Dry-clean-only corduroy pants

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  1. phanthomas

    phanthomas New Member

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    Hi.

    A pair of Ralph Lauren corduroy pants I got from eBay are marked "dry clean only". Can anyone tell me what would happen if I put the in the washing machine?

    They would shrink of course (I haven't had the length tailored yet), but would they loose their shape?

    I'd like to avoid the hassle and expense of dry cleaning a pair of quite casual pants. I realize that they are marked "dry clean only" for a reason, but that reason might just be that they will last a little bit longer if they are dry cleaned.

    Any opinions?

    Phanthomas
     
  2. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

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    This is a great question for me aswell.

    I have a pair from Boss, cut like like dress pants and lined to the knee. I've done like the label says and taken them to the dry-cleaner's but, as a result, gotten much less use out of them.

    Has anyone dared ?

    B
     
  3. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    the reason you see 'dry clean only' on stuff that is basically 100% cotton and washable is that by law, clothing must state a method of cleaning, not all the methods or preferred method of cleaning, just a method of cleaning

    sometimes it is easier to just put on dry clean only than hot or cold or warm water then air or low or medium or no dry or drip dry and low or medium or high iron with or without steam or no iron ......

    so many designers/manufacturers just take the easy route and slap on dry clean only as nearly everything can be dry cleaned but not everything can be washed

    use your best judgment, if it's cotton, it pretty well can be washed, and if wary, wash in cold water

    i wash things that say dry clean all the time, cashmere and wool products for example, cold water, cold water mild detergent, lay flat to dry, never had a problem

    the only thing that i would not try is anything like a suit or dress pants that require pressing or a coat

    otherwise, pretty well everything else is game to me
     
  4. phanthomas

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    Thanks to both BjornH and Hermes for replying. Hermes, this is as I suspected.

    They are of course 100% cotton (otherwise I wouldn't have asked). I will give them a wash before I take them to the tailor.

    I will let you know about any surprises.
     
  5. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    hold it a second before you give them a wash.
    this is what happened to me. i had a brand new pair of brown cords and assumed they could be washed. i didn't even check the label. after two or three washings i realized they looked terribly old, as though i'd had them for years. the color faded and the waist expanded. so i check the label, and it says "machine wash warm, etc... etc..." then "for best results dry clean." this particular pair was definitely meant to be dry cleaned. i recommend you wash yours very delicately, then check the results.
     
  6. hermes

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    ... and i've had the exact reverse experience with cords

    delicate cycle, cold water, that woolite cold water liquid detergent, wash inside out, either hang dry or dryer on air dry only (no heat) - still look as good as new

    but i do agree, i've washed some things that are dry clean only and they have faded over time but you sort of get that inkling with certain brands and certain finishes etc or after a first attempt at washing
     
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    IndianBoyz Senior member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Just do as the label suggests - it is nonsense to immediately believe it to simply be decorative,
     

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