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You don’t enjoy doing wash at Rittenhouse Claridge to begin with, but those items that are labeled “dry clean” make the whole process of doing laundry even more complicated. To learn how to handle items of clothing that come with special cleaning instructions, follow these tips:

  1. Read the label. If the label simply recommends that you dry clean the item, you can feel free to launder it at home. However, if the label reads, “dry clean only,” you should take it to the cleaners.
  2. Wash gently. If the item is safe to wash at home, fill the sink with lukewarm water and add a little bit of gentle detergent. Swirl the garment around for five minutes. Do not rub the material together or scrub it.
  3. Rinse gently. Rinse the item with lukewarm water to remove all of the detergent. Before your let the garment dry, squeeze it to remove most of the water. Make sure, though, to be gentle when wringing it out.
  4. Use a towel to dry. Flatten the garment and place it on a clean towel. Then, roll up the towel and squeeze it to get rid of the extra moisture. Lastly, lay the garment on a different, clean, dry towel and let it dry completely.

Do I Really Have to Dry Clean This? [Real Simple]
Do You Need to Dry Clean? [Reader’s Digest]
What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Dry Clean [Care2]