Women’s clothing comes in a variety of fabrics, colours, and designs. Ethnic wear comprises apparel such as sarees, lehngas, cholis, ghagras, salwar-kameez suits etc. Western wear comprises apparel such as slacks, trousers, jackets, shirts, suits, gowns, etc. Recent fashion items such as palazzo are a mix of ethnic and western wear, also known as Indo-Western. Apparel is worn based on the occasion, such as casual, formal, semi-formal, wedding, anniversary, funeral, etc. Women’s wear fabrics come in a huge range, and are broadly divided into summer and winter wear. Then there are fabrics suited for particular occasions. Such fabrics include cottons, silks, linens, georgettes, woollens and polyesters. Many fabrics are heavy, while others are lightweight. Women’s wardrobe contains several delicate and expensive items of clothing. Many fabrics have other fabrics woven into them, containing a variety of colours and ornamentation. Hence it is imperative that clothing be sent for dry cleaning at regular intervals. But there are several things to keep in mind regarding dry cleaning. Here are some of valuable tips for your benefit.
Dry cleaning is a chemical process that uses a chemical solvent to get rid of stubborn stains and dirt on your clothes. Hence it is recommended for your expensive and delicate fabrics that would not withstand the rough-and-tumble wash of a regular washing cycle. Your clothes are subjected to the chemicals used in the process. As a result, the fabric, colour, weaving, and stretch of your clothes all get impacted during the dry cleaning process.
You do not need to send your clothes to be dry cleaned after each and every wear. After wearing them the first time, you can hang them up for airing, and wear them a couple of more times before sending them to be dry cleaned. After your lehngas, sarees, etc. are dry cleaned, put them up in hangars in your wardrobe, not folded. The reason is that expensive and delicate fabrics begin to tear at the folds especially if not worn for some time.
One of the chief reasons that you need to send your ethnic clothes for dry cleaning is removal of stains. Despite your best efforts, there will always be occasions when coffee, tea, wine, ketchup, and other liquids spill on your expensive clothes. If the clothes happen to be light pastel shades, the need for stain removal is all the more urgent. Dry cleaning will take care of many stains. However, there are stains that even dry cleaning cannot remove without damaging or discolouring the stained area.
Many dry cleaners offer dry cleaning services but lack the required expertise. A good and reliable service will have even the counter persons having full knowledge of the dry cleaning process so that they can explain the process to you. You should satisfy yourself that the dry cleaner has the expertise to clean women’s apparel, ethnic and Western. A really good dry cleaner will be happy to take you on a tour of the dry cleaning process.
Check the manufacturer’s label on your ethnic wear. Always follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s label in your clothes. Some labels clearly say, “Dry clean only.” Others say, “Dry cleaning recommended.” In both cases, you should interpret the instructions to mean “Dry clean only.” Many retailers in India do not follow the practice of compulsory fabric and care information in their apparel, especially in women’s ethnic wear. In such cases you should discuss in detail with the dry cleaner the process they will use.