When it comes to dry cleaning and laundry, there’s a lot of misinformation, myths, and outdated beliefs. To help you better understand your options for caring for your favorite clothes, take our quiz to test your knowledge of dry cleaning and laundry tips. Can you tell what’s a myth and what’s true?
Dry cleaning is bad for the environment.
Depending on the solvent your dry cleaner uses, the dry cleaning process can be green. Ask your dry cleaner if they use environmentally-friendly solvent and soaps for dry and wet cleaning. If they say they use perchloroethylene, a chemical associated with environmental and human health risks, that’s your cue to find a new dry cleaner. At Dependable Cleaners, we use a safe, eco-friendly solution that keeps our environment (and our customers) healthy.
Club soda is a good way to remove stains.
While you may be tempted to use club soda instead of taking your item straight to the dry cleaners, you’re doing more harm than good. Rubbing a stain with club soda can worsen and even set the stain. Most of the time, you should gently dab the spot and bring it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible.
The dry cleaning process varies depending on your cleaner.
Not all cleaners follow the correct dry cleaning process, and unfortunately, you often get what you pay for. Wondering how you can tell if your dry cleaner is cutting corners? Smell your clothes after they’re returned to you - if they smell bad or strongly of chemicals, the dry cleaner probably didn’t wash them correctly.
Dry cleaning uses a non-water liquid to clean clothes
Dry cleaning uses a liquid (known as a “solvent”) to clean clothes. Solvent is lighter than water, which allows it to penetrate your clothes’ fabric much more delicately than traditional washing.
Dry cleaning a suit can make it too shiny.
Suits become shiny when they undergo a lot of friction, either from wearing it day after day or improperly ironing it. At Dependable Cleaners, we use a pressing method that doesn’t allow the iron to actually touch your suit’s fabric. This let us get wrinkles out without causing unwanted shine.
Dry cleaning damages clothes.
Since dry cleaning solvent is lighter than water, the cleaning process is less abrasive than washing machines. This preserves the fabric’s quality while tackling and preventing stains, increasing the life of your favorite items.
Washing clothes at home fades clothes faster than dry cleaning.
Since solvent is lighter and less abrasive than using a traditional washing machine, dry cleaning can preserve your fabric’s vibrant colors much better than at-home methods.
Dry cleaning is a hassle
Dry cleaning doesn’t have to be a hassle. Dependable Cleaners offers free pickup and delivery, convenient locations, 24-hour kiosks, and other time-saving services to help you look your best without cutting into your schedule.