The Dry Cleaning Process Essay

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Dry Cleaning Process The dry cleaning process is more complex than people really think and is expected to expand slightly within the next five years. The dry cleaning industry provides cleaning services along with pressing and finishing. People have been washing clothes every since clothes have been around. In the 17th century cleaners would try different things when they cleaned them. They tried solvents like camphene, gasoline, and turpentine to clean them. In 1845, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Jolly used the term dry cleaning because he spilt some kerosene on a tablecloth and when it dried, the stains were gone. As the years gone by, cleaners discovered chlorinated solvents which didn’t cause as many fires. By 2011, there are over 35,000 dry cleaners in the United States. (Eco Clean) Dry cleaning is a process where they clean clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent, therefore that is why it is called “dry”. (How Dry Cleaning Works) Dry cleaning is very popular but how does it work exactly? Well, it starts with the customer. The customer comes into the store and drops there clothing off. The worker then takes the clothes to what is called the tagging station. Here, the worker will check all pockets and unbutton all buttons. Then, the worker reads the care label to find out what needs to be done to the clothing. After deciding where to put it, they will then put a tag on the clothes so later on in the process they will know whose is whose. Once all the clothes are tag it is time to wash them. Anything that is being starched, will be washed in soap, then rewashed in starched and pressed wet. Anything that is just being washed is washed, dried, and then pressed. All dry cleaning items are done the same way as washed items, just in a special solution that doesn’t use water. (The

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