How do we define professional clothes cleaning?
Basically, professional cleaning can be broken down into three general categories. #1 dry-cleaning #2 wet cleaning #3 laundering.
In each case, clothing and such, are drenched in solvent or water in a piece of equipment that looks like a washing machine. The clothes then have to dry. Spots may be removed either before or after the cleaning process. In most cases it helps to pre-spot i.e. work on the stains, before the cleaning process. The customer can be of great help by indicating of what that stain consists. Of course the sooner a stain is brought into the store the more likely it can be removed. Let us explore these methods of clothing care.
Dry-cleaning uses fluids to remove soil and stains on fabric. Dry-cleaning fluid uses or contains a little or no water and does not penetrate fibers the way water does. Where water dissolves salt and sugar, dry-cleaning fluid do not. Where water does not do much good eliminating oily spots dry-cleaning solvent to does.
Where water would make a mess of a Kleenex left in your shirt pocket, dry-cleaning that same shirt would leave the Kleenex intact. The dry-cleaning fluid does not expand the fibers. Dry-cleaning is a very safe way to clean clothes especially wools, silk, rayon and linen. The dry-cleaning process begins with pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. This is where the magic happens.
A good dry cleaner can make hard to remove stains disappear without a trace. After the stains are gone the cleaning agents also need to be removed from your clothes, and the last traces of these and the stains are removed in the wheel of the dry-cleaning machine.
In recent years , the solvent used by 85% of all dry cleaners is “perc”. You’ve probably smelled as when you walk into most dry-cleaning stores that have a plant on site, it smells awful. At LA Cleaners we do not use perc, we use an environmentally friendly hydrocarbon that has no smell at all, it takes a little longer to dry but we think it’s worth it!
Based on the care label instructions and your professional cleaners expertise, wet cleaning might be the method selected for some garments. Since 1972, care label rules requires that clothing manufacturers only need to list one method of proper care even if other methods can be used safely, garments labeled “washable” may or may not dry-clean satisfactorily. Wet cleaning is the professional process of removing soils from garments through the use of water and additives, the detergents, in using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion.
Professional laundering for shirts and other “washable” items is another process your cleaner uses to keep your garments looking their best. Special detergents, additives, and finishes set commercial laundry apart from home laundering. This process enables your cleaner to offer consistent quality shirts at reasonable prices.
Professional Cleaning Steps
Check labels for adequate care instructions and fiber content.
Classify the garments according to fabric type color in degree of soiling
Remove spots and stains using special equipment specialist they remove all agents, and water.
Dry-cleaning, wet cleaning, or laundering, only if so labeled.
Reapply in any sizing, water repellent see, and other finishes when necessary and possible.
Finishing the garments on professional pressing equipment to restore its original shape and appearance.
Replacing missing or damaged buttons and performing minor repairs whenever possible.
Packaging the garments neatly into protective wrapping.
How You Can Help
- Bring a garment in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after staining occurs.
- Do Not put anything on the stain if there is any possibility you’re planning to bring a garment to the cleaners. This can set the stain, making removal impossible.
- Point out stains is specially soft drinks, fruit juices or wine.
- Keep perfumes, lotions, deodorants, and that purse brands, and other toiletries from coming into contact with clothes. These products likely contain alcohol, which can affect sometimes. Allow them to dry before you dress.
- Protect your garments from excessive perspiration, especially silks. Perspiration left on fabric can cause dyes to discolor.
- Have matching pieces cleaned together, and including bedspreads and drapes, so that any color loss will be uniform and the pieces will still match.
- Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or strong artificial light. Lighting can affect some dyes.
- Don’t press stains or soiled clothes. The heat may set some stains