When we take into account the cost of rent or mortgage repayments, general inflation and avocado toast, life is pretty damn expensive.
The good news is there are some shortcuts to save a bit of coin that we can follow while still living our best lives, and knowing how to wash ‘dry clean only’ clothes is one of them.
On the flip side, if you shrink your fancy new shirt to the size of an envelope then that sorta defeats the purpose of taking the shortcut in the first place.
With that in mind we asked a few experts how to best care for our best clothes.
Dimitri Janakis and Anna Janakis from Blue & White Dry Cleaners in Sydney’s Neutral Bay explained that modern manufacturing often skips parts of the quality control process, which is why it’s sometimes hard to guess how to best launder a garment.
“Clothes today are being made cheaper compared to those from older times. A lot more synthetics are being used and garment manufacturers are not doing the necessary testing like they used to to ensure they are free from colour run and bleeding during the cleaning process,” Janakis told Mamamia.
“For example, we recommend people stay away from white garments with black trimmings, or leather trimmings, as any colour migration from the cleaning process is very difficult to remove.”
Can we wash ‘dry clean only’ clothes ourselves?
We asked Janakis if we are allowed to wash some dry clean-only garments at home or if we’ll get a slap on the wrist. The answer wasn’t all bad (and comes down to how precious the piece is to you).
“Yes and no. It is item dependent. We regularly receive items that state they are dry clean only but that bleed in the dry cleaning process, so experience is key in these situations. If there is any hesitation, come and see us or your local dry cleaner and we will gladly give you advice or tips on how to safety wet clean at home.”
Stylist Lydia-Jane Saunders works with really fancy garments on the regular and as a result, has a pretty good handle on how to care for them.