What is the dry cleaning?
You obviously know that when you wash your clothes at home in a washing machine, water is the solvent that is using to do the cleaning. But not every fabric, for example wool, can handle the water. Also, there are many types of stains that water is not particularly good at removing. When it comes to dry cleaning, clothes are soaked in a solvent other than water. So, when we are saying that this is dry cleaning, it is only ”dry” in the sense that it is not wet with water. We use that kind of cleaning because as I mentioned there are so many fabrics that actually degrade in water or just can not stand withstand the rough and tumble of a washing machine. That is way dry cleaning is sometimes only way to clean our clothes.
How dry cleaning works ?
When you finally leave your clothes at the cleaners, all of the employees need to follow a pattern consisting of several steps:
- Taggin and inspection
When you drop off your clothes, every order need to be tagged so in the further process it can be identified. It can be a small paper tags or l.ittle labels written on a shirt collar . Your clothes are also examined for missing buttons and other things because if they will not do that the dry cleaner might get blamed for losing them.
The cleaner looks for a stains on your clothes and use chemicals to make them remove easier. It happens right before the right treatment.
- Actual dry cleaning
Your clothes are put in a special cleaning machine and cleaned with a solvent. Cleaning your clothes will only get right if the cleaner will control work of the machine.
Really important thing is post-cleaning spot removal. It is one of the main quality control process. Post-spotting, as it is called, uses professional equipment and chemical preparations using steam, water, air, and vacuum.
This step includes finishing, pressing, steaming, ironing, and making any necessary repairs to restore the garment. That is the last thing the cleaner need to do before you will get your clothes all fresh and clean.