Post # 1
I’ve been storing a bedding set (comforter, shams, pillows, bedskirt, the whole nine yards) that we received a while ago as a gift until we were able to purchase a new bed. I am one of those people who MUST wash clothing, bedding, towels, etc. before wearing/using them. I pulled all of the bedding out of the bag tonight to throw it in the washer & realized that the tag on everything (including the shams) says “Dry Clean”. It was purchased as a gift over a year ago, so returning/exchanging it is out of the question (plus it’s no longer in stock in the store it was purchased from). I don’t think we can really afford to dry clean everything.. I can’t imagine how much it must cost to have a queen-size comforter dry cleaned. So can I throw things in gentle cycle w/ woolite & pray for the best, or do you think I’ll totally ruin all of it before I even get it on our bed?
Post # 3
What is the fibre content?
Usually unless it says “Dry Clean Only”, you can safely wash things.
Post # 4
@MaggieGirl: I wash all kinds of stuff that says Dry Clean only, including my wedding gown just recently 🙂 Just try to use a triple loader at a laundry mat so the material and stuffing is free to move around. You have a better chance of the stuffing not bunching if you dont cram everything into a regular size washer.
The only thing you can NOT wash is silk or wool.
Post # 5
Does the linen say what it’s made of? I find you can wash most stuff if you use gentle detergent, cool water (I add a wee bit of hot water) and a gentle / delicate cycle.
I figure that people still washed thier stuff before dry cleaning was invented 🙂
Post # 6
It just says “Dry Clean” but doesn’t say “Only”. I accidentally threw the bed skirt in with a set of unrelated sheets before I read the tag. I just pulled it out of the washing machine and it seems to have held up fine (despite also having the “dry clean” tag). I’m planning on hanging it to dry bc I’m afraid of putting it in the dryer. As for the comforter itself the tag says “Face: 50% Polyester 50% Cotton, Back: 80% Polyester 20% Cotton, Fill: 100% Polyester”.
Post # 7
I never dry clean anything (including silk, cashmere etc.) and don’t have any problems. It seems counter-intuitive to me that you would wash something to get it clean, but by dry cleaning it you expose yourself to tons of not very good chemicals, thus I machine wash everything.
It makes no sense that it would suggest dry cleaning something that’s made out of polyester and cotton! Does it have any intricate detailing or beading on it?If so, make sure you turn it inside out.
I would wash on cold on a gentler cycle and hang to dry. Then you can always throw it in the dryer for five minutes-ish after it’s dry to take away any “crunchiness.”
Post # 8
Polyester and cotton can be safely washed in a machine. The only thing I don’t wash in a machine is wool because it always stretches out.
Post # 9
@MaggieGirl: I have a shirt that says dry clean. I wash it all the time, I just don’t put it in the dryer. I guess it depends on the material.
Post # 10
I have washed practically everything in the washer. You name it, I’ve done it. Lol! I am just a bit careful of some things than others. I always use cold-water anyway so that’s one thing you can consider for delicate stuff. Plus use a delicate cycle and delicate detergent. Don’t put too much stuff in it together. I suspect the comforter will be TOO BIG for the home machine. Just do it in the laundromat. So on and so forth… It will be fine!
Post # 11
I never dry clean anything. I use the gentle/handwash cycle with cold water and hang the items to dry. They always come out great!!
Post # 12
Thanks for the advice everyone! I ended up machine washing it all and it turned out GREAT! Even dried it on low and it was fine. 🙂