What’s so special about “Wet Cleaning”?
Average dry cleaners use the same solvents over and over again, this means your clothes are being washed
in other peoples sweat and dirt water!
That’s not all, solvents are harmful and fail at getting all stains out of clothes.
Wet cleaning uses fresh water and detergent for every wash. It’s also safer than other cleaning techniques.
It’s safer on clothes and safer on the environment.
Wet Cleaning is a professional garment cleaning technique that uses very specified bio degradable detergents and water. Professional cleaners in the 1930s and 1940s wet cleaned about one-fourth of all the garments that came through their shops. Back then, wet cleaning was mostly on natural fiber garments, and dry cleaning solvents were used to clean the remainder. Ever since the introduction of specialized, nonflammable solvents in the 1950s, however; allowed cleaners to dry clean virtually any type of fabric, including natural fibers.
As a result, wet cleaning was no longer necessary. Driven by concerns about the toxicity of dry cleaning solvents, recent advances in both wet cleaning technology and garment care have revived wet cleaning as a safe alternative to dry cleaning. Trained cleaners are now able to wet clean many garments that have typically been dry cleaned; such as silks, woolens, linens, suede, and leathers. Modern wet cleaning machines are equipped large, specialized to gently wash and dry clothes. These machines may be programmed for many variables; such in mechanical actions, water and drying temperatures, moisture levels in the dryer, and water and detergent volumes. This flexible technology provides cleaners with the controls to administer a customized wet wash suited to a fabric’s specific needs. For example, they can set the machines to as few as six revolutions per minute to reduce the stress placed on delicate fabrics during the wash cycle. (In contrast, a typical home washing machine may rotate garments several dozen times per minute.)
Trained wet cleaners also use other tools to ensure that garments are safely cleaned. For clothes that bleed, cleaners can apply an agent that prevents dye from washing out of garments. New, mild bleaching detergents can be used to remove tough stains without diminishing color. Fabric softeners and finishes can be added during the wet cleaning cycle to restore fabric softness, body and crispness to garments once they are dried. To safely clean fabrics that can shrink when washed in water and dried naturally, cleaners can increase the amount of water spun out of wet garments after the final rinsing cycle, so that minimal drying is needed. They can also control the temperatures and humidity levels during the drying process to prevent shrinkage.