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.
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