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post Aug 12 2005, 05:38 PM
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Hi there.

Title's fairly obvious, but here's my question: Can I machine wash clothes that say dry clean only? I've got some black trousers made from wool, and the wash instructions say dry clean only. However, a friend of mine said that if I put them in a cold wash with a very small amount of detergent, then there won't be a problem.

Can anyone confirm this for me?

Here's a description of some of the wash symbols on the label:

Do not wash (container with water and a cross through it)
Do not bleach (triangle with a cross through it)
Medium heat iron (iron with 2 dots in it)
Dry clean symbol (circle with a 'P' in it)
Do not tumble dry (circle in a square with a cross through it)

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post Aug 12 2005, 08:08 PM
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It's one of those ones where you can risk it if you want to but it would be a risk. Generally I wouldn't advise it but if you want to it could come off ok. Some times the company who produce the garment put the Dry clean only label on to cover there own backs but unless you know anything about fabric it's not some thing you can tell by looking.
In my opinion it would be a risk with wool. If it was a cotton or linen it might be ok to risk it. If you do it following your friends instructions should be fine.


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post Aug 12 2005, 08:41 PM
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I've machine washed multiple dry clean only items, although the dry clean only items I've washed I bought for about $1 at a thrift store, so it's not a risk for me. If you paid much for them I don't know if I would risk it. Wool is tricky stuff.
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post Aug 12 2005, 09:55 PM
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It's definately a risk, but it can be done the way your friend described, so long as you hang it to dry afterwards.


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post Aug 13 2005, 04:16 AM
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The agitation from the washing machine could cause the wool to get mishapen and then shrink, whether it's done with cold water or not.

Best way to do it is to wash it gently by hand, with cold water and woolite, then squeeze out the water gently between two towels and hang to dry the rest of the way.


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post Aug 14 2005, 03:50 AM
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They also have this dry clean kit you can get at some stores, called Dryel and it's these moistened peices of cloth you throw in the dryer with your cloths. I think you put everything in this bag too, I'm not sure I havent really used it myself. From what my mum says it works pretty well.


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post Aug 18 2005, 10:41 AM
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I have a very nice foam matress (a cheaper version of the tempur foam beds) so it has a specialist covering to protect it. Obviously Sues and I wanted to wash the cover after a while but that would leave our bed exposed for a few days because the cover was dry clean only. We thought it would be a good idea to get a spare cover. We asked the company how much that would cost. They said 190. I told them that was a bit more than I was expecting for a bit of wool and polyester. They said we could always put it through our washing machine on a cool wash. We did that. It was fine. And we all lived happily ever after.

Moral of the story: it's your risk, but a cool wash will probably be okay.


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post Aug 19 2005, 09:52 PM
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. In the end, I washed the trousers in a cold wash with a tiny bit of detergent. Seems to have done the trick I'm pleased to say. Now I just have to make sure I can iron them properly. dry.gif smile.gif
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