Tired of paying hefty dry clean bills? Then try our tips on dry clean your clothes at home.
Those designer ensembles of yours, beautiful tuxedos, curtains and dresses come with the label, ‘Dry Clean Only.’ Made from fabrics that cannot be tossed into a washing machine, these garments need special care. But that doesn’t mean that you have to pay hefty bills to your commercial dry cleaner. All you need to do is follow these simple cleaning tips to clean these clothes in the comforts of your home.
What makes fabrics special?
Did you ever wonder why wool blends or silk and rayon fabrics need dry cleaning? Well, you need to know fabric behavior before you can dry clean clothes at home. These materials usually shrink, change colors and tend to lose their shape and style when washed with water and detergent. In fact, rayon is one of those fabrics that immediately expands its fibers and misshapen. That’s why they need to be cleaned without water. And for that, you would first need perchlorethylene.
Use a solvent
Even though it’s called ‘dry’ cleaning, it isn’t necessarily dry. For cleaning your clothes at home, you firstly need a solvent, such as perchlorethylene, as known as perc. The solvent will remove oil and grease strains. But make sure that you don’t use them too often as constant exposure to them can make you sick, irritating your eyes, nose and throat.
Get cleaning kits
Retailers these days have cleaning kits that can be used with clothes that require a dry clean. These kits may not be your best option for long, but they can provide spot cleaning, which allows you to get rid of stains. They come with fabric protection bags and keep the garment stain free.
Use dry cleaning bags
A number of dry clean bags are available in the market, which can be used for cleaning your clothes. Make sure that you don’t overcrowd the bag. Most of them have small amount of water and an emulsifier to keep your clothes clean. Read the instructions and if the bag material allows, keep it in the dryer, which will heat the sheet and bag, infusing steam with your clothes to straighten out wrinkles and cleaning them. Make sure that the dryer is set on delicate heat so that the fabric is protected.
Remove clothes from the bag and store them like a professional. Keep them in plastic bags or special clothing bags that can be used for clothes with special fabrics. Iron them well, as non-wrinkled garments look cleaner and more beautiful than regular garments. Make sure that you keep them in bags to protect them from dirt and stains.
Use professional help
If you have curtains or carpet, don’t harass yourself with cleaning kits. Opt for a professional who can dry clean these products in the comforts of your home. For the same, research online and compare rates to get a dry cleaner that can provide commercial, professional help without burning a hole in your pocket.
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