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Dry Cleaning We are the experts in fabric care. In fact, we wrote the manual on it.
Dry cleaning is crucial to the proper care and maintenance of a wide variety of garments. Your own knowledge of dry cleaning can bring you more value for your clothing dollar and allow for easier regular maintenance of your wardrobe.
Avoid frustration… always review garment care of an item prior to purchasing.
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.
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, should be handled only by cleaners equipped to cope with this fragile leather.
Imitation leather and suede, though much improved, are still often accepted for dry-cleaning only at the owners risk.
Look for the fiber content and the care labels required by the laws of your country. They will indicate which cleaning method is most appropriate for the garment. Occasionally, garments that are both washable and dry-cleanable may have only washing instructions on the label, so remember that most washable items can be dry-cleaned.
Care labels are intended to be permanent, so do not remove them. They are helpful to you and the cleaner as well.
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 where the garment was purchased from.
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 suede’s are most susceptible to color loss or discoloration. Fading that occurs in home closets and on retail store racks is known as fume fading.
At the Cleaners
When you take a garment to be cleaned, be sure to notify the cleaner of any special problem spots. Stains caused by beverages containing sugar, for example, may not be visible until the garment has been cleaned. Don’t expect your drycleaner to be a magician. The longer a stain is allowed to set, the harder it will be for the cleaner to remove it.
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