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#1 joonian

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:27 PM

Hi gents

Where do you send your suits and sportcoats for cleaning?

Do they flatten the garment during pressing? Or at the very least, do they comply when you tell them not to press it?

I've taken to getting my stuff drycleaned without any pressing and then pressed at Iris.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:39 PM

I hope you do not mind my renaming the thread. That way, we can discuss all garment maintenance issues in one thread.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:49 PM

Yup, much better name!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:42 PM

I've had 2 coats dry cleaned by a company which has been in existence since 1910, and which was recommended to me by AL and MBT. It's YS on Jalan Imbi.

They did a good job. The jackets were competently pressed. The lapel crease edges were not pressed flat, there was quite a roll going on. The sleeves were done right. I'm pretty sure they have hired a former coatmaker to do the pressing for them.

Yet, despite all this, the jackets do not look or feel like they were pressed by the maker. I don't know why.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:46 PM

^Did they require instruction not to press the lapel roll?

So a few months back I sent my 3roll2 SB jacket to the cleaners near my place. Four days later I collected a 3 button SB.

I think dry cleaning jackets here is dangerous affair. Most drycleaners will iron your lapel flat. Maybe it's best to tell them not to press, and bring it to your tailor.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:04 AM

Zero instructions from me. The linings on the inside were pressed properly too.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 12:07 PM

Since this is a thread on garmet care, I have 2 questions:

1. Regarding shirt-pressing. Where are the creases supposed to be (or not be)? Should the sleeve have a crease? And what about the shoulder? My usual MO (ignored by my maid, anyway), is to have a longitudinal sleeve crease, but no shoulder crease. And I Iron by cuffs (french or otherwise) open and unfolded. Same goes for the collar.

2. I have since abandoned pressing of my pants. I spin them in the machine (hey, these are cheap pants, so its OK lah) and hang them upside-down by the cuffs to dry, folded at the crease. But should I want to press a pair of flant-fronts, my question is: where does the longitudinal crease end at the top?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:57 PM

It takes me 10 minutes to iron a shirt not 3 minutes but the technique is very similar to this

http://www.youtube.c...bed/yK6iQj-I_0w

http://www.youtube.c...bed/Lhuhb2KNqVM

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:24 PM

but you have to admit, the three-minute ironing of that shirt does look sexy!

although, perhaps like porn (GW maintains it's better than some porn), there may be an element of overembellishment.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:29 PM

And like porn, the actors may not enjoy themselves as much as they appear.
http://www.youtube.c...bed/ylQtbXFZ4yw

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:58 PM

touche!

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:40 AM

anyone here uses a steamer? we have a garment steamer and it does get the wrinkles out a lot faster than ironing, but it doesn't give that "freshly pressed" vibe in either my shirts or pants.

also NEVER STEAM fused jackets! I found out too late and my go-to mid grey SB is now full of bubbles and wrinkles at the chest. i read somewhere (probably by someone peddling a garment steamer) that you can refresh a jacket in between dry cleaning by steaming it,

i think my dry-cleaners uses a JKR steam roller: they place my jackets on the road and rolls over the mofos. they come back as flat as a kuih kapit.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:01 PM

Hi, any other good drycleaners to recommend (besides the one kotmj has already named)?

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:11 PM

There is Jeeves
http://jeevesmalaysia.com/

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:12 PM

I was once told that I can hand wash my suit trousers using cold water with woolite and hang it to dry. Any truth to this or will it destroy the wool?

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:17 PM

I think wolite and water should be reserved for woolen knits.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:48 PM

Is there any way to remedy the flattened lapels by our over enthusiastic dry cleaners?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:24 PM

I was once told that I can hand wash my suit trousers using cold water with woolite and hang it to dry. Any truth to this or will it destroy the wool?


I did this once, was successful and did it again on the same pair of trousers. I ended up with a pair of furry skintight hot pants. Proceed at own risk.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:42 PM

My suit 'maintenance routine'

After every wear:
1) Hang on suit hanger and gently stroke with clothes brush. Invest in proper suit hangers which will help maintain the shoulders of your suit
2) Allow to air for an hour or two
3) Steam jacket and trousers using a garment steamer (another great investment)
4) Store for at least a day before next wearing

Once every two months or so: Press (not iron) and crease the trousers. When pressing, put a piece of cloth between the pants and the iron or risk ending up with a much shinier pair of pants.

When required: Use a lint shaver to remove any lint which could not be removed from the brushing

End of season: Dry clean and hang in garment bags with a cedar block on the hanger

Curry stain on suit: Drycleaners ASAP

Tip to finding a great drycleaner - walk into a highend men's store, chat up the store assistant and ask where they go to get their suits drycleaned and pressed. Canali, Brioni and the like will do.


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:23 AM

Does anyone on here own a portable garment steamer? Something like this. I will probably be doing a bit of travel the next few months, and I think this would be a worthwhile investment.

I've been looking around and can't seem to find a place which sells them here.




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