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What You Need to Know About Dry Cleaning Clothes

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Taking care of your laundry is essential to not only smelling great but also to help the clothes last longer. Dry clean only clothes need special care not easily completed at home. Here’s how dry cleaning your clothes works.

No Water

First, a dry cleaning conveyor uses a petroleum solvent rather than water. The washing machine in your home relies on water and detergents to clean the clothes. For those items that do not tolerate water, dry cleaning is a win. Not to mention water doesn’t always remove stains the way one would hope. Perchloroethylene is the most common solvent used in dry cleaning.

Pressed Clothes

One positive benefit to dry cleaning is how wrinkle-free the clothes are when they are finished. The process of pressing the clothes after cleaning gives them that wrinkle-free look often unachievable in a standard dryer. Pressing them is often more effective than an iron. By dry cleaning your clothes, you skip the ironing step completely yet your clothes look brand new.

Health Effects

Recently, dry cleaning methods have been of interest due to the perceived environmental and health hazards the solvents can cause. Many dry cleaners use an extractor to recover solvents and prevent them from causing pollution through evaporation into the air. To combat the stigma of perchloroethylene, some dry cleaners are using CO2 to clean clothes.

Less Work

Sending out your items to be dry-cleaned means less work for you. Many companies offer home-delivery services that pick-up and drop-off items at specified times. No longer do you have to make time in your busy day to remember to pick up the items or do a load of laundry. While HE washing machines use less water, they also take up quite a bit more time than a standard washer. Dry cleaning helps you spend less time working on tough stains and gets those clothes ready to wear for that big meeting.