This is the last instalment in our series on looking after suits at home. The first showed how to brush and generally maintain suits, and the second how to press a jacket. You can see them at those links.

It’s been an interesting process filming and then screening these. Thanks for all the messages from people that have tried this out at home. As we I discussed with Richard in the second video, there are some things that will probably be too tricky to attempt at home, such as pressing around the shoulders and sleevehead.

But there is also plenty that can be safely and effectively, particularly eradicating wrinkles in the trousers, small of the back and sleeves. This is where most wrinkling occurs in any case, because they are bent most often and have less structure.

I hope you enjoy this last video. Trousers can of course also be given an effective crease by a trouser press, but anything from the crotch up will need some more dedicated pressing.

11 Comments

  1. Simon, thanks for all of these videos – YouTube has many examples but none from true experts such as these. In case Michael the presser doesn’t read this could you pass on readers thanks to him…he has openly shared his skills and experience – which could be regarded as ‘trade secrets’ (the trouser seam curve for example). Like all experts he makes the difficult look simple.

  2. Simon Crompton

    Absolutely, will do

  3. Incredible that he’s been doing it for 35+ years!

  4. Quick question. Doesn’t pressing the trouser using an iron without using another separate piece of cloth on top make it shine? Great video btw!

  5. Simon Crompton

    It depends a lot on the cloth and the iron heat, steam etc. But as we mention in the commentary, it’s always best to use a cloth over trousers at home – usually a soaked and wrung-out tea towel

  6. It would be helpful to know what tempuratur the iron was set at.

  7. From Australia

    Great post. Can you please do one on ironing a shirt

  8. I’ve been searching for an answer to this for a quite a while. How can the creases a the back of trousers, at knee level, be prevented? Mine wrinkle and crease awfully, even heavy wool trousers. Can this only be resolved through constant pressing, or is it an issue with cut? If it is the cut of the trousers what cut would prevent this?

  9. Simon Crompton

    It could be down to a number of things, but it seems most likely to be the cut – a slimmer cut will crease more easily as it will have less excess when you sit down and bend your knees.

  10. Hi Simon, very useful video. I got caught out in the rain yesterday, so I would like to press my trousers at home to return the sharp crease and finish. Can you advise as to what temperature the domestic iron should be? I appreciate the need for a wet tea towel and steam. Thanks

  11. Simon Crompton

    It can’t really be too hot if you have that protection – but always worth erring on the safe side so start low

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