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What Really Happens at the Dry Cleaner? Dry Cleaning.

Dry-Cleaning-What Really Happens at the Dry Cleaner

 

The term dry cleaning is a bit of a misnomer. In the United States, the dry cleaning process refers to cleaning clothes and fabrics by using a chemical solvent rather than water. The dry cleaning process is typically used on clothes and fabrics that cannot withstand the rigors of a standard home washer and dryer. It also eliminates the need for more time-consuming hand washing.

In reality, the cleaning is almost always done with liquids, however, the chemical solvent contains little or no water. While cleaning the surface of fabrics, it does not penetrate the fibers like water does in a washing machine. This process preserves the desirable qualities of many fabrics and helps to prevent shrinking and stretching.

Most dry cleaners also offer wet cleaning for washable items like starched shirts, slacks, and household linens,

The Commercial Dry Cleaning Process

The commercial dry cleaning process begins in your local dry cleaning storefront when you drop off your dirty clothes. Today, most dry cleaners do not have very large and expensive cleaning equipment on-site; many will transport your laundry to a central cleaning facility. This is more cost-efficient than having machines at every drop-off location. There are several steps for each item cleaned:

  1. Garment Tagging: Every item is tagged with an identification number. Some cleaners use paper tags that are stapled or pinned to the garment. Others use an iron-on strip with a permanently assigned barcode for regular customers. Similar soiled garments from different customers are cleaned together and tagging ensures that your clothes are returned to you.
  2. Garment Inspection: Before clothes are cleaned, they are inspected for items left in pockets, rips, tears, and missing buttons. These items are returned to customers and problems are noted as issues known prior to cleaning.
  3. Stain Pretreatment: As part of the inspection process, the cleaner checks for stains on the clothes and treats them prior to the solvent cleaning process. If you know what caused a specific stain, it is extremely helpful to tell the cleaner to get the best results in the stain removal process. This is also the time a good cleaner removes or covers delicate buttons and trim to prevent damage.
  4. Machine Dry Cleaning: Soiled clothes are loaded into a large drum machine and cleaned with a water-free chemical solvent. The clothes are gently agitated in the solution which causes soils to loosen. The solvent is then drained, filtered, and recycled and the clothes are “rinsed” in a fresh solvent solution to flush away any last remains of soil.
  1. Post Spotting: The dry cleaning process works very well in removing oil-based stains thanks to the chemical solvent. However, other types of stains are not always removed effectively. So, all garments are post spotted to look for remaining stains. The stains are treated with steam, water, or even a vacuum to remove any remaining traces.
  2. Finishing: The final step includes getting the garment ready to wear. This includes steaming or pressing out wrinkles, reattaching buttons, or making repairs. Items are then hung or folded to return to the customer. The plastic bags provided are only there to help you get your clothes home without more stains. It’s important to take them off right away or risk damage to your clothes from trapped moisture.

History of Commercial Dry Cleaning Chemicals

Dry cleaning has been around since Roman times when ammonia was used to clean woolen togas to prevent any shrinking that happens when wool is exposed to hot water. Next, cleaners moved to petroleum-based solvents like gasoline and kerosene which proved to be highly flammable and dangerous to use.

By the 1930s cleaners began using perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent. They are highly effective cleaners and are still used by many commercial cleaners today. Both have a distinctive chemical odor. Perchloroethylene is referred to as perc and is classified as carcinogenic to humans. In the 1990s the United States Environmental Protection Agency began to regulate dry cleaning chemicals and encourage commercial cleaners to use safer, more environmentally friendly solvents.

 

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What is Wet Cleaning? From Joe’s Organic Cleaners

What is Wet Cleaning?

Wet cleaning is widely considered as the next generation of traditional dry cleaning. It is a non-toxic, environmentally safe alternative to dry cleaning.

It utilizes computer-controlled washing machines, biodegradable soaps , and conditioners, and finishes the drying process by using special moisture sensitive dryers.  Wet cleaning is not the same as laundry, and is perfect for using on any garment such as silk, cashmere, woolens, and other fine delicates. Wet cleaning uses water, a universal solvent and does not use hazardous chemicals, generate harmful wastes, or contribute pollution.  For more information on wet cleaning, please visit the EPA’s website.

