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Is Dry Cleaning Dry?

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The simple answer is ‘No’. The dry cleaning process soaks clothing and fabrics in solvent, the most widely used of which is Tetrachloroethylene (commonly known as Perchloroethylene or Perc). So why is it called Dry Cleaning? Simply because when cleaning clothing and textiles no (or very little) water is used. Over time all fabrics become soiled or stained and cleaning is an important process both to maintain appearance and for hygiene reasons, but how do you know if the item is best suited to dry cleaning or washing? Here are some simple guidelines:

  • Look at the care label. If it has this symbol then it is suited to dry cleaning.
  • Natural fibres such as wool and silk can shrink, distort and even lose colour when cleaned using water and are best suited to dry cleaning.
  • Delicate fabrics can get damaged in a washing machine. Dry cleaning is less severe.
  • Oil or grease stains do not dissolve in water but do in dry cleaning solvents so if you have olive oil on your favourite trousers get them dry cleaned.

Peters’ Cleaners has been dry cleaning for over 50 years and has a highly experience and specialist team that put all items through the following stringent process to ensure the minimum risk and best result for your items:

  1. All items are checked for a care label that gives cleaning instructions and fibre content. In the event there is no care label, we will use our experience to decide the cleaning process most suited to the item but will require you to sign a ‘no care label’ disclaimer.
  2. We check all pockets to ensure no pens etc. are in them that may melt during the cleaning process and damage clothes.
  3. Item are classified according to the fabric type, colour and degree of soiling. Light colours and dark colours are never mixed, delicate fabrics are separated out etc.
  4. Items are spot tested to ensure the colour will not run. This is especially important for items that have dark and light colours. In the event we think there is a risk of the colour running we will call you and discuss the risk enabling you to make an informed decision.
  5. Items are inspected for any signs of damage that cleaning may damage further. In the event we think cleaning will be problematic, we will call you and explain the risk so you can make an informed decision.
  6. Items with heavy soiling or staining are pre-treated. This is known as spotting and requires expertise and experience.
  7. Once cleaned items are inspected and further spotting is carried out if stains or soiling has not been successfully removed.
  8. All items are pressed using steam to give the best finish and restore pleats or reshape if necessary.

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