Shrinkage remains one of the top five problems areas in dry cleaning. However, well over half of the shrinkage problems are determined to be manufacturer related. There are three types of shrinkage - Progressive, relaxation, and felting.

Unstabilised fabrics can shrink on a cumulative or progressive basis. A small amount of shrinkage can occur with every clean which may go unnoticed until it becomes unsatisfactory to the customer.

Relaxation shrinkage is attributed to the release of tension introduced to the fabric during manufacture. When the fabric is moistened during cleaning, the strain form the manufacture is released and the fabric returns to its normal relaxed dimension.

Felting shrinkage will occur in animal hair fibres such as wool, angora, cashmere and others. The surface of the fibres becomes entangled when exposed to heat, water, agitation, detergent or pressure, making the fabric become thick and compact. This type of shrinkage is not recoverable.

Drycleaning can cause shrinkage but as a DIA member we will know how to handle your precious garment so this does not happen.


Caring for that precious garment

Silk is one of the oldest known textile fibres and is recognised for its beauty, lustre & comfort. We at Ideal Dry Cleaners your DIA Professional ask that you consider taking some simple steps to keep your garment looking its very best.

  • Always store your silk in a cool, dry place and never expose silk to prolonged sunlight.
  • Be aware that perspiration and some deodorants can combine to create some of the most common cause of discolouration, colour loss and deterioration of silk fibres-clean your silks regularly if permanent damage is to be avoided.
  • Some dyes on silk fabric may bleed when wet with solutions containing alcohol-such as perfume, cosmetics, some antiperspirants and alcohol drinks etc. Consult with us your DIA Professional for advice as soon as possible.
  • Never attempt to remove stains from silk by rubbing especially when damp. Silk fibres are delicate and are easily damaged.
  • Do not store your silk in a soiled state. Consult us your DIA Professional and point out any stains not readily apparent and we will advise you on an appropriate course of action.


Sequins, Beads and Glitters

Sequin, Beads and Glitter and ornamental trimming are back in style. You will find them on dresses, jackets, sweaters and handbags. If you have purchased or plan to purchase a garment with this attractive trim, please be aware:

  • Sequins are always delicate but they can be serviceable if they are made properly. Unserviceable sequins can lose colour, shine or curl. If the thread holding them is inferior, it may break and allow the sequins to unravel. Unserviceable beads can dissolve or transfer dye to the surrounding fabric. Glitter which is glued on will almost always fall off during dry cleaning or washing.
  • At Ideal Dry Cleaners your DIA Professional Drycleaner have the know-how to preserve the beauty of these fashionable and expensive garments, Unless they are trimmed with inferior or unserviceable sequins, bead and trimming. Return unserviceable garments to the retailer.

Reputable stores should have a fair policy on these types of garments.


Caring for your drapes & furnishings

  • Drapes and furnishings should be cleaned regularly & vacuumed often – Dust, grime wood and tobacco smoke are hard on furnishing fabrics.
  • Protect your drapes for moisture. Humidity and condensation can disturb sizing and dyes in furnishing fabrics and when combined with heat, fumes may cause yellow stains which in most instances cannot be removed by dry cleaning.
  • Exposure to Australia’s strong sunlight will reduce the life of your furnishings. If possible rotate your drapes to minimise this damage. The backing on insulated drapes will deteriorate with prolong exposure to sunlight causing the backing to peel, self-stick or separate during cleaning.
  • Remember, regular cleaning is the key to prolonging the life of your furnishing fabrics.
  • Please be aware that a shrinkage rate of 3% can occur on curtains and furnishing fabrics.


Those Invisible stains and when a stain is not a stain?

Most “invisible stains” start with a spillage, maybe champagne, lemonade etc. The damp fabric dries and little visible evidence remains. However the stain has not gone away. Most beverages contain sugars and with the passage of time and heat, the spilled substance will oxidise and cause staining. The Stains vary in degree of intensity but are usually yellow, tan or brown, depending upon their age, the staining substance and the fabric it contacts.

How we your DIA Professional can help you reduce the effects of such stains?

  • Have the garment cleaned as soon as possible and advise us of any spillage so we can take extra care to treat these stains before cleaning.
  • Remember, permanent staining may be avoided if treated early.

Colour Loss

There are many substances consumers may encounter in the course of the day that can cause colour loss. In many instances, discolouration does not appear until the item is cleaned. This will depend upon the composition and concentration of the staining substance, the type of fibre and dye stuff and length of contact time. Typical colour loss problems are listed below.

  • Silk and acetates can be affected by alcohol products such as perfumes, colognes, hair spray and of course alcoholic beverages.
  • Bleaches come in many products including hair care products, skin lotions, cleaning products and disinfectants.
  • Exposure to light, either sunlight or artificial light, can cause colour fading or loss of colour where the ultraviolet rays can alter the chemical structure of dyes.
  • Wear abrasion colour loss can typically occur in the neck line, elbows, seat, knees and pockets or folds. This friction rubs off the dye on the surface of the fabric which will then be flushed away by the action of the cleaning process.