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When it’s laundry day, some of us separate the whites from the colours, whilst others simply throw everything in the washing machine with a colour catcher. But what about those delicates and clothes that require a dry clean? Putting them in the washing machine could damage the fabric and shrink the garments. So, before you tackle the washing, it’s best to take the time to sift through and check the washing instructions before popping it all on a 40° cycle. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out which items require special attention, especially if you have a mountain of clothes to get clean and the labels have faded.
So, if you:
then read on!
Professional dry-cleaning services clean clothes and fabric without using soap and water. Dirt and stains are effortlessly removed by dipping fabrics into a special dry-cleaning solvent. If the stains on your clothes are particularly bad, it’s best to point this out to your dry cleaner, as they may need to pre-treat them with special chemicals before they are dry cleaned. Specialist dry cleaning companies will often cover buttons, any embellishments and decorative features so they don’t get damaged during the dry-cleaning process.
With stains pre-treated and buttons covered, clothes are put in a large dry-cleaning machine, which is pumped with the special liquid solvent. Once clothes have gone through the dry-cleaning process, the garments are inspected to check the stains have gone and the buttons are fixed back on the clothes. Next, the dry cleaner will press, iron or steam each garment to remove any wrinkles, pop a protective cover on them and hang them up to wait for customer collection.
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Some clothes you have in your wardrobe may be classed as ‘delicate’ and require a handwash or gentle cycle on the washing machine, while some may need the special care of a dry-cleaning service. If you’re unsure which fabrics need dry cleaning, be sure to check the labels. If the labels don’t offer any cleaning instructions, for a general rule it’s best to assume that the following items need to be dry cleaned:
Clothes made from the above fabrics won’t benefit from being cleaned in a washing machine. Linen is likely to shrink if washed in a washing machine. Potentially, linen can be gently washed in cold water, or be given a pre-wash to protect the fabric, however washing in water can leave the fabric with a rough finish. Dry cleaning is a much gentler process, that won’t interfere with the fabric’s construction. So, to maintain the quality and long shelf life, dry cleaning linen is best.
Leather, whether real leather or synthetic, should never be soaked in water during cleaning, so is unsuitable for machine washing. As explained earlier, the dry-cleaning process doesn’t use water; it’s a liquid-based solvent that removes smells, dirt and stains – and leather dry cleaning goes through the same process. The hot water temperature of a washing machine can potentially damage, discolour and dry out the leather, leaving it to crack and wear down.
It’s the same for suede and rayon. The water and heat from a washing machine will ruin the fabric over time. To maintain the garment’s structure and quality, it’s always best to dry clean.
When it comes to suit cleaning, should you wash on cold, hand wash or give them a quick spin? Despite the instructions you’re given, to avoid possible shrinking and fabric damage, it’s best to dry clean your suits. It’ll help maintain their quality over time, and you’ll not have to think about ironing them afterwards, as the dry-cleaning company will do it all for you.
It’s not just clothes that benefit from a dry clean. It’s the same for curtains and carpets. If your carpets have stains that are proving too stubborn to remove by hand, it might be best taking them to the dry cleaners. And just like clothes, the dry-cleaning company will pre-treat any stains to make sure they’re fully removed.
Carpets are too large for a washing machine and can often feature delicate elements like stitching and lining that washing machines can damage. Dry cleaning carpets will make the process of cleaning much easier. And you won’t have to think about where or how you’ll get them dry too. Dry cleaning carpets will also help maintain the fabric quality, prevent colour fading and remove the possibility of the fibres shrinking. Another benefit of dry cleaning is that the unique liquid used for carpet cleaning is biodegradable, meaning it won’t harm the environment.
Over time, curtains can pick up stains and smells that become embedded in the fabric. Fabric spray fresheners can only do so much, but dry-cleaning curtains will eradicate those stuck-on smells. Once dry cleaned, the dry-cleaning company will steam the curtains, removing any creases, meaning you won’t have to worry about having to iron large pieces of fabric.
The majority of our clothes won’t need dry cleaning and can be put on a 30° or 40° wash. Here are the fabrics that won’t require dry cleaning:
Here are some dry-cleaning tips and tricks to help you achieve the best results for your garments:
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Tackling the laundry can take up a lot of time; there’s the sorting, the washing, the drying and then the ironing. Throw in the dry cleaning that needs organising and you soon have a big job on your hands. Why not trust in a professional company that will handle all of your dry-cleaning needs? At FantasticServices.com, we’ll pick up your dry cleaning from your home, take it to the dry cleaners and return it back to you. With our dry-cleaning pick-up and delivery service, there’ll be no more rushing to the cleaners, finding a place to park or finding the time to do it. Simply book in with us, today!
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