They’ve got the dirt
When it comes to keeping your clothes clean, dry cleaners know the best methods, from simple solutions for treating stains to how often to get certain things cleaned. While there’s a reason they’re the professionals and there some things only they can do best, they’re also willing to share some of their tried-and-true tips to make your laundry life easier.
Don’t bring jeans
According to Abe Navas, the General Manager of house cleaning service Emily’s Maids, you should leave your denim at home for your next trip to the dry cleaner. Even “if you have a nice pair, you shouldn’t bring [jeans] to a dry cleaner,” he told Reader’s Digest. “You are better [off] just using your washing machine.” In fact, the more expensive the jean, the less it will benefit from a trip to the dry cleaner, according to Clare Moore, Director of Franchising at Tide Cleaners.
Don’t DIY your delicates…
When it comes to delicate items, Navas actually has the opposite advice from jeans: Head straight to the dry cleaner. “Delicates are difficult to work with,” he says. “You need proper techniques and equipment. If you stain them, please abstain from using a DIY solution.” He says that trying to tend to stains on your delicates can often make things worse, damaging your garments. You’re better off trusting a professional for these.