Having come back from holiday with the usual mountain of washing, Jo Glynn-Smith's guide for getting the most from our dry cleaning is certainly timely!
Here are her top tips, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar online...
1. Always dry-clean each piece from a set of clothing, such as suits, at the same time. This ensures that any colour changes over time are consistent across the set.
2. Don’t dry-clean the same item of clothing too many times. The high temperatures and chemicals used eventually take their toll on the fabric.
3. If you have specific stains, always point these out to the dry-cleaner and specify what the stain is, if you know.
4. If your garment has particularly fragile buttons that could be damaged, ask your dry-cleaner to wrap them up before cleaning.
5. Always check that you are satisfied with the garments before you leave the shop – it’s much easier to complain and get items redone while you are still on the premises.
6. Do not store your clothes in the plastic bags from the dry-cleaner, as this can cause yellowing and staining. Take them out straight away.
7. After dry-cleaning, air your clothes for as long as possible before returning them to the wardrobe.
To read Jo's article in full click here