Dry Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions
Dry Cleaning is a process that uses fluids to remove soil and stains from fabric. Dry cleaning is not actually ``dry``, it is called so because the process uses no water and does not penetrate fibers the way that water does.
Actually frequent cleaning helps to prolong the life of a garment. Most stains are more likely to set the longer they are on the garment before cleaning, rendering the garment unwearable. Also dirt that is ground in can be very abrasive to the fibers causing a sandpaper like action that causes weakening of the fabric. Insects are also attracted to food stains that might not be visible until the damage to the fabric is done most likely resulting in a hole.
Garments are cleaned by one of two methods, Dry Cleaning and Wet Cleaning. Dry Cleaning is the first choice for delicate fabrics that need to stay soft. It is also much more effective in removing oily and fatty stains that wet cleaning fails to remove. Dry Cleaning is less effective at removing stains that are water soluble which is where wet cleaning excells.
Wet Cleanig is a cleaning process that uses water and other special detergents and additives to remove water soluble stains but still leave your clothes with that ``Dry Cleaned' feel. It is not the same as washing a garment in your washer at home. Wet Cleaning involves a lot of pre spotting of stains and variables such as the precise temperature of the water used are key to successful results. Our wet cleaning machine has many specialized programs customized for all types of fabric to prevent shrinkage color distortion and changes in the texture of the fabric.
The Federal Trade Comission developed a uniform system of symbols for clothing manufactures to use to tell the consumer and dry cleaner the best methods to care for the item. The symbols are important because many of the designer brands are made in other countries, so no matter what language the care instructions are in anyone in the world will know the best way to care for their garment. Clothing manufactures are only required to put one method of cleaning on the label, but this does not mean that there are not other ways to successfully clean the item.
Silks, acetates and wools are usually best cared for by dry cleaning. These are more delicate fabrics and and turn out great with our delicate dry cleaning process. Also knits, items with fancy beads and leather or suede trim are usually good candidates for dry cleaning.
Yellowish brown stains appear due to the oxidation of stains that might not be visable right away. This is why it is important to clean your clothes regularly, even if they don't look dirty. Food and other oily stains are often not noticed until the stain has oxidized. Once a stain has oxidized it can make it very difficult or in some cases impossible to be removed without damaging the garment.
No, although hairspray can sometimes be sucessful in removing ink, most hairsprays contain alcohol that can be very harmful to many fabrics and dyes. It is best to bring in the item ASAP untreated. For most stains the longer they have been on a garment the harder they can be to remove.
Do not add more water or club soda. This usually causes the stain to spread and become more difficult to remove. Your best bet is to blot the area with a clean white towel or paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. It is very important to use white because the liquid may cause a dye transfer to the garment. Also do not rub the stain. Rubbing can cause distortion of the fabric and even colorloss. Bring the item in to Classic Touch Cleaners as soon as you can. The sooner we receive the item the better the chance of stain removal.
The most common reason buttons break at a dry cleaners is the padding on the finishing equipment is not replaced often enough. At Classic Touch, we take pride in our state of the art machines and routine maintenance procedures. Very seldom are any buttons broken, but an occasional break can not be prevented. We stock a large variety of buttons in all colors and sizes to match almost any garment. Replacing buttons is our standard practice even if the item came in missing a button.
At Classic Touch Dry Cleaners we do not use any percloroethylene more commonly called ``perc.`` We use only Eco-Friendly solvents with no harsh chemicals.
Take advantage of Classic Touch's successful hanger recycling program. We provide you with a convenient cardboard box that keeps you hangers organized and out of the way in your closet. When the box is full, swap it out for an empty one on your next visit or pick-up. It is a very simple step to Going Green!
This excess is caused by excessive shrinkage of the interfacing that is inside the collars and cuffs. It is the manufactures responsibility to pair up a proper interfacing to the material the shirt is made out of.
No, the bags provide are used to keep the items clean while they are transported to your closet. Your clothes need to breathe and especially in Florida it is important to remove the bags so they won't trap excess moisture from humidity.