The world's a dirty place. Wine spills and sauce splashes are inevitable. And the buildup from sweat, cologne and everyday grime can stain and discolor a garment. Which is why we clean them. But when a toss in the washer isn't an option, a good dry cleaner is in order. Haven't got one? Don't trust yours? Ask an established tailor or a respected retailer in the neighborhood to pass along the name of theirs.

Remember to empty pants pockets and remove your shirts' collar stays. And pay attention to the way your cleaner inspects your clothes at the counter. Are they looking for stains and tagging them accordingly? They should be.