Dry Cleaning FAQs
Answers to Common Dry Cleaning Questions
Wondering what makes dry cleaning such a great method for cleaning clothes and other items? Below we answer some questions about clothing upkeep we hear on a regular basis. This information will help you extend the lifespan of your clothes and explain exactly why so many people trust dry cleaning over washing machines for their clothing needs.
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What is Dry Cleaning?
As the name implies, dry cleaning is a method of cleaning clothes without water. Instead, objects are immersed in a liquid solvent designed to remove dirt, stains, and odors from your clothes.
Why go to a dry cleaner when I have a washing machine?
There are several reasons people prefer to use dry cleaners rather than washing machines. For one, dry cleaning removes the risk of your clothes shrinking or tearing in the wash. Dry cleaning does not use water, mechanical movement, or heat to launder your items. Though the dry cleaning method is gentler, the solvents it uses are far more powerful than laundry detergent and can more easily remove stains and blemishes.
I heard dry cleaning shortens a garment’s lifespan, is that true?
We don’t know where that rumor came from, but that’s all it is— a rumor! Dry cleaning clothes makes them last even longer. Our methods remove stains that washing machines can’t clean and preserve a garment’s colors. Even after using a washing machine, there can be stains and dirt embedded in the fabric that cannot be seen, which makes the piece less comfortable and, eventually, unwearable.
Do you use bleach?
At Comet Cleaners, bleach is a last resort. We never use bleach on clothing unless it is absolutely necessary and we are certain that it will not damage the garment.
My buttons get ruined when I press clothing, can you fix them?
There are a few types of buttons that have been built to withstand pressure from pressing, but many still have a difficult time surviving the process. We cannot always prevent buttons from cracking, but we do replace broken or missing buttons at no charge for our customers.
Does sweating hurt my clothing?
Perspiration is tough on clothing. Worse still, antiperspirants with aluminum chloride can also damage your clothes if applied in excess. To prevent sweat damage, you need to be diligent in the amount of antiperspirant you use and get the affected clothing to a dry cleaner immediately after wearing.
How does dry cleaning affect the color in my clothes?
According to Care Label Rule, colors must be able to withstand the recommended care procedure. Generally, dry cleaning maintains colors better than a washing machine, but our team will always check the labels ahead of time to ensure the garment can survive the process.
Can dry cleaning remove all stains?
Dry cleaning is proven to remove stains more effectively than washing machines. Unfortunately, some stains are permanent, and not even the best cleaning methods can remove them. If you notice a stain on your clothes, do not try to remove it yourself. Washing a stain or attempting to remove it with a home remedy can actually ingrain it further into the fabric and make it permanent. Quickly take the item in question to Comet Cleaners where our trained laundry professionals will try to remove it.
Do you do alterations?
Yes! Though only a few Comet Cleaner facilities perform alterations on-site, most of them can process your request and send the item off for improvement.
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