Dry cleaning, and the increasingly popular wet cleaning, add value to your favourite items by prolonging their life.

People buy clothes to wear them more than once so, how do you maintain clothing and keep them on point?

Having checked the care label and read the instruction (see our code to care labels here), you may find a trip to a dry cleaner is on the cards. 


  1. If you are sending any items to the dry cleaners, make sure you empty your pockets! It is surprisingly common to find a pen left in a pocket that can cause irreparable damage to your clothing.
  2. Inspect your garment, are you aware of its current state? Is there a tear, small hole or rip? If so, point it out to your dry cleaner, they are likely able to mend it for you as well as clean the garment.
  3. Always look for a dry cleaner or wet cleaner that is a UKFT Member, that way you know they are complying with a Code of Practice (read the Code of Practice here).
  4. Know your preferences. Are you someone that would prefer traditional dry cleaning or, would you rather have the new wet cleaning process used to clean your garments? Learn more about the differences here.
  5. Wherever possible, keep the receipt of purchase or proof of purchase for your item to prove the age of the item if required.



A dry cleaner in today's world is streets away from the historic stories from back in the '80s and '90s. The process is perfectly safe and depending on the item, a dry cleaner won't necessarily "dry clean" the garment! Really, the dry cleaner is your helping hand to keep on top of the laundry and prolong those garments you loved so much when you bought them.

Dry cleaners are restoration artists, restoring your garments to be as good as new so you can wear them again, and again.

As your #drycleaningheroes they renew your clothing, saving them to continue for another day so, visit your local UKFT dry cleaner today.

If you need any support - we're here to help. If you've had a problem with a UKFT member, use the "Get Advice" form to get in touch today - UKFT liaises between you and the cleaner to ensure the fairest deal for the situation. If your cleaner is not a UKFT member, you can contact organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau for guidance on what to do if you have an issue.

Note of Caution:

If your garment has been purchased in the USA, their care labelling system differs from the Ginetex, UK ISO system. If the garment is made in the USA but purchased in the UK, the manufacturer should have applied the UK care labelling system and it shouldn't be a problem. However, if you have taken a trip to the USA and purchased a garment to bring back to the UK, a problem may occur. If you have this situation, it is worth making your cleaner aware that you purchased your garment in the USA when you take it in to be cleaned. See more information on Care Labels Explained.