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Do you know when you should "dry clean only?"

sweater dry cleaningIt is written on some article of clothing that you own, "dry clean only". It may be a sweater, a dress, and a pair of pants. All of us have something that we regularly have dry cleaned because the instructions tell us to.

But do you really have to "dry clean" dry clean only?

The answer is yes and no, it generally depends on your level of confidence to properly clean the clothing, and the material the clothing is made of.

Polyester and nylon are probably the safest to clean on your own. Rayon you can clean on your own but you have to be careful how much agitation you use because it could cause it to break or get fuzzy.

Cotton and leather are fabrics that you can clean yourself as well, but you can just as easily ruin the article of clothing if you do not clean it correctly. The main risk is shrinkage; you have to know how to handle both of these materials when they are wet.

Silk and cashmere are the two fabrics that must be dry cleaned, it is possible for you to clean them yourself, but realistically you are better left off leaving it to the professionals. It doesn't so much have to do with getting them wet but the pH balance of the water and the detergent you use. The wrong balance can alter and shrink the wool and strip off oils that can cause the texture to change.

So it remains a toss up, ultimately you can take as much risk as you are comfortable with in cleaning your garment. If you are not set up with the proper equipment or knowledge, you might be better off calling us at Mark Pressed4Time to take it to the cleaners for you.

For more information on dry clean only garments, contact Mark Pressed4Time today!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 written by Mark Pressed4Time
Tags:  cashmere dry cleaning, cotton dry cleaning, dry clean only, leather dry cleaning, Mark Pressed4Time, nylon dry cleaning, pH balance, polyester dry cleaning, rayon dry cleaning, silk dry cleaning, sweater dry cleaning
Categories:  Dry Cleaning, Dry Cleaning Tips