Dry cleaning is not dry; ití»s wet. Instead of water, a blend of chemical solvent are used to clean. When you wash clothes at home in the washing machine, water is the solvent used to do the cleaning. Many types of fabric, however, do not handle water very well. For example, wool and water just don't mix. There are also many types of stains that water is not particularly good at removing.
The solvents work better than water, removing stains significantly less ruining fabric.
You may bring the skirt back to us and ask for spot treatment and redo. If you know the cause of the stain (wine, ink, etc.) that information will be helpful in the spotting process. Once a stain has been "set" with heat, we cannot guarantee complete removal and may ask you to sign a customer-consent form. In this case, calling attention to the stained area before cleaning probably would have prevented the discoloration.
Dry cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabrics. Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oils in a way different from water. Natural fibers such as wools and silks dry clean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose color when washed in water. Synthetic fibers like polyester also respond well to dry cleaning. However, with a washing they can retain oily stains. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a "like-new" condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and change of texture or finish.
When exposed to solutions containing alcohol, some dyes bleed or change color. Hair sprays, deodorants and perfumes must be allowed to dry before dressing. Remove spills (blot, doní»t rub) from garments as soon as possible. Some dyes especially blues and greens on silk, are sensitive to alkalis. Many facial soaps, shampoos, detergents, and even toothpastes alkaline is enough to cause color loss or change. Many times, these changes will not show up until after the dry cleaning process is complete. Many bright colors used on these fabrics can fade from exposure to sunlight and artificial light. Store garments in closets away from any lights or windows.
Exposure to heat or the passage of time can cause stains from food, beverages, and other oily substances to oxidize and turn yellow or brown. Once stains become yellow or brown, they are much more difficult to treat and often cannot be removed. Some fabrics react negatively to common chemicals such as antiperspirant, perfume and aftershave. Applying these common chemicals before you dress can help avoid fabric breakdown or discoloration, but over a period of time damage can take place. Repeated contact to perspiration will eventually lead to permanent yellowing that is commonly seen on shirts and blouses.
Wool, silk and acetate fabrics are most appropriate for dry cleaning. Also any fabrics trimmed in suede or leather. Pieces embellished with fancy beading, pearls, rhinestones or sequins, fine "designer" knit suits and most sweaters—are great candidates too.
On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects are attracted to soiled clothes and will cause additional damage.