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June 4th, 2007 02:56 PM
jimmysgirl Has anyone had success with handwashing dry-clean only fabrics?? I've heard it can be done, but I'm a little scared to try it without knowing how to do it. I have 2 dresses that are rayon/acetate and say "dry clean only". Can I just handwash them in cold water and let them drip dry? Or will they shrink?
June 4th, 2007 04:22 PM
virginiadawn I used to work in a Dry Cleaners. The owner always said to check what happens if you spilled a little water on them. If they scrunched up and looked awful till they dried and you pressed them, he would not recommend it. If they just looked fine, he would say it was ok. If you do decide to hand wash them use the least amount of soap possible. Even none. If they need to smell fresher, Febreeze them. If you really like them and dont want to risk any such stuff.... clean them. ha :)
June 7th, 2007 02:12 PM
twofus Has anyone ever used those "Dry Clean" sheets you put in the dryer?
June 7th, 2007 02:18 PM
virginiadawn My brother used to. ha. It freshened stuff up incredibly but did not always work well with actually spots that needed treatment.
June 12th, 2007 07:11 AM
lotz2njoy I have used Dryell and like virginiadawn said it really freshens things up. They have a stain remover too that you can use although I never tried it on a very noticeable stain so I don't have experience with that. I used to use the stain remover on the underarm area of my dresses to help with any perspiration stain/odor and that worked pretty well usually.