Do you want to know how to wash dry clean only pants? More and more consumers are searching for a “greener” way to clean dry clean only clothing. Perchlorethylene, one of the more common solvents used to dry clean your garments, is toxic-not only to the environment, but to you and your family as well. The first thing you should do when you bring home a garment from the dry cleaner is to dispose of the plastic bag and air out the garment. To avoid these toxins, find a dry cleaner that uses the newer cleaning solvents, or wash your dry clean only clothing.
Some people assume the dry clean only tag is a way to create a financial boon for the dry cleaning industry; it is not. The manufacturer is actually the one who determines the cleaning instructions. Think about it from this perspective: you create a garment of exceptional quality and now it is up to the customer to figure out how to care for it. Slap a dry clean only label in and you are guaranteed the professional dry cleaner will know exactly what to do. Your dry cleaner knows how to remove spots without leaving rings, and how to press a garment with the correct amount of steam or heat to avoid discoloration and burns.
Well, move over dry cleaners. Armed with the right products, and articles like this, you can care for most of your garments at home. Yes, you can wash dry clean only clothes, but this will require time and patience. Don’t drop your Hugo Boss suit in the water just yet. We’ve got a few do’s and don’ts for you to follow- and when in doubt-leave it out.
If washing in machine:
- Do wash in cold or tepid water. Hot water may cause shrinkage to your garment.
- Do use a mild cleaning solution.
- Do add cleaning solution to the water before putting the garment into the water.
- Do not use Bleach-even on whites or light colored clothing. Mix water and baking soda together and then add the mixture to your water.
- Do not wash other garments at the same time.
- When using the washer, place it on the delicate cycle to insure your garment is not twisted in the spin cycle.
- Do wash by hand, and avoid wringing out the garment by twisting it. If you must wring out excess water, turn the garment inside out and wrap it in a towel and squeeze gently to remove water.
- Do rinse the garment thoroughly; the water may not be clear depending on the dye used when manufactured.
- Do not agitate the fabric or rub excessively to clean it.
- Do use extreme caution when washing garments with a lining; if the shell of the garment shrinks and the lining does not, your garment will not have the same shape and fit as before washing.
- Do use your sense of smell to determine if the garment is clean; some dry clean only fabrics hold scents that are extremely difficult to get rid of.
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