If you're like most people, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that your home environment is as clean and attractive as possible. You probably run your quilts, comforters, and blankets through your washing machine on a regular basis in order to keep them clean and help keep dust mites down. However, evidence shows that dry cleaning actually is a better option for household bedding items. Following are just four of the many reasons why homeowners should consider using the services of a professional dry cleaner.
Dry Cleaning Makes Your Bedding Look Better
At its very best, bedding doesn't just keep you warm while you sleep -- it's an essential part of your home decor. Being put through a traditional wringer-type washing machine and then tumbled for an hour or more in a hot dryer weakens fiber, which leads to the development of rips, tears, holes, and snags as well as causes fading and other discoloration. The spin cycle in the washing machine also stretches bedding out and results in an uneven look. Dry cleaned bedding retains a new appearance for far longer than its machine washed and dried counterparts.
Also, keep in mind that comforters and quilts often contain materials such as velvet, silk, and satin that should never be washed in water. Wool blankets or those made with large amounts of wool will also suffer if washed in water and tumble dried in hot air.
Dry Cleaning Won't Shrink Your Bedding
Another drawback of using a washer and dryer to clean and dry your bedding is that shrinkage inevitably develops due to the high temperatures required to do a proper Job. Using the cold water cycle in the washing machine prevents the material from shrinking, but it also fails to get the object as clean as it should be. It is almost impossible to get quilts and blankets dry while using the low heat setting on a conventional dryer.
Hanging them outside to dry on a old-fashioned clothesline can take several days before they are thoroughly dry, which leaves the material vulnerable to infestations of mold and mildew colonies.
Dry Cleaning Gets Your Bedding Clean
Dry cleaning cleans the fabric of bedding down to fiber level, removing all dirt, dust, and assorted debris as well as removes stains.
Washing machines often aren't able to remove much more than surface dirt and often accomplish little more than simply sloshing to dirt and debris around in the water -- these items are often too bulky for the average rinse cycle to be able to do its job.
Dry Cleaning Saves Your Home Appliances
Blankets, quilts, and comforters are generally too heavy and bulky for traditional home laundry appliances to handle on a regular basis -- and even just one washing can seriously damage a washing machine if a heavy load somehow becomes unbalanced. Many people take their bedding to a laundromat that has commercial washing machines in order to save wear and tear on their own appliances, but this approach has many drawbacks.
Despite their purpose, laundromats are not clean places, and in certain areas, you'll have to watch your items closely to ensure they don't disappear.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information on the benefits of using a dry cleaning service for bedding items.