Why Choose Wet Cleaning?

Traditional dry cleaners utilize perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent commonly known as “perc.” This chemical is used throughout many cycles of dry cleaning and can be very harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. It is 1.5 times heavier than water and requires extreme temperatures to be completely removed from one’s clothing.

Dry Cleaners that generically advertise not using for ‘greener,’ or natural’ solvent, are usually referring to one of the chemicals K4. Although less toxic than perc, these are chemicals normally found in gasoline for automobiles. Wet cleaning, on the other hand, uses NO CHEMICALS and is different because it refers to a truly eco-friendly way of cleaning one’s garments and textiles. This method of cleaning is not only safe for the environment but to our body as well.

Benefits of Wet Cleaning

  • Soft to the Touch
  • No Chemical Odors and No Residue
  • Gentler than Hand Washing
  • Fresh, Clean Scent
  • Kind to Sensitive Skin
  • Safe for your Clothing
  • Better for Removing Stains
  • Milder than Home Laundry Products
  • Brighter, Vibrant Colors Without Fading
  • Whiter Whites
  • Gentle on the Environment

Have you wondered how we clean your clothes?

JOE’S ORGANIC CLEANERS

Short social posts:

We’re proud to use bio-based SYSTEMK4 on our customer’s clothes. It’s derived from corn and non-toxic.
We use #SYSTEMK4, an environmentally-friendly mix of bio-degradable cleaning solution and energy-saving technology that offers exceptional cleaning.

Longer social posts:

  1. We’re happy to share that we use SYSTEMK4 in our dry cleaning plant. All components of SYSTEMK4 are produced in a way that fulfills – and exceeds – stringent, statutory environmental regulations without giving up exceptional cleaning results. SYSTEMK4 is:

• Non-toxic
• Non-hazardous material per CLP Regulation
• Favorable environmental classification per GHS
• Biodegradable
• Dermatologically tested
• Greater than 99% Pure
• Halogen-free
Ask us for more information. We’d love to talk with you about it.

  1. Have you wondered how we clean your clothes?
    We’ve chosen to partner with Kreussler, the garment care industry’s leading innovator of solvents and technologies. Their flagship dry cleaning process SYSTEMK4 is a worldwide patent pending cleaning system that combines chemistry, technology, and processes to meet the highest demands in dry cleaning.

In a time of increased government regulations, economic and environmental demands, Kreussler is setting new standards with SYSTEMK4, and, in the process, changing the dry cleaning industry worldwide in a sustainable and positive way.

We’ve chosen to bring you the highest quality products for your garment care so we can continue to provide you with exemplary dry cleaning services.

Hashtags for social media:

kreusslerinc #biobased #sustainability #sustainablebiz #greenbiz #madefromcorn #systemk4

Depending on the course of processing a shirt different prices.

Wash & Machine Press, Hand ironing vs. Dry Cleaning for Shirts 

Wash and press is a process reserved for men’s cotton button-down shirts.

These items are washed and a special machine is used to dry and press them,

which allows for reduced costs vs. other shirts that need to be dry cleaned.

Dry Cleaning is the process of cleaning garments using a chemical solvent other than water.

We recommend that you follow the care instructions of your garment.

If the tag reads ‘dry clean only’, it should be processed accordingly.

Please note that some shirts are not eligible for Wash & Press and will instead be Dry Cleaned – Wet clean include,

but are not limited to, women’s shirts/blouses, very small shirts, special fabrics or designs,

and certain types of buttons (eg, steel).  Other items such as skirts, pants, sweaters and jackets,

will always be dry cleaned and cannot be washed and pressed.

Joe ‘s Cleaners pick up and Delivery from your area

Joe ‘s Cleaners pick up from your area. Delivery once a week or two every week in your area.

Westbury, Old Westbury, and Garden City are available at any time,

and other villages will decide after consultation and cover 5 miles.

