How to Clean Dress Pants

Laura Hageman

Dress pants are used for work, especially for office jobs, and can be worn out to a restaurant or club. Always make sure that your dress pants are clean, to avoid embarrassment due to obvious stains during an important meeting or a night on the town.

There are different ways to clean dress pants, depending on the type of material the pants are made of. This article will explain each method.

  1. Look at the tag on the inside of the pants to see which cleaning method you should use.

  2. Send the dress pants to the dry cleaner. This cleaning method doesn't use water, which can damage dress pants made of certain materials, such as silk, a combination of wool and cashmere, or wool and polyester. If the pants are 100 percent cotton, they could shrink in warm water, so you may want to have them dry-cleaned.

  3. Remove any stains. Use a product like Shout that removes stains from clothes, and spray it directly onto the stain. Let the pants sit for about five minutes before washing them.

  4. Wash the dress pants in the washing machine. If they are 100 percent cotton and you don't want to have them dry-cleaned, be sure to use cold water so they don't shrink. Pour a capful of a gentle detergent such as Woolite into the machine. Wash dress pants only with pants of the same or similar colors.

  5. Clean the dress pants by hand. Fill the sink with cold water and add a drop of a gentle detergent such as Woolite to the water. Place the dress pants in the sink, and let them sit in the soapy water for 30 minutes. Rinse the pants, squeeze out as much water as possible, and hang them to dry.

  6. Warning

    Avoid putting dress pants in the dryer. The heat from the dryer could damage the material of the dress pants. Always hang the pants to dry.