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What is professional clothes cleaning?
You bring your clothes to your professional cleaner, drop them off with the person at the counter, and a few days later you return to pick them up looking as good as new. But what happens to your clothing in between? You may be surprised to learn that professional cleaning is a lot more than one process. In fact, your cleaner might employ a number of techniques to give your garments that "like-new" appearance.
Drycleaning uses solvent to remove soils and stains from fabric in specially designed machines. In fact, 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 frontloading 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 dried in the same machine and should have no residual solvent odor after cleaning.
Professional Cleaning Steps
Professional cleaning involves many different operations, all performed by skilled people and designed to give your garments a fresh and clean appearance. Procedures involve:
- Checking the labels for adequate care instructions and fiber content.
- Classifying the garment according to fabric type, color, degree of soiling, and cleaning process - drycleaning, wetcleaning or laundering.
- Removing spots and stains using special equipment, special stain removal agents, and water.
- Reapplying any sizing, water reppellent, and other finishes when necessary and possible.
- Finishing the garment on professional pressing equipment to restore its original shape and appearance.
- Replacing missing or damaged buttons and performing minor repairs whenever possible, according to plant policy.
- Packaging the garment neatly in a protective wrapping.
Along with these basic procedures, many cleaners offer additional services such as garment storage, cleaning furs and leathers, rug cleaning, drapery cleaning, smoke removal, pillow cleaning, shirt laundry, wedding gown cleaning, and alterations and repairs.