How Does Dry Cleaning Work

In traditional times, many people used different cleaning solvents and fluids to wash their special quality fabrics. They used to tumble their clothes on an electric heater or either used to hang them. This process ultimately damaged the fabric quality, especially the silk, wool and man-made rayon fabric.

It was in the year 1855 when a French owner of dye-works Jean Baptiste noticed a cleaner table cloth with a kerosene lamp that accidentally spilled on it. With this new invention in mind, Jolly offered a dry cleaning service using variety of solvents like kerosene and gasoline to clean the clothes.

Very soon the solvents like trichlorethylene and carbon tetrachloride were replaced with perchlorethylene product that gave a faster and safer cleaning effect to the fabrics. This product required lesser flooring space, easy retail installation besides offering a finest quality of an hour service.

Steps involved in Dry Cleaning Work :

  • A dry cleaner will tag your clothes to identify them. The clothes are also further examined for cuts, fades, tears and strong stains. This is a basic step that helps a dry cleaner to avoid any blame later on.
  • The clothes are then immersed in a dry cleaning machine with a cleaning solvent.
  • Any lingering stains are removed by using effective but fabric safe chemicals.
  • All the fabrics then undergo a quality check control testing procedure to ensure that the maximum stains are safely removed and there is no damage caused to the clothes.
  • Finally the clothes are pressed, packed and delivered as per a small tag that was used in the initial stage to identify it.

Process of Dry Cleaning Work :

Dry cleaning is the process that does not involves using water to clean clothes. Instead clothes are immersed in a cleaning liquid fluid and cleaned. Since water is not used to clean the fabrics, an entire process is termed as Dry cleaning process.

  • A dry cleaner will apply special chemicals to keep them safe and avoid any damage to delicate and sensitive fabrics like silk, fiber, gold sewed and wool. The solvents ultimately dissolve stains and grease dirt from the clothes.
  • The clothes are then immersed in a large drum filled with petroleum based solvent or fluid.
  • The drum revolves and the solvent lifts stains from the clothes. The clothes are then rinsed, whirled and finally given a warm air tumble to remove any left over fluids or solvents and to make the clothes odorless.

One of the major advantages of dry cleaning is that the clothes do not shrink or fade in color the process does not involve any hot water cleaning process that causes a major damage to heat-sensitive clothes.