How to Remove Wrinkles on a Suit

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A good-quality men’s suit is an investment that, when selected properly, never goes out of style. Suits should be dry-cleaned as infrequently as possible to keep the fabric in good shape. Spots and stains should be removed quickly, and you should brush your suit and let it air out for 24 hours after wearing. Remove everything from the pockets and unbutton the jacket before storing it on a rounded shoulder hanger in a garment bag in a roomy closet. There are things you can do to keep your suit looking cared for and wrinkle-free between dry-cleaning sessions.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothes brush
  • Quality clothes steamer or steam iron
  • Distilled water

Get your suit professionally pressed after every five or six wearings to keep all creases crisp between dry cleanings. Suits should only be dry-cleaned a couple of times a year at most.

Use a professional-style garment steamer to take the wrinkles out of sleeves and pants. Pull and smooth the suit gently after the item is steamed (but before it cools) to straighten out the fabric.

Try steam from the shower if you're out of town and a steamer isn't available. Use the same gentle pulling-and-smoothing technique after keeping the suit in a steamy bathroom for about 15 minutes.

Use a steam iron to steam out any wrinkles. Place the wrinkled area on the ironing board and smooth it out. After placing distilled water in the iron and setting it on high heat, hold the steam iron just over the fabric until the wrinkles start to fall out. Do not let the iron touch the fabric—doing so will create a shiny patch and damage the fabric.

If there's a stubborn spot, place a clean, white lint-free cloth over the wrinkled area, press down on the spot and lift it back up. Do not rub the iron on the fabric.

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