The solvents are in liquid form and the equipment used to dry clean clothing looks much like a large front-loading washing machine. It uses “mechanical action” to loosen and remove soils and stains while at the same time the liquid is being constantly distilled, rejuvenating to a pure solvent for the next batch of garments.
Difference between cleaners
Cleaners for most part use the same machinery. The difference is how we implement the equipment and the attention to detail during the cleaning and finishing process.
There are bang and hang cleaners. They bang it on a press and put it on a hanger …
Other cleaners have numerous inspection steps to make sure your garment comes back in good condition.
At Carlyle Cleaners, a lot of effort goes into your garment. From thorough inspections to spotting, cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and careful finishing: all along the way your clothes are checked again and again.
Doing your laundry is simply a matter of dropping off your clothes and picking them up. Think of all those hours you spend washing, drying, sorting and ironing your laundry. Dry cleaning is a valuable service, which allows you more time to pursue all those more important things in life.
Our professional finishing means garment get a wrinkle-free, crisp and new appearance that beats ironing any day.
Do you really know the best way to remove that wine, chocolate or sauce stain? Each stain requires a different kind of treatment and our experts understand the precise method of removing them.
You may know how to wash wool, or cotton, or silk – but what about all the other fabrics like angora, or microfiber, or spandex? Each fabric requires a different kind of cleaning treatment. We have this knowledge to in order to care best for the clothes they receive.
Longer Lasting Clothes
Regular dry cleaning prolongs the life of clothing because items are being cared for professionally, according to their unique requirements. By dry cleaning them regularly you are protecting your investment.
Dry cleaning avoids shrinkage, the number one destroyer of good garments.
Look Better, Feel Better
Your clothing is an expression of your personality and image. When you look good you feel better and more confident.
Compared to machine washing, dry cleaning does less damage to your clothes in the long run.
Dry-cleaning your clothes will also help them remain soft, fresh, and will ensure that their colors stay intact. Also, note that the damage factor varies from one dry cleaner to the next, depending on quality of its machines, filters, solvents and level of the staff experience.
If you’re busy or just don’t have a knack for doing laundry altogether, then dry cleaning is a great timesaver. It’s also an excellent way to avoid anxiety; you know, worrying about shrinking your favorite sweater to the size of your underwear.
It’s also a good idea to evaluate the time and cost benefit between bringing your clothes to the cleaner and washing them yourself. For example, it might take you two full hours to sew a simple button back onto your favorite jacket, whereas it would cost you few dollars to have it done professionally.
We are professionals. We are aware of all the tricks of the trade, and will help you get rid of even the most stubborn stains. We are also aware of different cleaning methods and know which ones actually work.
Other than the processes of identifying garments and packaging orders, there are three main stages of dry cleaning your garments and textiles: Spotting; Rinsing; Pressing.
Spotting (stain removal) is the application of necessary agent(s) to assist stain removal. Depending on the dry cleaning technology used, spotting may occur prior, during, or after the rinsing process. A stain may be soluble in water or solvent, and may also have an acid or alkali chemical pH. A skillful dry cleaning operator will use a sequence of spotting agents on difficult or unknown stain.
Rinsing is the process of immersing garments in a solvent to flush out: impurities, soiling, and dissolve oils. Most machines used in the industry today rotate garments in a perforated stainless steel basket, where cleaning agents are pumped in and filtered out. Clothes are not immersed; instead, the machine gently drops a small quantity of cleaning agent into the rotating cylinder. This solvent absorbs whatever soil it can while gushing through the clothing’s fibers. Garments are then pumped out, filtered and re-circulated once they’re clean.
Pressing or Finishing involves the use of: steam, air, and vacuum, to remove creases and re-align the fabric, so your garment is ready to wear again. When the batch of clothing is properly cleaned, it goes through a high-speed cycle, which essentially drains the cleaning agent out of your garments. This cycle is quickly followed by another one in which the machine gradually distributes hot air into the cylinder, which helps dry any remaining excess moisture. [Beware of dry cleaners that use excessive heat and/or pressure]