How to Cut Down on Your Dry-Cleaning Bill for Good

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One downside to being an enthusiast of fashion is that our devotion to our favorite brands can cost extra down the line in terms of dry-cleaning services. If your closet is packed with luxury clothing, chances are you have a pretty hefty weekly (or monthly) dry-cleaning bill. Read Savoir Flair’s tips below to find out how to cut down on these costs for good.

1

Check the Label

Grab an item out of your closet that you think should be dry cleaned, like that baby-pink cashmere sweater or silk button-up. When you check the label, does it say “dry clean” or “dry clean only”? If it’s the former, you can actually get away with hand washing this item since “dry clean” is merely a suggestion. However, the latter means that you should definitely follow the instructions.

2

Know the Facts

Beyond knowing the difference between “dry clean” and “dry clean only”, you should know the types of fabric that you can and cannot dry clean.

These must be dry cleaned:
– Silk
– Taffeta
– Wool
– Rayon/Viscose
– Satin

In contrast, these fabrics are much sturdier and can be machine or hand washed:
– Cotton
– Linen
– Polyester
– Nylon
– Spandex

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Photo: Courtesy of Soraya Bakhtiar
3

Explore Alternatives

Instead of relying on dry cleaning, which uses harsh chemicals to treat your clothes, we suggest environmentally friendly practices like steam cleaning and hand washing. Steam cleaning is particularly effective as it also removes wrinkles from clothes, which eliminates the need to iron them afterwards. Another alternative is to spot-treat stains with a stain remover, like the ‘Tide to Go’ stain-removal pen that can be stashed in your bag for immediate results.

4

Shop Around

Have you ever really scrutinized your dry-cleaning costs? Have you ever looked closely at your bill? Some dry cleaners charge extra for different types of hangers, while others will slip in treatments that are not needed or requested.

If you are not completely satisfied with your current dry cleaner, it might be time to switch services. Fortunately, there are dozens of fantastic options around Dubai. As reported in this Savoir Flair feature, there is a local service called Washmen that is mobile-based with an app that makes drop-off and pick-up an absolute breeze. You can also explore the highly recommended and affordable services at Eastern Rose or the one-day cleaning options over at Monarch.

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