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.

 

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.

 

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

Quality Cleaners

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!

About Us

Quality Cleaners has been in business for over 50 years. Our professional services has led us to work with thousands of customers including a large variety of local businesses. As well Quality Cleaners has serviced the dry cleaning needs of the past 5 Governors of Pennsylvania.

Our company handles the dry cleaning and alterations of all clothing and garments. We take the extra step to help our clients manage their time with our Pick-Up & Delivery Dry Cleaning Service. Our delivery service is available in, but not limited to: Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Hershey, Hummelstown, and more! Give us a call to set your service up today!

 

Delivery

Delivery

 
Adding the Benefit of Dry Cleaning Delivery to Your Home or Your Business

We all seek added benefits that will help our employees to manage their time. Quality Cleaners makes the implementation of this added benefit totally seamless for you and your employees.

The fact is that our employees need to have their clothing altered and dry cleaned on a regular basis to look their best. We have a proven system that will notify your employees of this benefit and allow a seamless implementation, giving your employees the opportunity to save time and money.

As Central PA’s premier dry cleaner, Quality Cleaners works with many businesses who offer this benefit to their employees. It is a benefit which is cost and hassle free for the business. Employees are thankful to you as the business for implementing this creative benefit.

The same goes for those looking for delivery to their home.  Do you want to save time by  having Quality Cleaners’ Award Winning Dry Cleaning brought to your door?

Please contact us at 717-737-8444 or complete our New Customer Express Form and someone from our staff will contact you at your convenience.

Shirt Laundry and Wet Cleaning

Quality Cleaners has been offering Award Winning dry cleaning services to the Greater Harrisburg Area for over 57 years. We are a third generation, family owned business operating from the same location since 1958.

A research study done in 2011 by the University of California, Berkeley, showed that most of us make judgments about people within the first 20 seconds of meeting them. What we judge people on is sometimes decided even before they’ve said a word.  Put your trust in us to keep you looking your best.

We offer Pickup & Delivery service to your home or office to save you time and money. Take advantage of this convenient service by clicking here (link delivery page).

Quality Cleaners is a Central Pennsylvania pioneer in the area of ‘wet cleaning’. What is wet cleaning? It’s not just washing. Wet cleaning is a method in garment cleaning, utilizing a gentle washing machine, biodegradable soaps and conditioners specialized for many different fabric and fiber types. The most important aspect of successful wet cleaning is experience and knowledge of different types of fabrics and proper ways to finish garments by operators.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wet cleaning does not use hazardous chemicals, it does not generate hazardous waste, nor does the process create air pollution. It also reduces the potential for water and soil contamination. The specialized detergents and conditioner used in the wet clean process are more mild than even many home laundry products.

At Quality Cleaners we have found that wet cleaning, in combination with dry cleaning, is more efficient and economical to implement than dry cleaning alone.

How does it work? The garments are placed in a computerized wet cleaning machine that looks very similar to a washing machine. The clothes are wet by already conditioned water, then agitated just enough to extract the dirt and grime; but not enough to alter the structure, size or color of the garment. The garments are then transferred to a high-tech drying unit that automatically stops once a predetermined level of moisture is reached.

 

Click HERE for a video about our state-of-the-art shirt pressing process.

Here’s how our shirt laundry process works:

  1. The shirts are brought to our shirt department and given a descriptive ticket and a bar coded heat seal.
  2. The heat seal is a tag adhered by glue and heat. It tells us information about the shirt and makes marking in more efficient.
  3. The shirts are then separated into light, dark, hand presses, and dry cleaning. This keeps the shirts safe and ready to press. The shirts are also separated into no starch, light starch, medium starch, and heavy starch.
    1. What is starch? Laundry starch is a vegetable byproduct, most often corn, and added to the shirts as a powder. Starch helps keep the form of the shirt longer. In other words, you’re less likely to develop wrinkles, looking sharp all day. Some say starch feels stiff or rigid, like wearing cardboard. Others feel a shirt is just incomplete without it.
  4. Shirts are then laundered by a careful balance of 4-6 chemicals to ensure a safe, thorough cleaning and resulting in a neutral pH. The temperature in which the shirts are laundered varies by garment. Typically, it ranges from 65 degrees to 130 degrees. The temperature varies by garment. Typically, hot should be between 120 & 140 degrees, warm 85-105 degrees & cold 65-75. Water below 60 degrees is too cold for detergents to be helpful.
  5. After laundering, the shirts are taken out of the machine and put in a queue for pressing. Shirts are pressed wet, first on the collar and cuff press, then on the ‘bosom’ press.
  6. The shirts are then checked for spots, wrinkles, missing buttons, or other unsatisfactory issues. If there are any wrinkles, they are hand pressed on a ‘hot head’ press.
  7. Once satisfactory, the shirts are scanned to assign them as ‘finished’, bagged, and filed alphabetically.
  8. Happy customer picks up clean shirts and looks professional and sharp.

 

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