If a garment becomes much spotted and soiled it is useless to try to clean it by this method of removing spots. If it is a garment that can not be laundered, it must be cleaned by the process called dry cleaning. This means that the garment must be cleaned in some substance such as gasoline or naphtha. It may seem odd to call a process dry cleaning when a garment is dipped and washed in a liquid. The difference between washing in naphtha or gasoline and washing in water is that naphtha or gasoline do not in any way alter the garment, whereas water causes plaits to disappear, may shrink the fabric and may cause the color to fade.
There are many dry-cleaning establishments where one can send a garment to have it dry cleaned. Some people prefer to send their garments to the dry cleaner because it seems difficult to do it at home and because of the danger from fire and explosions. People often prefer to do their cleaning at home because it is cheaper. However, if the dry cleaning is done at home it is very essential when using naphtha or gasoline to take every precaution against fire and explosions.
To Discuss in Class. - 1. Make a list on the blackboard of think it is advisable to send garments to the dry cleaners?
2. Try to arrange an excursion to a dry-cleaning establishment so that you can see how they carry on their work.
3. Find out how much it would cost to send your school dress to the dry cleaner's and how much it would cost to clean it at home.
4. Why should you not expect naphtha or gasoline to remove all spots from a garment? Something to Report on to Your Class. - 1. Make a list of things that you have done this week to keep your clothing in good condition. Are there more things that you should have done?
2. On the average how many minutes are necessary each day to keep your clothing in good condition?
3. Do you think it better to take a few minutes each day or to take a longer time each week for these things?
4. How much time have you devoted to the care of clothing for other members of your family?