What exactly is dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning is recommended for most fabrics, and is called "dry cleaning" because the solvents contain little or no water and do not penetrate the fibres as water does. Dry cleaning solvent is not harmful to any fabric, and is often the only safe method for cleaning many types of garments.
What are the benefits of dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning dissolves grease and oils in a way that water can not. Natural fibres like cotton, wool and silk can shrink, distort, and lose colour when washed in water but dry clean easily. Synthetic fibres like polyester also respond well to dry cleaning, but they can retain oily stains after ordinary washing. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to their original condition and prevents shrinkage, loss of colour, and change of texture or finish.
Can dry cleaning damage clothes?
No, dry cleaning prolongs the life of your clothing because it is being treated according to exact fabric specifications and removes soiling which does wear fabrics over time.
Do you replace zips?
Yes. We commonly replace trouser zips as well as zips in jackets, school kilts, track suits and some sleeping bags.
What do the "Care Label" symbols in my garments mean?
Care Label Symbols are required by law for your information to help you make informed garment purchase decisions. The Fair Trading Act requires manufacturers to attach a permanent label to textile garments that provides directions for their care. According to law, manufacturers and importers must list at least one method of safe care for a garment. It also requires that the label must be easily found and that it will remain legible during the garment's useful life. The label must warn about any part of the recommended care method that would harm the garment or other garments being laundered or dry cleaned with it. It must also warn when there is no method for cleaning a garment without damaging it.
How long has Preens Drycleaners been in business?
Preens Drycleaners have been a long established business serving the Dunedin and Otago areas for over 100 years. We are located at 1 Kitchener St, South Dunedin in a factory that employs over 30 staff and we also have a factory in Oamaru.