Dry cleaning is a process that uses a special chemical solvent to clean clothing and garments without the use of soap and water. Sometimes it is a necessity for fabrics that are entirely too delicate for regular washing methods. Fabrics like muslin, and cotton voile are fragile and prone to tearing, even with hand washing. While suedes and soft leathers can lose color and become incredibly stiff. When dealing with these fabrics you not only need to consider how to clean them but also how to store them. Here are some tips for storing your dry clean only clothes to keep them protected and beautiful and lasting a lifetime.
When dealing with stretchy garments, such as sweaters, the best way to store them is by folding them. This is because they can become stretched out of shape on hangers under the weight of the garment. After folding, place the garments in a container that can keep out moisture. You want to place the heaviest garment on the bottom, then second heaviest, and so forth. Make sure to leave a little space between the top garment and the lid for breathing room.
Padded, or thick wooden hangers, can be used to store garments that won’t stretch. After hanging, simply place the garments and hangers in breathable cotton garment bags. Cotton will offer enough air flow so the garment can breathe, yet still protect it from dust and environmental dirt.
Vacuum sealing clothing is an amazing way to save space when storing clothing. With dry clean only it is not recommended that this method be used for really long term storage. However, it is perfect for seasonal storage where you plan to rotate clothing a few times a year. After opening the vacuum sealed bag, please be sure to give your clothing at least 24 hours to re-inflate before wearing. If, after they re-inflate, they are wrinkled you should have them professionally pressed to get them ready to wear.
Regardless of the storage method you choose, make sure it is in a place that is away from UV rays, and has a mild temperature. These elements can cause damage to the clothing. And, while not necessary, make sure to label your bins, garment bags, or vacuum bags, so you can find your items quickly without compromising the delicate fabrics by rummaging through them to find one or two items.
Now that you know our best tips for storing your dry clean only clothes, it is time to find an amazing place to have your clothing cleaned. Laundry Point is a reliable 24 hour laundry and dry cleaning service that offers pick-up and delivery to work around your schedule.