What is Dry Cleaning?
Dry cleaning is simply the use of liquid solvents to remove stains and soil from fabrics. It is referred to as “dry cleaning” because the solvents contain little or no water. These solvents do not penetrate and swell the fibres of a garment as water does and as a result many materials, particularly wool and silk dry clean beautifully.
Dry cleaning solvents are also excellent oil and grease removers.
At Gillette's Fabricare Country Hills, we are fortunate to be able to offer two different solvents for drycleaning. We use EcoSolve or DF2000, which we introduced to the company in 2002, and in 2012 we introduced Solvon K4.
These solvents are safe to use on delicate trims such as beads, vinyl, leather and fur. Both these solvents are also considered environmentally safe and have no adverse health risks. These solvents are an excellent environmentally safe alternative to the commonly used solvent perchloroethylene.
Laundering or wet cleaning is cleaning clothes using water and generally some type of soap or detergent to remove soils from clothes. The term’s laundry and washing have been used for some time and generally refer to home washing in a standard washing machine. The term wet cleaning, refers to washing done under controlled conditions. Water temperature, detergents, agitation, time, extraction and the drying methods are all controlled.
Many clothes are not dry cleanable or they may come out better when they are laundered or wet cleaned. Men’s dress shirts are a good example of this. The majority of dress shirts come out looking cleaner and brighter if they are laundered and not drycleaned. Garments decorated with beads or fabrics that are backed with rubberized coatings may be damaged in dry cleaning, and therefore washing or wet cleaning may be the preferred method of care.
Our professional and experienced staff will take exceptional care for each of your garments.