What is dry-cleaning?
Dry cleaning is a process that is similar to washing but it is done without water. Garments are cleaned using a machine that resembles a giant washer using a liquid that does not contain any water.
Since moisture is eliminated from the cleaning process and replaced with the special liquid mentioned above, garments can be safely cleaned without shrinkage. Also, by the elimination of moisture extends the life of the garments.
Once the garments are cleaned, they are pressed to take out the wrinkles from your garments.
What are the benefits of having my garments dry-cleaned?
Dry-cleaning removes dirt, debris and oil from the garment. This includes body oils, food oils and even wax. Dry cleaning can also remove tough-to-remove stains such as coffee and perspiration. The process makes the garment look as good as new.
Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?
On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in-dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibres.
What is an invisible stain?
Many stains that are caused by food, oily substances, or beverages may become invisible when they dry out. But later on, with exposure to heat they will reappear (a step in the dry cleaning process). This is caused by the oxidation of the sugar in the staining substance. To increase the chances of removing the stain, it is recommended that you immediately mark the spot where the spill occurred with a piece of tape to make the dry cleaner aware of the invisible stain, on a piece of paper write what was spilled, and bring it to be cleaned immediately.
How soon should I get my clothes dry-cleaned after wearing them?
It is advisable to get your clothes cleaned at your earliest in order to avoid yellowing, discolouration and weakening of the fabric. It must be noted that hard to remove stains such as food, drink and perspiration typically set in within 48 hours.
Why does it cost more to clean a ladies blouse than a men’s shirt?
The style of a men’s dress shirt has remained constant for decades. The Average dry cleaner cleans hundreds of shirts which are the same style every day. For this reason automated presses have been made which are specially designed to press men’s shirts. No such machine exists for the finishing of ladies blouses, so each blouse requires hand finishing.