Dealing with dirty clothes and laundry is a part of life, unavoidable for the majority of people. It is easy enough to separate, throw in the washer with liquid, and then pitch in the dryer when done. But when it comes to those clothes marked Dry Clean Only you have a whole other matter. Throwing them in the washer is most likely going to ruin them, so taking them to the cleaners is the most practical and affordable way to deal with it. But there are some things you need to know before dropping your dry cleaning off.
Be careful with your beauty products, they can and will ruin your clothes. All those things that make you look and smell good and keep you dry, are causing havoc on your clothes, especially those that are dry clean only. Be careful when applying these products and if possible, don't get dressed until the last possible moment.
Make sure you go through all your pockets before dropping the clothes off. This isn't only easier for the cleaner to deal with, but also for yourself. Things left in the pocket can and most likely will become damaged during the cleaning progress and could cause you a major problem later. Checking your pockets will take less than a minute, but save you hours of headaches if a mishap does occur.
If you spill something on your clothes, no matter what it is, don't try to clean it. It is dry clean for a reason and no matter what commercial products or home stain remedies you try, it isn't going to help and is likely going to make matters worse. The best thing you can do is pack it up and head to the cleaner. Which brings the point to honesty, when you do drop your clothes off, be honest about what you spilled on them. They cannot treat a stain properly if they don't know what it is, so swallow any embarrassment you may have and come clean, so your clothes can come clean.
Because over time, some colors or materials age differently, it is always best to bring in both pieces of a suit or outfit. Even if you only wore the pants or the jacket part of it. You want both pieces to always go together, so they'll need to age together. Having them cleaned together will guarantee that for you.
When you pick your clothes up and take them home, make sure you take them out of the dry cleaner's bag. Clothing is put into those bags to protect it till you get it home, not for storage. If you leave your suit in the bag, moisture can build up and get trapped inside, ruining everything.
You have to remember, that some stains are permanent and the cleaner is never going to be able to get them out. This is especially true if you have ironed over a stain, deodorant streak or oils that have gotten on the clothing, even if you didn't seem them right away. The heat sets the stain and damages the material permanently.
Even though most people will never be able to avoid going to the dry cleaning if they want to keep their suits and outfits looking new, there are things they can do to help preserve their clothing and to make the cleaners job easier. Keeping in mind these things before dropping your dry cleaning off can save you money and frustration and possibly that new dress you spilled wine on last night.