“What should and what shouldn’t be dry-cleaned?”
There is one universal answer that can be applied to all garments in answering this common question…. mostly everything can be dry-cleaned in moderation of course.
The high drying temperatures and chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process, when it comes to dry cleaning your clothes, can directly damage your garments or slowly decrease their lifespan.
While it may be easier to, rather than try to remove those unattractive creases yourself, leave that suit with your trusted neighbourhood dry cleaner be aware that in the process you’re ruining your clothes.
The following are ways that those delicate garments should be laundered.
For getting stains out of your knitwear, dry-cleaning your clothes isn’t an option as the chemicals that are used in the dry-cleaning process will shorten the lifespan of knitwear.
Get it Clean:As it’s the only guaranteed way to maintain the softness and luster of the fabric hand wash your knitwear with a mild soap in warm water.
Unless, you have the funds to keep replacing them, as frequently sending your dress shirts for a dry clean will deteriorate the fabric fibres, and the chemicals used will give your shirt an unsightly yellow tint, cotton dress shirts should only be sent for a dry clean once every so often.
Get It Clean:If you do take them to the dry-cleaner, aside from specifying that you want the garment hand-ironed rather than machine-pressed, ask them not use any starch as this will lessen the lifespan of a shirt. Alternatively, you can machine wash and hang dry your dress shirts.
It’s advised that, as the chemicals, solvents and high drying temperatures used to dry clean your clothes will deteriorate the threads and fabric of your suit over time, your suit should be dry-cleaned as infrequently as possible to lengthen its lifespan.
Get It Clean:While only sending your suit for a dry-clean once per season you can, however, using mild soap and warm water clean any stains or spots on your suit by hand. Investing in a clothes steamer will help get rid of any wrinkles, stretches and creases in your suit as well as make the stretched out or creased parts of a suit such as the elbows and knees regain their natural shape and look as good as new.