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Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

Hey all,

First i want to say I made sure I searched the forum for something similar but apparently I'm the only lucky one with such an issue...

I have a pretty new sweater that unfortunately got stained with something off the street one day, when it was raining - probably something like mud plus scum plus whatever it was that left a black ugly stain. I tried all kinds of stain removers and eventually I decided to take it to the dry cleaners. I went to pick it up today and the lady was really nice, told me that it didn't come out completely but it was wearable. I saw the folded sweater in the bag, saw the old stain that was thankfully barely visible and took it home.

But then, when I took it out of the bag at home, I found some weird stains on the sleeves, something that looks like bluish streaks that were certainly not there before. I don't even know if they will come out or not and what is more, I am sure she must have seen them for the ironing...or so I'm assuming. Now I wonder, what am I supposed to do? Can I bring it back on Monday? Do you think they'll clean it again for free? What should I tell them? I didn't take out any labels they had put specifically for this reason, but I am still wondering if it will work

Anyone had a similar experience?
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Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

I know initial thread been posted a while, but I have had a similar experience as of lately.

On a few occasions now, I have taken items for dry cleaning and ended up with very visible and ugly stains. Complained and the only thing I got was that sometimes, stains that are not visible, can become more prominent after the dry cleaning / chemical process.

Internet seams to have the same opinion, that does not sounds really satisfying to me.

They have apparently washed the items couple of times, without success and best they can do is to dry again. I am welcome, however, to come and speak with the boss.

I can, kind of accept, that maybe I have spilled something and not noticed on the front of my blouse, but no way similar event has taken place and I ended up with a stain half way between my elbow and armpit on the inside of my sleeve.

Especially this is visible on light and shear fabrics, that I wear a lot in summer.

CH does not seam to be very good at dry cleaning - you pay through your nose and end up with sub standard service.
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

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I know initial thread been posted a while, but I have had a similar experience as of lately.

On a few occasions now, I have taken items for dry cleaning and ended up with very visible and ugly stains. Complained and the only thing I got was that sometimes, stains that are not visible, can become more prominent after the dry cleaning / chemical process.

Internet seams to have the same opinion, that does not sounds really satisfying to me.

They have apparently washed the items couple of times, without success and best they can do is to dry again. I am welcome, however, to come and speak with the boss.

I can, kind of accept, that maybe I have spilled something and not noticed on the front of my blouse, but no way similar event has taken place and I ended up with a stain half way between my elbow and armpit on the inside of my sleeve.

Especially this is visible on light and shear fabrics, that I wear a lot in summer.

CH does not seam to be very good at dry cleaning - you pay through your nose and end up with sub standard service.
Did you try every dry cleaning in the whole country? Big generalisation indeed, don't you think?

A black guy stole my bag the other day.... All black people are thiefs!
A fanatic muslim killed many people with a kamikaze bomb..... All muslims are terrorists!

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Hey all,

First i want to say I made sure I searched the forum for something similar but apparently I'm the only lucky one with such an issue...

I have a pretty new sweater that unfortunately got stained with something off the street one day, when it was raining - probably something like mud plus scum plus whatever it was that left a black ugly stain. I tried all kinds of stain removers and eventually I decided to take it to the dry cleaners. I went to pick it up today and the lady was really nice, told me that it didn't come out completely but it was wearable. I saw the folded sweater in the bag, saw the old stain that was thankfully barely visible and took it home.

But then, when I took it out of the bag at home, I found some weird stains on the sleeves, something that looks like bluish streaks that were certainly not there before. I don't even know if they will come out or not and what is more, I am sure she must have seen them for the ironing...or so I'm assuming. Now I wonder, what am I supposed to do? Can I bring it back on Monday? Do you think they'll clean it again for free? What should I tell them? I didn't take out any labels they had put specifically for this reason, but I am still wondering if it will work

Anyone had a similar experience?
Take it to the washing machine each week, again and again, and after a bit more than a dozen times, the stains will disappear. Have done that with a T-shirt, and after about 20 washings, the stains disappeared

P.S. : The "new" stains possibly just are remains of the chemicals used for the cleaning, so that a single washing it out in the "Lavabo" possibly lets them disappear
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I know initial thread been posted a while, but I have had a similar experience as of lately. .

