How often should I dry clean my clothes? I am asked this question often and the answer really depends on a wide range of factors and what type of garments you are cleaning. As your premier Kitsilano solvent free dry cleaners, here is a detailed answer to how often you should dry clean your clothes and the benefits of dry cleaning over conventional washing.
What is Dry Cleaning?
Traditional dry cleaning uses a chemical (PERC) to remove stains and clean your clothes. At West Boulevard Cleaners, we get the same results of a traditional dry cleaner, but without the use of this harmful and dangerous chemical solvent. Instead, we use an environmentally friendly cleaning technique that is sure to keep your clothes spot free and looking like new for years to come. Your clothes will be clean, solvent free, pressed and ready to go for your next big job interview or executive meeting.
Different Garments, Different Cleaning Cycles
Different garments need to be cleaned at different times. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to get three wears out of a garment before it needs to be cleaned again. Here is a detailed list of some of the garment and material types and our recommended dry-cleaning cycle.
- Shirts – Wool shirts should be dry cleaned after every 3 or 4 wears. Cotton shirts should be washed after 3 wears unless you want them pressed – then after 2 wears at a maximum.
- Suit coats – Typically suit coats are worn multiple times (5-7) before they need another clean.
- Pants – Wool pants can be worn up to 20 times before they need to be dry cleaned again. If they are used heavily or are stained, then get them cleaned immediately.
- Denim – Depending upon the amount of use, you should be able to get 10-15 wears out of your favourite jeans or even longer for a jacket. The benefit of dry cleaning your denim is that it will not shrink or show signs of wear and the garment is pressed.
Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines for how often you should dry clean your clothes. Other factors such as how often you wear them and if they become dirty or stained will really affect how often you are dry cleaning your garments.
If you have any questions about our eco-friendly cleaning services or would like to talk to our friendly and professional staff about how often you should be cleaning your clothes, please call or stop by today. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you keep your clothes looking like new for years to come.