Why do my clothes shrink? There are many reasons that clothes shrink when you get them back from your local laundry service or Laundromat. While many people think that shrinkage can only occur in the dryer, there are many items that can shrink just from the washer. Due to recent manufacturing changes, some delicate items are really only suited to hand washing. Don’t panic, this certainly doesn’t apply to the majority of garments.
The dryer is often the biggest cause of shrinkage. Most Laundromats have dryers that operate at a much higher temperature than a standard residential dryer. The reason for the higher temperature is that most laundry facilities want to dry as many clothes as possible in the shortest amount of time. This is the greatest cause of garment shrinkage. At Todd Layne Cleaners, our dryers are calibrated to operate at lower temperatures. We recognize that this takes more time, but we have less issues with shrinkage and it keeps our customers happy 🙂
Hang and Air Drying
Hang and Air Drying are great options for gym clothes and other delicate garments. Try to find a Laundromat or laundry service that offers this option. Hang Dry means that garments are not placed in the dryer and are returned damp on hangers. Air Dry means that garments are placed in a specially calibrated dryer with air and no heat. Air dry garments are returned dry on hangers. Many of our customers use the Air Dry option for their Lululemon and other expensive gym clothes and delicates. It is important to recognize that the Air Dry process is a very time consuming process and most Laundromats are reluctant to offer this service. At Todd Layne Cleaners, we offer this service with no limit of the number of garments.
Find a Laundromat that offers Hang or Air Drying
The easiest way to find a laundry service with these options is to use Google and type the keywords Laundromat, Laundry Service, Wash and Fold, Hang and Air Drying. We offer this service in New York City with free pickup and delivery in the Upper East and Upper West Side. To learn more about our laundry service, click here. If you have any questions for us about this topic, please text/call 646.661.4777 or send an email to [email protected]
Thanks for reading,
Todd, Founder and CEO