Dry Cleaning FAQs

Dry Cleaning FAQs will answer all your questions regarding dry cleaning and more.  For additional information on Hallak specifically, please visit our Hallak FAQ page. In addition, you can always call (212) 832-0750, email info@hallak.com or contact us with any question.

In short, dry cleaning utilizes solvents to remove to stains and odors.  Additionally, this process dissolves grease and oils that water cannot.

Besides being a safe process, natural fabrics  (wools, silks) benefit and prefer this treatment.  In water, they can often shrink, distort or worse.  Have you ever tried to clean a stain on silk? Yes, we have all pretty much experienced the dreaded water ring!

While some clothing requires dry cleaning, Hallak encourages all customers to ask questions.  Our team is here to assist you with your wardrobe’s care. Trust the experts. Feel free to contact a customer service representative today by emailing info@hallak.com. If you wish, you can request an item being picked up and evaluated.

Additionally, Hallak chooses eco-friendly solvents and processes.

Hallak’s garment dry cleaning journey:

Dry cleaning isn’t dry at all. Even so, it is called “dry cleaning” because of the solvents used – rather than water.

If you were ever to look through a dry cleaning machine, clothing would appear to look ‘wet’. This would be due to the solvents in-use.  Following EPA regulations, all machines clean and dry garment.  When in-use, you cannot open a machine mid-cycle (such as to drip-dry).  There is always heat and agitation during the cleaning process.  In addition, these miracle cleansers remove oil stains without shrinkage – and additional benefits.

Additionally, many dry cleaners consider wet cleaning a form of dry cleaning. This wet process uses water as a solvent.  The very special equipment controls the chemicals and agitation. With this in mind, many ‘dry-clean only’ items can be cleaned this way.  For example, oxidized wedding gowns respond well to a wet cleaning. (You may hear it be referred to as a ‘restoration’.)

According to the CDC, laundering and dry cleaning are proven to be effective in sanitizing fabric. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have.

First, Hallak is one of the only cleaners offering several different methods of safe cleaning.

For instance, the most common is perchlorethylene (perc). Hydrocarbon, GreenEarth solvents and wet cleaning are also additional methods.

In general, Hallak customers’ have the option to request a specific method.  You may either set an over-all rule or provide instructions for a specific garment.   If a chosen method is not ideal for a garment, a team member  will contact you.

When it comes to protecting your garment investment, dry cleaning is a great option. This method of cleaning has been proven to extend an item’s life.

Hallak Cleaners works hard to ensure that our employees and customers feel confident.  Like you, we take our responsibility both to you and the environment very seriously.  In fact, we far exceed environmental industry standards.  Also, our team   continues to look superior, safe cleaning techniques.

For many years, there was no choice  other than to use solvents based upon carbon chemistry. Several years ago, the Hallak found a new solvent – liquid solvent.  Unlike previously used solvents, it was a solution not based on carbon chemistry.  

GreenEarth Cleaning, L.L.C., has patented the process which uses this exciting solution. We, along with other cleaners, have formed a Network of Affiliated GreenEarth Cleaners to bring this GreenEarth Cleaning process to the drycleaning industry and to our customers.   

When carefully controlled, the dry cleaning process should not shrink clothing.  Hallak has the latest in dry cleaning equipment. All technology here is computer controlled with specific programs for each different garment and fabric type.

Furthermore, our drycleaning technicians have been fully trained.  With  years of experience, our team has handled some of the most problematic and difficult fabrics and garments. Between testing and the team’s own expertise, you can feel confident leaving your clothes in our care.

Yes, our cleaning department maintains all of our solvents so they are clean and pure. In addition, we use the proper drying procedures to ensure all garments are odor-free and ready to wear.

Great question! This is a common misconception.  Dry cleaning (and the proper care) prolongs the life of garments and textiles.  At times, some stains may be ‘invisible’ initially so they go unnoticed.  While you may think it is safe to return to your closet, those stains will discolor over time. (Perfect examples are often stains on ties, scarves, suits, etc.)  

Questions about a stain? We always encourage clients (and the public) to consult a professional dry cleaner to ensure irreparable damage is not occurring.  When stains are ‘allowed’ to set in, you may become faced with discoloration, insect damage and more. You are always welcome to stop by, email info@hallak.com or give us a call at (212) 832-0750.

