At Pride Dry Cleaning we are often asked, what are your cleaning tips for my garments when I’m at home? It’s always important to know how to keep your garments in the best condition possible.
Dry cleaning is a great way to save time and ensure your garments are completely cleaned. You don’t have to worry about colours mixing, threads pulling or damaging delicate items. But it’s also important to know some dry cleaning tips for home to keep your garments in perfect condition.
We’ve listed some of our professional dry cleaning tips to make you a laundry legend and a cleaning convert.
Dry cleaning tip #1: Let your clothes breath
Our ultimate dry cleaning tip - let your clothes breathe! If you have a garment at home that you store in a garment bag, try to use a breathable bag.
Garment bags protect your clothes against dirt, dust, and insects. But clothes stored in bags that let in minimal oxygen can cause mould to grow. It can also leave your garments with a strange smell which can be difficult to wash out.
Breathable bags are a better storage option for your garments. You can get in touch with our team to get your hands on breathable garment bags to use at home.
Dry cleaning tip #2: Know what you can and can’t dry clean
The question our customers ask the most is ‘what can I get dry cleaned?’
While the list is endless, a key dry cleaning tip is to understand that not everything can be dry cleaned. However, our services suit a range of materials and care label instructions.
To read more cleaning tips on what you can and can’t dry clean, read our blog here.
Dry Cleaning Tip #3: If it says dry clean only, it means dry clean only
Everybody has garments at home that has a label stating, “DON’T MACHINE WASH. DRY CLEAN ONLY.”
We promise these labels are not a mere suggested cleaning tip. Dry cleaning is gentler than machine washing and offers a better, more thorough clean.
So, always follow the instructions on your clothing labels to keep your garments in the best condition.
Dry Cleaning Tip #4: Understand what your clothing label symbols mean
If you have ever turned to the underside of the tag on your clothes, you’ve likely seen some confusing symbols.
One of our tips is to ask our friendly staff what these symbols mean. They can help you determine the best way to care for your clothes.
There are various processes that we can use to clean clothes. The basics are hand washing, machine washing, and dry cleaning.
Dry Cleaning Tip #5: Not all stains vanish with the same type of remover
Red wine. Ink. Mud. These are three of the most common stains on clothing we see from customers who come
into our store.
One of our key dry cleaning tips is to know these stains won’t always be removed with the same product. Every stain is different and requires specific chemicals and processes.
When it comes to stains, you are best to leave it to the professionals. Products such as baking soda, water and vinegar can make it more difficult to remove stains.
To understand what the best solution for your stain is, leave it, and get in touch with our team.
Dry Cleaning Tip #6: Suede and leather can’t be cleaned the same way as other fabrics
Suede and leather have to be dry cleaned differently. As the texture of suede and leather differs from most fabrics, special procedures and additives are used. This helps suede and leather products to maintain their colour and texture.
Our team have an array of dry cleaning tips and are always happy to answer any questions you have.
Whether you’re new to the service, or a regular dry-cleaner, Pride Dry Cleaning is here to help. If you’re looking for a sustainable dry cleaner in the Hunter region, contact us today.
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!