CH does not seam to be very good at dry cleaning - you pay through your nose and end up with sub standard service.
What I've discovered, with my many years of dealing with fabrics, is that many things which are marked 'dry-clean only' can in fact be washed.
Washing is often more successful than dry-cleaning but you need to be careful and not wash too hot and, preferably, if there's a stain, wash the garment before the stain dries.
Just this morning I splattered raspberry juice on the front of my white cotton blouse and managed to remove the stains with cold running water and toilet soap.
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

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Did you try every dry cleaning in the whole country? Big generalisation indeed, don't you think?

A black guy stole my bag the other day.... All black people are thiefs!
A fanatic muslim killed many people with a kamikaze bomb..... All muslims are terrorists!

Dear Nil, forgive the generalization, but I was not talking about black people or muslim fundamentalists, only dry cleaning.
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Old 21.05.2011, 16:54
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Dear Nil, forgive the generalization, but I was not talking about black people or muslim fundamentalists, only dry cleaning.
But your statement

*** CH does not seam to be very good at dry cleaning - you pay through your nose and end up with sub standard service ***

of course is a definite exaggeration & generalisation.

A) it sounds as if checked up 100s of dry cleaning outlets in the country and all failed . I some 3 years had to bring over several kilo of things from the flat of Mum to Terlinden (just beside the Shamrock Pub). The work was excellently done and the service was good. As it is part of a big chain, this cannot be taken as an exception.
B) you speak as if the service was "sub standard" quite generally. But there a heaps of shops and eating places with a good or even excellent service
C) Switzerland HAS high prices in general, but not all prices are high (comparison with Italy, Germany and France, NOT with Bangladesh)

C-2) many EFfers compare with the U.K. and the USA. But this is a very difficult comparison. It shifted big way with the gradual drop of both UK£ and US$ over the years. I still remember how expensive the U.K. was in 72 when the £ stood at CHF 8.58 (particularily if you were there for 3 months) and I remember how expensive the USA was in 76 when the $ hovered at some CHF 4.30
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Did you try every dry cleaning in the whole country? Big generalisation indeed, don't you think?

A black guy stole my bag the other day.... All black people are thiefs!
A fanatic muslim killed many people with a kamikaze bomb..... All muslims are terrorists!

Of course we can make an exception for Swiss people.
Generalisations of them make up about half of the posts here
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

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Internet seams to have the same opinion, that does not sounds really satisfying to me.
Internet's opinion shouldn't be trusted, ever. She's a shady individual.
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Of course we can make an exception for Swiss people.
Generalisations of them make up about half of the posts here
Your assumption is wrong, as there are not so many Swiss on the forum. Most of the posts are done by NON-Swiss.
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

The dry cleaner near where I live is rubbish. I had a winter coat and cashmere shawl cleaned there a few years back. The fabric on the winter coat started to perish a few days later and my shawl had shrunk to half the size
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

I woudln't recommend, Wolli, washing a sweater that needs drycleaning, 20x waiting for a stain to fade. You might as well chuck the sweater. Tshirts and plaid shirts, yes, nice sweaters, no.

Just a side note, I have handwashed all that needs to be drycleaned, cold water, not much rubbing and never let the stain dry really worked. Perwoll does a lot better job than Oxy whatever or Vanish.
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

Huh, seems I was lucky then 'cause I took it back, they apologized and cleaned it again, no questions asked. What I found annoying is that even after 2 dry cleanings, the original stain I wanted to get removed is still kinda sort of faded but still there
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Re: Dry Cleaning a sweater - ended up with more stains than originally!

always point out the stains when you are bringing your clothes to the dry cleaners...even the smallest stains, you need to show them before they tag your clothes- when you do that they put your clothes in a different pile and individually treat them.
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