How We Dry Clean
Is dry cleaning really dry? Well, no. In fact, there are a lot of liquids involved in the dry cleaning process, in the form of chemical solvents, but because none of these actually contain water, we’ve come to know the process as “dry” cleaning. The next question is, how do these solvents clean without water? […]
Can Dry Cleaning Really be Green?
Is There Such a Thing as Green Dry Cleaning? In one word, YES. In fact, way back in Roman days, the first dry cleaners (known as fullonicae) were green, using “waterless” solvents like animal urine and fuller’s earth to clean their woolen togas. While these methods might make modern fashionistas turn up their noses (literally), […]
The Dry Cleaning Process
You pull up at the dry cleaners’, dump a pile of clothes on the counter, take your ticket and leave. The next day, you return, hand over your ticket, watch the big conveyor slither around until your clothes appear, take your now clean garments, pay the client service representative, and leave. That’s it. Or, is […]
Automated Tagging Process
Be honest. When you hand your clothes over the counter at the dry cleaners and they toss it into the bin, you worry, don’t you? You worry about whether they will remember you don’t want them to use starch on your business shirt. And you worry you won’t get all your garments back or that […]
What is Wetcleaning?
Did you know that until nonflammable dry cleaning solvents were developed and introduced in the 1950’s, professional cleaners cleaned about one quarter of all garments in water? Back then, cleaning in water involved intensive hand-washing of garments made of natural fibers, and to treat certain types of soils and stains. But with the advent of […]
Tips for Getting the Best Dry Cleaning Results
Read the garment care label. The care instructions listed on the garment care label are invaluable in providing your dry cleaner with information on the best way to maintain your garment and keep it looking beautiful. Familiarize yourself with the care instructions, and be prepared to advise your dry cleaner. Don’t assume he or she […]
How Often Should You Dry Clean Your Clothes?
How often should you dry clean your clothes? That’s the million dollar question. There’s a pervading myth that dry cleaning your garments too frequently can damage your clothes. It’s quite possible this idea comes from people who have seen items fade, lose their shape, or shrink from being washed and dried at home and who […]
Is Dry Cleaning Safe?
Is dry cleaning safe? It’s a fair question. After all, if you’ve ever taken your clothes to a professional dry cleaner, odds are they’ve come back with a faint – or not so faint – chemical odor clinging to them. Anything that smells like that can’t be healthy, right? According to the National Institutes of […]
Five Things We Wish We Could Tell You
Leave the spots to us. Please listen carefully – water, hairspray, soap, club soda, and commercial stain treatments don’t get the stains out, regardless of what you’ve spilled. In fact, they may set the stain more permanently, making it impossible to remove. The best way to get a stain out is to get it to […]
Caring for Your Leather and Suede
Leather and suede garments get a real workout during winter months, and more wear means more opportunities for stains and damage. The cleaning specialists at Best Cleaners are experts in caring for your leather and suede pieces, but good leather care begins at home. Here are some quick tips on how you can keep your […]