We hear this question often and wanted to give you some guidelines on cleaning your clothes from The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute. Despite information to the contrary, professional dry cleaning will actually prolong the life of a garment.   In fact, it's the oils, body salts, cologne, perfumes, hair products, insoluble soil, rain, food and beverage stains that will shorten the life of your garment.

First and foremost, a person's body heat, activity, and the clothing's stains largely determine cleaning frequency. If a garment is soiled or affected by perspiration or odor, it should be dry-cleaned as soon as possible. Light color garments and frequently worn clothes are especially susceptible to dirt and require more frequent cleaning. Always clean your garments before storing them away for a season. Moths and insects are attracted to oil and perspiration.

Below are some more specific guidelines based on our Arizona climate:

  • Clean EVERY other wearing:
    • Tuxedo
    • Dress
    • Skirt
    • Wool dress pants
    • Wool suit
    • Lightweight suit
    • Sports coat or blazer
    • Sweaters
  • Clean EVERY wearing:
    • Evening wear
    • Cotton laundered shirt
    • Blouse
    • Polo shirt
    • Khakis and light weight dress pants
  • Clean at the End of the season:
    • Coats and other outerwear

When you bring your clothes to DELIA'S for cleaning, always bring all pieces of an outfit in at the same time, even if only one of the pieces needs cleaning. This prevents any inconsistencies resulting from color changes.