It's hardly a mystery what dry cleaners do, and yet it can be a mystery just how they do it. Loud, complicated-looking machines sit behind the counter, and it's the effective operation of these machines that ensures that your precious, delicate clothes can be cleaned. There's a little more to it than that, and there are a few things you need to know about having your clothes dry cleaned. These tips will make the process even more efficient. So what do you need to know?
"Dry Clean Only" Also Applies to Spot-Treatments
If you happen to spill something a dry clean only garment, do not attempt to treat the spot with any kind of liquid. The item has been classified as dry clean only for a reason. Any type of detergent could easily discolour the fabric, and this cannot be fixed by dry cleaning. Even simple water can result in discolouration. Blot the stain with a paper towel in order to soak up any excess moisture from the staining agent, and then take it to your local dry cleaner as soon as possible before the stain has a chance to set.
Be Honest About What Caused the Stain
There might be certain stains that you're embarrassed about, such as excessive perspiration, or perhaps messes caused by too much alcohol on a night out. Your dry cleaner has seen it all before, so there's no need to be embarrassed. Different stains require different types of treatment, so the more your dry cleaner knows, the more likely it is that the garment can be returned to its former glory.
Transport, Not Storage
Your garments are returned to you on a coat hanger, covered with a transparent plastic sleeve. Remove the plastic sleeve before storing the garment. While most dry cleaning is in fact dry, certain stains and types of fabrics require a standard wash at the end of the process to ensure that the item is as clean as possible. While the garment is dried before being returned to you, there's a minor chance that a small amount of moisture can remain in its fibres. By storing the garment in the plastic sleeve, you run the risk of trapping moisture in the fabric, which can result in mildew.
These three simple pieces of information will ensure that your dry cleaner will be able to do the best job possible, which certainly makes your life easier. For more information and tips, contact a local dry cleaning service.