What’s The Deal With Home Dry Cleaning Kits?

dryelHome dry cleaning kits like Dryel can be an effective way to stretch your dry cleaning dollar. By “freshening” your clothes between visits, they reduce the frequency of going to the local dry cleaner.

These home-use kits use the heat in your dryer to generate steam inside special dryer bags, which activate perfumed sheets that mask any unpleasant odors on your clothes. They also include a water based stain remover for pre-treating stains before you put the clothes in your dryer.

However, the instructions for these home-based kits explain that they are strictly designed as a complement to professional dry cleaning, not a replacement. Dirt removal is limited to the pre-treatment step. Home dry cleaning kits don’t remove your sweat residue or the natural body oil excreted from your skin that build up on your clothes from normal wear. They also fail to remove things like ketchup, lipstick, makeup, ink, vegetable oil, butter, and shoe polish.

People who dislike strong fragrances should avoid using these kits as well. The odor of the perfume used in these products will cling to your clothes for an extended period of time.

If you’ve used these, what kind of results have you seen? Discount Cleaners would love to hear your experiences using Home Dry Cleaning Kits.

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Why Don’t All Comforter Stains Come Out?

Believe it or not, it’s a very common problem. When you have your comforter cleaned, some of the stains come out, and some don’t. Why is that?

The biggest culprit is “time”. When it comes to stain removal, “time” can be your biggest enemy. The age of the stain often determines whether it is removable or not. If treated quickly enough in the hands of a trained professional, almost any stain can be removed from any material. If enough time passes, an otherwise removable stain can cause permanent damage to the fabric.

Removing stains on household items such as comforters, blankets, drapes, and rugs are especially problematic. This is due to them being left untreated over long durations. Even if the cleaner is able to remove the original stain, in some cases you can still see where the stain was due to it changing the color of the underlying fabric. This type of fabric damage is often irreversible.

As a general rule, as soon as the stain hits the fabric, immediately blot up as much of it as you can with a clean cloth. Then have the stain treated professionally as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, Discount Cleaners is always here to help!

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