THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LAUNDRY
So your clothes smell of petrol after dry cleaning and that ketchup stain is nowhere near gone. If you’re laundry service isn’t satisfying your cleaning needs, it’s about time you changed it. Esther Lennaerts, Executive Chairperson ofPressto dry cleaning gives us all the dirt on a good laundry service.
· Don’t send your driver or house help to the laundry. Going personally will enable you to point out the stains and tell them exactly what you need.
· A good dry cleaner should first check the garment pockets for change and other knick-knacks and for any rips and tears that need attention.
· Contrary to popular perception, dry cleaning is a very ‘wet’ process in which your garments are washed or cleaned in an organic solvent.
· Different stains require different stain removal solvents and hence the best cleaning method will vary on the fabric, colour and stains. Ideally, this should be a two-step process – first the stain removal and then cleaning it in a suitable solvent.
· Don’t get swayed by the dry cleaner’s claims of using patented or environment friendly cleaning solvents. Most don’t work. Perchloroethylene – popularly known as perc – is an accepted industry standard and the best cleaning solvent which doesn’t damage the fabrics.
· Make sure your dry cleaner changes the cleaning solvent after each wash cycle. If he doesn’t, you’re clothes are being cleaned in someone else’s dirty solvent.
· Pressing the garments is one of the most important steps in the dry cleaning process. If not done correctly, pressing can burn the fabric and damage your garment.
· If a dry cleaner makes a mistake and damages your garment it is your right to demand that he pays for it.
Taking care of your garments:
· Never store a garment with a stain because the stain will penetrate the fibre and become impossible to remove. It might even tear the fabric.
· In case of a red wine stain, just leave it as is and trust your laundry to remove it. If you do dab it (never rub) always hold a tissue under the garment to prevent the stain from passing on to the layer underneath.
· Remember, even champagne stains. It is an invisible stain but the sugar in it will become brown eventually.
· Before you store any of your garments, allow them to air for at least two hours to let the smells disperse. Always make sure to remove lint and dirt using a lint roller or brush.
· Always remove the plastic after laundry and store. This allows the fabric to breathe.
· Use only round hangers and keep your cupboard dry because humidity allows mildew and bacteria to breed.