Last Updated: November 13, 2020
So you’re looking for practical ways to get the most out of dry cleaning yeah? Well, look no further than this website because in this article, we outline ten (10) beneficial tips you can follow to ensure that your articles always return back to you as fresh and crisp as the new arrivals of a fashion boutique!
Dry cleaning tips
Choose a reputable, professional and quality dry cleaners: I cannot simply overemphasize how critical this step is. Maybe to say that the majority of the tips outlined below would fall flat without it? Opt for the wrong dry cleaners and by God you’d be sitting on a sofa and crying over a misplaced blouse or poorly washed skirt. To avoid this problem and more, make sure you check out online reviews about the company you’re planning on working with and ask friends and family for their own experiences and advice. The quality dry cleaners will always be eager to listen to your explanations and solve all your problems.
- Always dry clean “dry clean only” clothes: This will help them last longer compared to when you opt for a machine or hand wash. While most fabric manufacturers are in the habit of slapping “dry clean only” tags on fabrics that would otherwise prove fair game for machine or hand laundry; because they simply don’t want any fingers pointed at them should the articles end up tearing or wearing after a few wash sessions, some actually tuck the “dry clean only’ tag as a triple exclamation warning!!! Especially if the fabric is a delicate or fragile one. In other words, there’s no actual deceit (if you like) from the manufacturers end, and he or she is basically trying to draw your attention to a serious consequence should you ever decide to go otherwise. So because most of the time we are actually in the dark concerning what the manufacturers real intentions are (though its likely a warning that should be taken seriously), it’s best to dry clean all cloths having the “dry clean only” tags printed on them. These fabrics usually do not have any additional cleaning alternatives printed on them.
- Blot stains and do not store unwashed fabrics for more than a week: Dry cleaning is an expensive affair, and that’s why it’s very important you take good care of your clothes whether you wear them or not in order to avoid picking up stains that will necessitate a visit to the dry cleaners regularly. If you’re the one paying the bills you’ll understand the importance of this advice better. If somehow you still end up picking up stains on your clothes, make sure to blot (and not rub) the affected spot immediately in order to remove excess remnants from the area. Next, take the fabric to dry cleaners with immediate effect. If the fabric label strictly warns against dry cleaning however, head for the washer straight away and get yourself a spot cleaning service when the washer fails to do the job. For fabrics compatible with dry cleaning, make sure to take the stained fabrics to the dry cleaners as soon as possible, preferable within a week. This would ensure that the stain does not oxidize and settle into the fabric which would imply an easy removal process.
- Expect a discolored patch after dry cleaning a fabric with an oxidized stain or set in stain: Yes, always expect a blotched spot on an area than once contained a set in stain so you don’t end up disappointed if the clothes return back just like that, and that’s if the stain is successfully removed. If however, by miracle and quality of your dry cleaners the article returns back free from any visible blemishes, then go outside the neighborhood and scream “Thank God”.
- Do not iron garments with stains on them: This could also be emphasized in another way. Do not wear any garment having more than one thousand stains screaming at the very top of their voice to wash them off! Pressing a blemished portion of a garment causes stains to be driven further into the garment and take up permanent residence. This presents the same effects as refusing to get a garment cleaned immediately after picking up stains – oxidation and setting in takes place and makes the spot notoriously difficult to remove. Not only would this be hard on your dry cleaners, but also on your wallet as well.
- Do not attempt to remove stains by yourself: Your professional dry cleaners have a spot removing expert to tackle stains. So don’t pile unnecessary pressure on yourself by going DIY, else you risk damaging the fabric in the end. While it’s true that some DIY procedures can work to remove certain type of stains from fabrics, some can actually end up driving the stain even deeper into the fabrics, transforming the once gentle and easy to remove stain into a stubborn one. If the fabric in question is a dry clean only delicate, fragile or beloved one, please avoid DIY like the plague and get it washed by professionals immediately.
- Remove any items on the cloth: Check pockets and ensure there is nothing left in them before the clothes are dry cleaned. Your quality dry cleaners would certainly perform this step regardless. But that dosent mean you shouldn’t bother doing so. Just in case you know? The reason why you shouldn’t ignore is simple, some materials can end up dissolving when immersed into the cleaning solvent which can end up staining the entire cloth during cleaning. Not even that, who would ever fancy their 100 dollar bill tumbling and tearing in a chemical solution?
- Discuss any stains with the attending clerk: When you have stains on your fabrics, discuss them with the attending clerk to bring their attention to it. This is where you must tell the clerk what caused the stain and whatever measures and DIY procedures you have taken to address the issue. This would help by multitudes of levels as the spotting expert now knows what caused the stains and the job is now only a matter of applying the appropriate solution to get rid of them. While discuss your problems with the clerk, makes sure that critical things are jotted down in a note in your presence.
- Ensure you do not forcefully peel off paper tags after picking up your clothes: Paper tags are stapled or attached to your fabrics in the tagging process, that’s immediately after your cloths are retrieved and examined by the attending clerk. These tags are there for identification purposes and are washed stapled or attached with clothes in the washing machine. Make sure that the attending clerk carefully and properly attaches the tag to your clothing and when you retrieve them after they are washed (with tags unpeeled), ensure that you take your time to carefully unfasten the tags else you risk tearing then cloths when you pull.
- Remove cloths from plastic bags: One of the best ways to suffocate your fabrics is to store them up exactly the way you collected them for the dry cleaners. Meaning, to store them in the plastic bags they came with. This can allow for mold or mildew growth which would require another cleaning. Make sure you remove the plastic wraps and store your clothes in their original bags i.e. for example suits should be stored in suit bags, or without any covering; that’s if you’re going to use it regularly though. Seasonal clothes should be cleaned, wrapped in breathable bags and stored up for the entire duration.