Have you ever heard of this old saying, “Wear it twice, it will clean up nice.”  While it rhymes, more thought should go into your clothing’s care.  

For garments worn close to your skin (e.g. blouses, pants, shirts), you should follow the same logic used for machine-washable items.  (Typically, this would mean to clean after one wearing.) By the way, Hallak also now offers wash-and-fold.

Suits, sport coats and layering sweaters can have two or more wearings between cleanings. Of course, we strongly suggest inspecting all items prior to returning to your closet. If you see a stain, do not wear until the next wearing.


Dry cleaning removes food stains, dust, make-up, cologne, perspiration and more.  Additionally, 95% of bacteria will be removed with the proper cleaning and steam finishing.  Bacteria is what causes odor should a garment be worn too ‘long’.

Lastly, all clothing should be cleaned prior to any length of storage.  This will help prevent moth damage, stains to settle in and more.  Hallak’s box storage requires all items to be cleaned first. Learn more about your cold storage options as well.

For best results, certain garments require a wet cleaning.  (Dyes and/or sizing may be solvent suitable.) Of course, there may be additional safe methods in processing an item. The manufacturer is required to list at least one safe method.  With Hallak’s expertise, our dry cleaning technicians can properly test each garment to ensure your wardrobe is receiving the proper care – and safest method.

We wish everyone asked this.  No, you should not store your clothing in these plastic coverings.  They are provided with the intended purpose in protecting garments until they reach their ‘home’.  Fabrics need to breathe.  It’s best to store clothing uncovered or in a fabric, breathable garment bag.

Puckering and other similar fabric disturbances are caused by excessive shrinkage of the collar and cuffs’ interfacing. In a perfect world, the manufacturer would choose an interface that is compatible with the shirt’s fabric.

Lucky for you, we specialize in French hand laundering! 

French cleaning suggests that your garment be hand cleaned in a solvent. This term  may also imply a garment should only be spot-cleaned because no immersion method is acceptable.  

Please keep in my mind that garments, which only allow spot-cleaning, should be a possible red flag.  This kind of instruction does not meet the FTC Care Label Rule – and also doesn’t produce a clean garment.  

A quick bit of history for you!  A firm in Paris was credited with being the first in using an organic dry cleaning solvent.  This process became known as “French Cleaning”.  

Industry standards allow for a normal shrinkage of two percent. However, this is usually not enough to notice.  If you feel you have noticed a size change, then it is best to measure the collar and sleeve length.  If it ends up that your shirt did think (more than the 2%), the shrinkage would be caused by poorly stabilized materials.

While care labels can be irritating, they serve an important purpose.  They provide both customers and cleaners reasonable guidance regarding care and cleaning methods.  In fact, some cleaners will actually decline to clean garments without their care labels. Other cleaners will require a consent form prior to cleaning.

At Hallak, we do prefer garments with a care label. However, we are happy to evaluate any garment. Stop by, call (212) 832-0750 or email info@hallak.com today.

Dry cleaners and laundry detergents always talk about keeping your whites white and your brights bright…but what makes them dull or dingy? 

-Too much or too little detergent

-Use of too large of a washer load

-Inadequate rinsing

-Using the wrong water temperature

When is the last time you took a look at your detergent’s instructions? Allow them to instruct you on the correct amount, water temperature and more.  Cramming too many garments in your wash?  If your washer is too full, there will be more rubbing against clothing; this dulls fabric and colors.  

In addition to our couture dry cleaning, Hallak also offers wash-and-fold. Trust all your garment care to Hallak.

Legally, your care label should describe then what can be done to care for the trim.  If it does not, you should reconsider your purchase.  (If already purchased, you should be able to have a conversation with the retailer regarding care.)

At times, the trim will be removed and then re-attached, which may become costly.  In addition, the Hallak team often requests a risk release form to be completed on items such as this.

First, let’s take a look at your manufacture’s instructions.  Although the FTC does not require blanket care labels, care instructions are usually provided on permanent or temporary hang tags.

Wool blankets can be made of either a woven or knit-fabric construction. They will require  a special precaution when cleaning. As you may unfortunately know, hot water or hot drying temperatures can cause wool blankets to shrink – and tend to feel harsh and/or stiff.

