Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Drycleaning uses solvent to remove soils and stains from fabric in specially designed machines.
The term "drycleaning" is misleading: it is called drycleaning because the solvent contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers as water does. Among the advantages of drycleaning is its ability to dissolve greases and oils in a way that water cannot.
The drycleaning process begins with the pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then loaded into a machine resembling an oversized front-loading washer. It produces similar mechanical action to loosen embedded dirt. Throughout the cleaning process, the solvent is filtered or distilled to ensure its clarity. The garments are then dried in the same machine that does the cleaning.
Wetcleaning is the professional process of removing soils from garments and other textile items through the use of water. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) definition for Professional Wetcleaning is: A process for cleaning sensitive textiles (e.g., wool, silk, rayon, linen) in water by professionals using special technology, detergents, and additives to minimize the potential for adverse effects. It is followed by appropriate drying and restorative finishing procedures.
Professional laundering for shirts and other "washable" items is another process we use to keep your garments looking their best. Special detergents, additives, and finishes set commercial laundry apart from home laundering. This process enables us to offer consistent quality shirts at reasonable prices. Collars come cleaner and their professional pressing offers a crisper finish.
When items first come into our store, we check to see what the best process for each item is depending on the stains the item has and the options we have based on the item's care label. In this way, we ensure the cleaning method chosen keeps you looking your best.