How to press a suit on the road

21 October 2016

How to press a suit on the road

Picture it:

You arrive at your destination with only half an hour to spare before your first meeting and you unpack your suit. It’s rumpled, it’s crinkled, it’s beyond recognition. Don’t freak out—get crafty. In your hotel room you have your own DIY dry cleaner and you can resurrect your suit without a worry. Everything you need is visible or a call to housekeeping away. If in doubt, it’s best to seek professional help, but why outsource when you can do it yourself in a cinch? So without further ado, let’s avert that crisis. 

Problem: 
A suit jacket that has lost its shape

How to fix it:
Suit jackets are generally resilient garments, but occasionally they'll need some light refreshment (or a major overhaul). Dry cleaning is extreme and it's something you should generally avoid with a made-to-measure suit to prolong its life, so this little trick for the road is one you can do at home. If creases are your main concern, reach for the iron, but with care. Never use an iron directly on a suit as it’s guaranteed to ruin it. Instead, a quick press through a hotel hand towel on medium heat will refresh your suit and return it to its glory. Get out the ironing board and iron and ensure the steam tank is filled. Test the iron first on the towel to ensure that it irons cleanly. You might be an ironing expert, but it’s not guaranteed that the guest before you hasn’t burnt their polyblend blouse to a cinder. Lay the suit flat and spread a hand towel over the area and gently iron the jacket through the towel. This will prevent the suit from becoming shiny and will remove creases. Do both sides of the front and the reverse, and remember to iron the lapels, but pay attention to the sleeves. It’s important that sleeves remain free of distinct creases from the shoulder to the cuff, so ironing them flat isn’t an option. Rather you can achieve the perfect sleeve by rolling another hand towel lengthways and slip it into the sleeve. This will act as an impromptu ironing board and you can press each to perfection. Hang your jacket afterwards and let it regain its shape and you’re ready to take on the world. 

Problem:
Trousers that are in a ball

How to fix it:
You might’ve taken all the care in the world to hang your trousers correctly in your suit carrier, but sometimes you find them sloshing about in the bottom. There’s a way to fix it and it doesn’t require any drastic measures, just an iron and a good eye. Align the seams at the ankle and then spread the trousers the length of the board. Iron one leg at a time and use a towel to protect the fabric. Iron the inside of the leg first, then flip and do the outside. Iron along the trouser creases to where they have been pressed before, then repeat these steps on the other leg. Finally, use your iron on a low setting to clean up the trouser front; move the iron along the fly placket to press it completely and then make quick motions to accommodate any pleats, ironing underneath then in top of each please moving outside in.

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