If your care label okays a machine-washing, it would most likely recommend cold water, a gentle cycle and  mild detergent. Then, allow your blanket to line dry or tumble dry on low heat.  Even though you may follow all the instructions, some wool blankets may still experience shrinkage.  Industry standards allow for as much as 6% after five launderings.  For example, a wool blanket that measures 81 x 108 can shrink as much as 4″ in the width and 6 ” in the length. 

In addition, wool blankets can be dry cleaned successfully as well. You can always trust your friends at Hallak to help with your bed linen needs.

When deciding on cleaning your feather pillows, ask yourself a few questions. How often are they used? Do you use a protective cover?  Can you see excessive perspiration or any discolorations on the pillow?  In general, a feather pillow should be cleaned annually.

If you feel comfortable, you may include a note with the inseam measurement with your pants.  

However, both locations have expert tailors on-site to ensure you receive the proper fit.  While appointments are not necessary, we do encourage calling ahead of your visit. You may call (212) 832-0750 or email info@hallak.com.

Unfortunately, we all have that favorite pair of jeans – with that slowly-growing tear.  It is better to catch the tear sooner rather than later. The best way to remedy this situation is by using a patch.  Your jeans will have a similar fabric inserted on the backside of the tear. Then, our talented team will sew it in neatly with matching stitches.  While it isn’t invisible, the hole will now be prevented from ‘growing’ any larger.

Pilling. Sadly, we are all to familiar with it.  When groups of short or broken fibers on a fabric’s surface become tangled together, a tiny ‘ball’ is created – pilling. Often, this results from rubbing (abrasion) during normal wear and use.

While you cannot eliminate pilling, you can minimize its occurrence.  Before laundering, turn your garment inside-out.  Then, use a slower agitation with a shorter wash cycle.  Finally, remove a garment from the dryer as soon as it is dry.

A little too late?  While your friends at Hallak will gladly help with any pilling, you can also attempt to remove it yourself at  home.  First, pull fabric taut over a curved surface. Then, carefully cut off the pill with  small scissors or shave fabric surface (using a safety razor).  Additionally, battery-operated pill removes are also available.

Once removed, please note that pills can return. In fact, they most likely will.  From time-to-time, you may find yourself removing pills to keep your garments looking fresh and new. Again, Hallak can help with your pilling problems. Schedule a pick-up today or stop by and visit.


Often, fibers are blended to enhance performance and improve the aesthetic qualities.  The blends are carefully chosen with thought given to each fiber’s characteristic – and how they will retain it proportionately.  Both natural and man-made fibers can be blended.  

A great example of a smart blend would be polyester and wool.  This fabric retains the beautiful drape and feel of 100% wool.  The added polyester provides durability.  In some blends, polyester can make the fabric machine-washable.

If you liked science, then you may remember that enzymes are a type of protein found in living matter.  When used in laundry products, they can breakdown protein-type stains such as blood, dairy products, baby formula and vegetable proteins.  Enzymes also contain amylase (for starch), protease (for protein) and lipase (for fats).  If you have looked at your share of detergents, you may have noticed that many contain enzymes.

Have you ever seen a care label that states “Spot Clean Only”?  Spot cleaning means your garment will be hand-cleaned only in the areas where there are noticeable stains.  When you see this instruction, you should know that this garment is not able to withstand normal cleaning methods.  Some fashion includes various trims that are unserviceable whether laundered or dry cleaned.  

Yes, we are capable of spot cleaning.  If you are unsure, please feel free to stop by with your item or call us at (212) 832-0750.

If it were only that simple! 

When you launder your clothes at home, you immerse them in water and a detergent.  In addition, you choose: hot or cold, normal or delicate, cleaning time, amount of rinses and more.  

When your garments are professionally dry cleaned,  they are totally immersed in solvents (not water) with the addition of a detergent, brighteners, etc.  The cycle is computer-controlled to ensure each item receives the proper amount of cleaning time, ‘rinse’ extraction and drying time (at right temperature).

Now, Dryel offers you spotting solutions, a garment bag and instructions to put clothing in a dryer for a specific amount of time.  However, your garments are not totally immersed in any solution containing actual cleaning  agents.  They will also not be ‘rinsed’.  The provided spotting solution has been proven to be effective on many water-soluble stains. Yet, it is not effect on combination stains, etc.  While Dryer will give garments a ‘fresh’ scent once tumbled, they would not actually be ‘clean’.

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