If you read this blog regularly you’ll know I’m a great one for decorating my clothes. Charity shop jackets in particular, which I embellish with all sorts of nonsense including faux jewels, glitter glues, fabric paint, ‘silk’ flowers and 3d craft paints.
All the materials I use can be put through the wash – they stick fast – but I didn’t want to spend money on dry cleaning just in case my lovely my decor fell off, melted or set the dry cleaners on fire. So I decided to do a test run at home with a Hagerty Dry Cleaning Kit, which is a much cheaper option. If it didn’t work and I wrecked my least-favourite jacket, at least it didn’t cost me much to ruin it!
Here’s how it works.
The kit contains moist cleaning sheets impregnated with special stuff, plus a bag. First, you take care of visible stains by gently rubbing them with one of the sheets. Then you put the item in the special bag with the sheet, set it to a low temperature and let it run for 20 minutes. If you want to see it in action there’s a video on the Lakeland site showing you how.
Apparently the kit cleans 14-16 garments and, at around a tenner, is excellent value for money. You can also buy boxes of cleaning sheet refills. The only thing is, you can’t use the kit on silk clothing, in gas-fired tumble dryers (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) or on garments with an ‘F’ on the label.
The outcome? Fantastic. My fab jacket decor stuck fast with no damage, it smelled lovely and clean and fresh and it cost less than a quid to clean. Now I know it’s safe, I can either use the kit on all my delicate decorated clothes or take them to the local dry cleaners when I’m feeling flush or they need an extra-thorough clean.