Many white garments are treated with optical brighteners and will turn yellow or gray when exposed to heat or light. Be sure not to leave these garments in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
7. Have matching pieces cleaned together.
Matching pieces in suits, pants, skirts, dresses, and even drapery and bedspread items should be cleaned at the same time. Normal fading may occur that the dry cleaner cannot control. Even a slight change could ruin the set.
8. Protect your clothes.
Avoid contact with perspiration, perfumes and hair spray products, especially on rayon and silk items. The alcohol and gums used in some of these products can effect some dyes as well as cause stains. Allow them to dry before you dress. Body oils and perspiration can also create a permanent yellow discoloration and weaken the fabric. Use garment shields when possible to avoid body contact. And don’t delay taking clothes with these types of stains to the dry cleaners.
9. Check for items left in pockets, tears, ripped, and loose buttons.
Your dry cleaner will look over your garment for these flaws, but two sets of eyes are better than one.
10. Work with your dry cleaner.
Don’t expect quality to be as high on 1 hour or same day service as normal turn-around time. It should only be used on basic items. Realize that if a garment bleeds, shrinks, tears, or is ruined in any way after dry cleaning, there could be a number of causes, including manufacturing defects. Keep a good line of communication open with you dry cleaner to find the cause and possible solutions. There are industry procedures to follow if a garment is ruined. I’ll b happy to give you details. Just call me.
In my next post I will share with you:
4 steps to choosing the right dry cleaner for you!