Dry cleaning? Seems we all use them, don’t know too much about them, but there are things you may want to know…
Dry cleaners mark and sort your clothes on the basis of color and types of materials. The dry cleaner then puts the clothes into a dry cleaning machine. This machine operates like a washing machine except it uses special solvents instead of water to clean your clothes. After the clothes have gone through the dryer the dry cleaner will remove any stains that are left behind on the clothes.
A good dry cleaner knows what chemicals to use to remove any stains without damaging the fabrics themselves. Pressing is next step and this skill does vary from dry cleaner to dry cleaner. After pressing, your clothing is bagged and ready for you to pick up.
It is a myth that your clothes are actually cleaned separately from everyone else’s. Just like you sort laundry at home dry cleaners do the same, but with all the clothes that are brought in for cleaning. It would be too time consuming and expensive to clean everyone’s clothes separately, yet some people still continue to believe this myth for one reason or the other. Maybe it is the thought that their personal garments are being washed with other peoples clothes?
Before dropping your clothes off at the dry cleaners you should:
Examine the condition of your clothes. Loose buttons, seams falling apart, etc. will have to be repaired before the item is cleaned. Point out any stains on the clothes and ask whether or not the dry cleaner will be able to remove the stains. Tell the dry cleaner what caused the stain for better results.
Try not to remove stains yourself. You may make them worse. It is best to bring stained clothing in as soon as possible, rather than let the stain set. The older the stain the harder to remove.
Check your pockets. The dry cleaner may not necessarily catch the pen you left in your pocket, etc. This can ruin your clothes.
Some dry cleaners will make minor repairs for free, others charge fees. Best to ask, rather than to assume.
Get a quote, know how much the dry cleaning will cost you before you pick it up.
If you are dry cleaning an outfit you have not worn in a long time, try it on at home first. Make sure it still fits you, some people clean clothes they have not worn in a long time and then accuse the dry cleaner of shrinking their clothes instead of recognizing that they might of gained a little weight over time.
Make sure your dry cleaner is insured in case they wreck your clothes, in event of a fire, etc.
Many types of clothes can’t be dry cleaned at all. When in doubt it is best to ask.
Try not to request same day service if possible. Rushed dry cleaners may do a sloppy job.
When dry cleaning a suit or two piece outfit it is best to take the entire outfit in to be cleaned at once as colors may change slightly during the cleaning process. You don’t want to end up with a mismatched suit for the sake of saving a few dollars do you?
When picking up your clothes you should:
Make sure that all the clothes belong to you and that all garments are accounted for.
Check if the clothes have been cleaned properly and that there is no damage to your clothes, new stains, shrinkage, etc.
That you are being charged the proper amount or the amount quoted.
It may be time to find a new dry cleaner if:
Your clothes look worse after being cleaned than before you dropped them off. New stains, lint all over your wool coat, suit, poor seam pressing, etc.
Damage, lost garments become a common occurrence.
Your clothes are never ready, even when you arrive after the day and time promised.