Laundry. It’s a never-ending cycle (see what we did there?). We wear clothes day in and day out. Therefore, we have no choice but to run our washing machines all the time. But, did you know that doing so is damaging your favorite outfits? And if you’d like to prolong the life of your favorite threads — especially that plain, white T-shirt you wear all the time, despite the fact you have a million other shirts you could be wearing — you should think of dry cleaning as more of a necessity than a luxury.

Think About It

You have to regularly wash, dry, iron, fold and hang the pile of dirty clothes sitting in your hamper, and it’s a lengthy process, to say the least. If you’re like any adult living in the 21st-century, your time is very limited.

But if the convenience isn’t enough to convince you of all the reasons you should dry clean everything in your closet, let us change your perspective with five undeniable reasons.

1) More TLC

No, we’re not talking about the beloved, chart-topping, 90s girl group. We’re talking about tender loving care. Dry cleaning is powerful on stains but gentle and less abrasive on your clothes than a washing machine. Professional dry cleaners like ZIPS® are experts in everything garment related. You may know about common fabrics like silk and cotton, but what about seersucker and faille? From fabric to fashion, dry cleaners know how to care for every individual garment the right way, keeping your style 100, just the way you like it.

2) We Mean Everything

You can usually get away with cleaning a twin comforter in a washing machine. But anything bigger may tear or just be too much for your machine to clean thoroughly. From curtains to comforters, a professional dry cleaner can make anything made out of fabric look as good as new. Yes, even pillow shams.

3) The Right Finish

As we mentioned earlier, taking your clothes to a professional dry cleaner means you won’t have to do any of the added work like ironing, folding or hanging. They take care of all that for you. Your favorite outfits will come out crisp and wrinkle-free, minus all the mess and stress. So, for someone who is on a time crunch, save yourself the effort. Think of all the productive things you could do with extra time, like binge-watching yet another season of that Netflix show you already watched three times over.

4) Altered Perspective

Professional dry cleaners do more than just clean your clothes. They can transform them into a perfect-fit outfit. Most ZIPS locations have an on-site tailor who can make alterations to items like your favorite pair of jeans that ripped between the thighs or at the knees. They can even repair or replace loose buttons. Just ask.

5) Extended Lifespan

Above all, garments that are professionally dry cleaned last longer. So, you can continue wearing that same plain, white T-shirt every week. Looking good is an investment. Protect it by taking care of it the best way you know how — dry cleaning.

If you don’t know, now you know.