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Helpful Dry Cleaning Tips For You

By Adriana Noton

People have used dry cleaning for decades to cheaply clean and maintain the quality of garments that can’t be traditionally cleaned. Most clothing will tell you if a garment needs to be dry cleaned. Many people shy away from buying clothing requiring cleaning because they don’t want to be bothered with the headache of finding a cleaner, making sure they understand your needs, and then picking the garment up again. Thankfully, if you know a few helpful hints, the dry cleaning can actually be a convenience.

The manufacturer of your clothing is only legally obligated to list on form of cleaning. Manufacturer’s often list the easiest cleaning method, so clothing is often listed as “dry clean only.” However, many of these clothes that are supposedly only safe for dry cleaning, can actually be washed at home by hand with relative ease.

Many so-called dry clean only garments can actually be hand-washed or run through the gentle cycle on a washing machine. However, make sure that you either dry them on low heat or let them hang. If you blast high quality fabric with intense heat, they will either fade or shrink. Remember that while these methods do work, nothing is better for your piece of mind or the long life of your clothing than taking your garments to the cleaners.

People often want to save money by only having one piece of a larger garment cleaned while leaving the pants or skirt at home. Remember that the more you dry clean a garment, the more it will fade. Therefore, if you dry clean one item more than the other, over time they will not match.

If you want to save money but don’t want your clothing to not match because of discoloration, then you need to consider other options. Today modern clothing can be made with dozens of space age materials. Younger professionals are now investing in higher quality clothing in an attempt to compete and be taken seriously. Wool has also come back into style in men’s suits. This has brought a brand new group of people the cleaners. You need to develop a relationship with them just like a butcher and barber. A happy cleaner makes happy clothing.

Stores offer materials that can be taken straight from the drier or rack and worn without any pressing or ironing. Having clothing that can be machine-washed but still look professional and presentable is having the best of both worlds. Determining the amount of dry cleaning for any garment is based on the percentages of dry cleaning. Clothing with a high amount of cotton can usually be machine-washed. Blends of polyester and cotton or other oil-based fabrics usually can be machine washed, but better quality fabrics should be dry cleaned if you want to maintain a professional and new look.

Many men ask whether they should dry clean dress shirts. In my opinion nothing looks more professional and impressive than a professionally pressed shirt. While you can iron and starch a shirt perfectly well at home, the crisp and sharp lines of a professionally pressed shirt cuts an impressive figure. When you iron a shirt at home, you can usually wear it once and then you must iron or wash it again. With a pressed shirt you can hang it in a steaming bathroom or use personal steamer, and the shirt bounces back to as good as new.

Many men ask whether or not they should have their shirts cleaned and pressed professionally or whether they should clean and iron them at home. While a shirt that is cleaned and ironed at home looks perfectly fine, after one wearing it usually has to go back into the drier or washing machine. A professional shirt can be worn multiple times as long as you steam it after each time.

Looking your best is always important, no matter where you are. So contact your local dry cleaners to service everything from normal laundry to your new suits!

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