21/10/2011 7:53 PM IST | Updated 20/12/2011 3:42 PM IST

Dry Cleaning Secrets: What Your Cleaners Aren't Telling You

Dry cleaners can seem shrouded in mystery. And while there are some things about them you'd probably rather not hear more about -- like how your favorite clothes are rolling around with a bunch of strangers' in a machine -- there are others that are worth knowing.

We enlisted the help of several experts to find out what cleaners -- and customers -- do wrong, which of your clothes you should be washing yourself, and why your white shirts keep coming back beige.

From Jerry Pozniak of Jeeves cleaners in New York,

Jordan Wood with Davis Imperial Cleaner in Chicago and Pat Slaven, a program leader and textile expert at Consumer Reports, here are nine things your dry cleaner may not be telling you: