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10 Tips for Treating Stains on a Suit Jacket

10 Tips for Treating Stains on a Suit Jacket

As the new year rolls in, some of us dust off those reliable suit jackets as we prepare to take on another year at the office. At OMO, we always want you to look your best. Here are some handy tricks for treating unwanted stains on your beloved suit.


1. Check the Care Label

Different suits are made with different fabrics and techniques, so recommended cleaning methods will vary. You can find out the ideal cleaning method for your suit jacket by checking the care label.

2. Blot with Water

Water is generally safe and won’t cause discoloration or other damage to your jacket. Therefore, you should first attempt to clean the stain by blotting it with a clean washcloth or paper towel and water. If the stain is new and hasn’t “set in” yet, this method may suffice.

3. Use Light Pressure

The general idea is to remove the stain by blotting it up instead of scrubbing it. The harder you scrub, the more set in the stain will become. So, apply light pressure to prevent this from happening.

4. Keep Away from Heat

Pressure isn’t the only thing that causes stains to set in; heat does as well. When stains are exposed to heat — fireplaces, warm air, etc. — it causes them to set in. 

5. Test Stain-Removing Products in Discreet Area

Depending on what caused the stain on your suit jacket, you may have to use a stronger cleaning agent, such as a chemical-based stain-removing product. If your suit jacket has a big stain on the front, for instance, test the stain-removing product on the interior before using it on the front.  

6. Don’t Use Hot Water on Wool Suit Jackets

Wool suit jackets are often preferred over cotton and linen during the winter. Wool is thicker, heavier and warmer than other common fabrics in which suit jackets are made. If your wool jacket develops a stain, you shouldn’t attempt to clean it with hot water. Wool is perhaps the least tolerant to heat. Exposure to hot water can cause severe damage to a wool jacket.

7. Vinegar or Lemon Juice

You can’t go wrong when using vinegar or lemon juice to remove stains on a suit jacket. Because of their acidic properties, these substances are highly effective at removing most stains. As an added benefit, the acidic properties of vinegar and lemon juice will kill germs while leaving your jacket nice and clean afterwards.  

8. Clean Promptly

The golden rule of cleaning stains is to act fast. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to remove.  

9. Dry-Cleaning

When in doubt, you can always take your suit jacket to the dry cleaners. Dry-cleaning is generally a safe and effective way to remove stains. 

10. Avoid Stains

The best way for treating stains on a suit jacket is to avoid them. This is a lot easier said than done, but always use caution when wearing your suit jacket.