Dry cleaning is very similar to regular home laundering, but a liquid solvent is used to clean your clothes instead of water and detergent. The solvent contains little or no water, hence the term “dry cleaning”.
Our cleaners use very large computer-controlled dry cleaning machines. Your clothes do get wet, but the liquid solvent used evaporates much more quickly than water.
Since solvent is used instead of water, it is not drained and disposed of as a washing machine does with soiled water. The solvent is re-circulated through filters and then distilled to further purify it before it is used again.
Dry cleaning has two distinct advantages over cleaning with water or “wet” cleaning:
1 – Water swells the fibers. It is this swelling action which causes shrinkage and dye fading in many garments.
2 – Dry cleaning solvents are superior to water in the removal of oily or greasy residues which are the base component of many stains.
After your clothes have been properly cleaned, your cleaner “finishes” (presses) your garments using specialized finishing equipment.
The finishing processes used will vary, depending on the garments manufacturers specifications, but generally involves steaming and pressing.
*Steaming* is effective for relaxing wrinkles, enhancing pressing, and also serves to enhance cleaning by removing any remaining water-soluble materials and killing bacteria.
*Pressing* is the final step and produces crisp, smooth results difficult to duplicate at home with a hand iron. This requires considerable skill and training.
After your garments have been pressed, they are inspected one last time and bagged to await your arrival.
Wet cleaning is a method of garment cleaning, utilizing a gentle washing cycle along with biodegradable soaps and conditioners, and various types of pressing and
re-shaping equipment that may be specialized for many different fabric and fiber types. The most important aspect of successful wet cleaning is the experience and knowledge of different types of fabrics and proper ways to finish garments by the operators.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wet cleaning is the safest professional method of garment cleaning. The specialized detergents and conditioners used in the wet clean process are stronger than home laundry products and all of the products are disposed of and easily handled by the local waste water treatment facility.