Is Dry Cleaning Different Than Wet Cleaning?

Is Dry Cleaning Different Than Wet Cleaning?

What to dry clean vs wet clean:

One of our customers came in recently concerned about a wool sweater with blood on it.  She assumed there was absolutely nothing that could be done to beaded dressclean the wool sweater and that it was ruined.  Fortunately for this customer,
in addition to our best in the Harrisburg, PA area dry cleaning, Quality Cleaners is also a local pioneer in the emerging science of wet cleaning.

What is wet cleaning?

Wet cleaning is a cleaning process that involves gentle machine washing using water, biodegradable soaps, and conditioners.  Essentially, the conditioner mixes with the water before it touches the clothes.  This inhibits the fibers’ ability to absorb the water. Thi is the main cause of shrinkage in the garment and renegade dye transfer.

beaded2As found on Wikipedia, “According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wet cleaning is the most environmentally sensitive professional method of garment cleaning. It does not use hazardous chemicals, it does not generate hazardous waste, nor does the process create air pollution and it reduces the potential for water and soil contamination. The specialized detergents and conditioner used in the wet clean process are milder than home laundry products. All of the products are disposed of down the drain and easily handled by the local waste water treatment facility.”

The other benefit- wet cleaning offers a better cleaning solution to water soluble stains (food, blood, soda, alcohol, etc.) than dry cleaning.  This came in especially handy for Quality Cleaners in the case of this wool sweater with blood on it.  It also works on many other garments that come into our Harrisburg, PA area plant.

Isn’t wet cleaning just washing?

Wet cleaning is similar to washing but with a few key differences.  Firstly, the water is conditioned before touching the clothing as noted above.  Secondly, there is significantly less water used in the wet cleaning process.  Also, although done in a machine that is also capable of washing, wet

The Quality Cleaners Family celebrates 'Going Green'.

The Quality Cleaners Family celebrates ‘Going Green’.

cleaning demands a much more specific and gentle mechanical action based on the type of garment.  The specifics include the time and speed in ‘tumble’, the temperature of the water, and the extraction time and speed.  There are also significantly different soaps and conditioners involved in the wet cleaning process.  Typically these soaps and conditioners are also ‘GREEN‘, biodegradable, safe for the people using it, and the environment.

What garments do you use wet cleaning vs dry cleaning?

At Quality Cleaners we have found success wet cleaning many beaded and/or decorated garments that have been historically less successful in dry cleaning.  We have also had tremendous success in our Fire and Water Restoration business wet cleaning textiles that have soot damage, smoke damage, mold damage, mildew damage, water damage or other malodorous issues.

 

Contact us any time for more information on our wet cleaning process or our dry cleaning in the Harrisburg, PA area.  Please contact us if you have any water damage, smoke damage, or other damage restoration needs.  Quality Cleaners is also available for rug cleaning in the Harrisburg, PA area.

 

Restoring History

Restoring History

 

Quality Cleaners was recently given the prodigious opportunity to work with the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Isaac Watson House in Hamilton, NJ.    The Isaac Watson House was built in 1708, and is recognized as the oldest house in Mercer County.  It serves as the Society’s headquarters and was restored by NJDAR in 1964, as part of the New Jersey Tercentenary Celebration.watson-house2

The furniture now displayed in this fine stone house mostly antedates 1790, and several pieces were made by New Jersey craftsmen.  In addition, many articles in the home were made and/or donated by New Jersey Daughters. The Isaac Watson House is located at 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Watson House is easily accessible from Route 206, heading towards Trenton.

Quality Cleaners was selected to clean the textiles in this historic location following the discovery of mold development in the home.  As the structure of the home was going through remediation, we took on the task of preserving these precious, remarkable textiles while cleaning them to the best possible outcome.

A few of the notable pieces we were entrusted with included:

Quality Cleaners Restoration TeamThis coverlet is on permanent loan to the Watson House in memory of Olivia Rich Hall (1784-1869).  Ms. Hall grew the flax, spun, and wove the coverlet in 1804.  The coverlet was presented through the Cranetown Chapter of the DAR by Grace Forster Hanchett, June Hanchett Daar, and Olivia Daar Dreikorn.

