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PLAN AHEAD POINTERS TO SHED DRY CLEANING BILLS
Here's a quick recap of ideas from the last few weeks:
Get to know your spotter: that's the employee who treats spots before cleaning. Make sure they're experienced and up to date on techniques.
Don't be fooled by the term "French" dry cleaning: the only difference is cost.
Shop for unisex pricing: women's and men's similar items, by law, should be priced the same.
Know who's to blame: when something is wrong with your cleaned garment, the cleaner, the manufacturer, or you?
The final tip for today is:
Plan ahead: Before purchasing an item check if you can wash it at home, if not, reconsider buying it. Max Weinstein, senior vice president of Leslie Fay Dress Group says, "Easy care fabrics are on the rise."
Think again about buying silk. It's one of the most expensive fabrics to dry clean because it must be washed in light loads and the delicate fabric makes spotting harder.
Do you really have to have pleats? You'll often pay an extra 5 – 15 cents (or more) per pleat they press.
Be careful about buying garments with sequins and beads due to melting in the high temperature solvent. If you've never used a dry cleaner don't start using them on your favorite dress. Instead, begin with an article you can live without. Don't be afraid to ask your cleaner to cover brass, gold, pearl or other delicate buttons with aluminum foil to avoid scratching during the cleaning process.
You can request that sleeves be stuffed with tissue or molded cardboard, so they won't get crushed on the cleaners rack while waiting for you to pick them up. And, it doesn't hurt to ask about shoulder pads. Many cleaners will remove them and sew them back in for you. Remember, they're in business to serve your special needs and it's okay to make those needs known.
posted on: 4/10/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.