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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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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry and dry cleaning both work to do the same thing but in different methods. Depending on the type of material your clothing is made out of, it may need a more careful cleaning approach. If you’re unsure about how dry cleaning works, you can check out our blog on the dry cleaning process.

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, but choosing the right one will ensure longevity for your clothes.

Here are the main differences between laundry and dry cleaning:

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  • Natural cleaning process makes clothes fresh
  • No harmful chemicals used
  • Free from chemical odour
  • Safe for people with sensitive skin
  • A cheaper method

Dry cleaning

  • Uses a chemical solvent to clean clothes
  • Effectively removes tough grease and oil stains
  • Safe from shrinkage, fabric distortion & colour bleeding
  • Protects material and ensures longevity
  • Best for some delicate fabrics

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Laundry vs Dry Cleaning

Laundry can effectively clean your clothes thoroughly but may ruin specific clothing in terms of altering the structure, colour fading, and wear and tear. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, use hazardous chemicals that can not only be irritable to the skin and harmful to the environment but can stain or leave a noxious odour on your clothes.

Despite these minor disadvantages, they are less likely to occur if procedures are followed accordingly with the right fabric type. For example, some clothes are not made to be wet-washed, but dry- cleaned instead.

If you’re unsure of which method is to use, your best bet is to check the care label on your clothes as it will indicate the best cleaning method for your clothing items as well as other care instructions.


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5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Whether you’re keeping or have kept your wedding dress for sentimental value or you’re passing it down, it’s very important to preserve your wedding dress for it to remain in perfect condition. The intricate design and detailing means it is extremely delicate and must be preserved in the right way.

Here are 5 Ways To Preserve Your Wedding Dress:

Get It Dry Cleaned

Even though you’ve only used your dress once and thought to have been completely careful whilst wearing it, there may be ‘invisible’ stains that you are totally unaware of. Some of these marks may begin to appear overtime as they oxidise and turn a yellow colour. Avoid this issue by making sure to get your gown cleaned by a specialist wedding dress dry cleaner to get the right treatment it deserves!

Store It In A Special Box

Avoid hanging your wedding dress along with the other clothes in your wardrobe. This will cause the dress to crease, catch on to and get bashed on by the other clothes- not something you want if you’re trying to preserve your wedding dress.

Instead, use a special wedding dress box. These boxes are PH neutral and are made from acid free material, making it a safe place to store your gown and promote longevity. Using an ordinary box may cause the fabric to turn yellow overtime.

Also, take into consideration the size of he box, making sure it’s not too small for the dress.

Use Acid-Free Tissue Paper

Pack acid-free tissue paper in between the layers of your gown when folding it to store it in its’s box. This will help to preserve the fabrics quality overtime and doesn’t crumble like ordinary tissue paper. 

NOTE: Some storage boxes come with acid-free tissue paper with instructions of how to use it.

Keep It Out Of The Attic

Attic spaces can be damp and humid, where all sorts of insects, birds and rodents can invade and make it a home.  The damp environment can cause mould or even mildew growth on your wedding dress. So, do avoid storing your wedding dress up in the attic as much as you can!

Store It In A Cool, Dry Place

For your wedding dress to be well preserved, it needs to be kept well away from the heat and direct light. The best environmental state to store your wedding dress in is as cool, dry place.

With these tips, you can ensure that your wedding dress will be preserved for the longest period of time! Don’t forget to take it out every 6 months or so, to prevent permanent creases and ensure it is still in pristine condition.


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The Right Way To Care For Your Suit

You splashed out a bit of money for a prestige suit and now you have to ensure it is well maintained or it won’t be worth the money you spent on it.

Follow these easy tips to make your suit last longer:

  • Avoid regular trips to the dry-cleaners

A key cleaning tip is to not have your suit dry cleaned regularly unless absolutely necessary. Instead, use a damp cloth to spot clean any dirty areas rather than the whole suit. A trip to the dry cleaners (or a scheduled pick up from Laundryheap) is suitable only when: a tough stain occurs, there’s visible dirt or built up odour.

