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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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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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^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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

This:

http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/the-pronto-p7.html

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Order cancelled. Found out my gf has one from China. No style points, but gets the job done.

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I've got this suspicion that all my cotton shirts are shrinking due to all the laundering the dobi has been doing. I think when shirts are thrown into the dryer, the cotton will shrink, hence all my RTW shirts are now too damn short in the sleeves and always get swallowed by my jacket sleeves. Argh!

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