAIRS
It is inevitable that you will stain your suit at some stage. Most small stains can be gently removed using a baby wipe or cold water, however if in doubt, do not try and remove the stain yourself as you may exacerbate it - this is where a dry-cleaner comes in. We recommend Dr. Beckmann’s range of stain removal products for small stains. If you’re unsure of how best to proceed, speak with one of our team and we can advise you. If your garments do get damaged, need darning, lose a button or are generally looking a bit worse for wear, get in touch with us. We can assess them and in the majority of cases can easily get them back in fighting shape.
Always wash your shirts with the buttons undone - this will lessen the chance of them getting snagged. Likewise remove any collar stays - they’re liable to go missing or get bent out of shape, and their presence can cause additional wear for the collar. Wash your shirts inside out - it helps prevent the buttons from chipping and allows the cleaning agents direct access to underarms stains. Always check the washing instructions on each shirt for directions around washing temperature. As a rule, between 20ºC and 40ºC is a good washing temperature for a fine cotton shirt. Avoid the dryer if possible - line-drying on a hanger is the best way to keep your shirts looking their best.
It goes without saying, but make sure your iron is set to the correct fabric setting. The best time to iron your shirts is when they’re still a little damp from the wash - you’ll find it much easier to get creases out when the fibres are soft and pliable. For dry shirts, or stubborn creases, use some steam, but then follow up with a dry press. It’s easiest to work from the outside in - collar, cuffs, sleeves, shoulders and yoke, front then back. Always iron your shirt unbuttoned, one side at a time.