It’s a question we’ve all asked at one time or another – “what items are deemed dry clean only?”
Maybe you just bought a new outfit, or you’re wearing a dress you only pull out on special occasions. Or perhaps you’re not sure if your winter knits are safe in the washing machine.
Whether it’s delicate material, or a precious article of clothing like your wedding dress or a family heirloom that you want to look after, it can be tricky to know which washing method is best for your clothes.
So how do you know whether you really need to dry clean only? We’ve got you covered!
Take time to read the manufacturing label, and follow its advice
Reading the label on your clothes is the first step.
In Australia, manufacturers are required to attach care instructions to all articles of clothing. These labels must be written in English and be appropriate for the care of that specific item. In other words, labels never lie!
Ignoring these care instructions can be disastrous for your clothes, with incorrect washing practices weakening the material and shortening their lifespan.
So, if the label on your t-shirt clearly states: “hand wash in cold water” and “do not bleach”, it probably means it. And when it says “dry clean only”, you’re best to leave it to the professionals.
You don’t want to ruin your new clothes simply because you forgot to read the directions. So, when in doubt, follow the care label.
Understanding clothing care labels
Unfortunately, clothing labels provide a tiny space for sharing information. Therefore, they won’t always answer your question directly. Rather than clearly stating “yes you have to dry clean this” or “no you can wash it at home”, they often feature symbols instead.
Among the many examples of common clothing care labels are ‘do not iron’, ‘dry clean only’ and ‘must be hand-washed’. If you’re unfamiliar with these symbols, it can be tricky to understand, and figuring out if you have to dry clean an item, or if it’s best to wash it at home, may still be a mystery.
Thankfully, the Drycleaning Institute of Australia has guidelines explaining what each dry cleaning symbol means.
What if there is no dry clean only label?
On older pieces of clothes, or items you’ve picked up second-hand, the text may have rubbed off the tag.
This can happen after several cycles through a washing machine. It may also be a consequence of the tag sitting somewhere the body that moves around a lot.
So, what do you do when trying to decide whether to dry clean an item of clothing, and the label is either unreadable or missing entirely?
Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world if there’s no care label!
You can simply come me into Pride Dry Cleaning and talk to one of our staff for guidance.
So, next time you’re getting ready to wash your dirty laundry, consider the care label – it’s there to help!
You may even realise you’ve been washing a loved item incorrectly – which is where we can also come in.
Following the care label will ensure you're caring for the clothes, keeping them in great shape for seasons to come.
When it comes to those special event outfits, or delicate fabrics, it’s always best to be on the safe side. Let us take care of your valuable and sentimental items, showing them the care they deserve.
Still not sure? Contact our team to discuss your particular item, and we’ll have it looking brand new!
The consumers of today want to find a sustainable dry cleaner nearby. Somewhere that offers a more co-conscious option for their dry cleaning needs. People are putting their money where their mouth is by picking products and services that align more with their values. This is resulting in a lot of businesses adopting greener practices.
At Pride Dry Cleaning, we believe in offering our customers an ethical service, with great bang for their buck. We’re proud to be a sustainable dry cleaner. Making us one of only a handful in the Hunter region. .
How can a dry cleaner be sustainable?
Sustainable dry cleaning takes an alternative approach, moving away from traditionally used chemicals. In the past dry cleaners would use perchloroethylene (also known as perc). It was revealed, however, that exposure to perc could cause a variety of negative health effects. Humans who breath in the fumes from perc, or have skin contact with the solution, are put at further risk. The chemical also has the potential to harm the environment by contaminating soil, air and water.
Some businesses made the move away from this unsafe practice and started engaging in greener chemicals for dry cleaning. However, not all dry cleaners made the shift. And not all businesses actively engage in an eco-approach. So, the task of finding a sustainable dry cleaner nearby fell to the consumer.
How do I know if my dry cleaner is using dangerous chemicals?
This might sound obvious, but the best way to know what your clothes are cleaned with is to simply ask. A good business will be transparent and tell the truth. And a great dry cleaner will be one step ahead of you to offer information. This can often be sought via their website, social media, or Google.
Thanks to health and safety training, the Pride Dry Cleaning team are aware of the dangers associated with harmful chemicals, such as perc. And, we are happy to pass this information on to any interested customers.
If your current dry cleaner nearby is unable to provide an honest response in relation to the products used, we recommend making the switch. We’re always open to new customers 😉
If not perc, what chemicals are used?
Health is our number one priority at Pride Dry Cleaning. We ensure that our business isn’t causing any damage to our team, customers, or the planet. To stay true to being a sustainable dry cleaner nearby, we make an active effort to pursue safer, efficient cleaning methods and solutions.
One of the more popular alternatives to perc is hydrocarbon, a solution we use here at Pride.
The option is a lot less hard-hitting than perc, so it’s better for the environmental and people in contact with it. We are proud to remain the dry cleaner nearby with a quick turnaround.
Pride Dry Cleaning’s approach: wet cleaning
At Pride Dry Cleaning our service features wet cleaning practices. It may sound strange, but it's not as crazy as it sounds! Wet cleaning is an alternative to common commercial laundry practices, water combined with dry cleaning based chemicals to clean your clothes.
It’s the preferred cleaning method in most parts of Europe!
This approach is very gentle on the garments, and the environment. It’s a win-win!