Drycleaning

Drycleaning

“Drycleaning” is somewhat of a misnomer, drycleaning is simply the use of fluids, generally percloroethylene or petroleum based, to remove soil and stains from fabrics.

It is called “drycleaning” because the fluids contain little or no water and do not penetrate the fibers as water does.

Drycleaning fluids actually dissolve greases and oils and remover them from the garment.

A drycleaning machine looks much like a very large front-loading home washer, using similar mechanical action to loosen imbedded dirt. At the same time, the solvent is filtered and distilled continuously to ensure it’s clarity.

As a Sanitone licensee, we also use a specially designed detergent to aid in the removal and suspension of soil.

Our exclusive Sanitone Process restores a garment’s vibrant colors and maintains the brightness of all whites.

Each garment is treated to a “sizing bath” to maintain the soft hand and like-new feel.

As a Certified Master Drycleaner we adhere to rigid requirements and maintain the purity of our drycleaning fluid.

Professional drycleaning is much more than just cleaning. It is many different operations, all performed by skilled people with the goal of giving your garment that “like new” appearance. These procedures include:

  1. Checking the labels for fiber content and care instructions.
  2. Removing spots and stains with special spotting agents.
  3. Classifying garments according to fabric type, color, and degree of soiling.
  4. Replacing sizing and other finishes.
  5. Pressing the garment on steam equipment to restore its original shape and appearance.
  6. Replacing missing buttons and doing other minor repairs.
  7. Packaging the garment neatly in a protective wrapping.

Even the best drycleaner cannot…

  • Prevent some colors from bleeding or fading. If the manufacturer does not thoroughly test the dyes to make sure they are colorfast in both solvents and water, some color may be lost during stain removal or drycleaning.
  • Prevent excessive shrinkage in drycleaning. When fabrics shrink in controlled drycleaning systems, it is because the manufacturer failed to adequately preshrink all component parts before the garment was constructed.
  • Reverse worn or torn areas caused by wear. In some cases, small rips or holes can be rewoven, but this type of damage is the customer’s responsibility.
  • Prevent or correct holes caused by insects or acid spillage. Such holes may not appear before drycleaning, but they result from previous weakening of the fibers.
  • Correct obvious shine on fabrics caused by excessive heat and pressure used in home ironing.
  • Correct the results of poor home spot removal procedures, such as excessive rubbing of delicate fabrics or failure to rinse spotting chemicals from the fabric.