FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does the dry cleaning process
Despite the name, dry cleaning is actually not a totally dry
process. Through the use of non-flammable solvents such as
percholoroethylene or glycol ethers, clothes are treated with
solvents, rather than water. Clothes are placed into a basket
inside of a machine similar to a washing machine. The basket
contains a horizontal, perforated drum that rotates inside of
an outer shell. This shell contains the solvents, while the
clothes remain in the basket.
During the wash cycle, new solvent is constantly fed into the
machine while old solvent is removed. Some clothes may have to
be pre-treated ahead of washing, and how much solvent depends
on the type of garment being cleaned. Each wash cycle takes
approximately 15 minutes, again depending on the stain needing
to be removed. After the wash, the machine will "rinse" with a
fresh load of distilled solvent to help keep the clothes from
absorbing the already used working solvent. Following this,
the extraction cycle will spin the basket incredibly fast to
spin out as much solvent as possible. Then, the drying cycle
begins, which utilizes warm air to push through the clothes
and thus evaporate any traces of solvent still remaining, with
the temperature of air depending on what type of garment is
being cleaned. Finally, after a cooling cycle, garments are
pressed and finished!
How do I know if my clothes need to
be dry cleaned?
Most garments will contain instructions on their tags stating
whether or not they need to be dry cleaned. You can also look
for symbols on the tags for an indication: a circle is the
symbol for dry cleaning and a circle with an x through it
means do not dry clean. If you are still unsure, bring it in
to us and we will help you determine.
Are your solvents environmentally
At Weldon's Cleaners, we strive to use the most earth-safe
products we can when it comes to our solvents. Thanks to
advances in the dry cleaning process, as well as the solvents
themselves, we can often reuse up to 99.99% of solvent. We do
our part to protect the planet!
Does the dry cleaning solvent perc
raise the risk of cancer?
A--"The EPA does NOT classify perc as either a definite
or a probable human carcinogen." "More importantly, EPA's
scientific advisors have noted that perc is a specific example
of a substance where credible scientific data indicates that
it is unlikely to be a human carcinogen."
PS-- Insurance companies tell us that decades of their records
show no elevation of cancer rates among people working in the
dry cleaning business.
Does frequent dry cleaning shorten
the life of a garment?
On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a
garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment
unwearable, but ground in dirt and soil act as an abrasive,
like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects
are attracted to soiled clothes and will cause further damage.
When a garment's label says
"washable," does this mean it cannot be dry cleaned?
Not necessarily. The Care Label Rule states that only one
suitable method of care must be on the label. Cleaners usually
follow the care instructions, unless otherwise requested. If
you want your washable items dry cleaned, the cleaner may ask
you to sign a damage waiver.
Should I store my clean garments in
the plastic bag they are returned in?
The bags are provided by the cleaner to protect the garment
until you get home. It is best to store garments uncovered or
in fabric garment bags.
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