Fact vs Fiction when it comes to professional dry cleaning
It’s no secret that our business revolves around keeping your clothing looking its best. Yet there is a lot of misinformation out there, Oftentimes perpetuated by well-meaning but misinformed sources. Here are the six most common dry cleaning myths.
“Dry cleaning wears out my clothes”
Fact: Dry Cleaning keeps your clothes fresh and extends their life
Everyone knows that professional dry cleaning will keep your garments looking fresh, new and crisp. So how is it that dry cleaning allows you to get the maximum useful life from your clothes, while maintaining your swag?
Spots and stains on your clothes will gradually oxidize all by themselves, eventually turning in to permanent brown or yellow spots if not treated. Professional dry cleaners are equipped to deal with these type of stains, and if anyone can safely remove them, Custom Care Dry Cleaning can. Tallahassee’s trusted dry cleaner for over 30 years.
Moths and other bugs like to eat stains
Stains containing sugar, such as soda, coffee, or tea, are a tasty treat for moths and other insect. If you store your clothes with stains on them, you are almost guaranteed to find some discoloration from oxidation, as well as thin spots or even holes where moths have attacked and eaten fibers.
Perspiration and body oils can build up on clothing
Professional dry cleaning will remove perspiration and body oil that builds up on garments. Not only do you not want these in clothing since they contribute to staining and fabric degradation, but perspiration and body oils will eventually leave a lingering odor in your garments.
In 100 years of textile research and testing, the International Fabric Institute has never see any evidence of dry cleaning processes “wearing out” fiber or fabrics. Failure to have something cleaned professionally as needed, on the other hand, can result in a ruined garment due to staining odors, holes, or fabric distortion.
“All stains can be removed”
Fact: Not all stains can be removed safely ( that is, without causing damage) and the longer a stain goes untreated, the worse the problem becomes.
Many food stains are invisible at the time of the spill, but appear only after the garment has been cleaned. Most food stains have some type of oil, sugar, or protein in them. When a garment sits for even a few days, these stains will begin to oxidize and become more difficult to remove. This is why it is important to point stains out so they can be addressed in the cleaning process. To make things even worse if those stains go untreated they can set permanently into the fabric.
All care labels are not created equal
“Manufacturers Care labels are always right”
Fact: Most manufacturers never test garments before deciding on the care label to use
The Federal Care Labeling Rule does not require testing before care instructions are put on a garment, only that manufacturers have a “reasonable basis” for their care instructions. Garment manufacturers often rely on their knowledge of the particular fabric, or on specifications from the fabric manufacturer. For example, you could have a garment produced in one placed, and shipped somewhere else to have trim,embroidery, or vinyl graphics added. When this happens the base fabric may hold up in the cleaning process but the secondary additions to the garment will not. The Care Labeling Rule states that the care label instructions must cover all components of garment including trim, unfortunately that’s not always the case.
Manufacturers are not required to give the best care procedure , just simply one that works. This can result in two problems:
Low Labeling – when the manufacture puts “wash” instructions in a garment, but to look its best, and last the longest, it should be dry cleaned. An example of low labeling is machine wash cold, hang to dry, and cool iron on a white dress shirt. By following these care label instructions
High Labeling Where the manufacturer puts dry cleaning instructions in a garment that is best washed because it thinks a dry clean instruction makes the garment appear more upscale. An example of this would include a designer plain white cotton T-shirt where the care instructions recommended professional dry cleaning.
Note: The problem of low labeling is far more prevalent than high labeling.