Tips & Advice
What is a green dry cleaner?
A green dry cleaner is one that uses solutions other than the longtime industry standard chemical perchlorethylen (perc). The most common method of green dry cleaning uses liquid carbon dioxide as a cleaning solution.
Do all dry cleaners offer alteration services?
The majority of dry cleaners offer alteration services. However, you should not assume that any dry cleaner you walk into will offer onsite alterations or express service or other specific services. Sometimes, not all locations of a dry cleaning chain will have on-site alterations, but will send the garments out to be altered at a partner tailor. In general, it’s always best to call or drop by and inquire about services rather than just showing up with items.
How does wedding dress preservation work?
Wedding dress preservation oftentime uses special cleaning technology to clean and treat the delicate, precious materials. It starts with an assessment, and involves certain steps like spot-treating hem stains. It is also important that the cleaner use virgin solvent that has never come into contact with any impurities. Part of the treatment step involves applying a special protective coating that will safeguard the gown for long periods of time. After the gown has been cleaned and treated, it will be sealed in an airtight box. The protective coating and airtight storage should protect it from the discoloration that often happens to pale-colored garments if they hang in a closet for lengthy periods of time. Wedding dress preservation is a much more expensive process than standard dry cleaning, and may cost $500 or more.
How long does it take to get a garment dry cleaned?
It typically takes 3-4 days to get garments dry cleaned, although just to get one garment may only take 2 days, and can sometimes be express-processed for an additional fee. Certain items require careful handling and take longer--for example, if you’re dropping off a comforter, it may not be ready for 7-10 days.
What are the benefits of dry cleaning?
The benefits of dry cleaning start with the fact that the solvents used in the process are more effective and less prone to damage certain kinds of fabric than standard laundry with hot water and detergent. Dry cleaning is also better at dissolving and removing oil and grease stains, and in general removing any stain that hasn’t set in the fabric. Dry cleaning is also less prone to shrink fabric or cause it to lose color.
Can cotton clothes be dry-cleaned?
Experts generally advise to not dry clean cotton clothing. It is recommended to wash them at home, or simply have them laundered on cold wash if you send all your clothes out.
How does dry cleaning work?
Dry cleaning works by using liquid solvents instead of water and detergent to clean clothes. It is a bit of a misnomer, since the process is not actually dry. The most commonly used liquid is perchlorethylene (known as perc), a colorless, non-flammable chlorocarbon chemical. However, since it is classified as a toxic pollutant and environmental hazard, many dry cleaners have begun to utilize other solvent solutions.
Can a dry cleaner take all stains out?
A dry cleaner does their best to take all stains out, but it’s never 100% certain that they will be able to do so. If a stain has set into the fabric, chances of removing it are slim. Point out heavy stains when you drop off your items, and that way your dry cleaner will be able to pre-treat the stains specifically before dry cleaning, and then do a post-spotting procedure. At drop-off, the dry cleaner should be able to let you know whether the stain looks like it’ll come out.
What can be taken to the dry cleaner?
Fabrics that can, and probably should, be taken to the dry cleaner include leather, suede, real fur, wool, silk, rayon and linen--in general, anything with a lining should be taken to the dry cleaners. Also, delicate or dressy synthetic blends are usually best taken to the dry cleaner for gentle handling. Besides clothes, many people bring bed linens (i.e. comforters) and drapes to the dry cleaner.