Your clothes are special. They are an investment, and also an extension of your personality and the image you choose to project. So, it's important to care for them properly.
Q. Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?
A. On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects are attracted to soils such as food, beverages, feces, perspiration, and oils from hair on the clothes and will cause further damage.
Research was conducted by the Department of Clothing and Textiles at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in cooperation with the School of Textiles at North Carolina State System, which was developed in Japan. The research showed that the various dry cleaning processes have no negative effect on the properties of wool in menís suiting fabrics
The following resources may be helpful to you as you care for your garments and other fabric items.
You want a Professional handling your garments and home textiles. How do you spot one?
Surprise! Garment care begins even before you buy it, by reading the care labels and choosing wisely. Once you've purchased a textile or garment, the label will guide you to care for it properly.
Whether you're wearing a designer gown, your favorite cotton t-shirt, a business suit or a poly-cotton dress, you always want to look your best. While regular dry cleaning will keep your clothes looking fresh and extend their life, many garments can be safely cared for at home. Here are tips.
Your home is filled with fabrics and textiles, from draperies and bedspreads to comforters and blankets, to slipcovers, upholstery, decorative pillows, rugs and even heirloom textiles. Each has its own care and cleaning requirements to keep them looking fresh.
Your most memorable and prized garments may well include unique decorative features you love. However, you should know these cherished trims can pose cleaning challenges for even the most conscientious professional dry cleaner.
Leather and suede garments are not only luxurious and exotic, they are also comfortable, durable and versatile. Their higher cost and unique properties mean they require expert care and cleaning.
Nothing feels like silk, but Rayon can come close, at a fraction of the cost. One is natural, the other man-made. Do you know how to care for them properly so they stay beautiful for years?
Shirts may be one of the most common items a dry cleaner sees, but that doesn't mean all shirts are created equal. Tailored styles and new fabrics and fabric blends continue to post a variety of challenges both for home cleaning and dry cleaning.
A woman's wedding gown is one of the most memorable garments she'll ever wear. Whether purchased from a retailer, custom made, or pulled from the heirloom chest, this special gown is more than attire for a day -- it's a lifetime of memories. Learn how to select, wear and preserve it.
Occasionally things do go wrong in cleaning a garment. Responsibility for breakdowns in quality garment cleaning falls into three categories: manufacturer, cleaner and consumer. Find out what to do about each.
OK, you've figured out who's at fault. Now, how do you go about determining fair compensation for a damaged item?
There are many resources on the Internet to help you learn more. If you would like to suggest a link, contact CFA.