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.

 

Wedding Gown Preservation

Wedding Gown Preservation

Your wedding gown is a special possession like no other. For that reason, it is extremely important to have your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible after your big day to preserve both the dress and the memories of your day.

At Quality Cleaners, we can also provide award winning alterations to your gown, as well as the entire bridal party.  If you will be in the Harrisburg Area, just give us a call at 717-737-8444 or contact us and we will schedule you to see our extraordinary seamstresses.

Stains become more difficult to treat the longer they remain in the fabric.  Each wedding gown is a unique and a prized possession and it will be inspected and cleaned according to its style, stains, material and design.

Our professional drycleaners have an excellent reputation and have many years experience in cleaning wedding gowns so you can rest assured your bridal dress will be treated with the utmost of care and attention.

Here are some FAQ’s we receive from our
Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation customers:

– Should I pre-spot or try and treat any stains that are on my wedding gown before I bring it in?
In short, no.  Please do not pre-treat any stains on your gown before bringing it to us.  Let our professional cleaners analyze the stain, fabric, and style of the dress to determine the appropriate way to clean it.

-I found my great grandmother’s wedding gown in her attic.  Do you clean gowns that are extremely aged and possibly yellowed? wedding2 It is our pleasure to clean hand-me-down, antique, and sentimental wedding gowns.  Over the years we have cleaning hundreds or thousands of aged gowns, dresses, veils, suits, and other wedding celebratory garments.  We take extreme care of these items, and our experience yields fantastic results.  Here is a link to our blog post describing our selection as the vendor to clean garments and household items from a Historic home dating back to the early 1800’s.

 

-I had an outdoor wedding and my gown is FILTHY!  How clean can Quality Cleaners get my gown?wedding_gown_before&after_webopt
Our cleaning process can remove just about any stain you can get in your gown.  Typically we receive gowns with and subsequently remove: dirt, mud, makeup, perspiration, food, wine, and even occasionally blood.  Of course, the sooner the gown comes to be treated, the more successful the gown cleaning will be.  Think your wedding gown is too dirty?  We accept the challenge.


-Will my gown be boxed when I get it back from Quality Cleaners?

Your gown (and up to 3 items such as veil, shoes, etc.) will  be returned to you in an acid free keepsake box and packed in acid free tissue paper.

Keepsake Box

The keepsake box has a viewing window for you to be able to see your beautifully preserved Wedding Gown any time you would like.  The keepsake box is then placed in a protective storage box to ensure it’s safety and preservation.  The combination of boxes ensure that the gown is protected from moisture, humidity, and temperature changes that may occur in your home.  The box also protects from insects, moths, and other pests that may be near the box.

For more information on the Harrisburg Area’s best wedding gown cleaning service, visit our main Quality Cleaners 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.
  • GooglePlus-logos-02Google + is another great way to view our business and share a positive experience.
  • We are also proud to be listed on
    Read Unbiased Consumer Reviews Online at AngiesList.com

  • 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.

 

Rug Cleaning

Rug Cleaning

 

Quality Cleaners offers professional area rug cleaning. We will clean your Area Rug or your Oriental Rug for you, returning it clean and deodorized. The difference you will see in a clean rug is amazing.

Most Oriental or area rug cleaners just surface clean your rug. Our technicians first vacuum the rug vertically and horizontally. Twice. They then ‘badger’ the rug, getting all the dirt and other small particulates out of the rug. Finally, the rug is submerged, resulting in a thorough cleaning.

If you have pet odors in your rug, our rug cleaning is guaranteed to remove that odor.Area Rug Oriental Rug Cleaning

We will also check your padding beneath your rug for wear and tear. Rug padding will decrease wear and tear on your rug, as well as lengthen the life of your rug, leading to less rug cleaning in the future. Rug pads actually have many other benefits as well. Along with a longer Area or Oriental rug life, rug padding also prolongs the life of your floor. The rug backing and the dust work like sandpaper to scratch your floor over time. In addition, rug pads make for a healthier home. They create airflow underneath the rug which allows for better suction when vacuuming. This airflow prevents odor causing bacteria like mold and mildew under your rug.

Should I have a rug pad beneath my area rug? 

Yes.  Here’s why:

  • Area Rug pads extend the life of your rug.
  • Rug padding also improves the longevity and quality of your floor. 
  • Did you know that without a pad, the rug backing and dust and/or dirt can work like sandpaper to damage your floor over time.
  • Rug Pads makes for a healthier home as well. They create air flow under your rug which allows for better suction when vacuuming.
  • This air flow also prevents bacteria, mold, and mildew from under your rug that can cause odors and health concerns.

 Visit our Rug Cleaning site for more information: http://www.RugCleaningPA.com or visit our contact page.

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?