What Happens if I Wash Dry Clean Only Myself

15 Mar 2018

Maybe you feel like you’re too busy to head to the cleaners. Or perhaps you think you’ll be saving money, or simply like the idea of rebelling against a clothing care tag. In any event, at one time or another you may have been tempted to take a garment labeled “dry clean only” and try to wash it at home yourself. Check out what can happen if you decide to take the risk

THE ITEMS CAN SHRINK OR STRETCH TO RIDICULOUS PROPORTIONS

Dry-clean-only clothing can actually shrink a full two to three sizes, while drapes and other textiles have been known to shrink to about half their size. Stretching out of shape is another potential hazard, leaving you with things like jumper sleeves that reach all the way to the floor.

FABRICS OR LININGS CAN RIP

Delicate fabrics demand delicate cleaning methods, and throwing them in the washer isn’t one of them. Dry cleaning takes care not to snag or rip fragile textiles, including the inner shell linings of capes, dresses and coats.

COLOURS CAN BLEED OR FADE

One of the main reasons many garments are labeled Dry Clean Only is because their fabrics are not colourfast. Regular washing can cause the dyes to bleed, fade or otherwise ruin the item.

LACE, BEADING AND SEQUINS CAN BE ANNIHILATED

Just like other fragile fabrics, sequins, beading and lace can be easily destroyed in the washing machine. Professional dry cleaners are skilled at handling and protecting the most delicate items.

THE FABRIC’S TEXTURE CAN CHANGE (FOR THE WORSE)

Soft fabrics may become rough and stiff. Others may be plagued by those little balls known as fabric pilling. The slow, gentle process of dry cleaning preserves a fabric’s integrity and appearance.

MacArthur Central's Plus Dry Cleaners makes it convenient and affordable to give your garments the professional cleaning they deserve, instead of the machine-washing risk they don’t. Swing by with your dry cleaning today.


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