Have you ever wondered how dry-cleaners process items that do not have a care label? Most cleaners receive items without care labels regularly. When a customer checks in an item without a label, whether it is a comforter, a pair of twill pants, or an evening gown, a professional always follows these steps:
1. Check for Colorfastness
This is done by testing a small sample, usually where the results will not be visible. The test is performed by folding a piece of blotter paper over the area that has been dampened with cleaning solution or rubbing the surface with a towel that has been dampened with cleaning solution. These tests help determine the best method of care with regard to color.
2. Test an Unseen Area of the Garment
The next step involves testing any attached to the item. This includes testing the coating on the trim in addition to the trim itself. Testing the coating involves rubbing a sample of the trim with a towel that has been dampened with either a dry-cleaning solvent or a water/detergent solution. After testing the coating, the trim is then immersed in solvent or a water/detergent solution. If there is more than one type of trim, each type will need to be tested.
3. Wash Using The Safest Measure Possible
Depending on the results of step 2, we will either dry clean the garment or hand wash the item gently using a detergent that has been tested to work with your garment using steps 1 and two. Afterwards, the item will be hung dry to ensure that there is no shrinkage of the garment.
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