What is dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning is actually a “wet” cleaning process that uses solvents to remove soils and stains from fabrics that don’t launder well with water. Dry cleaning fluids dissolve grease and oils and are ideal for use with natural and synthetic fabrics.
Natural fibers such as wools and silks dry clean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose color when washed in water. Synthetic fibers like polyester can be dry cleaned, but when washed retain oily stains. Unlike washing, dry cleaning helps to return garments to a "like-new" condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color and change of texture or finish.
FAQ ON DRY CLEANING
Which fabrics are recommended for dry cleaning?
Wool, silk and acetate fabrics are most appropriate for dry cleaning. Fine "designer" knit suits, and most sweaters are great candidates too.
Clothing trimmed in suede and leather or embellished with beading, pearls, rhinestones or sequins should be dry cleaned as well, though some items may not be suitable for dry cleaning and may only be spot cleaned.change of texture or finish.
Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?
Absolutely not! Frequent cleaning actually prolongs the life of your garment. Stains will set with age and ground in dirt is abrasive to fabric and can rapidly wear down fibers like sandpaper. Insects may also be attracted to soiled clothes and can cause additional damage to fabric.
Immediately blot spills with a clean, wet cloth. Do not rub or use over-the-counter or home stain removal remedies. Bring your garment to us as soon as possible, preferably within a few days, and let us know what food or substance was spilled on the fabric.
How should I treat spills on my clothing at home?
Why do spots sometimes show up after dry cleaning that weren’t visible before?
One of the dry cleaner’s worst enemies is the "invisible stain" such as spray from grapefruit, hair spray, or perfume. These stains surface after dry cleaning, when heat from the dry cleaning cycle or pressing causes them to become visible.
The dry cleaning process alone will not remove these stains. Depending on the material and fabric dyes, some stains can be removed with spot cleaning. Some stains, however, may be permanent. You should always point out all visible and invisible spills and stains on your garments so we can properly pre-treat before dry cleaning.
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