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  • Use a brush and lint roller

The fabric on suits can accumulate particles of dust, dirt or lint from the environment which, if left over time, will cause damage to the fabric. Invest in a brush and occasionally use with a lint roller to remove the debris. Use in a careful, downward motion.

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  • Use the right hanger

Do avoid using wired hangers. Stick to using a wooden or thick plastic hanger that will take the shape of the suit shoulders. This way, it will keep it in a good shape and promote longevity of the suit.

Always remember to hang your suit when you’re not using it!

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  • Steam, don’t iron!

Steaming is a great way to remove creases and wrinkles on suits. Unlike ironing, it’s a delicate method that won’t damage the fibres.

Caution: when steaming, avoid the chest area to maintain the shape of the internal canvas.

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  • Use a garment bag

If you’re on the go and you need to carry your suit with you, use a garment bag to keep it in good shape. It’s easy to carry, light and breathable for your suit. Plus, you don’t have to fold it.

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How To Care For Leather

Of all fabrics, leather is one that requires less effort to clean but has specific instructions to maintain. Whether it be your leather jacket, bag, skirt or whatever, they’re all easy to care for.

Here’s how:

Read the label: Not all leather jackets/ garments are the same, therefore they all can’t be cared for in the same way. In that case, you must always check the label. It’s there as your guide, your mentor if you want, to give you advice on how to care for it. So if it says ‘not washable’ or ‘dry clean only’ then DON’T wash it and have it dry cleaned!

Don’t put it in the dryer:

Yep, just don’t. Natural, air dry, guys!

Store it well: Keep it in a cool, dry, well ventilated area, even after its been washed. Always hang your leather garments to avoid unwanted creases and wrinkles- avoid folding or trying to do origami with it.

Store away from sunlight and heat, as direct exposure to the sun will dry out the leather and cause discolouration. So in other words, just keep it in your closet.

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Buy leather protecting products: Leather conditioner is a great option to restore life in old leather and it also does well in maintaining the healthiness of new leather garments. You can also opt for a leather cleaning kit if you want to splash out a little more money. 

Have it cleaned by a dry cleanerWhilst home care is very much suitable, nothing beats handing it over to the professionals. That is easy time and money well spent.


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LAUNDRY ON THE GO

If you happen to travel continuously, doing the laundry is certainly a necessity as you may spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors on adventure activities, sightseeing, hiking, or shopping etc. For shorter holidays people tend to pack just what is necessary or things that we can mix and match most of the time.

Here are some tips to help with your laundry on the go.

Hotels: Some hotels offer in-house laundry services. Depending on the type of hotel you’re staying at e.g. big chains, serviced apartments, B&B etc. you may have access to laundry services or facilities. However, their rates may be sky-high which might not be your cup of tea. Moreover, if you’re someone who’s concerned about their clothes being mixed with others’ clothes this might not be ideal for you, as there is no guarantee it won’t be the case.

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Laundromats: There are laundromats available locally in most countries and cities. They charge a flat rate either per load capacity, type of item, or desired service. Although Laundromats seem like an easy deal and self-explanatory, you still do need to be somewhat familiar with at least your clothing’s instructions. It is also advisable to scout around for the best service available in order to prevent inconvenience.

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Do it yourself: There are shops and outlets where you can get buy detergents. If your items are small and easy to do, you can even wash them in your accommodation bathroom sink. As long as you have the necessary items required. Making the most of what is available to you saves you money.

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Laundryheap: What’s better than having someone else do your dirty laundry for you? It’s a dream come true right? Laundry chores can be a real pain especially when they pile up. The good thing is Laundryheap provides on-demand laundry and dry cleaning services with delivery within 24 hours right to your doorstep. You can book our service from wherever you are, including hotels. For your booking purposes all you need is a smartphone and voila you’re good to go! Even better you can download our free app on IOS and Android from the app store.

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How to look presentable at all times

Trying to find the fine line between prioritising life goals and keeping up to date with new trends and styles seems like a constant battle. To top it all, looking your best becomes a burden as there’s less time to plan your daily schedule.

