Dry Cleaning Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s

  • Save the care tags that come with garments you buy. Show them to your dry-cleaner for their guidance… and take note of instructions that have to do with home care.
  • Brush your clothes regularly and thoroughly.
  • Dry rain-soaked or damp garments thoroughly in a cool, well ventilated place before hanging in closet.
  • Have garments dry-cleaned regularly…even nominal accumulation of perspiration, grease, grit and dust particles impair the attractiveness and longevity of a garment. Garments cleaned regularly last longer.
  • Take stained garments to your dry-cleaner immediately. Exposure to air, heat and light sets stains and can make their removal impossible.
  • When a garment has been stained, tell your dry-cleaner about the staining substance; it is important for successful stain removal.

Don’ts

  • DO NOT press a garment if it’s stained. The heat of pressing will set the stain and likely make it’s removal impossible.
  • DO NOT hang knitted garments. Hanging pulls them out of shape and causes a sagging hemline. Knits are best stored in a drawer… or folded over a padded hanger.
  • DO NOT use untested (or even tested) home stain removers. They can aggravate the condition, or may create permanent damage like color loss. Take the garment to your dry-cleaner.
  • DO NOT use nail polish remover to remove nail polish stains. You will probably damage the garment’s dye, or if the garment is an acetate, nail polish remover can create a hole in the fabric.
  • DO NOT store garments at home without having them cleaned and mothproofed before storage. Be sure that the storage boxes or cedar chests used are kept in a cool dry place.
  • DO NOT use an underarm deodorant without using a shield to protect the garment from the deodorant. Allow the deodorant to dry before putting on the garment.

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