Dry Clean Only?: Which Fabrics To Dry Clean
WhWhich fabrics are dry clean only? What happens to different types of clothing when you take them to be dry cleaned? How do you know if your clothes will be okay being dry cleaned?
If your dry cleaner truly is a clothes expert, he or she will know how to get stains out of any fabric you have in your closet. A good rule of thumb is that if you don't think you can clean your clothes adequately yourself, take them to your cleaners. It's important that you find a cleaners you know can do the job well. Do your research when choosing a cleaners so you can rest assured your clothes are in good hands.
Many clothes are better off if you just throw them in the laundry. Most dry cleaning companies offer laundry services, but you certainly can do this yourself. But there are plenty of fabrics that need special attention and probably should be dry cleaned. Here's a list.
- Suede and smooth leathers. These fabrics have serious problems if you spill something on them. Genuine leather and suede require you to treat them before you clean them, during, and after with certain products. You can do this yourself, but if you at all don't feel comfortable with that, take your leather and suede to the cleaners.
- Imitation leather and suede. These fabrics generally don't do well at the dry cleaners. With the products that cleaners use, they often become hardened and the fabric chips away or comes apart after being dry cleaned. You can take them to your cleaners, but be forewarned that you're taking them to the cleaners with the chance they'll return unusable.
- Knitted clothing. These fabrics do not generally do well at the dry cleaners, either. They often stretch when they are exposed to the steam that dry cleaners use.
- Angora. This fabric usually does fairly well with dry cleaning. But also note that sometimes angora does shrink when cleaned. Proper care needs to be taken.
- Cashmere. This fabric is not very rugged at all. The best way to clean cashmere is to take it to your dry cleaner, but that doesn't always work out to the satisfaction of the customer. You may want to spot clean cashmere.
- Sequins and beaded clothes. Some dry cleaners contend they can clean these fabrics; others say they cannot. Your best bet is to ask around. You may also want to try simply spot cleaning these clothes. But whatever you do, do not throw them in your washing machine; they simply won't turn out as nice as they were when you put them in.