10 Things You Didn’t Know about Dry Cleaning

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Dry Cleaning

As a textile care specialist, a professional Dry cleaner has multiple key skills that you can benefit. ihateironing compiled 10 things about dry cleaning you need to know.

1. Dry cleaning is not a dry process.

Dry cleaning is actually not a ‘dry’ process because it uses chemical solvents which don’t penetrate the fibres as water does.

Dry cleaning process

2. Dry cleaning history is controversial.

The history of dry cleaning is a controversial one with conflicting stories. One being Jean-Baptiste Jolly discovered the process in 1825 when his maid accidentally spilled turpentine from a lamp onto a table-cloth. To his amazement the turpentine dried removing the stains and earning him the title of the ‘father’ of dry cleaning!¬†However, records remain of New Yorker Thomas Jennings filing a dry scouring patent in 1821.

3. Dry cleaners are textile care specialists.

Dry cleaners aren’t clothes care specialists, in fact they are textile care specialists. It means that they are qualified to service draperies, upholstery and furniture.

4. Dry cleaners are experts in restoration and preservation.

In addition to cleaning, professional dry cleaners are also experts in both the restoration and preservation of your cherished possessions. It’s an all-in-one shop for your clothes.

5. Dry cleaners provide also alterations.

As a textile care specialist, a professional dry cleaner can also offer alterations and bespoke tailoring. That’s another way for you to get the most out of clothes!

6. Ladies’ garments cost slightly more.

Why do ladies’¬†garments usually cost slightly more? It is because of their delicate clothes. Having more delicate fabrics, special trims and fitted patterns require a hand finish.

Care label

7. It is important to keep the care label on your garments.

If you have garments without a care label, they would be cleaned at what’s called “owners risk”. In fact, without a care label from the manufacture, dry cleaners aren’t assured of the best method to use on the fabric.

8. You are covered by the Consumer Rights act.

Did you know? You are covered by the Consumer Rights Act to protect against an unsatisfactory dry clean service.

9. Let the dry cleaners know about the nature of any stains.

Yes, dry cleaners would prefer to be advised on the nature of any stains. That way, they can identify whether it is a solvent-soluble or water-soluble stain and consequently altering the method of removal your garment will undergo.

10. You can also opt for a wet clean service.

Your dry cleaner can also perform a ‘wet clean‘. It is a gentle form of cleaning. The wet clean is best suited to sensitive textiles such as wool, silk, rayon, linen and any garments that may not withstand the dry clean process or for water-soluble or polar molecule stains.

At ihateironing, we are obsessed with high-quality dry cleaning. All of our garments go through 8 steps, ensuring that your clothes are treated with love and care whilst still getting your clothes beautifully cleaned!

For further understanding of dry cleaning, see here.