How to best dry clean your clothing

Taking care of your clothes is easy. You just have to follow the directions. If you don’t know how to launder or clean a garment, the best place to look is the fabric care label. The Textile Industry Affairs organization offers a great guide to label symbols and what they mean.

Even dry cleaning has its own collection of symbols, which Classic Cleaners follows to ensure you clothing is cleaned with care. Here are the most common dry cleaning symbols and what they mean:

Dry clean: Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.

 

Dry clean, Any Solvent: Dry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.

 

Dry clean, Petroleum Solvent Only: Dry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.

 

Dry clean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene: Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.

 

Dry clean, Short Cycle: May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

 

Dry clean, Reduced Moisture: May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

 

Dry clean, Low Heat: May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

 

Dry clean, No Steam: May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

 

Do Not Dry clean: Garment may not be commercially dry cleaned.

 

At Classic Cleaners, we carefully check the care labels of your garments and use the dry cleaning or laundering process that will produce the best cleaning results. If that means cleaning your garments by hand, then that is what we will do. If you have made any special requests, we are sure to implement them throughout the process.

After dry cleaning, laundering or hand cleaning your garment, we again carefully follow the care label’s instructions to finish it in the proper manner, drying and pressing it as needed. Details such as collars, pleats, seams and cuffs get special attention to ensure they are finished the way you like.