With some clothing items, it’s pretty easy to tell whether or not they should be sent to the dry cleaner. But other garments are more ambiguous. If you’ve ever wondered whether your sweater or blouse needed to be dry cleaned or if you could just throw it into the washing machine, here’s a list of what you should bring to the dry cleaner in Cape May County:
- Fabric blends: To avoid the dreaded shrinking or fading that comes with improperly cleaning fabric blends, it’s best to always take them to the dry cleaner. It may seem like the cost can add up, but if the pieces are nice, it’s definitely worth it.
- Anything with a lining: Whether it’s a jacket, pants, hat or anything else, a good rule of thumb is that if it’s lined, you should probably dry clean it. You don’t want to risk damaging the most unique and useful part of your garments.
- Anything that sparkles: Clothing with sequins, beading, and other added decorations should never be washed at home. You risk not only damaging your garment, but also damaging your washing machine.
- Suits: This one should be a given, but it cannot be stressed enough: no suit, regardless of material, should ever be thrown in the washing machine. Always bring it into the dry cleaners. This is especially true if it’s made of wool. Speaking of which…
- Anything wool: Unless you want to turn your clothes into hand-me-downs for your toddler, never put wool in your washing machine.
- Anything with pleating: Skirts, dresses, and pants with pleats should always be dry cleaned to preserve the pleats. Once you toss them in the wash, they’ll never maintain their shape in quite the same way.
- Heavily stained or soiled clothing: There are some stains that no amount of stain remover and heavy wash cycles will get rid of. Bring heavily soiled clothes into the dry cleaners sooner rather than later, before they become too set-in.
- Leather: You can technically clean leather at home if you’re very careful, but if your leather item has a lot of embellishments, or has a high monetary or sentimental value, it’s best to trust it to the professionals.
- Silk: The same holds true for silk—you can clean it yourself, but it’s not recommended. If you do want to try washing at home, first dab a small patch of the garment with a wet paper towel. If there’s no stain on the towel, you’re safe to wash at home. Otherwise, bring it to the dry cleaners.
- Anything you aren’t sure about: If you’re scared or unsure about washing a new or beloved garment, it’s best to err on the side of caution and have it dry cleaned. You’ll regret ruining it more than you’ll regret spending a little extra time and money.
Now that you know which of your clothing items need to be dry cleaned, bring them into Court House Cleaners, your locally owned dry cleaner in Cape May County.