Dry cleaning uses chemical solvents, not water, to clean delicate natural and synthetic fibers. This serves several purposes:
- Dry cleaning helps prevent shrinking, distortion, changes in texture, loss of color, and other damage that can occur when delicate items go through the rough and tumble of a washing machine and dryer.
- Dissolves grease and oil in a way water cannot, meaning this cleaning method can remove certain spills and stains that fail to come out in the wash.
- Keeps delicate garments in like-new condition for longer.
What should be Dry Clean?
- If the tag says DRY-CLEAN ONLY, obey it. If it says DRY-CLEAN, that means that is the recommendedmethod, not the only method.
- Bring acetate, velvet, wool, and taffeta items to the dry cleaner. Silk is a natural material and thus is durable, known to be a luxurious fabric, it takes proper care to keep it soft and silky. The dyes in silk tend to bleed and that is why it should be dry cleaned. Wool is a sturdy fabric and should be dry cleaned whenever possible.
- Besides silk and leather, other upscale fabric including chiffon, should be brought to a professional cleaning service to preserve their natural luster and form.
- Entrust suits and most professional wear especially wool pieces to the care of a professional.
- Often care instructions are for the fabric only, not the detailing, which may be done on at another factory. Check on exclusive of decorative trim on some tags before wash anything with beading, sequins, and the like, make sure they are sewn on and colorfast.
What shouldn’t be Dry Clean?
- Linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be washed at home. Check for colorfastness first: Moisten a cotton swab with mild detergent and dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off.
- More often than not, cotton does not need to be dry cleaned. However, you’ll want to machine wash cold or warm with similar colors. Most cotton clothing has been preshrunk, too, so drying in a machine is safe.
- Synthetic fabrics.These include polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic and acetate. These won’t shrink, so it’s safe to wash in warm water. However, go gentle or low on drying because they can permanently wrinkle in a hot dryer. They also produce a lot of static in the dryer so use a dryer sheet or hang dry.
The other myth is that dry cleaning is not as expensive as it used to be. It does not have to be a lot of work as our professional cleaner will certainly save you from having to replace quality items in your wardrobe. Plan a certain time of the week or month that you can send off all necessary items to be cleaned. This will save you time and money when you’re not rushing off last minute to get a shirt cleaned for the next day.
So, contact us for your immediate dry cleaning and other laundry needs immediately.