What is dry-cleaning?

Dry-cleaning simply means that fabric will not be cleaned in a water system but in a machine using dry solvent.

The dry-cleaning process begins with the pre-treatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then cleaned using solvents to remove soil and stains from the fabric.

One of the great advantages of dry-cleaning is the ability to dissolve greases and oils in a way water cannot. Natural fibres such as wool, silk, rayon and polyester are ideal for dry-cleaning but can shrink, distort and lose colour when washed in water. Dry-cleaning helps to return garments to a 'like new' condition without shrinkage, loss of colour and fabric distortion.

Limitations of Dry-cleaning:

  1. Removing Stains: The nature and age of the stain plus the colour and construction of the garment sometimes makes stains impossible to remove. We advise you notify us of stains when placing your order.
  2. Preventing Colour Bleed: If the manufacturer does not thoroughly test the dyes to make sure they are colourfast to both solvent and water, some colour may be lost during the cleaning process. This is considered the manufacturers' responsibility.
  3. Reversing Worn or Torn Areas: This is caused by wear, perspiration or damage caused by insects or liquid spills. Such holes or tears may not appear before cleaning but are the result of previous weakening of the fibres.

Some tips to help you extend the life of your garments:

  1. Bring a garment for cleaning as soon as possible after a stain occurs. Stains left for too long can become impossible to remove and will shorten the life of your garment.
  2. Keep perfumes, lotions, anti-perspirants and other toiletries from coming into contact with your clothes. These products generally contain alcohol which can affect dyes.
  3. Protect your garments from excessive perspiration especially silks. Perspiration left on garments causes many dyes to discolour and silk fabric to deteriorate.
  4. Never rub a stain or attempt home spot removal with either water or cleaning fluid especially with silk garments.
  5. Remove the plastic bag when you place your clothes in your wardrobe after dry-cleaning.
  6. It is a good idea to have matching pieces cleaned together (i.e a two piece suit.)

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