Anyone who has taken seemingly permanently stained clothing to the dry cleaners can attest to the fact that, sometimes, it seems the folks at the dry cleaners can work miracles. From spilled wine to splattered marinara sauce, some of the hardest stains to remove can successfully disappear with the skilled attention and care of expert dry cleaning personnel. But the curious, as well as those prone to staining their clothes, might wonder whether there’s anything that can’t successfully be dry-cleaned away by their trusted dry cleaners in Dallas.
In fact, there are some things that dry cleaners can’t do, or that they can have an extremely difficult time doing even with top-notch equipment, years of experience and plenty of time to work.
- Remove some stains. Let’s face it—some stains you’re just stuck with. Old stains, especially, are likely to be there forever. Trying to remove very old stains can damage the color and the integrity of the fabric and render your garment even less usable than it would be if it were merely stained.
- Prevent changes in color. Sometimes, clothing manufacturers won’t fully test their garments to ensure their colors won’t fade or bleed when treated with water or cleaning solvent. In these cases, garments will be vulnerable to color damage during dry cleaning, and there isn’t really anything the dry cleaners can do about it.
- Fix wear and tear. While it’s completely unreasonable to expect that dry cleaning would miraculously patch holes, it’s not entirely unreasonable to think that your clothes won’t come back with new holes in them. However, fabrics that have already been weakened due to general wear, liquid damage, insects or perspiration can sometimes develop more visible holes upon cleaning.
- Remove excessive shine. One of the pitfalls of ironing your own clothes is the occasional tendency to use too much heat or pressure. This can cause your clothes to appear shiny. Even general wear, over time, can have a similar effect. Unfortunately, dry cleaning does nothing to reverse this or make it less apparent.
- Prevent shrinkage. Just as they sometimes fail to test their garments for fading and bleeding, manufacturers can fail to sufficiently preshrink their garments as they’re being put together. When dry cleaning results in surprising shrinkage, again, this is the manufacturer’s responsibility.
- Fix problems caused by home stain and spot removal. While home stain removal products can be a real lifesaver at times, some stains don’t respond well to them. Unfortunately, this may not stop you from overusing stain removers on stubborn stains, which can lead to the breakdown of the fabric, loss of color and even the development of holes. Again, damage already done to the structure of your garments can’t be corrected by dry cleaning.
While it may be tempting to see your dry cleaners in Dallas as miracle workers, remember that there are limits to what even the best dry cleaners can do. For help with stubborn stains or delicate garments, visit J’s Tailor & Cleaners in Dallas.