Are you hearing a lot about Home Dry Cleaning Kits these days but not really sure about using them? It is one of the easiest ways to clean clothes labelled as “dry clean”, “dry clean only” and “hand wash only”.
In this article, we have shared how and when to use a home dry cleaning kit. Keep reading to know everything about these kits.
Home dry cleaning kit steam cleans your garments in a clothes dryer. These kits contain everything you will need to clean clothes completely like stain remover solution, stain absorbent pads or clothes, dryer sheets (fused with cleaning agents), and re-usable laundry bags as well.
You can find home dry cleaning kits like Dryel, Woolite, etc. in the laundry section of your supermarket or online. Always read the product label before using it to know if it’s safe for the fabric you need to clean.
Home dry cleaning kits claim to freshen and clean delicate clothes without any industrial solvent used at dry cleaning stores. It generally contains the following elements:
A one-word answer is – Yes, they work. However, you should not expect the results to be as good as professional dry cleaning. Sometimes the home dry-cleaning kits don’t really “clean” garments properly. But when it comes to freshening up delicate clothes which are very dirty, they work very well. Many people consider home dry cleaning kits effective to kill odours. It is perfect to use on a garment that you have not washed after wearing and willing to wear again.
When it comes to stains, the stain removal solution that comes in a dry-cleaning kit is effective on water-based and light stains. If there are very old and tough stains or heavy grim then you might need to use other stain removal methods.
Pros of Home Dry cleaning kits
Cons of Home Dry cleaning kits
Usually, you should avoid using a home dry cleaning kit on the following fabrics:
Before moving ahead quickly have a look at the garments that should and should not be cleaned at home using these kits.
Along with a home dry cleaning kit, you will need the following things to clean clothes:
Generally, you have to place the stain absorbent pads on the backside of the stained area. Pour 2-3 drops of stain remover solution and rub it gently using a soft-bristled brush or blot the stain using a microfiber cloth. The exact way of usage differs from kit to kit, so, do not forget to read the instructions.
Pro-tip: If you run out of the included stain remover, you can purchase dry cleaning fluid online. Follow the instructions carefully as these products can produce hazardous fumes. You will need to use it with extreme caution.
Close all buttons, VELCROS and zippers. If your clothes are not visibly dirty but have sweat or other odours, turn them inside out. When the interior will be exposed to more of the cleaning steam it will kill the odours. Then place similar types of fabric in the bag. For example, put on blouses with light shirts. Don’t overfill the laundry bag as the garments need space to move freely.
Place the laundry bags with one of the moist towels or dryer sheets. As mentioned earlier, these sheets or towels are infused with the dry cleaning solution. Run your dryer on a medium to high heat for 30 minutes and wait till the cycle ends.
Remove the clothes from the dryer immediately when the cycle is finished. This will prevent wrinkles. At this stage, the garments will be slightly damp so air-dry them.
Hang or lay them depending on their fabric or structure. For example, you should hang structured clothes on sturdy hangers, whereas, you should lay knitted garments on a flat surface.
Pro-Tips to use home dry cleaning kits better
Start by using the stain remover solution to spot-treat any stains. Place your clothing into the dryer with the included cleaning solution and damp pad or cleaning pad that’s also included. Check how many items can be done at once so you don’t overload. Some at-home kits also come with a bag to put the clothes in. Follow the instructions on the package to run the appropriate drying cycle, which will create steam to help release stains, refresh the fabric, and minimize wrinkles. Hang garments immediately after removing them from the dryer. Lay knits flat to dry. Use them often for most of your knits and softly-tailored dry cleaning needs. Send your expensive fabrics and items along with crisply-tailored garments to a professional.
This is tricky because some home dry cleaning kits may not mention anything in the instructions about “dry-clean only” labels. A garment that is designated with a “dry-clean only” label is a fair warning from the manufacturer that there is a considerable risk of the material or item becoming damaged if it is not professionally dry-cleaned. Use a garment with a “dry-clean only” label in a kit at your own risk.
Steam dryers alone can help freshen up your clothes by reducing wrinkles and odours without having to take them to the dry cleaners. If you have a steam dryer and would like to use a home dry cleaning kit, simply choose the non-steam setting (medium heat or perma-press, for example).
If you have a kit that originally came with a bag, but you don’t have the bag anymore, you can use the towel/sheet without the bag in your dryer. Confirm this by reading the package directions, but usually, it is okay to do as long as you do not overfill the dryer with too many items.
Yes, you can use a home dry cleaning kit for bedding, such as sheets and pillowcases that may have embroidery, lace trim, or need a quick freshening up.
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