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How to steam your suits at home with a domestic iron

How to steam your suits at home with a domestic iron

– Clare Sheng

Right now, many people are working from home or staying away from the office. That may mean your suit and shirts are sitting in the closet, being neglected.

When was the last time you wore your work clothes? When was the last time you gave it a clean or a refresh?

You wouldn’t want to step back into the world wearing wrinkly, smelly clothes do you? When you go back to work, make sure your suit looks as fresh as you feel.

Now you have time, and you have cleared out your wardrobe (see my previous video), it’s time for some TLC on your favourite garments.

If you can’t get to the drycleaners, you can give your suits a refresh at home with a simple home iron.

Follow these simple steps:

1. Check your hanger, jackets must be hung on hangers with rounded shoulders to protect its shape.
2. Fold trousers along its front crease, with the button and zipper undone to help it sit flatter.
3. For long term storage, put the trousers on a clipper hanger to prevent hanger crease.
4. If there are obvious food stains, make up, and other liquid on the suit, send it for drycleaning. Otherwise the stains will become permanent over time.
5. For home steaming, fill your home iron with water and turn the setting up to steam, usually the hottest setting.
6. Hang the suit up high, and press the steam button to let steam wash over the whole suit.
7. Never rest the iron directly on the suit or let water drip onto the fabric.
8. At the same time, you can check for rips, holes, missing buttons, worn lining and other areas requiring mending. Check the crotch of the trousers for wear and tear, this is the most common area to wear out first.
9. Let the suit dry fully before storing, or add it to your bag of clothes to bring to The Fitting Room for repairs or restyle.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear them.

Watch the video version HERE.