To @MsGinkgo: Ya, Rayon – Silk – Pure Wool / Cashmere (vs Washable Wool) are the 3 Fabrics I usually use the most caution with… and have to make a “judgement call” on… “How bad would it be / money lost… if I ruin this” before I skip out on the Drycleaners and launder them on my own.
If I’ve picked up say a pretty Rayon Blouse on sale for very little money then I’m willing to take the risk. BUT if it is a Cashmere Sweater, or something Silk, and cost a lot, then not so much… those things usually end up at the Drycleaners.
Call it live & learn I guess… when I was first starting out as a Married Woman & with my Career, I made a good deal of “costly” mistakes when it came to clothing care. (ie some silk cannot handle water at all). Now I make a point of reading labels BEFORE I buy anything and making the “judgement call” BEFORE I lay out the money upfront for the purchase… “How will I clean this item ? If Dryclean Only, is it worth it … the cost over the lifetime of the item etc”
@loving_life: & @MrsTangerine: – As I said here above, most Drycleanables are actually handwashable… Rayon is the most unpredictable of the lot tho I find (some comes out fine in the wash, while others end up ruined).
In the end, it all comes down to the risk you are willing to take. And reading labels is key
I agree with Gramma, a lot of money can be saved if you know what you are doing.
I still tho weigh the cost of drycleaning against ruining the item too, and if the item is super expensive to begin with, then I just bite the bullet and dryclean it every time. For peace of mind.
The only stuff I send out for professional cleaning now is Rayon, Silk & Wool… and of course Suede, Leather & Fur if they require it. NONE of which my wardrobe has a ton of BTW. Just a few well loved pieces.
Lol, but like I said, I now read labels BEFORE I buy, so more often than not if an item requires a lot of fussy maintenance I’m not going to buy it.