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What to Wash: At Home vs. the Cleaners

Greenview Village, Manchester, NH  Today, we discuss which clothes should and should not be taken to the cleaners. Keep reading for more information.

When it comes to laundry, it can be hard to know what you should or should not take to the dry cleaners. Today, we hope to clear up some of that confusion with a few guidelines you should keep in mind. Read along with our residents at Greenview Village Apartments so that you can do your laundry the right way in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Wash these at home:

— Linen

— Cotton

— Cashmere

— Light-colored silks

— Denim

— Synthetic fibers (polyester, nylon, spandex, and acetate)


Of course, check the tags before you wash anything! Some cashmere and silk clothes will have “dry clean only” printed. Be sure to check all your clothing before you decide to wash them in the washing machine.

Take these to the cleaners:

— Furs

— Clothing with sequins, beads, metal studs, etc.

— Dark-colored silks

— Pleated clothing

— Items of clothing with a lot of stains

— Fragile synthetic fabrics

— Suits

— Clothing with a lining (dresses, jackets, etc.)


Dry cleaning might take a lot of work (basically time and money), but there are many benefits.  According to Drycleaning & Laundry Institute International, there are many benefits of professional dry cleaning. Read what they have to say: “Dry cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabrics. Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oils in a way that water cannot. Natural fibers such as wools and silks dry clean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose color when washed in water. Synthetic fibers like polyester also respond well to dry cleaning, whereas they can retain oily stains after washing. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a ‘like-new’ condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and change of texture or finish.”


Do you dry clean? Share your thoughts on the process in the comments below. Thanks for reading!