Will dry cleaning shrink my clothes?

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No. Dry-cleaning is infact designed to prevent shrinkage of clothes. The principal reason why dry-cleaning will never shrink clothes is that its dry or there is no usage of water.

However, you may sometimes notice that your sleeves are a couple of inches shorter, and that’s when you know that its water that needs to be blamed. Basically, when your clothes are dry-cleaned, its placed in a machine with a liquid cleaning agent or solvent. Heat is then applied to dry the fabric. Although, the cleaning process doesn’t use water at all, but the washing machine is attached to a water source. This sometimes results in water leaking in and the consequent shrinking due to the heat cycle.

So, if this has become a regular feature with your current dry cleaner, it’s probably time to switch to The Laundry House. At, TLH we have state of the art technology and very trained staff that’ll ensure that no mishap like this ever happens to your clothes.

How often should you be dry cleaning your clothes?

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Clothes or other household items can be dry cleaned as often as you desire or feel the need to do so. However, it is not required to dry clean everything just after a single use. Read on to find out what kind of garment can be washed at what interval.

To decide washing frequency, let’s categorize the clothes/laundry items.

  • Clothes of daily use – Clothes of daily use such as shirts, blouses, cotton dresses, cotton sarees, etc. need to be washed after every 1-2 wears.

 

  • Rough & tough clothes – Items such as denim, trousers, woolens, suits, skirts, etc. fall into this category and can be dry-cleaned after every 5 wears.

 

  • Household linens – This category comprises of throw pillows, cushion covers, duvet covers, bedspreads, AC quits, etc. and can be dry-cleaned once in 6 months.

 

  • Winter Clothes – Outdoor winter jackets or coats can we washed once every season.

 

  • Furnishing items such as curtains can be sent for dry cleaning once every year.

So, now that you have your dry-cleaning frequency guide, look around for what needs some special care from The Laundry House. Do remember to call us over for the pick-up!

What is the best way to take care of bags & shoes?

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For some of us, bags and shoes are our most prized possessions. Especially so if the person in question is a lady! The Louis Vuitton and Steve Maddens of the world deserve a lot of care and affection. Read on to find out the best ways to take care of your best friends.

They say “Prevention is better than Cure.” To ensure that your expensive bags and shoes last you a lifetime it’s important to work towards their health right from the beginning. This starts with determining the material of your bag or shoe. Once done, you should head to the market to buy a good cleaner. These days, very good quality cleaners are available on the market basis the material of your product. There are leather creams, gels, something specifically for suede, etc. Choose wisely and clean daily.

However, inspite of regular cleaning, your bags, and shoes demand restoration after a few years of service. That’s where a professional service provider such as The Laundry House comes in. At TLH we have what it takes to pamper your expensive bags and shoes. Our team comprises of experts who have incomparable knowledge of the unique care methods that prolong the beauty and life of your handbags and shoes.

So next time you feel sad about having to discard your favorite shoe or bag because they have lost some color, just pick up the phone and call us.

How to keep dry cleaned clothes at home?

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You sent your clothes our for dry cleaning and now they have come back clean and healthy. So, what’s next? Storing dry cleaned clothes properly is just as important as the dry-cleaning process itself.

At TLH we ensure that each garment is individually packed in sealed packages with hangars. And we urge our customers to store the clothes with the packaging still on until they need to be removed for using.

Here are a few checks that you should run before stacking your clothes in your wardrobes:

  • Wardrobes these days are either inbuilt in the wall or wooden. Very few households use steel almirahs now. And wood is an excellent breeding ground for insects. So, make sure that you clean your wardrobe periodically to avoid insect infestations.
  • Wall inbuilt wardrobes often get seepage in rainy season which can spoil your clothes. So, check for seepage at regular intervals and get it repaired as soon as possible if you find one.
  • Don’t forget to throw in a few naphthalene balls in your wardrobe. Not only does it keep your clothes smelling fresh but also keeps insects away. If you are allergic to naphthalene use dried neem leaves instead.
  • Hang your clothes with a hangar instead of stacking them. This way there will be no crease on your garment and it will be ready to be worn at any time.

