Benefits of Professional Drycleaning
Convenience: All you have to do is drop your clothes off and pick them up. Your cleaner takes care of the rest.
Why waste hours doing washing and ironing when you get quality and convenience with drycleaning?
Drycleaning is a valuable service which allows you more time to pursue all those more important things in life.
Colour and Brightness
Drycleaning protects your garments colour, brightness and softness as well as being gentler than other cleaning methods.
Drycleaning arrived in Australia in 1913 and has proven to be the best method of garment cleaning. Drycleaning uses solvents to remove soils and stains from fabrics. Among the advantages of drycleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oils in a way that water cannot.
Natural fibres such as wools and silks dryclean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose colour when washed in water. Synthetic fibres like polyester also respond well to drycleaning, whereas they can retain oily stains after washing.
Drycleaning helps to return garments to a “like new” condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of colour, and change of texture or finish.
Expertise: From fashions and fabrics to stain removal to the latest cleaning technologies, drycleaners have the expertise to clean your clothes with the best results.
Extend the life of your garments: Contrary to the belief of some, frequent cleaning does not damage clothes.
Frequent cleaning extends the life of a garment by removing stains and ground-in dirt and soils which act as an abrasive on the fibres in your garments.
By drycleaning them regularly you are protecting your investment.
Finishing: Thanks to special pressing equipment, professional finishing gives garments a crisp, wrinkle-free, like-new appearance that can’t be beaten. There are no wrinkles or creases out of place. Plus, by taking your clothes to the drycleaner, you don’t have to spend your weekend standing over an ironing board and a hot iron.
Household furnishings: Cleaners don’t just clean clothes. Many cleaners also process household items such as blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, rugs, and even upholstery and curtains. Some cleaners will offer a takedown and rehang service for curtains.
Image: Your clothing is an expression of your personality and image. When you look good you feel better and are more confident
Inspection: Before they return a garment to you, quality cleaners conduct an inspection to make sure your order has met their own and your expectations. If they spot a problem, the garment gets sent back to receive further attention. Safeguards like this help ensure that your clothes will look their best when you come to pick them up.
Knowledge of fabrics and fashions: You may know what wool, silk, and cotton are, but what about angora, faille or acetate?
There are numerous fabrics and fibres that drycleaners must know about in order to care best for the clothes they receive.
Each fabric can respond positively or negatively depending on the treatment administered.
Laundry: Drycleaners may also have commercial laundry facilities where they process shirts, cotton slacks, and other items.
With the convenience and superior level of pressing that comes with commercial laundry, it won’t just be your dryclean only clothes that look like a million dollars. Your business and casual clothes will look their best, too.
Moths and insects: Clean clothes are the first step to preventing moth and other insect damage.
Insects can damage clothes either directly or indirectly. Direct damage is caused by a group of insects feeding directly on a fabric.
Indirect damage is caused when insects feed on spilled food or perspiration on the fabric. Moths attack the garment directly, especially wool and wool blends.
Neck Ties: Ties are often made of delicate fabrics (such as silk with vibrant colours) and require special care. Whether you’ve spilled gravy on your favourite tie or are just looking to spruce it up, a high-quality drycleaner is best equipped to clean it.
Odour removal: Some cleaners specialize in odour removal and flood and fire restoration of water- or smoke-damaged items. These cleaners use ozone generators to do an ozone treatment.
The contact between ozone and the odours embedded in the textiles causes oxidation to reoccur, resulting in the elimination of the odours and the release of oxygen. This is a safe and effective process.
Preservation: Many cleaners specialize in the preservation of wedding gowns, christening gowns, and other family heirlooms. Preservation is a special type of storage that helps prolong the life of a garment for years and years. Cleaners often say that they aren’t just preserving a customer’s garment, they’re preserving a memory.
Repairs and Alterations: Professional drycleaners are full-service clothing care specialists. Alterations are one of the many services they may offer in addition to drycleaning your clothes.
Drycleaners repair loose buttons or sew on new ones, if necessary. Zip in and out: That’s how long it takes you to drop off and pick up your drycleaning. Again, convenience and quality is paramount to good drycleaning.
Restoration: In addition to preservation, cleaners may specialize in the restoration of old wedding gowns, heirloom items, and antique textiles. These items often are very delicate and require great care.
Restoration specialists have the expertise to take in these items, although the level they can restore them to depends on their condition at the time they are brought in.
It is not uncommon, though, for a cleaner to restore a wedding gown originally worn by a bride-to-be’s grandmother well enough that the bride can wear it in her own wedding.
Stain removal: Drycleaners use complex techniques and special stain removal solutions to remove stains. Stains are divided into two major categories: solvent-soluble stains and water-soluble stains. Different stains require different treatments, and drycleaners are highly trained to safely remove stains.
Why risk a disaster using an over-the-counter “all-purpose” stain removal product or trying a “home remedy” when you could rely on your drycleaner’s expert stain removal abilities?
Upholstery: Professional drycleaners aren’t just clothes care specialists, they are textile care specialists. Some cleaners will even come into your home if you’d like to clean the upholstery of your couch, chairs, and other furniture. These cleaners have special, portable equipment that allows them to clean upholstery and curtains.
Wetcleaning: Wetcleaning is a gentle form of cleaning that cleaners may choose to process sensitive fabrics such as wool, silk, rayon, and linen. It gives drycleaners more flexibility in processing items that may not withstand a drycleaning process or that have soils that would be better removed in water.
For example, many items, such as wedding gowns, are often trimmed with plastic beads or sequins that may dissolve or discolour in drycleaning but generally perform well in wetcleaning.
Items with large water-soluble stains are also more likely to come clean in a wetcleaning process.
Yellowing: Frequent cleaning removes stains that, if left untreated, could oxidize and cause yellowing.
Exposure to heat or the passage of time can cause stains from food, drinks, and other oily substances to oxidize and turn yellow or brown, much the way a peeled apple turns brown after exposure to air.
Once they become yellow or brown, these stains become much more difficult to remove and often cannot be removed.
Article credit: Drycleaning Institute of Australia