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How do you recommend cleaning a wool blend men's suit? We found bug damage to our wool sweaters, which are in the same closet as my husband's suits. The only damage I saw to his suits was one lapel with a shaved-looking spot on the surface. Any special considerations we should account for given the potential for bugs? Also, can his suit be fixed? I just ordered your Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and Spray, and some Lavender sachets and cotton cube storage bags for better prevention!
Silverfish will leave the fabric with a "shaved" appearance on the surface. All clothing items should be laundered and the shelves vacuumed and wiped down as these bugs feed on dirt, dust and any body oils left on fabrics.
You can launder men's suits with the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo in the machine on a delicate/woolen cycle with cold water. Remove from the machine promptly and hang to dry, steaming while damp is best to reduce creasing. For blazers be sure to use a sturdy hanger to support the shoulders and stuff the sleeves to help keep form. I've linked our recipe for washing suits and blazers below. http://blog.thelaundress.com/wordpress/project/recipe-for-washing-suits-blazers/
Please note that blazers with viscose/rayon linings have the potential to shrink. For these items we recommend Slate NYC, as they are a green dry cleaner. Items that are in need of mending should be brought to a tailor. If you are in NYC we recommend Miriam at Alter Knit. While she can repair almost any hole or snag, you will have to ask about repairs for the finish.
To prevent the appearance of silverfish, be sure that clothing items are always laundered prior to being stored. Clothing in seasonal storage should be kept in breathable cotton bags with a zip closure and placing lavender sachets in closets and storage is a natural way to repel bugs and moths.
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Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl. oz.
Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl. oz.
Scented Drawer Sheets Cedar
Large Storage Bag