Dry Cleaning 101

Dry cleaning is a safe way to clean clothes without using water. The cleaning process uses non-aqueous chemicals to safely clean garments of dirt and odours without risking any damage to delicate materials.

Any items made of natural fibres (e.g. silk, wool, etc.) are best cared for through dry cleaning. These natural fibres can react adversely when exposed to water. The natural fibres become rigid, causing the fabric to shrink, distort, and lose their colour. Dry cleaning keeps delicate items soft in texture and vibrant in colour.

Dry Cleaning involves the use of non-water based solvents to clean clothing and other textiles. Launder & Press differs in that the process involves the use of water and detergent in a commercial-grade washing machine. Dry Cleaning is the best method for stain removal and fabric preservation. Items emerge from the cleaning process thoroughly dried, then undergo machine or hand pressing. Launder & Press is the favoured process for odour removal, and is a requisite for starch application. Items emerge slightly damp to the touch, then are in individually pressed to finish.

Yes, but there are some inherent risks to the attached sequins and ornaments due to the mechanical action of the cleaning process. We take full precaution to protect all sequined or embellished garments, including turning them inside out and putting them in protective mesh bags so they don’t tangle with other garments. However, we ask that you give us your approval before proceeding, which can cause the cleaning process to be delayed by a few days.

Starch is something that can be added to the cleaning process for cotton dress shirts to give them a crisper look and feel. The starch binds to the fibres and helps them keep their shape better through wear. The more starch that is applied, the crisper the hold will be