Cleaning Processes & Clothing Care
There are various processes that can be used to clean clothes. The basics are hand washing, machine washing, and dry cleaning.
Hand Washing involves soaking the item in water and detergent to gently remove soils from the fabric. This method is very restrictive, and has very little or no agitation.
Machine Washing garments are cleaned in a machine with water and detergent. Bleach and/or other laundry additives may be used. The garments are subjected to mechanical action by an agitator. Although there are several different cycles available on most washing machines, they are not as gentle as hand washing.
Wet Cleaning is the professional process of removing soils from garments and other textile items through the use of water in specialized equipment. This equipment allows the precise control of additives (such as detergents) water level, temperature and rotation speed. Careful control of these factors is necessary to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion.
Dry Cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabric. The term “dry cleaning” is misleading; it is called dry cleaning because the fluid contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers like water. Common solutions currently used for dry cleaning include perchloroethylene, GreenEarth, Solvon K4 and petroleum or other hydrocarbon based solvents. In most cases, garments are cleaned and dried in the same machine — they go in dry and come out dry. This process is followed by finishing procedures using special equipment, such as steam presses.
How should you decide?
Look for a manufacturers care label attached to the garment. This should contain fabric content and recommended care instructions. Unfortunately our years of experience have taught us that garments can be labeled incorrectly or sometimes can undergo more than one care process safely. Some manufacturers don’t take the time and expense to have each garment they produce tested for safe care processing. As garment care professionals we consider: fabric content, fabric finish, soils or stains, combination of colours, attached trims and construction. At Best Care we utilize dry cleaning, wet cleaning, stain removal and occasional hand washing to process customers garments safely. When you trust us with your garments, have confidence knowing that we use our experience and expertise to give your clothing the Best Care possible.
Thank you for wearing clothes!
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