Preparing Clothes for Dry Cleaning

Do you want the best results from your dry cleaner? Take a few minutes to prepare your clothes before bringing to the dry cleaner. A little preparation before sending your laundry to the dry cleaner helps make sure you get satisfactory results.  Here are a few tips for preparing your clothes for the dry cleaner.


Read the Care Tags

Make sure you send the right clothes to the cleaner. Their tags will tell you whether or not an item can be dry cleaned. If the label says “machine wash or dry clean” or “dry clean only,” you’re good to go. Notice whether items have any additional special instructions for handling, and separate them from the rest so the dry cleaner can easily identify clothing that requires special care.

Empty the Pockets

We all accumulate things in our pockets: pens, gum, makeup, and even small toys.  Things like lipstick, gum, and ink pens can damage clothes if you leave them in the pockets. Cleaners do check clothes before cleaning, but it’s easy to miss something. Be kind to your dry cleaner and empty the pockets.

Mark Stains

Make sure that stains can be easily identified.  Put a bit of masking tape around or on the stain so the cleaners can find it easily. You can also mark it with a safety pin and a piece of paper.  Be sure to let the cleaners know what caused the stain so they can choose the appropriate method for that type of stain.

Get the item to the dry cleaners as soon as possible after the stain occurred.

Check for Worn or Weak Areas

Let your dry cleaner know about any loose buttons, broken zippers, or other wear and tear so they can take special care of those areas.

Preparing your clothes properly for the dry cleaner will  help you look your best in clean clothes!

About Sarni Cleaners

Sarni Cleaners offers laundry and dry cleaning services in Boston from three stores in downtown Boston. Laundry pickup and delivery in Boston as well as same day dry cleaning service are available.



Caring for Cashmere Clothing

Cashmere is a fine fiber made from the hair of cashmere goats. It is soft and light, provides excellent insulation, and lacks the itch of sheep’s wool.  These fibers are finely textured and are easily damaged so cashmere clothing requires additional care to keep it looking its best.

cashmere sweaters

Consider buying a cashmere-wool blend. A garment made from cashmere blended with high-quality wool (such as merino) keeps its shape for longer but still feels as soft. Cashmere blended with a synthetic fabric is more prone to pilling.  Whether you choose pure cashmere or a blend, cleaning and storage are the most important factors in keeping your cashmere looking good.

While this type of clothing typically requires dry cleaning, you can wash cashmere by hand. If you choose to hand-wash, use cold water with a small amount of mild detergent, preferably one labeled for use with cashmere or fine woolens.  Do not rub the fabric. Squeeze gently.  Rinse in cold water without twisting or wringing. Lay it flat to dry.  Always consult the care instructions for your garment.

Remove lint and pilling after each wearing and between cleanings.  Use a good lint brush to remove both lint and pet hair gently. Use a fabric comb designed specifically for fine woolens to remove those stubborn little pills that form when fibers rub against each other.  Pull the fabric taut and scrape gently for best results. Battery-powered fabric shavers are not recommended for cashmere.

When you put your cashmere garments away for the summer, make sure they are clean and dry first.  Include cedar balls to keep the moths away.  Store sweaters and other fluffy garments folded rather than hanging them in a closet.

When in doubt, always call Sarni Cleaners. We are here to help you look your best!

About Sarni Cleaners

Sarni Cleaners offers laundry and dry cleaning services in Greater Boston. Laundry pickup and delivery as well as same day dry cleaning service are available.