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.

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.