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Is it ok to leave your dry cleaning in the plastic wrap?

Recoil

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I just got my dry cleaning back (well not actually dry cleaning, they were laundered) and I was wondering if its ok for the fabric to leave it under the plastic wrap until I want to wear it (1-2 weeks), or should I unwrap it right away to let the cotton breath a bit more.
 

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I do, and I've read that many others here do. Dry cleaner's plastic in particular is very thin and presumably still allows for some degree of breathing. Even if it didnt, two weeks is not going to hurt anything.

However, I have also heard, that if your dry cleaner still uses the more toxic chemicals (instead of the newer environmentally safe methods most cleaners are using now) you may want to unwrap it to allow it to breath as much as possible.
 

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It's my understanding that the clothing can be stained by the plastic if stored for a long period of time. I don't know this from experience, however.
 

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How? Plastic is clear!
 

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Originally Posted by mt_spiffy
How? Plastic is clear!

you should take the clothes out of the plastic cover to let them air; chemicals from dry cleaning is erosive.
 

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Originally Posted by mt_spiffy
How? Plastic is clear!
Something about the fumes from the chemicals reacting against the plastic and forming a resin. I am guilty of leaving my dry cleaning inside the clear plastic bags but I understand your clothes need to breath. Best to keep them inside a garment bag with the zipper open to both allow air circulation and protect them from dust settling on them.
 

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Originally Posted by vitaminc
you should take the clothes out of the plastic cover to let them air; chemicals from dry cleaning is erosive.

Keep in mind- most shirts from the "dry cleaner" are not "dry cleaned" they are laundered as the OP points out. Dry cleaning is reserved for very specific applications.
 

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Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Keep in mind- most shirts from the "dry cleaner" are not "dry cleaned" they are laundered as the OP points out. Dry cleaning is reserved for very specific applications.

i meant the actual dry cleaned graments. laundered shirts should be okay.
 

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the plastic bag is meant to protect from the cleaners to your closet.
your suit needs to breathe.

if you have a wife, mother, or gf , that sews ask her this
to make from old sheets or pillow cases simple garment covers.
the cloth makes an excellent garment cover. it breaths well.
an easy project even for a beginning sewer.
 

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