More and more Singaporeans are turning to dry cleaning as a way of dealing with their laundry. This is not surprising at all given the ease of the process. And of course, it’s hassle-free since you can just drop your clothes at the nearby dry cleaning shop and pick it up when they’re done. Some dry cleaning companies even have delivery options. However, a lot of Singaporeans often make mistakes when trying to have their clothes dry cleaned. We’ve listed some of the most common of these mistakes below.
1. Not knowing which clothes should be dry cleaned and which should not be dry cleaned.
This is a huge mistake that people commonly take for granted. Clothes are manufactured using different materials like wool, nylon, polyester, and leather among others. Needless to say, some materials are not compatible with the dry cleaning process. Manual hand washing or machine washing may be more appropriate. It is therefore very important that you are aware which material needs to be dry cleaned and which should be hand washed. This will prevent unnecessary damage or wear and tear to any of your clothing items.
2. Not emptying the pockets or compartments of clothing items before sending them to the dry cleaner.
Textiles can be damaged beyond recovery if foreign objects were included in the clothes you sent for dry cleaning. For instance, items made of fragile plastic like pens can dissolve when mixed with the solvent bath used in the dry cleaning process. Other common culprits include candies and coins. With that said, you should check all the pockets and compartments of your clothes for objects before you send them for dry cleaning. If you are in a rush and you don’t have the time to check the pockets, it’s best that you inform the cleaning company to check them for you. Although most companies check clothes before they have them cleaned, some don’t so inform them anyway just in case.
3. Using dry cleaning too often.
If you subject your clothes to dry cleaning too often, you might cause some nasty damage. Always keep in mind that companies make use of chemicals and solvents in cleaning your clothes. Too much exposure to these solvents can inflict wear and tear to your clothes. So have your clothes dry cleaned only when it’s necessary. Although dry cleaning is a fairly safe laundry process, too much of it can still cause negative effects.
4. Not being aware that not all stains can be removed through dry cleaning.
Don’t expect all the stains in your clothes to be removed after they were subjected to the dry cleaning process. Some stains just can’t be removed by the solvent and chemicals used in the process. In some instances, spotting solvents may be used to treat the stains. This may involve utilizing steam jets or soaking the clothes in stronger stain-remover liquids.
5. Not following instructions when doing home dry cleaning.
There are some consumer-grade products out there that might allow you to do the dry cleaning yourself. However, for your safety of yourself and your textiles, you must make sure that you follow all the instructions diligently. Also keep in mind that these consumer-grade products only work for particular types of garments. They don’t work on all types of textiles. That said, it’s always best to get the services of a Singaporean dry cleaning company.
6. Choosing the wrong company.
For sure, there are several dry cleaning companies currently operating in the Singapore area. Some offer better services than the others. So if you wish to avail of quality services, you need to pick the company that offers the best services.
7. Not looking around for the best options.
This is in relation to number 6 above. Since you have several options, you should take the time to look into each of them to determine which dry cleaning company best suits your current needs. Most of these companies have their own websites so make sure you browse through them.
So there you go. When looking for a dry cleaning company in Singapore, make sure that you don’t make any of the mistakes we discussed above. As a general rule, you should only choose the one that’s most trusted by customers.