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.

Can you wash a feather duvet?

Maybe, but probably not. Most feather or down duvets can’t go in a regular washing machine and they will need to be dry cleaned. Always check the label if you’re unsure, and if you can’t find the answer, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help.

My pet peed on my duvet, what do I do?

We recommend bringing your duvet to us and we can wash or dry clean it as part of our Duvet Cleaning service. Washing the cat urine or dog pee out of a duvet, pillow or cushion properly is important not just to keep it clean, but also to help stop your furry friend doing it again.

How long does dry cleaning take?

Dry cleaning typically takes 2-3 days from you dropping off your garments to being ready to pick up. We believe in doing a good job, and all of your items are hand finished and inspected for perfect results.

How to clean sofa cushions

Keep your sofa looking and smelling clean and fresh by dry cleaning your sofa cushions. Whether it’s dirty paws or an accidental splash of red wine, dry cleaning can bring them back to life. Contact us to find out more.

Can dry cleaning remove deodorant stains?

Yes! In most cases dry cleaning can remove deodorant stains on clothing, just point them out to us when you drop off your clothes and we’ll do the rest. If you have delicate fabrics such as wool or silk, it’s much better and safer to the garment for it to be professionally dry cleaned.

Can you dry clean duck down jacket?

Unless the label specifically says otherwise, no. The solvent used in dry cleaning can damage the down feathers inside the jacket and render it less warm. To wash a down jacket, use a down-specific detergent and wash on a gentle, cool cycle, allowing it to air dry.

How to clean curtains that are dry clean only

Curtains that are made of sensitive materials such as silk or linen should always be professionally dry cleaned as a machine wash may damage them.

Some curtains may be able to be machine washed depending on their material. If you’re unsure what your curtains or drapes are made of, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help!

Will dry cleaning remove mould from curtains?

Yes, dry cleaning should remove mould or mildew from your curtains, leaving them fresh, clean and looking good as new. Some curtains may be machine washable, but be sure to check the label before putting them in a washing machine.

How do you wash satin?

Satin can safely be washed in a washing machine on a cool, gentle cycle and with a detergent that’s suitable for delicate fabrics. Whether it’s bed sheets or clothing, we can help you keep your satins soft and fresh.

Can you dry clean leather?

Yes you can dry clean leather and we’ll be happy to help. Although leather clothing like jackets are very hard-wearing, they could do with freshening up once a year or so. Contact us to find out how we can help.

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86-87 Station Rd (also known as Boundary Rd), Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DF

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