Does Dry Cleaning Cause Your Clothes to Shrink?
I’d like to delay answering that question until I answer these two questions. First, what is shrinkage? Second, why does it happen in clothing? The definition of shrink is ‘to become or make smaller in size or amount; contract or cause to contract.’ Clothing can shrink if all or some of the material hasn’t been properly preshrunk, and industry standards are typically 2 – 3% being an acceptable range. The why it happens in clothing is much harder to answer because there are so many variables when it comes to clothing including the fiber content, the type of weave, the type of construction, the type of finishes applied to the fabric, and preshrinking as we discussed earlier.