How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Every man should invest in a suit. Even if a suit isn’t quite your style or you don’t use one for work, you’re bound to need one at some point, whether that be for weddings, funerals, or other formal events. Once you shell out some cash for a nice suit or two, you’ll need to think about cleaning, storage, and maintenance to make sure your investment doesn’t go to waste.For some tips on understanding how to clean a suit, we’ve reached out to Gary Flynn, CEO at M. Dumas & Sons in Charleston, South Carolina, and Joe Mueller at Wildwood & Company in Portland, Oregon.Locals and tourists alike consider M. Dumas & Sons a welcoming and historic retailer that has left an everlasting mark on the city’s landscape. Mueller grew up in Oregon in a family where objects of fine art and craftsmanship, and the people who make them, are revered. Today, not much has changed, as Mueller is pushing out some of the classiest custom suits in the Pacific Northwest.SuitFlynn says to make sure to send both the pant and the jacket to the dry cleaners when the time comes. That way, both pieces will get an equal amount of fading to the fabric. More often than not, the pant will need to be cleaned before the jacket, but Flynn suggests having them cleaned at the same time anyway.Thomas Northcut/Getty ImagesMueller believes you should dry-clean a suit only when absolutely necessary; i.e., when it is either stained or there is an odor that refuses to dissipate after hanging the suit outside of the closet. “The processes and chemicals involved in dry-cleaning are very harsh,” says Mueller. “Dry-cleaning is the most common cause of wear and tear on suits. When you take the suit to the cleaners, they can also wreak havoc on the pressing.”Further ReadingHow to Wear a Suit: Unspoken Rules and 3 Styles You Need to KnowWhat to Wear to a Wedding: How to Be the Second-Best Dressed Man8 Great Ties to Take Your Neck from Naked to Notable When Mueller talks to his clients about rotating suits, he means you should never wear a suit more than one day in a row. Wool is a wonderful and durable material, but the fibers need sufficient time to rest after being exposed to the heat, sweat, weather, and movement throughout the day.“Inspecting your own suits from time to time is important for catching spot issues before they become unsalvageable problems,” says Mueller. “For example, the crotch of trousers is a frequent spot where fabric can get worn through; if you see that start to happen, try taking the trousers to a skilled alterationist to see if they can reinforce the seam or determine if a slight alteration to the fit might help the longevity of the garment.”Dress ShirtsNow for those easy to wrinkle but all-important, dress shirts. Flynn advises having your shirts folded at the cleaners, especially if you travel a lot or will be going on an upcoming trip.Pgiam/Getty Images“Cleaners will fold your shirts and then all you need to do is drop them into your suitcase,” says Flynn. “With hanging shirts, you typically end up creasing the shirts when you fold them yourself and you end up creating more work for yourself on the other side with ironing, and after all, isn’t that the main reason you send your shirts to the cleaners? To avoid ironing?!”TieMost of the time, you don’t need to clean your ties. However, Flynn has a great method, if that issue does arise.Knowing how to clean and store your sensitive material clothing can make your wardrobe last much longer than before.“The proper way to clean a tie,” says Flynn, “is to deconstruct the tie, clean the lining separately from the silk, and then reconstruct the tie. The lining and the silk will react differently to the cleaning process and having them together causes waves in the tie that you can’t correct.”Use a tie rack to store your ties — there are all sorts of options out there, including racks that screw into the wall, hanger racks, and even electric rotating racks.Why is this important? Well, knowing how to clean and store your sensitive material clothing can make your wardrobe last much longer than before. Besides, a tailored suit, nice dress shirts, and fancy ties can be a hefty investment — so they are especially worth protecting.StorageMueller’s first rule of thumb for storing a suit is to be mindful of the hanger on which it is stored. He recommends a suit hanger with a flared paddle shape at the ends, that fills in the shoulders of the suit to help it retain its shape.“The Hanger Project is probably currently the best option on the market (they have different widths to fit different sizes),” says Mueller. Another consideration is to let the suit “breathe” when it’s stored. For example, hang the suit outside the closet if possible for a day or so after wearing it so that it can air out properly. The last thing you want is a stale-smelling get-up.Article originally published by TJ Carter on November 18, 2016. Last updated for relevancy.