drying cleaning at home

Dry Cleaning at Home vs. Professional Dry Cleaning

Posted on September 29, 2021 by Steven Toltz

We understand the temptation of wanting to just wash all of your clothes at home. If you set your washing machine to “cold water” and then dry on the “gentle cycle,” everything will be fine, right?  What’s the worst that can happen? We are glad you asked because we also understand why certain garments need to be dry cleaned only. 

“Dry Clean Only”

There is a reason why some fabrics such as silk, lace and wool have a “dry clean only” label. They are delicate and more likely to suffer from piling, significant shrinkage or stretching and possible tearing, if washed at home. Dependable Cleaners uses an advanced, chemical-free solvent that is much gentler on your clothes than the washing machine in your home. Our dry cleaning process doesn’t leave clothes damaged; rather, it protects delicate fabrics, leaving them looking good as new. 

Dry Cleaning at Home 

You probably have a couple of nice suits and shirts hanging up in your closet which you have set aside for important meetings or a big night out. Certain items require special care and “dry cleaning” at home just won’t do. “Dry Cleaning” silk, lace, and wool fabrics at home with soap or detergent often results in the colors fading, odd stains suddenly appearing on the clothing, and even risks the actual fabric falling apart. 

If you aren’t sure whether or not a garment should be dry cleaned, we invite you to bring it into any of our metro area locations. One of our dry cleaning specialists will inspect the clothing and recommend the best and safest way to wash and preserve those special pieces for years to come. 

Home Dry Cleaning vs. Professional Dry Cleaning

Washing machines and dry cleaners involve two different methods. For example, washing machines use a lot of water and soap or detergent, but don’t always guarantee our clothes will come out looking or smelling totally clean. Whereas, we have state-of-the-art machines, which use environmentally-safe solvent and no water, leaving your clothes fresh and clean. 

Read more about the dry cleaning process we use at Dependable Cleaners and find a location near you to ensure your clothes stay looking great for a long time to come. 

Dan S.

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