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How to clean suit jackets

Updated November 21, 2016

Men's suit jackets can be a wardrobe essential, especially for men who wish to look polished and professional. Men's suit jackets are typically paired with a matching pair of trousers. While the best method of cleaning suit jackets is professional dry cleaning, there are several home cleaning methods that can help keep a suit jacket looking crisp and new.

Use a clothing brush to remove loose dirt, debris and lint from the suit jacket. Hang the jacket on a wooden or plastic hanger and then use the brush in wide, sweeping motions on all sides of the jacket. You can purchase clothing brushes at many department or dry cleaning stores.

Take out small stains on the jacket using a stain removal pen. Stain removal pens are available at most grocery stores or drugstores. Use only enough to remove the stain; do not saturate the fabric to prevent further staining.

Use a clothes steamer to remove wrinkles and freshen the suit jacket. Hang the jacket on a wooden or plastic hanger and then hold the steamer 6 to 12 inches away from the jacket and wave the steamer wand in a back and forth motion over the coat cloth on all sides.

Lightly dust the suit jacket with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dust and to bring up the fabric nap, which will lightly clean the jacket and help it look crisp.

Leave the suit jacket hanging on a wooden or plastic hanger in a well-ventilated area the day after wearing it. This will provide good air circulation, remove any scents on the jacket, and let any wrinkles hang out before covering the jacket for storage.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothes brush
  • Stain removal pen
  • Clothes steamer
  • Soft cloth
  • Hangers
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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.