Your success will depend on the type of fabric, how the garment is put together,
the dyes used, and the printing process used on the fabric. Also your hand laundering
success is dependent on the amount of dirt and stains on the fabric.
(see our Stain Removal Guide )
For best results always use cold water and a gentle cleanser - some gentle liquid face soaps work well. Hand wash by dipping the fabric in and out of the sudsy water. Gently scrub with your fingertips the areas of heavy soil like the armpits and the neck line. *Never use bleaches, regular laundry cleansers, fabric softeners, or rinse additives.
After you have hand washed your dry clean only, garments roll them tightly in an absorbent towel. Then unroll the towel and move the garment to a dry part of the towel and roll again. Continue this until garment no longer feels drippy. It may take 2-5 rollings. Never wring or twist your dry clean only garment - even when they are in the towel.
If the garment is stretchy like a sweater you will want to re-shape and dry flat on top of your clothes drying rack. If it is made of silk, wool or other natural animal fibers you should place not place your rack in the direct sun light.
Before drying, give your clothing a gentle shake - this separates the front from the back of the material for faster drying time as well as removing any wrinkles caused by the rolling process.
Tops and dresses should be hung by the shoulders. Be sure to straighten the collars into the position you want them to dry in. If it is a very windy day you may need to add a clothespin or two to keep clothes on the rack. If it is a rainy or very cold day you can hang your items on a rack in your house. For faster drying times, place the clothes drying rack near a register or a fan.