How to repair dry cleaning damage on wool pants?

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  1. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Hi there,

    I have a pair of grey wool slacks that I like very much (Bonobos Tiger Sharks, if you want to know), and recently took them to the dry cleaners. It was the second time they had been dry cleaned ever.

    I got them back the other day, and went to put them on this morning and noticed, to my chagrin, that the fabric feels scratchier, as if someone had magically (and evilly) downgraded the quality of the original wool, which when I got the pants was very soft and very fine. I have another pair of pants in black made from the same wool, and those came back from the same cleaners in the same batch absolutely perfect.

    Could this be a result of the perc? Maybe heat exposure from pressing? Don't know if this makes a difference, but the pants have a tiger-stripe silk lining that was unaffected.

    Regardless, I'd be very interested to know if there's a way to fix this. I was at the Bonobos sample sale the other day, and felt various pairs of the same pant that were there, and the wool definitely feels finer. Something must have happened to my pants.

    My initial thoughts is that maybe there's a very thin top layer of crappy material that came about as a result of whatever the dry cleaner did. I could try putting my sweater shaver on the gentlest setting and try shaving the top. Or I could try a lint roller or lint brush.

    My other thought was to give them a very gentle wet cold bath with a dab of Woolite, but since it's pretty nice wool with a silk lining, that sort of terrifies me.

    Any thoughts? I can post close-up pics if people want.

    Thanks!
     


  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Perhaps the wool had some sort of finish that the dry cleaning removed.

    Or, more likely, you have a poor dry cleaner.

    Don't know to get that nice feel back.
     


  3. Eligius

    Eligius Senior member

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    I rust you own a brush? If not, get one and use it.
     


  4. Hans

    Hans Senior member

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    Sounds like your dry cleaner ruined your pants. Whenever you dry clean wool, it sucks out some of the oily substances that make the wool soft and once that stuff is gone its gone. That's just how dry cleaning works, but some cleaners overdo it with the chemicals and accelerate the process.

    I agree with Eligius: get a good clothes brush (mine is by Kent) and brush and air your pants after each use. That way, you only need to have them dry cleaned once a year or so.
     


  5. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Sounds like your dry cleaner ruined your pants. Whenever you dry clean wool, it sucks out some of the oily substances that make the wool soft and once that stuff is gone its gone. That's just how dry cleaning works, but some cleaners overdo it with the chemicals and accelerate the process. I agree with Eligius: get a good clothes brush (mine is by Kent) and brush and air your pants after each use. That way, you only need to have them dry cleaned once a year or so.
    I actually don't have a brush, so that's good advice. I have a leather shoe brush and a suede brush, but not a clothes brush. There's a good drug store by me that sells them (just called) so I can pick one up, though. I think they're the same 3-in-1 thingies that Amazon sells, not the Kent ones, though. http://www.amazon.com/Clothes-Brush-...dp/B000PT1E4W/ I'll give it a try when I get home. I do, however, have a lint brush, which I'm definitely going to try. I also might try that sweater shaver... Can you tell me more about these oils in wool? I've never heard of that before. Thanks so much!
     


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    Can you tell me more about these oils in wool? I've never heard of that before.

    Thanks so much!


    Ever heard of Lanolin? It's from wool.
     


  7. enigma77

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    Oh wow! Didn't know that. I don't suppose smearing some all over my pants will bring them back... [​IMG] Regardless, since these *are* Bonobos I can just return them if I want. I'd rather try to fix it myself, which would save me the trouble of getting them hemmed again... I'll post results here later today. Thanks so much for all the help!
     


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    Oh wow! Didn't know that. I don't suppose smearing some all over my pants will bring them back... [​IMG]

    LULZ
     


  9. lee_44106

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    Oh wow! Didn't know that. I don't suppose smearing some all over my pants will bring them back... [​IMG] Regardless, since these *are* Bonobos I can just return them if I want. I'd rather try to fix it myself, which would save me the trouble of getting them hemmed again...

    I'll post results here later today. Thanks so much for all the help!


    why smear when you can spray.

    I suggest Pam.

    Olive oil version works better because of the low flash point.
     


  10. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Are we sauteeing my pants now?
     


  11. taxgenius

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    why smear when you can spray.

    I suggest Pam.

    Olive oil version works better because of the low flash point.


    Heat at 550 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
     


  12. enigma77

    enigma77 Senior member

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    Are we thinking a bechamel or a beurre blanc?
     


  13. enigma77

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    Wait no seriously is the forum consensus that the pants are goners?
     


  14. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    it might be that the cleaning agent was not fully rinsed out.
    take it back and have them redo.
     


  15. enigma77

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    Is it possible for me to just rinse out the cleaning agent myself? Would a very fast dip in water with a tiny bit of Woolite Dark do it?
     


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