A home dry-cleaning kit is best for removing odors and freshening garments between trips to the professional cleaners. The kit is most effective on sweaters, velvet, delicate items and dry-clean-only blouses. Here's how to get the most from your home dry-cleaning kit.
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Look over each garment and treat any spots. Use the dry-cleaning sheet or a separate stain spotter. The dry-cleaning kit works by using heat; heat sets stains, so give each item a thorough going-over
Sort garments by fabric weight or type. Dry clean wool and heavier fabrics in one load; group lightweight fabrics like silk and rayon in another. Dry clean both suit garments in the same load.
Button and zip all garments. Make sure pockets are empty.
Process the bag in the dryer for about 10 minutes, or according to manufacturer's directions. Do not over stuff the bag.
Remove items from the dryer bag immediately when the cycle is complete. Hang or fold garments right away to avoid wrinkling.
Touch-up trousers and business suits with an iron to smooth the fabric. For a crisp, professional pressing, take the items to the dry cleaners.
Tips and warnings
- Each home dry-cleaning kit comes with a perfumed freshener. Check out several kits for a scent that appeals to you.
- One dry-cleaning kit will clean approximately 16 garments in four loads for about $.50 per garment. Do not overload the dry-cleaning bag.
- Follow the manufacturer's directions. Use the bag provided and don't add any other cleaners.
- Don't force large items like bedspreads or blankets into the dry-cleaning bag. They will end up hopelessly wrinkled.
- Don't use the dry-cleaning kit at the laundromat where dryer temperatures are higher and might melt the dry-cleaning bag.
- Most home dry-cleaning kits are not safe for leather, fur, suede and most types of velvet. Be sure to check the kit's instructions. Items with oil-based stains, lipstick, make-up, butter, grease or a garment covered in pet hair should be professionally cleaned.