Dry cleaning is essential if your wardrobe is full of clothing made from different fabrics and textiles. If keeping your garments looking fresh and new is important to you, dry cleaning is fundamental.
If you take a look at the labels of all your jumpers, suits, coats, blouses and shirts, it’s highly probable that they’ll all say “dry clean only”. But, before we start talking about why being “green” is so important in dry cleaning, let’s first establish why dry cleaning is necessary.
After all, frequent dry cleaning can be quite costly if you’re heading off down to the local dry cleaners every weekend with a sack full of dirty laundry.
Why Do You Need Dry Cleaning?
Dry cleaning is necessary to protect fabrics that would otherwise be damaged by the heat or water of your traditional washer and dryer. In addition, dry cleaning removes stains that are not removed by a “wet” cleaning process, such as grease and oil.
Heat and water can damage delicate fabrics by altering their structure during the cleaning process. Water can swell and stretch fibres which can cause the fibre to lose its original shape.
In addition, stain removal often requires a water-based detergent and a high degree of heat to dissolve stains effectively, further increasing the potential to damage the fabric. As such, dry cleaning is the appropriate cleaning method for delicate or stained fabrics that shouldn’t come in contact with water.
Some areas of dry cleaning have caused controversy because of the toxicity of the chemicals used. Tetrachloroethylene, for example, is a common soil and water contaminant that is extremely difficult to clean up.
Thankfully, modern day regulations are strict regarding solvent emissions, so most modern dry cleaning machines extract and recapture 99.9% of the solvent used in the process.
At American Dry Cleaning Company, we’re immensely proud to be the only operator in the world to have invested and trained our whole team, across the board, in the latest cutting edge non-toxic and odourless environmental biodegradable solvent technology.
What’s more, we only use detergents which are 100% free of phosphates and all our dry-cleaning machines use heat pump technology to generate energy savings. We also configure all the machines used in our dry-cleaning processes to use the least amount of steam, energy and water as possible.
What Clothes Should You Dry Clean?
Clothing labels are usually the best place to check for the cleaning method, but there is a little room for interpretation. Note that some labels will read “dry clean only” while others will simply read “dry clean.”
Since manufacturers are only required to list one method of cleaning the garment rather than all the options, bringing your garments to the dry cleaners is a sure-fire way of playing it safe.
American Dry Cleaning Company is your local expert in managing all different types of fabric, from fabrics that are difficult to clean like suede, leather, and fur to everyday fabrics like cotton, nylon and silk.
If you’re unsure, we recommend always bringing in anything made from leather, acetate, suede, velvet, and wool. Cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be washed at home, but when it doubt, bring it to American Dry Cleaning Company.
When considering the category of the garment, as a rule of thumb you should always dry clean suits, office wear like smart trousers or skirts and dresses, formal wear and overcoats.
Some Advice To Stay “Green”
As being “green” is so important to American Dry Cleaning Company, we’ve come up with some tips to help you stay environmentally friendly;
- Wear washable undergarments (underwear and undershirts) to protect ‘dry clean only’ garments from sweat and deodorant
- Consider wearing washable dress shirts under ‘dry clean only’ jumpers to extend their wear between cleanings
- Hang ‘dry clean only’ clothes outside or by a vent to air them out after wearing, prior to returning them to your wardrobe
- Avoid spraying perfumes and after-shaves directly onto ‘dry clean only’ clothes, as it will linger long after it’s worn off your skin
- Avoid spraying ‘dry clean only’ clothes with fresheners. They contain alcohol and other chemicals specifically designed to latch onto odours but the product itself will linger and build in clothes over time
- Use a clothing brush to freshen dusty clothes or to remove dry dirt or lint
Staying Green And Keeping Clean
At American Dry Cleaning Company, we back ourselves to be the best option in London as your “green” dry cleaner. With over 30 stores all over London’s high streets, one of our branches is never far away and we’re always willing to help with cleaning, altering, repairing, tailoring, pressing or restoring your favourite garments – all in a green and environmentally friendly way.
Our services include getting your clothes picked up, getting them back to looking “store new” again, and then even getting them back to you before you’ve had time to even spill tomato sauce down your next white shirt!.
We take being green so seriously, we don’t even want you throwing anything away that you think is damaged. We’ll restore shoes, curtains, rugs, bed linen, cushions, soft toys, niche ski wear, designer handbags, and even house keys.
By showing innovation and a desire to prove that a business can still be successful whilst also being willing to change to better suit the environment, makes for us to be recognised amongst our peers on the high street as the market leader in “greener” dry cleaning.
For greener dry cleaning in London, American Dry Cleaning Company is the best option out there.