Dry Cleaning Information That Every Man Should Know

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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:

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1. What is Dry cleaning?

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.

3. Pricing

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.

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Ever Wondered How Dry Cleaning Machines Work?

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Ever wondered how commercial dry cleaning machines work? It’s a question that many people would love to know the answer to, so we created a short video explaining the process and posted it on Youtube.

Our video demonstrates how commercial dry cleaning machines wash your clothes in special solvents and then evaporate the solvents during the dry cycle. The solvents that are evaporated then pass into a condenser and are cooled, reverting them back to a liquid form. The solvent is filtered and periodically distilled to purify it for reuse.

Why Home Dry Cleaning Kits Are A Bad Idea

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Quite recently, new products have been launched in the UK which claim to be an alternative to dry cleaning. These kits contain a sheet which is saturated in solvent, the sheet is placed in a tumble dryer, along with the garment to be “cleaned”, the dryer is then run though a cycle.

Home-Dry-Cleaning-KitThe feedback for these new products has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been pretty bad. One customer who bought such a product on Amazon stated that the product had bleached her skirt and the garments did not smell clean. The customer went on to say that she would simply save her money and use a professional dry cleaners in future, good advice!

It may not surprise our more astute readers to learn that your tumble dryer is not intended to perform dry cleaning. There are other kits out there that are perhaps not as bad as the one described above, but the fundamental flaw of all home dry cleaning kits is that the chemicals used in dry cleaning are certainly not the sort of substances you want in your home. Perchlorethylene is an irritant which has been linked to serious skin conditions, it is also a carcinogen. Modern dry cleaning machines are designed to contain and recycle the perc, thereby protecting the atmosphere from any potentially damaging leaks by condensing exhaust emissions and collecting the perc before filtering it for reuse. Dry cleaning machines also do a very good job at removing all residues of the cleaning chemicals, something your tumble dryer was not intended to do.

Even the more effective of these kits have serious flaws, firstly regardless of the chemicals used, your tumble dryer lacks the cleaning power of an industrial dry cleaning machine. Secondly I would certainly advise any parents to seriously consider the wisdom of introducing a chemical such as Perchlorethylene into their home where it could potentially come into contact with their children.

How To Take Care Of Your Designer Togs

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Designer clothes can be an expensive purchase, and over time as your wardrobe is built up, the cost of replacing your wardrobe increases. Many people do not realize that it is not the actual fabric of your wardrobe that attracts moths, but rather the proteins in spilled food and perspiration which provide the moths with an appealing place to lay its eggs. It's the actual larvae that to do the damage to your clothes, eating the natural fibers of wool or cotton along with the proteins.

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How To Prevent Moth Infestation

Because more expensive clothes tend to be dry clean only, and are therefore more likely to be put away in the wardrobe when they really should be taken to the dry cleaners, its likely to be the best clothes in your collection that get eaten first! Months don’t really have a preference for Prada or Gucci, and if your clothes are dry cleaned after every use, the risk of moth infestation is greatly reduced. Cedar balls are also an effective deterrent, months hate the smell of cedar and although there are chemical alternatives to cedar moth balls on the market, they are somewhat undesirable due to the effectiveness of this natural and eco friendly option.

Treating Stains

How you go about treating a stain on a dry clean only garment really depends on the type of stain, however, its important that you do not scrub at the stain regardless of it's type. Aggressive scrubbing can damage the fibers of the cloth and lead to piling or scuffing which is irreversible. Instead gently dab at the stain with a damp cloth, then take the garment to your dry cleaners for professional spot treatment as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the less likely the stain will be successfully removed.