3 Ways Dry Cleaning Prolongs the Life of Your Clothing

3 Ways Dry Cleaning Prolongs the Life of Your Clothing

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1. Dirt on and between the fibers of clothing are abrasive and will erode the material every time you wear or move the item if it is not professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

2. Microscopic insects that feed on soiled fabrics will eat tiny holes in your clothing and can destroy your wardrobe very quickly. Hidden grime and organic material such as mold and dead skin will attract the creatures that prey on your clothing.

3. Stains can ruin valuable garments, and unprofessional attempts at stain removal can cause damage and the fading of otherwise brilliant colors.

Dry Cleaning as Proactive Maintenance

By the time you begin to notice the damage done by infused dirt, mold, organic dust, and perspiration the harm to your clothing is probably already irreparable. How frequently you dry clean your clothes is up to you but waiting until garments accumulate damage from perspiration, dirt, and insects before cleaning can spell disaster for your wardrobe.

There’s a common misconception that dry cleaning shortens the life span of a garment. On the contrary, regular dry cleaning extends the life of a garment. Stains set as your clothing items age. Food residue, oils from skin and hair damage fabrics and attract the insects that could cause even further damage.

The Department of Clothing & Textiles, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, performed a study that showed a variety of dry cleaning processes does not damage the properties of wool in men’s suiting fabrics. The same is true of other fabrics such as cotton and linen. In reality, it’s machine washing that decreases the life of clothing, as the agitation and non-professional quality soaps put undue stress on the fabric.

Consider talking with a dry cleaning professional to learn more about how regular dry cleaning will save you money over time.

 

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