Before you start taking your valuable clothes to the dry cleaners, there are a number of important factors you need to take into consideration. Some of these factors include:
Dry cleaning is the use of organic solvents (not water) to remove stains from a fabric. When washed in water, natural fibres such, as silk and wool can loose colour, distort, crease, and even shrink. Due to the fact that the dry cleaning process does not swell or interfere with the fibres, these problems are not likely to occur. Organic dry cleaning solvents actually dissolve to get rid of oil or grease stains. Soap and water alone cannot do this.
2. Get Recommendations
If you are not very familiar with your local dry cleaners, try getting recommendations from friends, family, or co-workers. Ask them where they normally take their clothes for dry cleaning, and whether or not they are pleased with the services being offered. After getting good recommendations, it is very advisable to test the services before taking all your clothes at once. First, take one piece of clothe such as a shirt or a coat to be cleaned and then assess the results after the job has been completed. Do not take your best clothing that you would not like to get ruined because something might go wrong and leave you disappointed. If you are not happy with the results, you can go ahead and try another dry cleaner until you find the best. Once you find one that you are happy with, you can take more clothes to be cleaned.
After settling for a particular dry cleaner, you are free to ask for their price list. Since different dry cleaners offer their services at different prices, expect the prices to be cheap, considerable, or expensive. As much as you would like to work on a budget, do not go for very cheap service as you might end up getting a raw deal. On the other hand, do not accept to be charged expensively to avoid unnecessary exploitation. Just make sure the prices are reasonable and the services are of high-quality. In some cases, you might be lucky to get get discounts if you agree to be giving them a large number of clothes to clean for you on a regular basis.
4. When Should You Take Your Clothes to the Dry Cleaners?
Not all clothes should be dry cleaned. Check the waist of your trousers or the collar of your shirt to see if the care label says “Dry Clean” or “Dry Clean Only.” You may choose to take your non-dry clean clothes for dry cleaning, but the cleaners will most likely follow the instructions provided on the tag. This means that if the care tag says “Machine Wash Warm,” they will probably wash it with water and domestic detergents or soap the same way you would at home. The most suitable clothes for dry cleaning include sweaters, suits, and woolen trousers.
5. Maintain a Clear Record
Once you have started working with your favourite dry cleaner, ensure that you receive a detailed receipt each time you drop off your clothing. The receipt should have a legible description of the types of clothes you dropped off, when you left them, who you let them with, what you asked to be done, and the amount of money you paid. Some shops might not be comfortable doing all this for you, especially during rush hour. If they fail to do it for you, do not expect to sue them in case they do not serve you accordingly.