Garment Care Tips

The DIA aims to provide consumers with information to assist with keeping their clothing and fabric at their best.

Here is a collection of garment care tips and information sheets to help answer common questions consumers ask.

Additional Information on clothes

additional information on clothes, dry cleaning and consumers

All about shirts

Professional cleaners successfully launder hundreds of shirts every day and they are very good at it.

Can dry cleaning shrink clothes?

Under normal conditions, the process of dry cleaning should not shrink your clothes. In fact, your clothes are much more likely to shrink if they are washed in water.

Can you unshrink clothes?

Sometimes it is possible to reverse shrinkage. It all depends on the garment’s fabric.

Care of home furnishing

We know that creating that special ambiance in your home took time. Whether your home furnishings are custom-made or off the-shelf, all need a thorough cleaning from time to time to extend their useful life.

Care of Leather Suede

Leather looks good and you look good wearing it. Only a leather specialist knows how to best clean and restore your leather garment. 

Care of Silk

Silk garments are no longer limited to high-end designer labels or neckties. Everyday silk casual wear for men and women is very popular.

Care of Wedding Gowns

Your wedding gown is one of your most precious possessions. It is a symbol of an important event in your life and, as such, should be treated with special care.

Clothing Life Expectancy

According to the International Fair Claims Guide for Consumers Textiles Products, assuming normal wear, you can expect most of your clothes to last somewhere between two and three years.

Clothing Stain Removal Tips

Tips and tricks to remove stains on any type of textiles

Clothing Stains

Whether it’s a new or well-worn, treasured garment, everyone hates to stain their clothing. Professional cleaners will always use their best efforts to make stains go away.

Colour Loss

Here are some tips to ensure the best colour performance of your garments

Does Dry Cleaning Kill Bed Bugs?

Yes! Dry cleaning does kill bed bugs.

Does dry cleaning kill dust mites?

Yes, dry cleaning kills 100% of dust mites! Having your bedding regularly cleaned by a professional dry cleaner is an effective way of removing dust mites.

Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?

No, unlike washing your clothes in water, dry cleaning does not cause the fabric to slowly fade and does not shorten the life of a garment.

Fabric Care Tips

Frequently asked questions on fabric care

How to Care for an Item without a Care Label

As most cleaners know, receiving garments without care labels is not uncommon.

Important facts about your clothes

Dry Cleaned Garments Last Longer. Accumulations of perspiration, grit, and dust particles can shorten the life of your garment

Is starch bad for my shirts?

Most cleaners offer different levels of starch for their laundered shirts. The choices are typically; no, light, medium, and heavy.

Shirt Button Replacement Tips

Should dry cleaners replace buttons for free

It’s reasonable to expect your dry cleaner to replace any missing or broken buttons on your business shirts, free of charge.

Consumers are at the heart of our organisation

Consumers, retailers, garment manufacturers and government agencies are often requiring information on drycleaning. DIA has prepared this resource to assist all interested persons in achieving a better understanding of dry cleaning. Please feel free to contact the Drycleaning Institute of Australia if any further information is required and we will be only too happy to assist.