Dry cleaning is one of our primary services at Kitwe Services. And we are here to provide that service at the highest level. Our blog posts are tailored to provide valuable information to those that are unsure about the cleaning processes we have on offer. In our first post we are going to highlight the materials that are better off with professional dry cleaning services. 

1. Leather

Leather garment typically includes special care instruction that needs to be explicitly followed. Dry-cleaning leather should only be done to remove severe stains such as ink stains and oil spills.

 2. Silk

Silk fabrics have strong, natural fibers that do not completely absorb dyes used to color it. Washing it with soap and water will not only cause it to lose its color, but it will also shrink and distort the fabric. Dry clean silk to ensure that its colors remain vibrant and its fabric protected from damage.

3. Wool

Wool fabric can be as durable as silk, if you do not dip it in water, which can cause it to shrink. Dry cleaning helps you avoid this risk and help your wool garments last a long time.

4. Suede

Suede is a special type of leather mainly from lambskin, cow, and goat hide. Suede is expensive but extremely difficult to maintain. It is sensitive to light, moisture, and water-based cleaners as well as chemical-based cleaners. Having the services of dry-cleaning professionals who are using non-toxic chemicals assures you that your suede are properly maintained and cared for.

5. Linen

Linen is a fabric derived from flax. It is quite strong, absorbent, and compared to cotton, it dries faster. You have a few options with linen. While this can be hand washed and air dried, it often requires ironing because its flax fibers are known to be better and fresh in hot weather. Unfortunately, if handled incorrectly, linen garments can lose their crispness and the overall quality may deteriorate. Dry cleaning is the most ideal for this fabric!

6. Rayon 

This one’s a bit controversial because unlike the textiles that we have mentioned, this is semi-synthetic. Are you familiar with rayon? Made from purified cellulose fibers with dye, it can bleed when washed in warm water. This will cause it to shrink and also to lose its shape. While hand washing in cold water using a mild detergent can be done, dry cleaning is the safest option.

7. Denim

Contrary to popular belief, denim cannot be put through a dryer. Though it is durable, proper jean care should include washing the fabric inside-out in cold water then hung it to dry. Most high-end denim, especially those that are in its purest form, will benefit more from dry cleaning.