How Dry Cleaning Works

How Dry Cleaning Works

Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at Pure Green Dry Cleaning? Dry cleaning is a special process that cleans your clothes without water — hence the name “dry” cleaning. There is an entire process we follow that we would like to share with you, with the help of the website HowStuffWorks, to inform you of exactly what happens to your clothes once you leave them in our care.

What goes on behind the counter at the dry cleaner? Now you know.

What goes on behind the counter at the dry cleaner? Now you know.

  1. Tagging and Inspection The very first thing we do is identify your order by counting the items and describing them, recording the drop-off and pick-up dates, and then tagging each item of clothing with a small tag that will stay on through the entire process. We also inspect each piece of clothing for stains, and if you have requested special attention, we attach another colored tag to that item to be sure that attention is addressed.
  2. Pre-treatment This is when we pre-treat stains, and we try to remove all stains without using chemicals. If you catch a stain early, you can help us by pre-treating the stain yourself. Use water for wet stains (a stain that had water in it) and a stain-removing solvent for dry stains (a stain with grease or oil). Tap and blot both sides of the fabric with a soft cloth, then rinse the fabric, and let it dry. We will do the rest.
  3. Dry Cleaning Your clothes are placed in a cleaning machine, a motor-driven washer/extractor/dryer that can hold 20 to 100 pounds of clothes in a rotating, perforated stainless steel basket. As your clothes are rotating in the basket, a constant flow of clean solvent is pumped in through the pump and filter system. With solvent being sprayed constantly into the basket, your clothes are immersed and are dropped and pounded against baffles in the cylinder. The dirty solvent is pumped continuously through a filter and is recirculated free from any dirt and grime. In the next cycle, your clothes are drained and spun rapidly to expel the solvent and go into a dry cycle with warm air circulating through the basket. Any remaining fumes and solvent are then vaporized by warm air and then condensed over cooling coils.
  4. Post-spotting Using steam, water, air, and vacuum, post-spotting is a fairly simple process for removing a stain. Your clothes are inspected after cleaning to see if any stains remain. If it is a water-based stain, it takes water or wet-side chemicals to clean the stain, and if it is a dry stain, solvents or dry-side chemicals must be used to remove the stain. The majority of stains can be removed; however, some stains can be stubborn, and as hard as we try, the stain cannot be entirely removed.
  5. Finishing In the final stage of the dry cleaning process, we finish the garment by applying steam to soften it, re-shaping it through quick drying, removing the steam with air or vacuum, or applying pressure to it.

If you have any questions about the dry cleaning process, contact Pure Green Dry Cleaning. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you to learn about how we dry clean your clothes.

 

 

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