How to clean clothes without getting them wet?

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The simple answer to this question is dry-cleaning. Dry cleaning is a process that cleans clothes without using water as a solvent. Typically, dry cleaning is done in a washing machine using Perc or Perchloroethylene as a solvent. Dry-cleaning has many advantages over wet cleaning of garments. We have listed some them below:

  • It prolongs the life of your garment.
  • It protects the colours of your garments.
  • It is easier and less time consuming to send your clothes for a dry wash than to wash them at home, put them out for drying and then ironing.
  • Dry cleaning helps to remove even the sternest greases of your clothes.

What are the chemicals used to clean and preserve a wedding dress?

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Wedding is the most memorable day in a woman’s life and so is her wedding dress. There is nothing more desirable to woman than to restore this garment in its original glory and even pass it on to the next generation.

The first step towards preserving your precious wedding dress is to have it thoroughly cleaned. But before you embark on that journey it’s important to find the right dry-cleaning company that will do it for you. Read on this article to make an informed decision while choosing one.

  • Never go for a wholesale wedding dress cleaner – A dry cleaner that offers a wholesale service will often fail to provide the personal care that this special garment deserves. As a result, they miss minute details like pre-treating or spotting. Service providers such as this, may even wash your wedding dress with those of others further contaminating yours.
  • Ask for a virgin solvent – To avoid chemical hazard to the environment and reduce costs, dry-cleaners often recycle their used solvents. So, before you finalise on a dry-cleaner of your choice as them if they use virgin solvents (that have never been used before). Talking of solvents, here’s what a good service provider will usually use:
  1. Perchloroethylene – Perchloroethylene or Perc is the most commonly used solvent. It’s extremely effective on fabrics such as silks. This solvent is the best for degreasing. However, if your wedding dress is adorned with sequins, it may not be the right choice of garment. Trust your dry cleaner to take that decision for you.
  2. Hydro Carbon – This is a relatively modern alternate to Perc and is a petroleum based solvent. It is also safe to be used to beads and sequins
  3. Greenearth – This is the latest solvent available in the dry-cleaning industry. It is safer for the environment and has less government restrictions than any other solvent.

Does dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?

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Does dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?

 

 

Worried about dry cleaning shortening the life span of your garments? Put your worries to rest, as dry cleaning does exactly the opposite. Sending your clothes for regular dry cleaning keeps them new for longer than washing them with water.

Water, slowly fades and corrodes the colour and fabric of the garment as it is laden with minerals. So, here’s how dry cleaning helps you increase the life of your garment:

  • Thorough cleaning – Dry cleaning is a sort of a deep cleaning process that removes dirt from even the finest thread on your garment. These dirt particles unless removed, act as an abrasive which slowly corrode the fabric and makes it lose its sheen.

 

  • Complete stain removal – Dry cleaning ensures that all stains from the garment are completely removed. Stains, if left untreated oxidise over time and cause yellowing of fabric. This oxidising of food or beverage stains is known as tanning and can’t be reversed after sometime.

 

  • Insect repellent – Chemicals used in dry cleaning, act as insect repellents thus preventing moths and other fabric insect infestations. It’s not uncommon for such infestations to happen in tropical climates such as ours. So, dry cleaning not only helps you to prevent garment damage but also prevents health issues that may crop up due to these insects.

 

  • Restoration & Preservation – A complete dry-cleaning service provider such as us, can also offer you a comprehensive restoration and preservation service. This service ensures that your favourite garments and accessories keep looking new even after many years.

What is the difference between dry cleaning and laundry?

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What is the difference between dry cleaning and laundry?

Dry cleaning and laundering are everyday words known to all. But how many of us really know the difference between the two?

