fHello, I have three items that are labeled 'dry clean only', and I have doubts to whether or not this is true. Keep in mind I wouldn't be putting these in the washing machine, but rather I'd handwash them with gentle soap. 1) slacks, in 70% Polyester and 30% viscose. These have some stains on them, so I'd like to be able to hand-wash them and give 'em the Oxy-Clean treatment. 2) Dress shirt, in 100% Polyester (I know, I know, but it doesn't feel like poly. 3) Dress shirt, in 80% cotton, 15% nylon, 5% spandex. Also, I have some suits that could use a cleaning. No rush, though. I've never been to a drycleaner before, but what should I look for? a) I've heard that you should look for places that do in-house rather than send the garments out. There are also both standard cleaners (1-Hour Martenizing) as well as some 'natural' cleaners in my area. Is there a real difference? b) I know pressing is bad and creates shine - should I specify no-pressing? c) How much should I expect to pay to clean a full suit, just a jacket, and just a pair of slacks?
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8/26/04 at 5:11pm