 

 

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Quality Cleaners Harrisburg Dry CleanerThis wall hanging was hand stitched in 1829 by Catharine Smith, Age 8.  A gift of the Nova Caesarea Chapter.

 

 

A hand stitched bedskirt Harrisburg Dry Cleaners Quality Cleanersfrom approximately the late 1880’s

 

 

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Beautifully hand stitched draperies from the 1960’s

 

 

 

 

Quality Cleaners comforter cleaning

 

 

This beautifully stitched quilt is most likely from the 1840s-1850s.  Though it is a style that has been embraced and copied in the  present days.

 

 

 

This exquisitely detailed and img_7204_editedhandstitched bedcover from the 1960’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Quality Cleaners Restoration Team or the NJDAR, visit our contact page and send us a message.  For other interesting articles and notable textile restoration jobs, visit our blog page.

Road Warriors

Road Warriors

This week, your favorite  Greater Harrisburg Dry Cleaner has been #OnTheRoad pretty hard.  Our Textile Restoration Team has been in a different town every day this week either picking up or delivering textiles affected by fire, smoke, fire extinguisher dust, or water damage.   We actually were called in to rescue clothes in each of those situations just this week.

The Restoration Team, after driving to Trenton, NJ tomorrow for a really cool, historic job- which we will highlight next week- will have traveled around 1000 miles in just this week.  Quality Cleaners Delivery Service

Add Jeff’s 300-400 miles of retail pickup and delivery service, and we are really getting around.

 

Have you seen any of our vans?  If so, give us a shout and let us know where… #WheresQuality

Happy Birthday Quality Cleaners!!

Happy Birthday Quality Cleaners!!

When Quality Cleaners in Lemoyne opened the doors in September of 1958, our two employees shared the building with a doughnut shop and charged 10 cents to clean a shirt and 55 cents for a pair of trousers. Since then, we have doubled the size of the building- twice.  Our 35 employees now fill an 8,000-square-foot building, have three external storage spaces, and our three vans are constantly on the road.  It’s been an extraordinary journey to say the least.

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The Quality Cleaners Family celebrating our ‘Green’ celebration in 2011.

Please stop in today to say hello or share a fun Quality Cleaners memory on our Facebook page.   We at the store and those who we are lucky enough to have as loyal customers for all these years greatly appreciate these stories and well wishes.

Quality Cleaners Day

Quality Cleaners Day

 

 

Did you know that Saturday is the 8th annual Quality Cleaners Day in Lemoyne?  Stop in, say hello, and even ask for a tour! While you’re here, please feel free to give us a shout on Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, or whichever social media site is your favorite.Lemoyne Day Quality Cleaners

 

 

Quality Cleaners Day is Saturday, September 17th!

Quality Cleaners Day is Saturday, September 17th!

Did you know that Quality Cleaners’ birthday is coming up this Saturday?  What do we want for our birthday?  For you to stop and ‘Check In’ with us to help us celebrate.

Feeling Good About Our Service?  Post a Review…

Feeling Good About Our Service? Post a Review…

We often have customers – both in our retail area and in textile restoration – who ask ‘How can I post a great review about Quality Cleaners?’  Those reviews go a very long way for a small, family owned business like ours and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us out. Here are a few ways:

  • http://www.facebook.com/qualitycleanersinc Facebook is always a great way to share a positive experience at Quality Cleaners.
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  • We are also proud to be listed on
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  • BetterBusinessBureau We were recently approved as a  BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating.  We are proud to be one of the select few chosen by the BBB to represent their standard in honesty, quality, and reliability.  We are the only dry cleaner within 50+ miles with this accredited status.  To leave or see our reviews, please click here.

 

Fact and Fiction #2

Fact and Fiction #2

FICTION – Dry cleaners harm the environment by dry cleaning.

