Different fabrics require different care. Most clothing materials can be cleaned by hand-washing or machine-washing, but a handful of fabrics specifically require dry cleaning.Take a look at seven of these fabrics, plus some important facts about laundry tags and how dry cleaning works, by reading through this helpful guide.
Dry Cleaning 101: Seven
Fabrics That Need To Be
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Life would be much easier if you can
simply toss all your dirty laundry
inside the washer.
However, not all fabrics are created
equal; some require a different kind of
care and treatment that hand
washing or machine washing cannot
What is dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning can remove dirt and
stains from your clothes without
using soap and water.
You are now probably wondering,
how does dry cleaning work?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a
Fabrics are dipped and soaked in a
special liquid chemical solvent,
mostly perchlorethylene or perc.
Alternative solvents are
trichloroethane and petroleum
While perc has long been recognized
as an effective dry cleaning solution,
as a volatile organic solvent, it can still
pose health hazards if exposure is not
People who have allergies are prone to
experience irritation to the eyes, nose,
and throat when exposed to solvent
traces. If you dry clean at home, wear
protective masks and gloves when dry
Care symbols on laundry tags –
what do they mean?
Take a moment before cutting those
itchy laundry tags off your clothes.
They are there for a purpose! You can
use them as a guide when laundering
your fabrics to make sure they will
last a long time in good condition.
What can you see on these tags? These
little labels give you proper washing and
drying instructions intended for the
fabric used in your garments.
There are five basic symbols for fabric
care – wash, bleach, dry, iron, and of
course dry clean. Symbols can be
combined for a complete guide to
As a general rule, shirts made of
cotton, spandex, and polyester can be
hand-washed or machine-washed
while winter coats, suits, formal, and
evening wear need to be dry-cleaned.
Here are the five fabrics that need to
Silk fabrics have strong, natural fibers
that do not completely absorb dyes