Dry Cleaning

  • Dry cleaning is the treatment of garments and fabrics utilising organic solvents to dissolve and remove stains and soiling.

  • Little or no water is used, garments enter and emerge the total immersion process dry.

  • Dry cleaning easily dissolves oil, fat, grease, wax

         and gum whilst other stains are removed in an

        operation called ‘spotting’.

  • The finishing sequence includes steaming, pressing, ironing and re-shaping of the garment as required. Unlike washing machines, nothing is passed to drains or to the atmosphere with modern equipment. Solvents are purified and recovered through distillation.

  • Dry cleaning prolongs the life of garments by removing grit, grease and insect larvae which can damage fabrics over time.

  • Regular good quality dry cleaning keeps garments looking smarter for longer.

  • It costs no more to dry clean a silk, linen or cashmere garment than a cotton, viscose or wool item of similar structure.

Clothes care

  • After wear, hang clothing overnight in an airy place (doorways, windows), before putting away.

         This will allow creases to relax and prevent odour                  build-up in wardrobes and drawers.

  • Avoid garment contact with solutions containing alcohol (aftershave, perfume), as these can cause colour loss.

  • Before dressing, allow time for deodorants and antiperspirants to dry first.

  • Protect garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight as this can result in shading.

  • Stains should be treated and removed as early as possible (days rather than weeks) after occurrence, as older stains set.

  • Do not iron stained garments as heat sets stains.

  • Stains should never be treated at home as it makes removal more difficult for us.

  • When taking to dry cleaners, point out the stains and give as much information as you have. This can help in getting the stain removed at first attempt.

  • With suits, and other matching sets, it is advisable in the case of dark colours and essential with medium and light colours, to have all pieces cleaned together.

Your Cleaning  labels made easy

We know garment care labels can be confusing, we also know they are sometimes very small.

Here is a quick guide; if in any doubt, just bring it in and we'll find the appropriate cleaning process to protect your garment.

Washing - bowl and water symbols

DO NOT

WASH

MAXIMUM WASHING TEMP

HAND WASH

ONLY

Dry Cleaning - circular symbols

PROFESSIONAL CLEAN

DO NOT

DRY CLEAN

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL CLEANERS 

Bleaching - Triangle symbol

BLEACHING SYMBOL

BLEACHING WITH CHLORINE

NON CHLORINE BLEACH

DO NOT

BLEACH

Drying - Square symbol, tumble dry, square with circle

LINE

DRY

TUMBLE

DRY HIGH

TUMBLE

DRY LOW

TUMBLE

DRY

FLAT

DRY

DO NOT

TUMBLE DRY

Ironing symbols

IRONING

SYMBOL

DO NOT

IRON

HIGH

IRON

MEDIUM

IRON

LOW

IRON

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