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How Often You Should Dry Clean Your Clothes

Ever wondered how often you should dry clean those ‘dry clean only’ garments of yours? Fortunately, most garments can be worn more than once before taking them to the dry cleaners.

Here are some of the most common ‘dry clean only’ items and how often you should wash them:

  • Business Suit– 4-5 wears 

Suits you wear on a regular basis to work don’t require daily cleaning as they don’t come into direct contact with the skin.

  • Formal Suit–  After every wear/ Once every season

For suits that are worn once or twice a year to special occasions, it’s best to wash them after every wear or once every season. This is so they can be stored away properly, freshly cleaned and ready to wear again.

  • Dress pants/ skirts/ dresses– 4-5 wears

Most dress pants/ skirts are made from stain-repellent material, so they don’t need to be dry cleaned so often unless there are visible stain or dirt.

  • Button down blouses 3-4 wears

Blouses come into direct contact with your skin and absorb your sweat, but as long as there are no visible stains or dirt, they can be cleaned after a few wears. White blouses, however, should be cleaned after every wear.

  • Silk blouses– After every wear

Silk fabric requires extra care because of its delicacy, so silk blouses need to be cleaned after every wear.

  • Evening dresses After every wear/ Once every season

Evening attire worn only on special occasions should be washed after every wear or once every season if worn more than once in the same season.

  • Jackets/coats– Once every season

Winter coats and jackets should be cleaned only before storing them away and once during the season.

These are only general guidelines on how often you should dry clean your clothes, assuming that they haven’t been heavily soiled or stained. Clothes that are soiled quickly should be cleaned more frequently than stated, while other clothing like suits and jackets can be spot cleaned to get more wears out of them.

If you require a professional dry cleaner, Laundryheap can collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours.


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Commonly Asked Questions About Dry Cleaning

There are many questions about dry cleaning, most of which are concerned with how effective it is in cleaning our clothes. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about dry cleaning.

How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

Dry cleaning is a cleaning method for textiles using solvents. The technique is the same as wet washing (laundry) but instead of using soap and water, it’s replaced with cleaning solvents. For more information about how dry cleaning works, see our blog post on the dry cleaning process.

Will Dry Cleaning Remove Stains?

A majority of the time, yes, dry cleaning will remove stains. However, that depends on what type of stain it is and how long the stain has been there for. 

Will dry cleaning kill germs?

Yes. The solvents work well to penetrate and get rid of dirt, and the heat from the machines and steamer will effectively get rid of germs and bacteria.

Is Dry Cleaning Better Than Washing?

That depends on the type of fabric you’re dealing with. What ever washing instruction is illustrated on the care label, that is the best option to go with when cleaning your garment. If you want to compare the differences between the two cleaning methods, check out our laundry vs dry cleaning blog post.

How Long Does Dry Cleaning Take?

In general, dry cleaning usually takes between 24-72 hours. With Laundryheap, dry cleaning takes up to 24 hours for clothing items and some home essentials such as pillow and duvet covers, and 72 hours for home and bedding items. 

Does Dry Cleaning Shrink Clothes?

No. Since there is no combination water involved, it is not possible for the dry cleaning method to shrink clothes.

Does Dry Cleaning Remove Odour?

That depends on how strong the odour is. Dry cleaning does well in removing dirt and bacteria but might not be as effective in removing odour. 

Is Dry Cleaning Safe?

With green dry cleaning, yes. There are now many dry cleaners that use eco-friendly cleaning solutions like liquid co2 instead of perc, which is safe for the environment and for the skin.

Can You Wash Clothes That Need To Be Dry Cleaned Only?

Ideally, no, you shouldn’t. Clothing made from fabrics that have to be dry cleaned only do not react well to washing in water. Consequences are that clothes will usually distort in shape or damage the fabric.

Can You Do Dry Cleaning At Home?

Yes, you can. You can purchase home dry cleaning kits. However, it might not be as effective as professional dry cleaners.

 

If you have any dry cleaning questions that aren’t on here, feel free to ask in the comments section and we’ll try to answer them for you.


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The Dry Cleaning Process

Many people believe that with dry cleaning, your garments are secretly cleaned with water. This is in fact false! Cleaning solvents are used in the dry cleaning process.

Let’s take a quick look at how the dry cleaning process is actually done:

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Tagging & Inspections: All dry cleaning tagged garments have the number of clothes to be dry cleaned, the date it was received and the date it needs to be returned by. In addition, any garments that require special attention such as tough stains will have a tag to indicate so.

Inspections are also made at this point to check for any minor stains, missing embellishments, buttons, tears or any other imperfections on the garment(s).

Pre-treat Stains: Dry cleaners pre-treat stains similar to how it is done domestically but using specific spotting treating agents.

Dry Cleaning: A cleaning machine in the dry cleaners is basically structured the same as a washing  machine and dryer. 

Just like in a washing machine, clothes are thrown into the cleaning machine and is rotated around with a constant flow of cleaning solvents circulating through. After the cycle is done, the solvents are drained and rapidly spins to get rid of any remaining solvents. This then goes through a drying cycle where the process involves clothes circulating in warm air.

Quality Control: Final inspections are made to ensure that all stains have successfully been removed and no embellishments have gone missing.

Finishing Touches: Once the final checks have been made, the finishing operations include, pressing steaming, occasional ironing and making the garment(s) look presentable before before it is neatly bagged, ready to be returned to the customer.

Now you know the truth about the cry cleaning process! If you need a dry cleaning service, schedule a collection with us and we’ll deliver it back to you within 24 hours.