This week, three new customers in Garden City and one customer in Mineola will be added.

Joe’s dry cleaners will do his best. Thank you very much.

 

Let Joe’s Cleaners provide expertly laundered shirts on hangers, folded, or boxed.

Professional Laundry Services For Dress Shirts

Let Joe’s Cleaners provide expertly laundered shirts on hangers, folded, or boxed. You my specify any amount of starch preferred, from none to extra heavy.

We also launder tuxedo shirts with careful attention to detail. Royal Cleaners can also assist you with your general laundry needs such as linens and casual clothing.

Will My Shirts Shrink When You Clean Them?

Most dress shirts are difficult to shrink. The manufacturer has already allowed for the normal two percent and progressive shrinkage requirements.

This shrinkage is usually not enough to cause a complaint. Shrinkage beyond this is usually due to poorly stabilized materials.

Shrinkage complaints can easily be resolved by measuring the collar and sleeve length. Measure the collar from the end of the buttonhole to the center of the button.

Measure the sleeve length in a straight line from the center of the back of the collar at the seam to the end of the cuff. If these measurements correspond to the shirt size, it has not shrunk.

My Buttons are Cracked! Buttons may crack during pressing even though the press padding is in excellent condition and the procedures used are correct.

The reason for this is that there is an inherent problem in the button or the way the button was applied to the shirt. The majority of shirt buttons are made from a polyester resin.

The strength of the button depends on the amount of polyester in the resin; some imported buttons contain less polyester.

Off-quality buttons are graded because they do not meet the requirements in one or all of the following criteria: color, visual inclusions, chips or cracks,

and uniformity of size. Some manufactures use less expensive, off-quality buttons to save money but this sometimes results in higher than average breakage. Not To worry,

Here’s what you need to know about so-called organic and green dry-cleaning.

Today’s ‘organic’ products are called so in substantially different meaning than just being simply organic in a traditional sense. Specifically, ‘organic’ is used to refer to a thing made from completely natural non-toxic materials and process without any artificial stuff harmful to human body and environment, additives, supplements and processes.

Non-toxic.
The cleaned textiles have a fresh scent.
Excellent cleaning power for water soluble and lipophilic stains.
Gentle cleaning of textiles, leather and furs.
Very pleasant and smooth feel.
High wearing comfort.
Bright colors.
Increased protection against textiles

Effective environmental protection. Well thought out – Solvon K4 for a sustainable future:We take over responsibility – for the protection of human health and our environment. That is why all components of K4 Systems in such a way that they fulfill stringent, statutory environmental regulations

 

Be sure to check your vehicle before hitting the road this summer

It’s Vehicle Safety Week!

 

Be sure to check your vehicle before hitting the road this summer.

Whether you’re spending a day at Jones Beach or Grafton State Park, or planning a trip to Niagara Falls, all New Yorkers are urged to make sure their vehicles are as ready as they are.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared the week of May 22-29 as Vehicle Safety Week in the Empire State. He urges all New Yorkers to have their vehicles examined to check brake and radiator fluids, that tires are properly inflated, that your windshield wipers are not worn, and that everything is in good working order. He also encouraged people to check safercar.gov to check for any recalls that might affect their vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 11,000 crashes every year as a result of faulty tires alone including 200 fatalities. The website safercar.govdetails what recalls are in effect for vehicles so that motorists can quickly get them repaired or parts replaced.

“Just as a family checks to make sure all the suitcases are properly packed and that there is sufficient bug spray and sunscreen, it is even more important to take the time to make sure the vehicle is working properly,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan.  “Nothing ruins a vacation like being stranded at the side of the road or, worse, being in an easily preventable accident. We want all New Yorkers’ vacations to be memorable for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.”

It is also recommended that New Yorkers keep a summer travel safety kit in their car with windshield wiper fluid, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, hazard road markers, a flashlight, phone charger and water and snacks for passengers in case you are stranded. When checking that the tires on the car are properly inflated, make sure the spare tire is also in good condition in case you need it.

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