What is the difference between dry cleaning and regular washing?
Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using an solvent other than water. Special solvents and soaps are used so as not to harm fabrics and dyes that will not withstand the effects of ordinary soap and water. This process is gentler than regular washing because it reduces the possibility of shrinkage and/or color loss.
What is the difference between professional dry cleaning and home dry cleaning kits?
Professional dry cleaners wash the garments by totally immersing them in solvent. They also specialize in stain removal and expert pressing that restores your clothes to a clean, crisp like-new look, which cannot be accomplished with a home dry cleaning kit. Home drying kits can remove some wrinkles and certain water based stains, but they are ineffective in removing ground-in soils and oil-based stains.
When a garment’s label says “washable”, can it be dry-cleaned?
The care label is only required by law to provide one proper way to clean the garment. Most garments are dry cleanable, which is the preferred method and is a gentler process. However, depending on how the garment is constructed, dyed and finished, it may need to be wet cleaned or washed. When in doubt, we test for the safest way to clean your garment.