To assist you in selecting a great suit and to take better care of your suits, we are dedicating this section in our web site. It  provides tips on how to maintain, spot clean, and get long life from your suit. These pages will be updated on a regular basis.

Tips for removing stains from suits

With 40 years in tailoring, here are some 'tricks of the trade' for spot cleaning your wool suit. Be sure of the nature of the stain and the type of material you are working on!

Biro Ink: Soak a piece of cotton in alcohol. Rub gently.

 

Blood: Fresh blood stains can be removed with cold water. For dried in blood stains use cold water but add a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide (use a 3% solution). Draw the area firmly and pour the solution over the stain. This will prevent the stain from spreading when reacting with the solution.

 

Chocolate: Rub gently with glycerin. Rinse in lukewarm water.

 

Coffee: Do not use soap! Try leaving a few drops of glycerin to soak in. Then wash in lukewarm water. For old stains try adding a thimblespoon of eggyoke to the glycerin.

 

Scorch Mark: On wool rub with a piece of cotton soaked in hydrogen peroxide (24% solution). Leave the soaked stained area exposed to direct sunlight for a few hours until scorch mark disappears. Repeat a few times if necessary. Do not overuse peroxide!

 

Fat: Use some very fine salt and rub gently.

 

Fruit: Apply a little lemon juice to the stain. Not a good idea on silks etc.

 

Grass: Rub the stain with the following solution; 2 tablespoons of alcohol, 3 tablespoons of hot water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia.

 

Iron Overpressing Marks: Place a well dampened cloth under the marked area. Place a white handkerchief on the outside. Leave for a day, then iron with a freshly dampened cloth. The iron should be warm and not hot!

 

Lipstick: Mix a teaspoon of sugar with water and rub over the stain. Remove the solution with a damp cloth.

 

Ladies Makeup: Soak a cloth in pure alcohol or ether and apply until clean.

 

Paint: Apply turpentine carefully and then rub gently with a cloth soaked in soapy water.

 

Shoe Polish: Use turpentine on the stain and rub with a cloth.

 

Wine: On a fresh stain use some salt and then rub very gently with lemon juice and soap. You may have to repeat the procedure a few times. Rinse thoroughly.

 

Fabric Feature - Mohair

Season: Winter

Weight: 7 to 12 ounces

Currently the yarn is produced in Tasmania, Texas and South Africa. Obtained from the fleece of the Angora goat, when made up a pure mohair suit is easily identified by its shiny finish. Mohair is ideal for lightweight suits and jackets, it also makes for an especially elegant dinner suit.

While pure mohair suiting is expensive, it is very durable and is crease resistant. A 60% mohair, 40% wool mixture gives the ultimate in lightweight resilience while maintaining that classic mohair look.

We stock mohair from: Ermenegildo Zegna's Mohair Trophy, Modesto Bertotto, Reda.

 

Fabric Feature - Crepe

Season: Winter

Weight: 7 to 12 ounces

Made from worsted yarn, crepe can be plain or twill finished. This was originally a ladies fabric. With the increased demand from men for luxurious lightweight fabrics designers now use softer tailoring techniques on crepe to give a suit a casual look. When cut loosely it will hold its shape well.

We stock crepe wool from: Torello Viera.

 

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