Top 10 things to look for when choosing a dry cleaner--No. 7: No odor on clothes

Top 10 things to look for when choosing a dry cleaner

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10. Knowledge of dry cleaning
9. Membership in a dry cleaning association
8. Clean stores
7. No odor on clothes
6. Properly removed stains
5. Skillful ironing
4. Intact buttons
3. Simple repairs made
2. White garments white
1. Ready to wear!

My Dry Cleaner advises,

Do not accept any odors on your freshly cleaned clothes. The store may have a smell which may originate from the plastic bags that are used, but under no circumstances should your clothes smell. Do not be shy about sticking your nose in your clothes and taking a deep sniff.

Since dry cleaning is about “cleaning” things, then there should be no odor on the clothes, right? That’s correct, but the odor to which they’re probably referring is dry cleaning solvent. Solvent can remain on clothes for a variety of reasons, most of them not acceptable.

If the smell of solvent is on all of the clothes, then that dry cleaner’s process simply is out of whack. If there is the smell of solvent on a particular garment, that’s not great, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the dry cleaner is incompetent. Certain materials are prone to holding tiny amounts of solvent, and it only takes a minuscule amount to produce an odor. In such a case, you should ask the dry cleaner to redo the garment.

At Classic Cleaners, we’re proud to offer “odor-free” cleaning, and we think you’ll be very pleased with the results!

–Matt
The Classic Cleaners Blog Team