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How much does dry cleaning cost UK?

Cost is something most people are concerned about when it comes to bringing their clothes to the dry cleaners. Should you really be splashing so much cash to get stains out of your clothes? Is it really worth the hefty price tag they are charging? And what exactly are they charging you that much for? As a professional dry cleaners having been in the industry for 30 years, Gold Dry Cleaners are familiar with all kinds of customer queries and concerns when it comes to their dry cleaning.

Naturally for expensive designer items especially suits and couture gowns, customers are concerned because of the risk factor involved. Even for causal everyday wear which is brought in to be laundered, customers are worried about shrinkage and discolouration to name the two most common problems. However, at Gold Dry Cleaners we follow the manufacturers care label instructions when it comes to cleaning your garments so that you can rest assured that your garments are in safe hands. 

Cost of dry cleaning UK:

Dry Cleaners vary hugely in quality and price. According to Checkatrade.com, the average UK household spends about £320 a year on dry cleaning and laundry while the figure is double at £640 a year for people who wear suits on a regular basis. The cost of dry cleaning is subjective to a lot of different factors some of which we have highlighted below:

  • Type of garment:

Tailored suits, leather jackets and evening dresses will be much more expensive to dry clean given the nature of the fabric as well as the specialized techniques that have to be used. Therefore, the price of dry cleaning goes up or down based on the material and delicacy of the garment as well as the need for special equipment/techniques. 

  • Stains/Marks:

If the garment has pre existing oil based stains or marks that are harder to get rid of, special stain removal has to be carried out prior to dry cleaning and this may mean the customer being charged a little extra.

  • How soon you need your order back:

Express dry cleaning services tend to be more expensive than standard services. Although much more convenient for you if you are ever in a rush, an extra surge charge applies. At Gold Dry Cleaners, we offer 24 hour standard delivery which means that your order is collected, processed and delivered back to you within 24 hours. We also have an express cleaning service with only a few hours turnaround time. If you wish to avail this service, you need to call our Number 07908154397 and enquire about the extra charges.

This is because even though our platform is open 24/7 for you to place an order, our shops have set timings and often to accommodate an express cleaning order on Sunday or late night, we have to engage a staff member and open our premises specifically out of hours. This is an extra expense we have to incur so conversely, the price goes up for the customer as well.

  • The area the dry cleaner is based in:

The area the dry cleaner is based in also has an impact on the prices they charge. Dry Cleaners based in high end areas such as Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea in London and covering a higher mile radius with their collection and delivery services tend to be more expensive than those based in Croydon or Ilford for instance. This comes down to the the rent of the premises, congestion charges and a host of other expenses which the dry cleaner has to account for to make their business profitable. 

Pricing at Gold Dry Cleaners:

At Gold Dry Cleaners, the prices we charge are not impacted by the area we are based in because we aim to make dry cleaning affordable for the masses and not something only a certain percentage of affluent people can afford. Staying true to our business tagline “Value you can trust”, our prices are always below the average for Kensington and Chelsea yet our quality is at par with our more expensive counterparts.

A higher price tag does not always mean the quality will be better rather we believe in increasing our volume of work to create economies of scale and having repeat customers who regularly order from us. This business mantra has served us well and helped us keep our prices more affordable when compared to other dry cleaners in the area. 

Our prices tend to be on the lower range of the spectrum when compared to other dry cleaners in London and especially in our area of Kensington and Chelsea. Some of our most popular categories are suits, outdoor and home linen. Here we will do a comparison with some of the other coveted dry cleaners in the area i.e. I hate Ironing and American Dry Cleaning Company. 

Gold Dry Cleaners I hate Ironing American Dry Cleaning Company
Dress-dry clean £10.49 £10.50 £12.00
Double Duvet £18.00 £20.00 £22-£24
2 piece suit £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
Canada Goose Jacket £40.00 Not listed on website. £50.00
Table Cloth/Runner £8.99 £12.50 £10.00

At Gold Dry Cleaners, we are able to keep our prices low because we have complete in house operations and no third party outsourcing is involved. Once you get middle men involved, the costs do tend to go up hence, we trained our team over the years and have managed to build a team of experts who are well versed in dry cleaning everything from leather and suede jackets to tea towels and table cloths. 

When you spot a dry clean only label on your stained jumper, do not panic and attempt some DIY techniques at home. Rather do your research, compare prices and read the reviews a certain company has before entrusting your valuables to them.

Dry cleaning is the type of industry where word of mouth is generally considered the best form of advertising and your friends, family or neigbours are all bound to have recommendations. At Gold Dry Cleaners, we would be more than happy to assist you and provide you with the best quality dry cleaning at economical prices. Try us today!

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