The process of dry cleaning, just as the name implies, is cleaning garments and textiles without the use of water. Liquid cleaning solvents are used so the process is not literally dry.
How dry cleaning works
Though early dry cleaning establishments used kerosene or gasoline to remove spots and stains and make clothes cleaner, today’s sophisticated technology has provided other less harmful substances such as silicone to perform the same jobs. The process of dry cleaning includes soaking the garment or other textile in the liquid solvent then pressing for the finishing touch.
Tips for lowering a dry cleaning bill
As simple as it may seem, prevention goes a long way when it comes to cleaning anything. For example, if you know that you are going to be in a dusty environment, you probably don’t want to wear your Sunday best, or if you are eating Italian food, it might be wise not to wear white.
However, there are times when situations like these are unavoidable. If you find yourself with a fresh stain apply a wet cloth (not paper) that has been doused with tap or bottled water. Apply pressure, but DO NOT rub the stain. Rubbing can cause the stain to be embedded into the fabric making it much more difficult to remove. You might be able to remove the stain yourself; however it is advised to treat fabrics according to the directions on the label.