What are the benefits of dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning is a very effective cleaning process that can remove stains and dirt from clothing and other fabrics without risking shrinkage or damage. Traditional laundry services, using soap and water, can shrink, damage, or discolor clothing, while dry cleaning just cleans while protecting the clothing. For some fabrics and garments, dry cleaning is the only safe option.
What is the difference between dry cleaning and doing my laundry at home?
Dry cleaning is called “dry” cleaning because it does not use water. However, it does use liquid cleaning fluid. Here at Northtown Cleaners, we employ a gentle, environmentally friendly cleaning solvent that works to remove stains without risking damage to the garment being cleaned. Doing your laundry at home can lead to damage, shrinkage, or garments losing their colors. Some clothing can be washed at home without much worry, but other types of garments should never just be thrown in a washing machine. Check your clothing’s care tags before washing them.
When a garment’s label says “washable” does that mean it cannot be dry cleaned?
No. This label only means that it is safe to wash the garment using traditional methods. It may or may not be safe to be dry cleaned. If you are unsure, bring the garment in and discuss it with your dry cleaner first.
Are there health problems linked to dry cleaning?
While some chemicals used in dry cleaning can be harmful when you are exposed to high levels, the amount that you will be exposed to via your clothing is not nearly high enough to cause any health problems.
Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?
No. On the contrary, dry cleaning actually extends the life of garments, because unlike water washing, dry cleaning does not slowly degrade the quality of the clothing. Instead, it removes dirt and stains, and can restore and preserve the integrity of the garment.