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Professional dry clean only

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senua Tue 16-Aug-16 10:41:20

I bought a jacket yesterday with care instructions that say 'professional dry clean'. I bought in a charity shop for less than £4 so I'm prepared to risk washing it instead. It's an OK brand (Alex & Co) and made of 52% cotton / 23% polyester / 18% acrylic / 7% polyamide. The lining is acetate. The jacket has quite a soft handle so need to worry about losing the structure. Here it is on ebay (it's more fitted than that photo suggests).

Do you think washing it - carefully, by hand - will be OK? What's the worst that could happen?

CoolToned Tue 16-Aug-16 10:44:10

I think the worst is it will shrink. But since it's just 4gbp, I also will risk it. Use cold water and don't hang to dry.

JamieLannistersFuckButler Tue 16-Aug-16 12:15:50

I agree with CoolToned - exactly what I'd do.

banivani Tue 16-Aug-16 13:06:02

I agree, as a former employee at a dry-cleaner's. Acetate can be difficult but for 4 pounds I'd do it. Shrinking is the worst outcome - the jacket and the lining will shrink up differently maybe, so the lining hangs out for example.

senua Wed 17-Aug-16 20:55:18

I'm pleased to report back that the jacket is fine. I did a hand-warm hand wash, gave it a bit of a spin, pulled it into shape and then dried it flat. There was a bit of dye run and the lining is crinkly wrinkled but it hasn't shrunk.

banivani Thu 18-Aug-16 13:39:07

Yay! I for one appreciate the update (am sad like that grin)

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