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What stains can be removed through dry cleaning?

Dry cleaning is renowned for effectively removing some stains that can be difficult to cure using conventional washing techniques. Instead of using water to clean, the procedure uses specialised solvents that can be kinder to fragile textiles and more successful at getting rid of some stains.

What stains can be removed through dry cleaning

The following typical stains can be effectively eliminated by dry cleaning:

- Oil-Based Stains: Oil, grease, cosmetics, and other oil-based stains can frequently be removed with dry cleaning. The solvents used in dry cleaning will dissolve and lift oil-based stains from fabrics without causing any damage.

- Ink Stains: Getting rid of ink stains can be challenging without spreading or smudging the ink left behind by pens, markers, or other writing implements. Dry cleaners will be able to treat ink stains without causing further damage to the fabric.

- Wine, coffee, tea, sauces, and other food-related stains: They can sometimes be removed with dry cleaning. These stains can be broken down and eliminated by the solvents employed without changing the texture of the fabric. The only challenge is the dye that is in this kind of stain.

Water-Based Stains: Dry cleaning doesn't use water, but it nevertheless works well to get rid of stains brought on by liquids like soda, juice, or milk. The solvents can remove and dissolve these stains without leaving watermarks behind.

Perspiration and Body Oils: Dry cleaning is an efficient way to remove stains caused by perspiration and body oils. Regular washing might be particularly difficult to get rid of these stains, but dry cleaning can help lift them out of the fabric.

Perfume and Fragrance Residue: Fragrance spills and residue from colognes and perfumes can occasionally leave a noticeable stain on garments. Dry cleaning can help remove these stains without damaging the fabric or altering its colour.

Delicate Fabrics (silk, velvet, and cashmere) will need to be dry cleaned with extra care. Dry cleaning is often preferred for these fabrics as it's less abrasive than traditional laundering methods.

It's very important to understand that not all stains can be effectively removed through dry cleaning.

There are two things to take into consideration:


- What stain is it

- How long the stains have been on the garments

- Has the mark/stain been tried to be cleaned before

- What products have been used to clean the marks

- By trying to remove the mark, has the fabric been damaged


- What fabric is it on

- How old is the fabric

Some fabrics (like silk and linen) are more susceptible to damage during stain removal with the dry cleaning process. They can lose colour easier than other fabrics.

The best is to communicate with your dry cleaners and let them know about the marks/ stains you have on your garments. They will then be able to let you know what can be done.

Tips: It is always better to leave the marks/stains untouched after the spill and leave the professional to do their magic!

If you need help with your garments, come and see us at 143 Milton Cambridge CB4 1XE or 1 Anstey Way Trumpington with your garments. We can help you. Feel free to call us on 01223 755180 or 01223 625310; we will advise as much as possible.


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