To dry clean or not to dry clean...
March 26, 2011 9:19 AM Subscribe
MeFites, I need you to lay some dry cleaning knowledge on me. Do I need to take my suit skirt to the dry cleaner's if a small amount of beer was spilled on it while out with colleagues yesterday? Please help a laundry-vs.-dry-cleaning rule challenged gal figure it all out.
posted by shortskirtlongjacket to clothing, beauty, & fashion (9 answers total)
Searched previous questions, but did not find one specific to my needs - please direct me elsewhere if relevant!
Specific stain question: A small amount of beer was spilled on the skirt of my suit yesterday. I blotted it up right away and cannot detect any beer smell today, but I'm mildly worried the fabric might be damaged in some way. Is this warranted? The fabric is (shell) 50% polyester, 47% rayon, 3% spandex, with a 100% polyester lining. I know I can't launder it in my top-loading machine and the tag says "dry clean only" - is there something I can do at home to ensure it's clean, or is this actually a job for the dry cleaner? I know you are not supposed to dry clean suits frequently, but the next time I would wear it would probably be a year from now. I love the suit that the skirt is a part of and want to care for it correctly, but am new to "dry clean only".
If I do take it to the dry cleaner, do I take the jacket also, even if it wasn't stained? I am terrible at ironing and would want them to look evenly up to snuff.
If applicable, any other dry cleaning tips/advice would be super helpful to this young professional, for example, what are things I should look out for when choosing a dry cleaner for use on an infrequent basis (I don't know anyone local to me who uses one)? How long does it take (how many days on average)? How much should I expect to pay (general range)? Thanks!