How to Dry Clean at Home

How to Dry Clean at Home

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

There are many reasons why you may be interested in learning how to dry clean at home. You may be doing it for the first time, you may want to save money by cleaning your clothes yourself, or you may be doing it as a part of a business. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn how to dry clean at home, this article will help you understand the basics of the process and give you some tips to help you get started.

What is Dry Cleaning

How to Dry Clean at Home

Unless it was something extremely delicate, I’ve always just thrown my things in the laundry and hoped for the best. For the most part, this method has performed admirably for me. Part of it is down to chance. Another factor is that “dry clean only” is a somewhat lenient requirement.

“There are a variety of reasons why a garment might need to be labeled as ‘dry clean only. “Washing could damage the buttons or trim, or the dyes could run more easily if the garment is washed. Furthermore, unless preshrunk during the production process, some textiles, such as cotton, shrink when washed. The majority of manufacturers select warning labels that address the worst-case situation. In many cases,

Pre-treat the stain using a stain remover.

Have you spilled wine on your silk blouse or discovered a strange stain on your favorite cocktail gown? Think again if you think you’ve permanently destroyed your beloved apparel. If the stain is fresh, dabbing it with a clean cloth rather than rubbing it to absorb up any excess stain will be more effective. Then, using a stain removal pen, treat the affected area. If you have an older stain, entirely removing it may take some time, but it’s not impossible. You can also consult The American Cleaning Institute’s stain guide for more detailed advice on removing every stain, from baked beans to wine.

Clean your garment.

Regardless of whether you have a washing machine, there are two ways to do laundry. If you have access to a washing machine, put your outfit in a mesh bag to prevent it from becoming tangled throughout the cycle. If you’re dry cleaning at home, you should work on one piece at a time, but you can also group a few comparable pieces together. You can do a few plain cotton pieces, for example, but don’t mix colored wools with white silks—it’ll be a disaster.

Add a gentle laundry soap to your detergent dispenser once it’s in the washer. Regular washing detergent is too abrasive for your delicate clothing, so avoid it. For your sweaters, we recommend The Laundress’s Delicate Wash or the brand’s Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. A Dry Cleaning Detox Kit is also available from the Laundress, which includes both soaps, the mesh bag, and a stained bar. Wait while your washer is on the delicate or express cycle.

You can wash your clothes by hand in the sink if you don’t have access to a washing machine. Submerge your item in the water after filling your sink with warm water and three pumps of either gentle laundry soap or foaming hand soap. Leave it there for no more than 20 minutes, moving the piece about with your hand every four minutes or so to simulate the movement of a washing machine. After that, drain the warm water and replace it with cool (not cold) water, then twirl the clothing a couple more times before draining once more. After rinsing off any extra soap, roll your item in a towel to absorb any remaining moisture.

Let it dry

This step is a little deceptive because you don’t want to “dry” your garments in the traditional sense: dry-clean-only items should never be put in a conventional dryer. Not only might all that tumbling harm delicate items, but it can also cause wrinkles and shrink cotton, wool, and denim garments. Any residual stains could potentially be permanently set in the dryer.

Instead, hang your clothing to dry or put them flat. If you have an important occasion coming up or find that your garment is starting to wrinkle, you can use a steamer to quickly dry and smooth it out. If you have a lot of dry-clean-only clothing, buying a steam cleaner is the smartest investment you can make because it can remove wrinkles and odors.