FACT – The dry cleaning industry is possibly the most heavily regulated small business in America. Air and water regulations are comprehensive and far reaching. Safe operating practices, handling, and disposal of any chemicals entail strict monitoring and enforcement measures.

FACT – At Quality Cleaners, we dry clean our garments in a GREEN solvent called SolvonK4. This organic and bio-degradable solution replaces the most commonly used solvent for dry cleaning, perchloroethylene (also known as PERC). Greater than 85 percent of the 35,000+ dry cleaners in the United States use PERC in their dry-cleaning process. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has classified tetrachloroethylene as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.. K4 is GREEN, organic, biodegradable, and safe for skin, air, and water.

SOLVONK4 has very different properties from conventional solvents in dry-cleaning. It is a halogen-free, organic solvent with a pureness of > 99 % and excellent cleaning performance. The innovative solvent is not only able to dissolve and absorb lipophilic (fats, greases and oil) but also hydrophilic soil (water soluble soil).

Here is a link to a Pennlive.com article on 10/10/2011 featuring Quality Cleaners and our move to our GREEN solvent.

Here is a link to a Keystoneedge.com article on 11/29/2011 featuring Quality Cleaners’ move to a organic, biodegradable cleaning solution.

Fact and Fiction

Fact and Fiction

FICTION – All stains can be removed.

FACT – Unfortunately, no they can’t.

Whether it’s a new garment or a treasured, well-worn garment, everyone hates it when they spill something on their clothing. We understand, and will always use our best efforts to make that stain go away. Sometimes it’s pretty easy – sometimes not. Either way, we have the professional expertise to do the job right.

Successful stain removal depends largely on the nature of the stain, the type of fabric, and the colorfastness of the dye. Some fabrics and dyes simply will not withstand the use of cleaning or stain removal agents. Some stains, like ink and dried paint for example, can be impossible to remove.

 

What do you think are some of the harder stains to remove?

Quality Cleaners- Drycleaning Harrisburg, PA Area Premier Drycleaner –  Shoe Repair, Rug Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Shirt Laundry, Alterations, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning, and More

Quality Cleaners- Drycleaning Harrisburg, PA Area Premier Drycleaner – Shoe Repair, Rug Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Shirt Laundry, Alterations, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Dry Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning, and More

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Drycleaning Harrisburg, PA Area– Quality Cleaners services the Greater Harrisburg, PA Area.  We are the premier ‘dry cleaner near me’.  We also bring our amazing dry cleaning service to you with our time saving delivery service.  If you live in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Hershey, Hummelstown, or Harrisburg, PA, you are maybe in our delivery zone.  Please call for exactly where we deliver or other information.

Other services other than
Drycleaning Harrisburg

Quality Cleaners offers award winning services in Harrisburg, PA Area.  Do you have a torn jacket or have pants that you need taken in? Maybe you have a blazer fit to your physique?  We offer a best-in-class alterations department which will not disappoint.  Do not throw that garment out and buy a new one, because Quality Cleaners can fix it for you!

Do you have shoes which need a repair?  Our shoe repair services are second to none.  Email, Call, or visit our shoe repair page for more.

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Before and After Our Award Winning Shoe Repair

We can help you if you have water damage, fire damage, or need restoration work done to your textiles.  We have a team of trained, educated, and uniformed technicians to help you through this tough situation.  Please also visit our Restoration Website: http://www.RescueMyClothes.com

Are you interested in learning more about our drycleaning process? We have a page dedicated to drycleaning harrisburg.

We also have a page dedicated to our Award Winning shirt laundry and wetcleaning process- hence our shirt laundry and wetcleaning page.

Quality Cleaners also offers home and office delivery.  If you live in Lemoyne, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Dillsburg, Wormleysburg, Enola, Harrisburg, Hershey, Hummelstown, or anywhere inbetween you may be within our delivery area.  Please visit our Quality Cleaners Express Delivery website for more information on this convenient and almost always time saving service.

For more information, please visit our contact page.  You can also email us at info@qualitycleanersinc.com for more information.

 

In conclusion, just get in touch with us today for the best drycleaning in Harrisburg, PA!