Like any suit, a tuxedo should be dry-cleaned as little as possible. This is because the chemicals used in the process tend to dry out the natural moisture of a suit’s fabric and consequently reduce its lifespan. Instead, keep the suit fresh by following a few simple steps after wearing:
|brush out superficial dirt and raise the nap of the fabric with a good clothes brushremove wrinkles with a garment steamer at home or with professional pressing at a dry cleanerremove minor stains with a damp clothhang the suit up in a washroom or laundry room to air out odors|
For those times when dry cleaning is necessary for either the jacket or trousers, The Encyclopedia of Men’s Clothes wisely recommends that both garments be cleaned together in case the process affects their coloring slightly.