What’s the Most Effective Way to Kill Viruses on Clothes?

As the coronavirus spreads, Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners is doing our part to keep Northern Virginia and Maryland communities safe. First and foremost: limit your exposure to the virus. That means practicing everyday good hygiene, social distancing, using (and quickly disposing of) tissues when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands thoroughly and often, and applying anti-bacterial hand gel when in a pinch. These are steps we all can take to reduce spreading germs further. But what about your clothes?

It’s not yet clear how long the coronavirus COVID-19 can live outside the human body. Resources from the World Health Organization indicate the virus “may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.” That means your clothes could potentially act as a carrier for the pathogen. The virus might even lurk in your towels and bed sheets, especially if they are used by more than one person. Now more than ever, it’s important to clean and disinfect the areas around you.

Does Dry Cleaning Really Kill Bacteria, Allergens, and Viruses?

Most modern household washers and driers do a good job of removing dirt and grime from your garments. The key to stymieing a virus like COVID-19, however, is direct, sustained, and very high temperatures. The Center for Disease Control recommends temperatures exceeding 167 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate viruses for sure.

Bleach is also an effective killer of viruses, but this might not be recommended for use on all your garments. For a quick fix (say, if someone coughed on you while riding the Metro), a comprehensive ironing can reduce the microorganisms and potentially disease-causing germs hiding in your fabrics, too. But overall, the easiest and most effective way to sanitize any fabric is dry cleaning. During our professional-level cleaning processes and the pressing of your garments on our state-of-the-art equipment, germs and viruses don’t stand a chance!

How Crest Is Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

We’re here for you when you need us most. These are just a few of the extra steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe:

  • Staying open Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm.
  • Allowing clothes to rest 24 hours in garment bags before handling.
  • Offering FREE home pickup and delivery on all orders.
  • Practicing social distancing in each of our 12 locations.
  • Delivering all finished pieces in plastic bags right to your front door.

We’re also offering traditional laundering services, so you can fend off the coronavirus on all your garments and textiles. Each piece leaves our dry cleaning locations enclosed in plastic for added protection.

Maximize Your Defense Against the Coronavirus COVID-19

Protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 and other illnesses this season by having your clothes professionally cleaned at Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners. We even do the heavy lifting for you! As your favorite dry cleaner, we are pleased to continue offering our services through home delivery and pickup at no additional cost to you. If you don’t already use this convenient, free service, sign up right away! It’s quick, easy, and hassle free – and one more way you can stay safe and healthy.