Dry cleaning removes sharp surface particles which are abrasive to fabrics. Washing with water causes individual yarns to swell and then contract; which is a main cause of wear. Dry cleaning, however, is a surface cleaning process, which does not advance wear. A study conducted by North Carolina State University showed no negative effect on fabrics from regular dry cleaning. And for sensitive fabrics, dry cleaning is gentler and the recommended method.
Stain removal is important to the life of a garment. Dry cleaning uses fluids that do not contain water, to remove soil and stains from fabric. Dry cleaning fluids do not penetrate the fibers as water does. Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oil in a way that water cannot. Natural fibers, such as wools and silks, dry clean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, or loose color when washed in water. Synthetic fibers, such as polyester, also respond well to dry cleaning, while they can retain oily stains after washing. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a “like-new” condition, without shrinkage, loss of color and fabric distortion.
Also, insects love soiled clothes and will cause further damage. Dust mite feces are responsible for the coughing, sneezing, headaches and itching symptoms common to allergies. Unlike pollen, dust mite allergens attack all year. That’s why frequent, extensive cleaning of your clothes, blankets, drapes, bedding and pillows is recommended.
Numerous studies have shown that dry cleaning is the simplest, least expensive and most effective means to reduce dust-mite allergens and relive allergy and asthma symptoms! The studies found that, in most cases, laundering only killed a few of the dust-mites, while dry cleaning killed most, if not all of the mites.
Do you have sweaters with tiny holes in them? These holes are caused by moths. They are attracted to the oils and dirt in your sweaters. Dry cleaning will not only keep those moths away from your garments but nothing will clean it as thoroughly or gently as dry cleaning.
See your professional Dry Cleaner today to increase the value of your clothing and household items by extending their useful life.