Guide to DryCleaning
Drycleaning is crucial to the proper care and maintenance of a wide variety of garments. Although regular maintenance of a wide variety of garments. Although regular maintenance of your wardrobe is no small item, your own knowledge of drycleaning can bring can bring you more value for your clothing dollar.
Shopping for clothes can be fun at the time, but the ones you buy may bring you frustration later if you forget maintenance costs. So the time to think about drycleaning is when you buy it.
Technology has greatly increased the range of fabrics, textures and colors of natural and man-made fabrics. Manufacturers have improved permanent press materials, pile fabrics, double knits and fake furs so that they are durable, cleanable and present few problems to the dry cleaner. Nevertheless, there is much you should know about the serviceability of fabrics.
There is no way to judge the color stability of a fabric by looking at it. Read care labels carefully and follow cleaning instructions. If the fabric fades in spite of your careful handling, complain to the retailer who sold you the garment.
Many luxurious fabrics lack durability and should be purchased only if you are aware of their limitations. These include cashmere, camel hair and lightweight, loosely woven wools, which have a tendency to snag and sag.
Care labels are intended to be permanent. Don't remove them! They are helpful to you and the dry cleaner as well. Look for the fiber content and the care on your garments since they indicate which cleaning method is most appropriate. Occasionally, garments that are both washable and dry-cleanable may have only washing instructions on the label even though they may be dry cleaned. Care labels correspond to the fabric of the garment.
Fading occurs when the fabric is exposed to sunlight or artificial light . The color loss is very gradual and often goes undetected until the garment is cleaned or washed. Dyes used on silks, acetate, leathers and suedes are most susceptible to color loss or discoloration. Fading that occurs in home closets and on retail store racks is known as fume fading .
TALK TO THE DRYCLEANER
When you take your garments to DRYCLEAN USA, be sure to notify our personnel of any stains on the clothing. Stains caused by beverages containing sugar, for example, may not be visible until the garment has been cleaned. By knowing the origin of a stain, stain removal and the cleaning process is less time consuming. Please note that the longer a stain sets in a garment, the harder it is to remove.
If you have a special request for service, please ask us!
SUEDE & LEATHER
Suede and leather garments must have special processing to preserve the finish, feel, and color. Suede which has a tendency to fade, spot and develop uneven color. It should only be handled by drycleaners equipped to cope with this fragile leather.
Never dry-clean imitation leather made of vinyl. There is a likelihood of cracking or peeling. Imitation suede is dry-cleanable if the polyurethane was made with careful quality control, if not the imitation suede will peel and pucker. Imitation suede made by attaching loose fibers to a base fabric with adhesive (flocking) will be removed in normal wear or drycleaning leaving bald areas. Many flocked imitation suedes cannot be successfully cleaned.
Imitation leather and suede, though much improved, are complex materials. DRYCLEAN USA will accept them for dry cleaning, but only at the owners risk.