We hear this question often and wanted to give you some guidelines from The Dry cleaning and Laundry Institute. Despite information to the contrary, professional dry cleaning will actually prolong the life of a garment. In fact, it’s the oils, body salts, cologne, perfumes, hair products, insoluble soil, rain, food and beverage stains that will shorten the life of your garment.
First and foremost, a person’s body heat, activity, and the clothing’s stains largely determine cleaning frequency. If a garment is soiled or affected by perspiration or odor, it should be dry-cleaned as soon as possible. Light color garments and frequently worn clothes are especially susceptible to dirt and require more frequent cleaning. Have all matching pieces such as suits cleaned at the same time. This prevents any inconsistencies resulting from color changes. Always clean your garments before storing away for a season. Moths and insects are attracted to oil and perspiration.
Below are some more specific guidelines based on the Texas climate:
- Clean EVERY other wearing: Tuxedo, Dress, Skirt, Wool dress pants, Wool suit, Lightweight Suit, Sportcoat or Blazer, Sweaters
- Clean EVERY wearing: Evening wear, Cotton laundered shirt, Blouse particularly silk, Polo Shirt, khakis and lightweight dress pants
- At the End of the Season, Clean: Coats and other outerwear