What is the Dry Cleaning Process?
With the party-spills season upon us you may unfortunately find yourself with a wine or sugary drink stain on your clothing that needs to be cleaned without delay. Dry cleaning is a popular cleaning method used to remove tough stains, but do you know how the dry cleaning process actually works?
In this article, Butlerz will explain what is involved in the dry cleaning process, step-by-step, as well as offering some important advice on when to seek the help of a professional dry cleaners.
Why Choose Dry Cleaning?
The dry cleaning process uses chemical solvent to clean fabrics that would otherwise degrade in water. It is also used to carefully wash delicate fabrics that are not able to withstand the intensity of a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Dry cleaning can also remove stains, which are difficult to remove, such as wine, sugary drinks and grass stains.
What Fabrics Need To Be Dry Cleaned?
Now you know why clothes need to dry cleaned it is important to know which fabrics are too delicate to be cleaned in a washing machine.
The first thing to do is read the label on the garment and see what advice is provided about washing and drying. If the garment is made from silk, acetate, wool, taffeta or velvet then it is a good idea to get it dry cleaned.
Butlerz Dry Cleaning Process
Below is a step-by-step guide to the Butlerz dry cleaning process.
Step 1 – Dry Cleaning Machine
The machine used for dry cleaning looks similar to the washing machine you have at home, but it has a very different function. The first step involves placing the garments in the drum. These machines can hold a much larger load than a domestic washing machine, with a drum capacity of up to 40kg.
Step 2 – Wash Cycle
The drum fills with around one third chemical solvent that is very different to water. It is gentler and protects the fabric and the garments shape. The temperature of the solvent is kept constant at 30°C, as the drum begins to rotate. A higher temperature would damage the effectiveness of the solvent. The solvent is then filtrated and fed back into the drum. This is known as the cycle and this process continues for the duration of the wash.
The solvent is then removed and distilled. The condensed solvent is then fed through a separator unit and any remaining water is separated from the solvent.
Step 3 – Check for Foreign Objects
It is important to check clothes for any objects that could dissolve in the solvent bath, as this would damage the textiles. Butlerz also clean delicate sequinned items that are at particular risk of being damaged. This is a specialised undertaking, which we do with your consent.
Step 4 – Extraction
The machine will rinse the garment load with freshly distilled solvent dispensed from the solvent tank. The extraction cycle then begins, as the solvent is drained and the drum begins to spin at around 400 revolutions per minute, which causes the majority of the solvent to separate from the fabric.
Step 5 – Drying Cycle
The garments are dried in a stream of air at a temperature of 60°C, which leads to any traces of solvent still left on the garments to evaporate.
Step 6 – Deodorizing
The last cycle of the process cools the garments and removes any remaining traces of chemical solvent. The garments are now clean, ready to be pressed, folded and returned to you.
Choose Butlerz as Your Dry Cleaning Experts
Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a better idea of the dry cleaning process and why it is a highly effective method of washing clothes, especially when it comes to removing tough stains. If your clothes suffer any stains this party season then feel free to contact Butlerz. Our door-to-door pick up and delivery service means that we will be able to get your clothes cleaned quickly, so they are available for your next occasion looking as good as new.