Dry Cleaning – what you should know?
Hands up if you send your clothes for dry cleaning!
Would it surprise you to know that it is called dry cleaning because no water is used?
It all started with an accident. A French gentleman spilled kerosene on his tablecloth and all the stains on the cloth disappeared without destroying the cloth’s fibre. He then established a kerosene-powered cleaning service to clean fabrics and garments that are water sensitive.
Kerosene is highly flammable, making it unsafe for commercial use. Just as fashion evolved, in 1948, cleaners discovered a non flammable solvent called perchloroethylene, nicknamed perc. This solvent is also reusable, making it cost efficient. However, with the recent technology for laundry, the water-based solvent that are suitable for dry clean materials are already available. With the same finishing, or even better, it doesn’t jeopardize the laundry quality and it is friendly to the environment.
So what exactly happens after you drop your laundry for dry cleaning at the launderette?
Your clothes are placed in a machine that is then filled with the solvent. The clothes go for a spin to loosen the stains. The stains are filtered and the clothes are go for another spin to be dried.
Once dry, the clothes go through a round of inspection for remaining stains that the solvent isn’t able to rid. Spotting agents are used to remove stains made by fats, waxes, paint, cosmetics and plastics. After being pressed, voila, your clothes are as good as new.
What types of clothes are normally sent for dry cleaning? Clothing items with sequins and beads, blazers and jackets, hand woven clothes like songket and saree, pleated skirts, coats and winter jackets and wedding dresses.
A full list of items that can be dry cleaned is available at our website www.laundryonthego.com.my/pricelist.