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100% polyester - any reason to dryclean?

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LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 15:14:56

I have jut bought a top, which is nice despite being (to my surprise) 100% polyester. even more surrising to me is the instruction that it is dry clean only. Is there any reasn why it would need this. Would a cold handwash be okay?


LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 16:22:19


LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 19:16:26

obviously your all off scouring your fire irons...

WeAreSix Thu 11-Oct-12 19:17:55

It will be fine on a delicate cool wash and slow / no spin. Dry it flat.

CunningPlan Thu 11-Oct-12 19:19:19

Are there any embellishments (beads, sequins, embroidery) on it? These can be damaged by machine washing.

LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 19:29:04

It's this. It's slightly shiny.

LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 19:42:39

I've just been looking at a 100% merino sweater on Gap too, which says it's dryclean nly. Surely that would be ok with a handwash? What is it with manufacturers?

WeAreSix Thu 11-Oct-12 19:51:46

My MIL is a dry cleaner. She often handwashes or gentle machine washes dry clean only stuff. It can be the embellishments that don't like the washing machine, or the spin which wrecks the fabric.

How the chemical and heat they dry clean in is gentler than water, I'll never understand. It stinks to high heaven and the waste from it is the most vile stuff I've ever seen!

LaTrucha Thu 11-Oct-12 19:55:46

Good to know! I can't help thinking that a 100% merino jumper will wash and last better than a wool / acrylic combo.

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