1. What is Dry Cleaning?
Dry cleaning is a special cleaning method that uses non-aqueous solvents to remove stains and grime.
2. How does dry cleaning work?
Dry cleaning is putting clothes through a machine that uses a solvent instead of water (usually perchlorethylene, which has been banned, but has been replaced by green solvents, and hydrocarbons). The solvent dissolves stains and dirt to keep clothes clean.
3. Which clothes should I dry clean?
Dry cleaning is often recommended for garments made from delicate fabrics such as silk, wool and cashmere, and garments with intricate details or structured designs. However, always check the care label for specific instructions.
4. Can I dry clean my laundry at home?
Although some home dry cleaning kits are available, professional dry cleaning is usually more effective due to the specialized equipment and expertise required for optimal results.
5. How often should I dry clean my clothes?
Dry cleaning frequency depends on factors such as how often the garment is worn, the type of fabric and whether or not it is stained. In general, dry cleaning is recommended when clothing is visibly soiled or smells bad.
6. Is dry cleaning safe for all fabrics?
Dry cleaning is generally safe for a variety of fabrics. However, extremely delicate fabrics or fabrics prone to shrinkage or discoloration may require different washing methods or special care.
7. Can dry cleaning remove all types of stains?
Dry cleaning is effective on many types of stains, including oil-based stains such as grease and makeup. However, some stains, such as certain dye or chemical spills, require specialized handling or can be difficult to completely remove.
8. Does dry cleaning damage clothes?
The risk of damaging your clothes is minimized by washing them at a professional and reputable dry cleaner. However, it is important to choose a dry cleaner that you can trust, as delicate garments can potentially be damaged by improper handling or washing.
9. How should I store dry-cleaned clothes?
After picking up dry-cleaned items, remove the plastic cover to allow the fabric to breathe. Hang clothes on sturdy hangers to retain their shape and store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
10. Can dry cleaning get rid of the smell?
Dry cleaning can effectively remove certain odors from clothes. However, persistent or strong odors may require additional handling or ventilation of clothing in a well-ventilated area.
It is always best to consult with a professional cleaner if you have specific questions about your clothing or care needs