Here are a few tips on how to look presentable at all times.

  1. FIND A STYLE THAT COMPLIMENTS YOUR BODY: This might seem irrelevant but believe you me when I say that knowing your body type and marking your style can be the first and best step to looking fabulously chic and classy. By doing so you know what you want to invest in. Hence you don’t have to spend a fortune on clothes that end up sitting in your wardrobe gathering dust just because you initially thought it was on the sale rack so it’s a good bargain.IMG_2002
  2. IRON: Wait what? Yes I know, the word itself seems like a party pooper but trust me when I say it is totally worth it. It is necessary to iron your clothes to prevent creases, and ironing contributes immensely to your physical appearance because it makes you look presentable and more put together.78654130

    If you’re someone who is instantaneously put off by ironing, then one good thing to keep in mind while shopping is to go for wrinkle-free clothing to save you the headache of ironing.

    Fabrics such as wool, lyocell polyester, and cashmere, can mostly resist wrinkles by far than fabrics like rayon, cotton, and silk. Well-sorted clothing can also slash seconds off the time you spend on outfit prep.

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  3. AIR DRY YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE STORING: After you take off your clothes like jackets/coats, shoes, and suits, air dry for couple of minutes before you put them away. This will prevent damp smells, fabric pilling and will help avoid creasing.

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  4. INVEST IN A GOOD WARDROBE / STORAGE: Putting your clothes away requires appropriate storage not only to help you keep things perfectly organised, but also to help prevent your clothes from getting creased or ruined.

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    As most of us know, we use the “CHAIR” as the most reliable storage option, just after finishing the laundry. Rather than sorting out the freshly laundered clothes, we just pile them on there to the point where the chair gives up on us.

    To avoid that, just put things back in their allocated place so you don’t have worry about ironing when you want to use a specific outfit, especially on an urgent errand.

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  5. USE LAUNDRYHEAP: The easiest tip of the lot is to use Laundryheap for chores like laundry, ironing and sorting. Then all you have to focus on is your style.


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LAUNDRY TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

With the chaos of getting things done and having to look after the little munchkins, it’s almost impossible to not get overwhelmed by chores, especially the never-ending story of doing laundry.

Here are a few laundry tips to help you save time.

  • PRE-SORTING THE LAUNDRY: Let’s face it, laundry is a chore that is time-consuming. A good idea is to have different baskets for different fabrics, colours, and the condition of laundry. Not only is it time-efficient when the need arises to do the laundry, it also prevents mistakes and having to deal with the possibility of colours bleeding onto another fabric and ruining your clothes.

 

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  • HANG ACCORDINGLY:If you despise ironing, one practical trick to consider is to hang your laundry once out of the machine to prevent extreme creasing. Moreover, if you’re dealing with washed and dried clothes, it’s best to put away on hangers and if possible colour coordinate hangers for specific clothes. Not only does this give your wardrobe a very refined and colourful look, it also creates space and helps differentiate your clothes for different purposes. Nothing is worse than having to ransack your closet for one specific outfit on a busy day.

 

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  • HAVE OTHERS CHIP IN: There’s nothing wrong with you asking for a helping hand. Your children can do simple things like allocating their dirty clothes to the right laundry basket or sorting and folding after themselves. In addition, that gives you an opportunity to focus on other pressing chores around the house.

 

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  • SET SPECIFIC DAYS: To avoid the laundry from overflowing, try to wash the clothes that are used the most; that way you don’t get intimidated or overwhelmed by your laundry. Set specific days for different types of laundry, for example, Wednesdays for coloured fabrics and Sundays for bedding, towels, rugs etc.


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  • MULTI-TASK: While waiting on the laundry in the washer, you can either put the other batch in the dryer or try to invest your time in doing the ironing. It helps immensely with your productivity as well as decreases your chances of procrastination.


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If you’re still uncertain or don’t have time to do the laundry, you can schedule your laundry with us and we’ll gladly sort it out for you.