Here are some guidelines for deciding if your garment should be dry-cleaned.
If the item is made from two different types of fabric (e.g., a lining or facing), it should most likely be dry-cleaned.
- If the item contains metallic threads or is beaded, embroidered, sequined, or appliquéd, it should most likely be dry-cleaned.
- Wool, velvet, and silk items should always be dry-cleaned.
Most any fiber type may be dry cleaned, but keep in mind that dry cleaning can be costly and uses chemicals which can take a toll on our venerable vintage fabrics and our environment. If at all possible, try to remove stains and clean your garment at home; you'll save a lot more than just your money.