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(The Consumerist)   How to avoid going to the dry cleaner. Still no explanation for Martinizing   ( divider line
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2014-06-21 02:50:34 PM
2014-06-21 11:17:57 PM  
1. Don't buy stuff that needs dry cleaning.

2014-06-21 11:57:06 PM  
Pretty much everything can be washed cold, and there's no reason to ever wash anything with warm or hot water.
2014-06-22 04:23:21 AM  
There are a few of things I learned working in the schmatta trade for years:

Never switch between washing and dry cleaning. It doesn't matter much which technique you choose as long as you commit, but dry clean once, dry clean always and the same for washing. For whatever reason, going back and forth will absolutely destroy a fabric.

Wear items three times but no more if they touch skin. The oils you produce are corrosive, smelly, and will stain. But you also don't want to clean things unnecessarily which can break down fabrics.

Never clean one part of a suit on its own. Colors fade each time during cleaning and nothing looks worse than a mismatched suit.

If you want to avoid dry cleaning, learn to iron properly. Always start with the smallest section of any garment and let it cool before wearing. Do not move your iron along the bias of the fabric, go with the weave. Iron the seams first, from the center out. Use the button indentations on the front of the iron. The ole hang in in the bathroom while you shower tip is complete bunk. If you don't mind looking a little relaxed, take your clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry and hang them carefully without crowding and skip the Iron.

How to iron.

NO WIRE HANGERS! I'm not kidding about this. Seriously. They rust and leave dents in your clothes. As soon as you get your dry cleaning home, transfer those pieces to a fatter hanger (wood or plastic) but leave the bags on for the best wrinkle protection.

Learn to mend. Nothing looks tackier than a missing button or a dangling hem or a split seam.

Learn how to pack. This is harder than it sounds but worth learning.

This lady is annoying, but she's right.

(You can also use tissue instead of dry cleaning bags.)

So there. Sunday morning schmatta talk with  ginandbacon who neither irons nor dry cleans anymore but still knows how to like a champ.
2014-06-23 05:40:34 AM  
Aside from being used for dry cleaning, tetrachloroethylene is relatively common in the automotive world as brake cleaner in aerosol cans. Read the ingredients, though - not all contain the good stuff. It's also somewhat commonly used for cleaning watch parts. I keep a bunch around so it's easy to deal with spots on clothes and carpets.

/Just don't get it hot unless you like the smell of phosgene.
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