Fine knits are expensive. How you clean and store your delicate and fine clothing will affect the look and life of them. Putting away a garment even a little bit soiled with perspiration can begin to rot the fibers. Stains that are left untreated can become permanent, and soiled garments can also attract pests that can eat your pretty clothes. Dry cleaning can be costly, but you can do as Bergdorf Goodman’s does and use Dryel to keep your cashmere and other garments fresh.
Dryel on the Go,is the best instant stain remover pen I have tried. It is gentle and lifts stains like magic. I like it much better than the detergent pens and will be laying in a stock of them. It left no ring and lifts stains even from light fabric.
We asked a Dryel expert for tips on how to use it.
What fabrics can you use Dryel on?
It is safe for use on virtually all fabrics. This includes most fabrics that are normally laundered, most fabrics that are typically dry-cleaned, and also a number of household fabrics, such as curtains, tablecloths, etc.
For fabrics that tend to water spot (silk and rayon), Dryel should be used only after testing in an inconspicuous area. In general, it’s always a good idea to test in an inconspicuous area before use on your fabrics.
Dryel should not be used on leather, velvet, suede, or fur. For knit sweaters with small stains, we recommend using the stain pen without scrubbing, as this may cause some of the threads in the sweater to loosen.
Can Dryel remove stains from food or make-up? How should you treat clothes with stains?
The Dryel Stain Remover pen works well on a variety of common stains such as coffee, tea, and cola. It even removes stains such as lipstick and make-up. For heavy soils, large spills and other difficult stains, professional dry cleaning may be required.
To remove stains:
· Prep it. Remove excess residue from stain and place napkin behind.
· Tip: Always check for colorfastness prior to stain removal
· While squeezing pen, use scrubber like an eraser to eliminate stain.
· Tip: After stain removal, blot with napkin to remove excess solution if needed.
To clean lightly soiled clothes:
· Unfold Dryel cleaning cloth and add to dryer along with 1-4 garments to be cleaned.
· Tumble dry on medium heat for 15 minutes.
· For larger loads or extra freshening, use 2 cloths
· Wear immediately or hang up clean and fresh garments promptly to help wrinkles fall out.
Can you use Dryel to remove body odor?
Yes, Dryel is effective at removing a variety of odors, including body odor, smoke, and food odors. For best results, treat perspiration as a stain and use Dryel Stain Remover before the in-dryer cleaning step.
Is Dryel safe for vintage garments?
Yes, Dryel is safe for vintage garments, provided they can withstand tumbling in the dryer.
Will Dryel help to remove wrinkles?
It will, but to help minimize wrinkling:
- Fill the Dryel bag or dryer only half full. The items inside the bag need to tumble freely.
- Clothes should be slightly damp at the end of the cycle. If too dry, reduce the time by five (5) minutes, If too wet, increase the time by five (5) minutes.
- Button and zip items placed in the Dryel bag or in the dryer.
- Group similar fabric types together.
- Hang or fold items between wearing and using Dryel.
- When garments are removed from the Dryel bag or dryer, hang them promptly.
- Touch up with an iron if needed, depending on the type of fabric the garment is made of.
Does Dryel kill moths or anything else could be in clothes?
No, Dryel will not kill or eliminate moths. It is designed to refresh your clothes, remove stains, and extend the time between professional dry cleanings.
Can you use Dryel on blankets?
Dryel can be used on oversized items, such as blankets, curtains, drapes, as long as they are not too large to tumble freely in the Dryel bag or dryer.
Can it be used or furs – real or faux?
Dryel should not be used on leather, velvet, suede, or fur.
Is Dryel safe for beaded garments?
Yes, Dryel is safe for use on garments trimmed with beads and sequins.
What is the best way to store cashmere or wool during off seasons to prevent damage?
Cashmere and wool sweaters should not be stored on hangers as this can cause their shape to become distorted.
DolceDolce tip: Do not store any knitted dresses or coats, even on special hangers. Their weight will cause them to stretch. Double knits may be hung, but light or sweater knits are better folded. Beaded clothes should also be folded as they will also stretch and distort when hung.
How should cashmere and wool be stored out of season?
Cashmere and wool should be stored in sealed bags to guard against insect infestation.
Should cleaning be stored in plastic or cloth bags – and why?
Cashmere/wool should preferably be stored in cloth bags to allow the fabric to breathe.
DolceDolce Tip: I prefer storing fine garments in wrapped in fabric or acid-free tissue, and then sealed in plastic boxes or bags with enough room for garments to breathe. I do not recommend “space bags” or anything that compacts the garments. Dryel is sold at stores where laundry products are sold.