 

 

Principally, both dry cleaning and laundering are done to remove stains. However, there are a few key factors that differentiate the two processes. We have listed down these points below so that you can decide between dry cleaning & laundering next time you head out for the same:

  • While dry cleaning your clothes or accessories, a chemical solvent is used to rinse the garments.It is called ‘dry’ cleaning as water is not used in the cleaning process. Laundering method on the other hand involves the washing with water as solvent

 

  • To dry clean your garments a chemical called perchloroethylene is used to to remove stainsand grease from clothing. Whereas, laundry cleaning is done using soaps, detergents or softeners along with water to remove dirt from clothing.

 

  • In dry cleaning clothes tatted with the chemicals are then loaded in a machine washed using a process known as tumbling. During the process of tumbling the solvents used are removed and recycled. In laundry cleaning, a process called agitation is used, in which the dirt gets washed away with detergent and water.

 

  • Dry-cleaned garments are dried in dry cleaning machines. On the other hand, after laundry cleaning excess water is removed through a process called spinning. Once done, garments are dried either in a drier or hung dried.

 

  • Dry cleaned clothes are steamed or ironed to straighten them. In laundry cleaning clothes are pressed or steamed.

What is dry cleaning and how does it work?

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What is dry cleaning and how does it work?

Dry cleaning is a common word used every now and then in every household. So, what is dry cleaning? Simply put, dry cleaning is the practice of cleaning clothes, shoes, bags and other house hold items without using water as a solvent.

In dry cleaning, a petroleum solvent is used instead of water. It is called “dry” only in the sense that it is not wet with water. Historically, kerosene or gasoline has been used as a popular solvent for dry cleaning. However, at The Laundry House we use modern and scientifically researched products that are eco-friendly, gentle on your garments yet effective and cause no adverse consequences to your skin.

 

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How does dry cleaning work?

The process of dry cleaning begins right after your garments and accessories have been picked up from your homes.

  • The first step towards cleaning starts with identifying the areas that need special attention in terms of stains and spots.
  • Once this is done, your garments are dipped in a chemical, best suited for it and gently cleaned in a state-of-the-art machine.
  • Finally, they are retrieved and sent for drying and ironing to perfection.

In order to cause no pollution to the environment, we carefully extract the solvent after retrieving your clothes from the washing machine so that it can be processed and used again. This step ensures that the chemicals don’t evaporate and pollute the air.

Tips to keep your Cotton Clothes from Fading

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With temperatures soaring these summers and beating all previous records, it is time to ditch those synthetic materials and go for easy, fun and breezy cottons. Cotton clothes are 100% organic and reduce the chances of prickly-heat and other summer-induced skin infections. Cottons are very breathable too, and therefore, let sweat dry out quickly. But the problem with cottons is that they fade fast.

So here are a few tips on how to make your cottons retain their brightness:

    • Do not wash cottons in hot or even warm water. Always use cold water for washing.
    • Wash in the gentlest cycle if you are using a washing machine. If you’re washing by hand, then twirl the clothes around in the water, let soak for five to ten minutes, twirl again, and hang to dry. Do not wring harshly.
    • Do not use harsh detergent powders or liquids. Use gentle soaps. If you can, then you should use shampoo for washing cottons.
    • Wash different colours separately. Dark coloured cotton clothes often bleed dye for the first couple of washes. If you wash dark cottons with lights cottons, you’ll end up with a pile of discoloured clothes.
    • A cup of white vinegar in a drum full of water in the washing machine keeps cotton clothes from fading and preserves their brightness. Do not worry about the vinegar leaving behind an acrid smell. It does not happen as the concentration of vinegar in the water is so less.
    • Spread cotton clothes flat to dry, or hang on a line. Best not to use a dryer. Also, do not spread or hang in the sun. Always dry cotton clothes in the shade.

This tips will ensure your cotton clothes last longer look as good as new every time you step out!