Does this shirt need to be dry cleaned or laundered?
It’s a question we hear a lot. Many people don’t know the difference. Dry cleaning uses a series of chemicals but no water. Laundering is done in the same way you do it at home, with a machine, but our machine is much more powerful and our detergent is much better at getting out stains. Laundering, rather than dry cleaning, may save you some money and may actually clean your shirts better.
Before you decide what to do with your shirt, check the tag. If the tag is unclear or doesn’t specify, consider the material. There are some fabrics, like silk, cashmere or wool, that should not be submerged fully in water, but most cotton and polyester blend shirts can be laundered without a problem. These fabrics are a little more durable and are less likely to shrink or lose their shape. Color bleeding may be another reason to consider dry cleaning. If you’re worried the color may fade or transfer to other items it’s best to proceed with caution.
If your shirt can be laundered, there are still some benefits to having it done professionally. Simply put—we do this for a living! We’ve been trained to get out the toughest stains and to still preserve the fabric. Our detergents are stronger and more concentrated than what you can buy at the supermarket. Ziker will also take the time to press and starch your shirts just the way you like them which can save you time in the long run.
Many people believe if a shirt was expensive, it should be dry cleaned but different fabrics, no matter the cost, require different processes. If you’re not sure what the best method is for your favorite shirt—just ask! We’re happy to help!