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How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

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Everyone knows what goes into doing laundry: mainly water and detergent and if you’re feeling ambitious, perhaps maybe add a little bleach or fabric softener. Have you ever been curious about the dry cleaner experience at Impressive Cleaners when you send your clothes to get dry cleaned? How can they be “dry” cleaned, anyway?

Contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning does not mean your clothing tumbles around in a dry basket of air. At Impressive Cleaners your clothes are deep cleaned in a safe liquid eco-friendly solution, the solution is extracted out, and then your clothes are steam pressed. Dry Cleaning is a full submersion process except that there is no water in the process. During the cleaning process, your clothes are wet from our cleaning solution. Dry Cleaning is a great way to safely clean garments and remove stains such as oil and grease. It is a great method for cleaning your specialty items or everyday wardrobe.

The process of pre-treating stains at home is different than dry cleaning.

much different than how you do it at home. The goal is to get rid of the stain prior to cleaning the garment or to at least make it easier to do so during the dry cleaning process. Keep in mind that you are more likely to have a favorable outcome if you take time to pre-treat the stains as soon as they happen. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, is different. It’s a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the process is called “dry.”

Once the pre-treament is completed, the clothes are ready to be dry cleaned. The cleaning and drying process takes place in one machine. The clothes are placed into a large perforated basket, which rotates as it is sprayed and submerged by constant flows of cleaning solvent. The solvent most commonly used is perchloroethylene or “perc”. Since the process does not use any water, it is referred to as “dry” cleaning. The clothes are gently dropped and pounded against baffles in the basket, which is the equivalent of your washing machine. Post-spotting happens after cleaning your clothes. This process uses special equipment and chemicals, along with steam, water, air, and vacuum in order to remove stubborn stains from your clothes. A majority of soil and stains are removed by this procedure, but stains that were set by heat and time may stay. This is why you should attempt to remove a stain as soon as it makes contact with your clothing.

The last phase of the dry-cleaning process is called finishing. This process by which your clothes are steamed, pressed, ironed, and repaired. Once your items are finished, they will be folded and placed in wrapping or hung in plastic to ensure they remain safe and clean during the ride home.

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