Is it OK to wash a suit in the washing machine?
The short answer is — yes. But you need to follow these instructions. You should turn your suit jacket inside out and put it in a mesh bag. Depending on your washing machine you should find the gentlest washing option and make sure that the temperature is set on cold.
Can you wash a suit that says dry clean only?
Thankfully, with a little time and effort, you can wash most of your “dry clean” or “dry clean only” clothing at home. Cotton, linens, and durable polyesters can be washed in the washing machine, so long as they are placed in a laundry mesh bag and set at the most gentle cycle using a mild detergent and cold water.
How often should you wash a suit?
As for cleaning, typically you should only dry clean your suit about once or twice a year, or when it is soiled. If you’re wearing a suit an average of three times per week, you’ll obviously want to clean it a little more regularly. Once every month or two should be fine.
What happens if you accidentally wash dry clean only?
What might happen if you wash a dry clean only garment? The garment could shrink – not just a little, but significantly. Some garments will shrink 2-3 sizes or more; drapes can shrink to half their size. Dry cleaning is a more gentle process and professional cleaners know how to protect those delicate trimmings.