There are times when you’re going to need to dry clean something at home. Here’s how to do it!
You just bought this AMAZING new sweater. It's soft, sturdy; fits like a glove. You go to wash it and realize it's "dry-clean only". HUGE bummer! Not any longer. Sure, the label on your sweater might say “dry-clean only,” but there is some wiggle room. The instructions on the tag of your garments aren't necessarily the only way to clean an item, but instead a way for manufacturers to avoid getting blamed for damage when instructions aren't followed. While this may be true, it also depends on the type of garment and the fabric. Below are some simple guidelines to follow:
• Unlined, simply constructed, cotton, silk, linen, polyester: Can be washed by hand or in a washing machine using cold water • Suits, pleated skirts, delicate synthetics (rayon), silk, wool, leather, suede: You may need to dry clean if the item means a lot to you! Structured coats and suit jackets may have layers of interfacing that can be ruined by water.