You’re suddenly jolted out of a deep sleep by a goose-pimply fear that the little black dress you spilled ranch dressing on shouldn’t have been put back into your closet. You think, “Wait. Maybe it doesn’t matter.”
Or, your mind continuously races back to the white splotches on the leather jacket that you stored in the plastic dry cleaner’s bag. Was it wrong to keep the jacket covered in plastic?
Such a dilemma! What is a person to do?
The crew at Best Cleaners put together a list of common dry cleaning questions to help you make educated decisions when it comes to cleaning your clothes.
Q: I heard that dry cleaning shortens the life of a garment, is this true?
A: Quite the contrary, dry cleaning services extend the life of clothing. Stains set with age (as soon as 48 hours after wearing). You may end up with a big spot or wear down the fabric’s fibers because of ground-in dirt. Also, keep in mind that bugs are attracted to soiled clothes and love to snack on your lunch leftovers.
Q: Do you have some general guidelines for dry cleaning items?
A: If the garment lies against the skin, like a blouse or trouser, follow the same logic used if you were going to throw it into the machine. If you would wash it after one wearing, then it’s a good time to dry clean the item. Don’t forget that antiperspirants and deodorants can discolor fabrics if not removed soon after wearing. For blazers, suits, coats, and sweaters that cover a shirt, you may be able to get away with dry cleaning it after two or more wearings.
Dry clean a garment when you need to remove food stains, dirt, perfume, makeup, and perspiration. If items aren’t cleaned on a regular basis, bacteria in the garment’s fibers will produce a rather unpleasant odor. Finally, never store clothes without cleaning them first.
Q: Water, club soda, or licking it off? What can I do immediately after staining a garment?
A: It’s important to be careful when self-treating stains. Your safest bet is to dab at the stain with a dry napkin to remove as much of the substance as possible. Next, bring it in our Minneapolis dry cleaners within a day or two. Water stains could develop after using water or club soda (eew, never lick it off), and subject your garment to bigger problems.
For the best results, point out any stained areas to the dry cleaner. Indicate any “invisible” spills from white wine or a soft drink.
Q: What garments and fabrics should always be dry cleaned?
A: Specialty fabrics require professional care. Generally, these garments are made of velvet, wool, cotton voile, muslin, organza, chiffon, taffeta, acetate, silk, satin, and fabric blends that include rayon, silk, and wool. Examples of dry clean only items are those with a lining or pleating, and suits.
Q: Are the dry cleaner bags to be used for storing clothes?
A: The plastic bag that covers your dry cleaning is only intended to protect your garments during transportation to your home. Fabric needs to breathe, and a plastic bag can cause moisture and mold to develop on the garment.
Do you have more questions? Give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss what burning dry cleaning issues keep you up at night. Remember, when in doubt – dry cleaning is the best option. Avoid the risk of ruining an item by taking it to one of our many locations to have a specialist look it over.
With a committed to pampering our customers, the Best Cleaners crew makes convenience a top priority. You’ll always receive the highest standard of quality and professional service.