Washing and Dry Cleaning FAQ

All of our most frequently asked questions for everything relating to washing, laundry and dry cleaning.  If your question is not answered here, just drop us a message.

Washing and Dry Cleaning FAQ's

Is dry cleaning better than washing?

Laundering (or washing) is a water-based cleaning process that most often utilises a washer/dryer combination and a washing detergent. Dry cleaning, much like its name suggests, uses no water but is a comprehensive process that cleans the clothing just as effectively. While both cleaning processes have their purposes, in general, dry cleaning is better for delicate items and the removal of oil-based stains than conventional washing in a machine.

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Does dry cleaning remove odours?

Dry cleaning doesn't work so well on odour issues. That's especially true of body odours or odours that are caused by perspiration. So if you've got a garment in need of cleaning specifically because of a bad odour, consider laundering using a wash instead of dry cleaning.

What is the dry cleaning process?

The dry cleaning process refers to cleaning clothes and fabrics by using a chemical solvent that contains little or no water, hence it is “dry”. While cleaning the surface of fabrics, it does not penetrate the fibers like water does in a washing machine.

Dry cleaning is typically used on clothes and fabrics that cannot withstand the rigors of a washer and dryer. This process preserves the desirable qualities of many fabrics and helps prevent shrinking and stretching.

Is it better to wash or dry clean a duvet?

It is always best to wash duvets. We strongly recommend against dry-cleaning duvets. The reason is that dry cleaning makes use of chemicals like PERC, which are known to be carcinogens. 

Whilst harmless for dry cleaned clothes,  these can be harmful in duvets which are right next to your nose and mouth when you sleep at night. You inhale the carcinogens throughout the night. This may not have any immediate impact, but the effects may accumulate over time. So, we strongly advise against dry cleaning their duvets, and opt for washing your duvet with water instead.

How often should you wash your duvet?

Ideally, you should be cleaning your duvet every three to six months.  The Fine Bedding Company recommends a six-monthly clean, or at least once a year.  The humble duvet is a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria, as well as collecting sweat and skin cells from us in our sleep, so we recommend washing at home regularly or using a professional duvet cleaning service.

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What is a service wash?

A service wash is a convenient laundry service we provide which includes washing, drying and the folding of your clothing or bedding.   We can either collect your laundry from you or you can drop your laundry in, and it will be returned or ready for collection washed, dried and neatly folded.

Can dry cleaning remove stains?

Dry cleaning removes solvent soluble stains such as grease and oil that washing detergent and water will not remove.  This is a useful tool for removing tough oil-based stains, as most people would think a hot wash would work, but dry cleaning is a better option.

What are the most difficult stains to remove from fabrics?

Hot cocoa, blood, permanent marker and tomato sauce are the hardest stains to remove from fabrics.  Greasy and oily stains can be very difficult to remove using a water-based washing and detergent, but these are more easily removed with dry cleaning.

How would a professional laundry service work for Airbnb's?

We are able to offer a professional laundry and dry cleaning service to Airbnb hosts and properties across Brighton and Hove.  

It’s actually really simple for hosts - we hold keys and access codes for Airbnb properties so that we can collect and deliver laundry during changeovers.  This gives Airbnb hosts flexibility and quick turnaround times to ensure there are always clean bed sheets and towels for their next reservation to arrive. 

Alternatively, if someone will be at the property then we can collect and deliver to you at an agreed time so there would be no need for us to hold a key.  Whatever works for you - we know every Airbnb situation is a little different. 

This applies to all B&B’s, holiday lets and rentals, so just speak to us if you need a professional laundry service.

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St George’s Laundry services,
86-87 Station Rd (also known as Boundary Rd), Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DF

01273 388 388

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