Rotate your suit coats to avoid excessively soiling them.

How to Clean a Suit Coat at Home

by Mimi Bullock

After a few power lunches, contact with a dirty car and enduring a sweating session, your suit coat may need some attention. Although regular trips to the dry cleaner are recommended for deep cleaning, you can address some spots, stains and smells. By making a small investment in suit cleaning tools, you can easily care for your suit coat and protect your business attire investment. Always read the care label of your suit jacket before you attempt to launder it.

Steam Clean Coats

Hang the suit coat on a wooden hanger or on a suit valet. Place the hanging jacket somewhere you can clean it easily.

Fill a handheld or upright steam cleaner with water. Allow the steamer to heat up.

Move the wand tip over the suit fabric to remove surface dirt, smells and wrinkles from sitting. Steam along the elbows to remove creases.

Home Dry Cleaning Kits

Treat stained areas with the stain treatment product that comes with your kit. This may be a towelette or a spray-on product.

Place the jacket inside the bag included with your kit, along with a dry cleaning solvent sheet. Only place one jacket inside the bag at a time. Overstuffing the bag can cause wrinkling and creases.

Place the bagged jacket in the dryer. Set the dryer for 30 minutes. If the product directions differ, follow the product's recommended drying time.

Remove the coat promptly to avoid wrinkling.

Items you will need

  • Wooden hanger or suit valet
  • Handheld or upright steam cleaner
  • Dry cleaning kit
  • Suit brush


  • Brush your suit every day after hanging it up to control dirt.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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