What is Dry Cleaning?

The dry cleaning process uses only about 1% water and a few other additives such as optical brighteners and sizing in a liquid solvent bath with the action very similar to the agitation of a commercial washing machine.  The major difference is that virtually all of the solvent is recovered back into the machine where the solvent is filtered and/or distilled for reuse.

Why does wool shrink?

Woolen-BlanketWool fibers have a barb on them similar to a rose stem.  When wet with water and agitated, wool fibers slide around and the barbs get caught together either shrinking the weave or felting it.  Dry cleaning solvent does not allow for the fibers to slide around thus preventing this problem.

Why does cotton shrink?

100%Cotton-Pride-CleanersCotton fibers swell up when wet with water which in effect shortens the length of the fiber.  The temperature of the water has no bearing. If the fiber is then dried quickly, the fiber permanently retains the swelled up and shortened attitude.  If dried on low heat or no heat cotton will usually not shrink.  This removes the water slowly and returns the fibers to their pre-wet size. Read more →

Are the chemicals used in dry cleaning dangerous?

No. It’s true that dry cleaning uses solvents or chemicals, and they need to be handled responsibly. However, the “toxicity” of perc, the main cleaning solvent used by dry cleaners, falls in the same low classification as many everyday compounds, including household ammonia or bleach, gasoline, antifreeze, nail polish remover, and other widely used products. Any of these products could be harmful if you drank them or otherwise abused their use – but not when used with everyday, normal care. Read more →

Is there a danger to the public from wearing dry cleaned clothes?

No. Properly dry cleaned and pressed clothes have no detectable levels of solvent, and therefore would not pose a health risk to humans. Furthermore, the suggestion to air out dry cleaned clothing before use is unsubstantiated advice that only serves to generate an alarmist attitude among the public.

Front Loaders vs Top Loaders

Do You Use Home Style washers? Save money and get a better wash by switching to Front Load washers.

The Home Style washer has 2 water changes and a spray after the wash cycle. The first fill is the wash cycle, followed by a spin during which there is a cold water spray. Followed by the rinse fill and then the final spin. These 2 water changes require precision in the amount of soap used as too much soap cannot be rinsed out in 1 rinse. Read more →