Getting the best from your Dry Cleaner
Have you picked your clothes up from the dry cleaner only to find that some of the stains haven’t come out? The chances are that you have at some time and wondered why.
There may be any number of reasons for this. It could be that the spill has been on the garment for a while and has begun setting in to the fabric, or possibly owing to the individual skills of your dry cleaner. After all, no two people are the same. If you were to go down to the High Street and get two cappuccinos from neighbouring coffee shops you would probably find both were different, one may be a lot frothier than the other.
The amount of experience your dry cleaner has counts for a lot as textile care is complicated. The cleaner has no control over how a garment was made, cared for in the past, or what sort of stains and soils are on the garment. We often don’t remember spilling that cola on our favourite cashmere when dropping it in to the cleaners a week later. Or perhaps all those shirts have been sitting in the back of a car baking for a week while on route to the cleaners. Care labels can be notoriously inaccurate, so you can imagine the trouble an inexperienced cleaner could have.
If you are particularly concerned about sweat stains do point them out when handing them over to the cleaner. Water-based stains (sweat, coffee) can be very difficult to remove and may require a water-based chemical to treat them.
So what should you do to get most from your dry cleaner? He will want to help you as much as possible.
Information is king. The best way to eliminate stains from your clothes is to give your cleaner as much information as possible. Where is the stain? What caused the stain? How old is it?
The more information you give, the better the service you can expect.