How to Iron a Wool Suit

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A wool suit is standard business attire whether the fabric is winter-weight or a lighter summer-weight. From time to time a wool suit needs to be pressed to help freshen it and to remove any wrinkles. You can iron your own wool suit if you take your time and treat the wool with respect.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint brush
  • Ironing board
  • Water
  • Iron
  • Press cloth
  • Remove any lint from the wool suit before you start. Check the suit for any signs of wear and tear that may need the attention of a tailor. Avoid pressing any stains on the suit or they may set in permanently.

  • Set up the ironing board. Put water in the iron and set the iron on the "Wool" setting. Let the iron warm up.

  • Flip the collar on the suit. Lightly run the iron over the underside of the collar. Try not to remove the natural fold of the collar.

  • Turn the coat wrong side out. Set the iron so it isn't too hot for the lining fabric. Press the coat from the inside. Start with the inside left piece, move to the back and finish with the inside right piece. Press the sleeves as well. Turn the coat right side out again.

  • Use the press cloth on the outside of the coat to press out any wrinkles you might have missed from the inside. Also touch up the lapels and sleeves. Use the press cloth or else the wool might become shiny.

  • Iron the trousers from the inside. Avoid pressing the pleats and crease out of the wool trousers. Turn the pants right side out again and use the press cloth to set in the crease and pleats again.

  • Hang your freshly pressed wool suit on a hanger designed to hold a man's suit. This helps keep the shoulders shaped properly as well as keeping the wrinkles away.

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