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.
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 I hand wash ‘dry clean only’ clothes?
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.”
How to wash ‘dry clean only’ clothes.
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.
“You can absolutely wash a lot of items that say ‘dry clean only’. Fabrics such as cottons, linens, nylon, cashmere and durable polyesters can be washed with a small amount of detergent, in cold water and on the most delicate spin cycle,” Saunders said.
“To dry, first remove excess water by rolling in a towel, then lay flat on a dry towel. Do not use a tumble dryer, unless it is cotton or polyester and then make sure it is on the cold setting.”