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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dry Cleaning?
Clothes are deep cleaned in a safe liquid solution, the solution is extracted out, and then your clothes are steam pressed. During the cleaning process your clothes are wet from our cleaning solution. Dry Cleaning is a great way to safely clean garments and remove stains such as oil and grease. It is great method for cleaning your specialty items or everyday wardrobe.
Does Dry Cleaning Shrink Clothes?
No – modern dry cleaning machines are specialized with temperature control and minimal agitation to prevent shrinkage.
Why Dry Clean Something instead of Washing It At Home?
While there are many reasons to send your garments to a professional dry cleaners, the most important reason is to prolong the life of your garments while keeping them looking their best. One of the properties of dry cleaning solvent is that it is much gentler than water on your garments. Another property is that it cleans grease and dirt out of garments much better than with water.
Why Do You Need Dry Cleaning?
Dry cleaning is necessary to protect fabrics that would be damaged by the heat or water of your traditional washer and dryer and to remove stains that are not removed by a “wet” cleaning process, such as grease and oil.
Heat and water can damage delicate fabrics by altering their structure during the cleaning process. Water can swell and stretch fibers, which can cause the fiber to lose its original shape. In addition, stain removal often requires a water-based detergent and a high degree of heat to dissolve stains effectively, further increasing the potential to damage the fabric. As such, dry cleaning is the appropriate cleaning method for delicate or stained fabrics that shouldn’t come in contact with water.
Is Dry Cleaning Really Dry?
No – the name comes from the cleaning process’ lack of water. Dry cleaning launders clothing in liquid solvent, drying to get solvent out and finishing with steam to reshape the garment.
What Clothes Should You Dry Clean?
Clothing labels are usually the best place to check for the cleaning method, but there is a little room for interpretation. Note that some labels will read “dry clean only” while others will simply read “dry clean.”
In terms of fabrics, bring silk, acetate, velvet, and wool items to the dry cleaner. Cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be washed at home, but keep an eye out for blended materials; when it doubt, bring it to the dry cleaner. When considering the category of the garment, as a rule of thumb you should dry clean suits, vests, dress pants, garments with linings, and overcoats. Of course, check the fabric type and the label before dry cleaning these items.