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Hanging: hang your suit up in a well-spaced area when not used. Don’t hang it with one of those flimsy metal hangers that will leave hanger divots in the shoulders. Invest in a proper wooden hanger with a wide-spread contoured shape to preserve the shape and drape of the suit. The hanger should be wide enough to touch the edge of the shoulders and wide enough to fill up a portion of the shoulders.
Brushing and Rolling: wool is a natural fiber that can hold dust, dirt and lint from the environment which if left untouched, can cause damage to the fabric over time. A suit brush costs less than $20 and giving your suit a brush after each wear along with the occasional application of a lint roller (as needed) will significantly extend its life. Just hang up your jacket and brush downwards (never perpendicular to the fibers) gently and slowly. Start at the shoulders and work your way down.
Dry Cleaning: wool coats should be dry cleaned at the beginning and at the end of the season. Why at the end? Because moths are attracted to everyday human scents like perfume, smoke, and food.
Removing Light Stains: try not to remove stains by yourself if you don't have to. However, if you really need to do it, try to remove light stains on wool by blotting (not rubbing!) with cold water or club soda using absorbent cloths or paper towel. Never use scalding hot water or bleach on wool items.
Hanging: always hang wool overcoats on sturdy wood hangers so the weight of the coat doesn’t stretch the shoulder area.Wool coats shouldn’t be hung in a packed-to capacity closet, as breathing helps the material stay crisp. Empty wool coat and pants pockets after every wearing to keep them from sagging or losing shape. Treat wool coats with a lint or suede brush after wearing to remove surface soil and lint.
DRESS & GOWNS
Hanging: hang your gown by loops inside your wedding gown that are connected to the sturdy side seams, never by the fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag under the weight of your gown
Storage: avoid storing your gown in a plastic bag (even a clean sheet is better than a plastic bag) or in a vacuum-sealed, plastic-wrapped container because plastic bags emit fumes that can yellow your gown and shrink-wrapped containers trap moisture that can mildew your gown. Also avoid storing your gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity