We all know and have heard about dry cleaning. But have you ever heard of wet cleaning? Do you know the difference between wet and dry cleaning? Perhaps you are wondering which is better for your delicate fabrics. If you have ever been to a dry cleaner that offers wet cleaning services, you might want to opt for that service – after you read this blog, of course.
What is the Difference Between Wet and Dry Cleaning?
Wet cleaning is a different type of professional cleaning service than dry cleaning. Dry cleaning uses chemical liquid solvents, like perchloroethylene (PERC), to clean clothes and remove stains. Dry cleaning does not use any water, which is why it is called dry cleaning.
The liquid solvents don’t penetrate the fabric; this is to avoid shrinking and swelling. Due to this, the process to remove the solvents can be harsh, as it requires high heat. These solvents also require government-regulated waste management programs, as they can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of correctly.
Wet cleaning, on the other hand, is quite different.
So What is Wet Cleaning?
Wet cleaning is a non-toxic, environmentally safe alternative to dry cleaning. Unlike dry cleaning with its harsh, toxic chemical solvents, wet cleaning utilizes a minimal amount of natural water and non-hazardous biodegradable soaps and conditioners; there are no chemicals, and the detergents are milder and safer than at-home laundry products.
According to EPA, wet cleaning is the most environmentally sensitive cleaning method, as it does not create harmful wastes or pollution. In fact, there are no chemical odors or residue, and it reduces the potential for water and soil contamination, so it is safe for the environment and people.
Another key difference between the two is that wet cleaning has computer-controlled washing machines and moisture-sensitive dryers that protect against shrinkage, discoloring and damage to garments. The washing machines are customizable and control the specific amount of water and detergents used. The dryers tumble the clothes at specific temperatures and humidity to reduce moisture.
From start to finish, wet cleaning is gentler than hand washing and leaves fresh, clean scents and soft touches to your clothes. Never worry about your bright, vibrant clothes losing their vibrancy. This cleaning process can extend your clothes’ lives.
Which Should I Use?
Honestly, it depends on your clothes and personal preference.
Dry cleaning is typically better for non-water-soluble stains, such as oil and grease. It is also good for delicate fabrics like wool and silk. However, there are many potential environmental hazards to dry cleaning chemicals.
On the other hand, wet cleaning is environmentally friendly and works great on all sorts of stains, such as sweat or mildew. It is also effective on delicate fabrics, including cashmere, rayon, silk, wool and more.
Luckily, at London Cleaners, we offer both dry cleaning and wet cleaning services so you can choose which is best for you and your clothes.
Don’t forget to use our pickup and delivery services, as well as our same-day cleaning services.