The dry cleaning process and history explained in detail

“Despite the name, dry cleaning is a process that uses liquids other than water to clean clothes, bedding, upholstery and other types of fabrics. Water can damage certain fabrics — such as wool, leather and silk — and a washing machine can wreak havoc on buttons, lace, sequins and other delicate decorations. Enter dry cleaning.

Dry cleaning chemicals

Dry cleaners use a variety of solvents to clean fabric. Early solvents included gasoline, kerosene, benzene, turpentine and petroleum, which were very flammable and dangerous, according to the State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD), a group whose members share information about cleanup programs. The 1930s saw the development of synthetic, nonflammable solvents — such as perchloroethylene (also known as perc or PCE) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (also known as GreenEarth) — which are still used today.”

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This an excellent overview on dry cleaning and the history of dry cleaning in the U.S. A lot of people are unaware just how involved the process really is. It also details the future of the dry cleaning industry and the difficulties that have arised due to competing technologies and how casual attire has become more acceptable.

At My Pilgrim Cleaners, we treat your clothing with care and respect. Your satisfaction is our top priority and our goal is always to have you come back to us for your dry cleaning needs. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 612-861-1697 or visit our website for more information.


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