How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

I often get asked, "How does dry cleaning work?"

Well here is brief video on the process and history of dry cleaning.

What items should not be washed at home

When it comes to articles of clothing or other household fabrics, they tell us a story. From the stitching to the fabric used, every article has its story. And perhaps the most important ones are told by their labels.

The most often ignored “dry-clean only” tag is definitely one that needs your attention. For your clothes, bed sheets, spreads, table runners or just about anything with a dry-clean only label, it’s suggested you follow the instructions.

Although not mandatory for all fabrics, some are exceptions and should always be given to professionals for washing.

Lined items:
Items with a lining should almost always be taken to professional dry cleaners. The synthetic used in lining is very sensitive and easily damaged in a machine wash so it’s best to have it done professionally.

Beads and Embellishments:
All those gorgeous beaded dresses you own or that bag, it deserves special attention. With a regular machine or hand wash, variables such as temperature or water pressure etc can not be regulated. A thorough dry-clean removes all those issues and does the wash justice.

Although certain leather articles can be washed at home, those with metal details or special, more sensitive leathers should not be risked and sent to a competent dry-cleaner for risk free cleaning that will leave it looking brand new!

Bleeding Silk:
Silk is yet another item of controversy. If you are positive that the silk does not bleed, it should be alright to wash yourself. But as silk ages and is more prone to wear and tear or if it bleeds, you need to have it washed professionally to avoid accidents of the sort.

Stains and Soils:
More often than not, children or even adults end up seriously staining their clothes. Stains such as wine stains, ink, paint or chocolate often transfer to other articles of clothing during the machine wash procedure. The same principle applies to soils. So it is definitely in your best interests to avoid machine washing these for obvious reasons, and hands washing doesn’t usually help with complex stains. In such a situation you’re advised to hand the clothes over to your dry-cleaner to ensure the revival of the clothing article.

Fabric blends:
A lot of fabrics are blended — meaning they are a combination of two or more types, say cotton and wool. Each fabric has certain factors such as wash temperature or detergent concentration, which need to be looked after for a thorough wash. These blended fabrics are a hassle to wash yourself, if you want your clothes to be looking wonderful. Professional dry cleaners have dedicated facilities catering to these needs, so it’s best to send such fabrics to them.

All things aside, it is important to choose a competent dry-cleaner who is sure to put in the work and dedication needed to ensure a safe, thorough dry-clean. Here at Exton Cleaners, we take our image seriously and make sure your clothes go back to you looking as good as the day you got them!