Cleaning Smelly, Musty Suits?

I am in a profession where I have to wear a suit everyday and often sweat in them. Despite taking them to various dry cleaners, using febreeze, and even using my industrial size steamer, I cannot get rid of the musty, smelly, bad smell. Now these are very expensive suits that fit excellent and look great and I hate to have to throw them out. Does anyone out there have an idea how to kill the smell?


Clothesclueless from Mississippi

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February 24, 20050 found this helpful

Maybe some cedar accessories. Not only do they smell great they are good for keeping moths at bay. Try hangers, sachets and balls. All found in the closet organising sections of K-mart, Walmart, Target, etc...

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February 24, 20050 found this helpful

with all you have tried, i'm wondering if it's not so much the suits but where you hang them. have you tried taking everything out of the closet and giving it a really good cleaning. also, if you keep your suits in garment bags, or covered, the bags themselves could have the musty smell and no odor will be able to disipate and will actually get stronger. i've never seen anything that febreeze didn't take care of so i'm wondering if it is really coming from something else. it would be interesting to find out if you checked any of those areas.


(i also read you are in Mississippi? pretty damp there. also, could it be from shirts, under-things or accessories that come in contact with the suits and are stored in drawers or other places you hadn't thought of.) **another thought?? i'm such a pain, sorry... but maybe adding a fan to the closet would bring in fresh air and not have them all in the same air as other suits or laundry or whater could be in with your suits. i keep having ideas, sorry. i'll stop now. please let me know if any of these seem like plausible ideas. best of luck!

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February 25, 20051 found this helpful

Trying placing them in a large garbage bag,(on the hanger, overlapping the open part of the bag on the neck of the clothes hanger) with baking soda sprinkled in the bottom of the bag. That's how I store my winter coats and sweaters. They always smell fresh even after being stored all winter. If the baking soda gets on the suit it should just brush off.

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February 25, 20050 found this helpful

Have you explained your problem to the dry cleaners? They must have come across this problem before and may have a solution. I would be reluctant to pay for cleaning that came back smelly! I like klucretia's lateral thinking ideas as well!




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By Kathleen (Guest Post)
February 25, 20050 found this helpful

Try a dry-clean at home system. I've bought the kits at Target and found they made my suits and sweaters smell great. Can't beat the price, either, for a dry-cleaned garmet.

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By Katherine (Guest Post)
July 15, 20050 found this helpful

Buy hanging cedars where you hang it in your closet, it will get rid of the musty odors..

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By Martin (Guest Post)
September 29, 20050 found this helpful

You must be working in the hospitality industry... As am I and I face the exactyl same annoying problem! But I have done of most things above, without any result.... There must be something!!!???
Please help!!!!!!!

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By Pearl (Guest Post)
October 8, 20050 found this helpful

Take a 1 part vinegar, two part water solution (approx. 1/4c.) and apply using a soft cloth to the inside lining/sweaty areas of the suit immediately (no more than two days after wear). Once the lining is dry you may use the febreeze (or if odor still persists) repeat process before sending to the dry cleaners.


There's also dry cleaning solutions that attack odors that will help, but the process above should prevent you from discarding your clothing. Hope this info helps..

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By Michelle (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I have encountered the same problem with my boyfriends suits which he wears everyday. He never wears a suit more than 5 times in a row and then it is automatically sent to the dry cleaner with a note to put extra solution under the arm. It normally works fine for up to a couple of months when we have to soak the armpits for a few hours in a mixture of hot water, baking soda and a tad of tide. I then hang the jacket to dry and then take to the dry cleaner. I'd love to have a better solution but this has been the only thing that's worked.

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By AL (Guest Post)
October 4, 20070 found this helpful

Does he pit his shirts out a lot? If so, wear more undershirts.


He could wear a v-neck and a regular and it would only look like one t-shirt

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