Can I machine wash these pants?

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  • 3 Post By roseannadana
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I have a pair of lined pants from Banana Republic. They are 95% wool, 5 % Elastane. I just got them back from the dry cleaner and they have 2 white spots on them that was not there when I dropped them off. My first thought was it was hemming chalk so I dabbed some water on it, but then if felt a bit sticky. I tried to spot treat and it looks like it has come out a little. I am tempted to put them in the washing machine and hang to dry, but I'm worried I will ruin them. Of course I can take them back to the cleaner, but I'm not sure that's a great idea considering how they came back to me. Of course they are black so the spots are very noticeable!


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I wouldn't risk it. I would take them back to the dry cleaner and ask them to remove the spots.

I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative.
I agree with Roseanandana. Washing wool pants is likely to shrink them.

It's a shame that the dry cleaners did that to your pants. I hope they can fix that!
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Thank you for the replies. The wool fabric is what scares me. I'm assuming the cleaners won't believe me when I tell them the spots happened there. I have no problem paying them again, it's cheaper than buying new ones. I'm just concerned that they will not be able to remove the spots!


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A good dry cleaner will fix them with no questions asked.
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Wool can get wet. It just can't get wet w/ hot water and then agitated.

I'd run the two spots under warm water and rub them out gently w/ a black washcloth or towel. Blot the water out w/ a dry towel and lay flat to dry.

How big are these spots?

They are probably the dry cleaning solution.
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A good dry cleaner will fix them with no questions asked.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me. LOL

Modern day drycleaning practices suck! Is anyone ever really satisfied with the job they do?
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

A good dry cleaner will fix them with no questions asked.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Agreed.
A good dry cleaner will fix them with no questions asked.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me. LOL

Modern day drycleaning practices suck! Is anyone ever really satisfied with the job they do?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
One of my best friends is a dry cleaner and he will KILL himself to make the customer happy.
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I did take them in this morning. Before I went however I checked the other items I had picked up from there at the same time. The blouse was fine. The other item, a sweater/jacket has 3 hook & eye closures. 2 of the 3 hooks were no longer curved around, they are straight. I took it back to them as well. They do not perform the cleaning service on site, they send them out. They have 3 local locations. I have no idea if they can fix the sweater, but it certainly wasn't like that when I took it in. Needless to say, once I get these back I will be looking for a new dry cleaner!


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A good dry cleaner will fix them with no questions asked.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me. LOL

Modern day drycleaning practices suck! Is anyone ever really satisfied with the job they do?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
One of my best friends is a dry cleaner and he will KILL himself to make the customer happy.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I should add that it's not because he's some great guy who just wants to see you happy. It's because he knows if you don't like the job he does, you're not going to come back AND you'll probably tell your friends.
Minneapolis, MN

Kind of an oxymoron if you ask me. LOL

Modern day drycleaning practices suck! Is anyone ever really satisfied with the job they do?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
One of my best friends is a dry cleaner and he will KILL himself to make the customer happy.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
I should add that it's not because he's some great guy who just wants to see you happy. It's because he knows if you don't like the job he does, you're not going to come back AND you'll probably tell your friends.
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
A few years ago I needed to have a dress taken in. I took it to the seamstress that worked at my local dry cleaner. In order to take in the dress, she had to remove and re-attach the few MOP buttons along the side. The buttons were "lost." I never went back again.
I did take them in this morning. Before I went however I checked the other items I had picked up from there at the same time. The blouse was fine. The other item, a sweater/jacket has 3 hook & eye closures. 2 of the 3 hooks were no longer curved around, they are straight. I took it back to them as well. They do not perform the cleaning service on site, they send them out. They have 3 local locations. I have no idea if they can fix the sweater, but it certainly wasn't like that when I took it in. Needless to say, once I get these back I will be looking for a new dry cleaner!


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Originally Posted by Andrea
May the force be with you!!! LOL
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