Alterations: Professional dry cleaners are full-service clothing care specialists. Alterations are one of the many services they may offer in addition to dry cleaning your clothes.
Buttons: Dry cleaners repair loose buttons or sew on new ones, if necessary.
Convenience: All you have to do is drop your clothes off and pick them up. Your dry cleaner takes care of the rest. Why waste hours doing laundry and ironing when you get quality and convenience with dry cleaning?
Expertise: From fashions and fabrics to stain removal to the latest cleaning technologies, dry cleaners have the expertise to clean your clothes right. Why do it yourself or settle for a second-rate job from a so-called “home dry cleaning kit” when you could trust it to an expert?
Finishing: Thanks to special pressing equipment, professional finishing gives garments a crisp, wrinkle-free, like-new appearance that can’t be beat. There are no rumples or creases out of place. Plus, by taking your clothes to the dry cleaner, you don’t have to spend your weekend standing over an ironing board and a hot iron.
Household Textiles: Dry cleaners don’t just clean clothes. Many dry cleaners also process household items such as blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, rugs, and even upholstery and draperies.
Inspection: Before they return a garment to you, quality dry cleaners conduct an inspection to make sure your order has met their own and your expectations. If they spot a problem, the garment gets sent back to receive further attention. Safeguards like this help ensure that your clothes will look their best when you come to pick them up.
Knowledge of Fabrics: You may know what rayon, silk, and cotton are, but what about angora, faille or seersucker? There are numerous fabrics and fibers that dry cleaners must know about in order to care best for the clothes they receive. Each fabric can respond positively or negatively depending on the treatment administered.
Laundry: Dry cleaning professionals also have commercial laundry departments where they process shirts, cotton pants, and other items. With the convenience and superior level of pressing that comes with commercial laundry, it won’t just be your dry clean-only clothes that look like a million bucks. Your business casual and casual attire will look their best, too.
Safeguard From Moths: Clean clothes are the first step to preventing moth and other insect damage. Insects can damage clothes either directly or indirectly. Direct damage is caused by a group of insects feeding directly on a fabric. Indirect damage is caused when insects feed on spilled food or perspiration on the fabric. Moths attack the garment directly, especially wool and wool blends.
Neckties: Ties are often made of delicate fabrics (such as silk) and require special care. Whether you’ve spilled gravy on your favorite tie or are just looking to spruce it up, a high-quality dry cleaner is best equipped to clean it.
Preservation: Many dry cleaners specialize in the preservation of wedding gowns, christening gowns, and other family heirlooms. Preservation is a special type of storage that helps prolong the life of a garment for years and years. Cleaners often say that they aren’t just preserving a customer’s garment, they’re preserving a memory.
Quality: This is what dry cleaning experts should provide and you should expect from them. Accept no less.
Stain Removal: Dry cleaners use complex procedures and special stain removal chemicals to remove stains. Stains are divided into two major categories: solvent-soluble stains and water-soluble stains. Different stains require different treatments, which stain removal technicians are trained to administer. Why risk a disaster using an over-the-counter “all-purpose” stain removal product or trying a “home remedy” when you could rely on your drycleaner’s expert stain removalabilities?
Technology: Dry cleaners are on top of the latest cleaning and fabric technologies.
Upholstery: Dry cleaning professionals aren’t just clothes care specialists, they are textile care specialists. Some cleaners will even come into your home if you’d like to clean the upholstery of your couch, chairs, and other furniture. These cleaners have special, portable equipment that allows them to clean upholstery and draperies.
Value: A good value is what dry cleaners provide their customers through quality work, excellent customer service, and the extra free time to do the things they’d rather be doing instead of washing and ironing clothes.
Extended Garment Life: Contrary to the belief of some, frequent cleaning does not damage clothes. Frequent cleaning extends the life of a garment by removing stains and ground-in dirt and soils.