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Latest information on Dry Cleaning - Written by Logan N. & Isaiah

Blog #1​

July 30th, 2019

Dry Cleaning your Curtains & Drapes can save you money & time delegation by protecting the best quality drapes you pick out one time. This is a sure way to guarantee you agency over the health & longevity of your drapes & curtains.

Blog #2 Sept 16th - 2019


Dry Cleaning is a service that provides agency over your appearance, time-delegation & safety by entrusting skilled trades-people to dedicate knowledge & time resulting in the highest quality results at a reasonable agreed upon price. In recent years local dry cleaners have been adding cameras to keep better track of orders, more than 80% of the industry has some form of digital data entry. With larger soft-ware developing creating Point of Sale Systems & standardization cloud based software. Most of the firms remain as small single store front operations. Demand for Quick service increasing & many companies offering 2-3 days service of less. 

Blog #3 December 2nd 2019


"So, what are these toxins exactly and what fabrics are they in? Let’s break down what they are and how they could affect you:

1. Acrylic fabrics have dimethylformamide in them, which the CDC says, after interacting directly with skin “can cause liver damage and other adverse health effects.” These effects have caused the people who manufacture acrylic fabrics to have to wear protective clothing just to touch the clothing they’re making.

2. Azo dyes are very common synthetic dyes used for coloring clothes, leather and textiles. They also release amines ― a compound derived from ammonia ― that increased the risk of bladder cancer among German dye factory workers who had regular exposure to it. Instead look for products made with natural dyes.

3. Phthalates are found in a lot of fast fashion, specifically DEHP and DINP, and sometimes BBP (you aren’t likely to see any of them listed on a label, so you don’t even need to remember these acronyms). They’re found in things like plastic raincoats, artificial leather and waterproof clothing. Phthalates are endocrine disrupters and have been linked to adverse reproductive effects in male rodents. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has not determined whether phthalates are carcinogenic to humans.

4. Nanosilver is used as an antimicrobial agent to inhibit odor-causing bacteria in clothing. Early research with lab rats has found that silver nanoparticles can get into the brain and kill brain cells over time. The risk assessment for babies chewing on fabrics with nanosilver could possibly result in harmful exposures, but it hasn’t been thoroughly tested to glean whether that’s true of all cases or what those harmful exposures would be.

5. Anything that touts itself as static resistant, stain resistant, flame retardant, or wrinkle-free is often treated with formaldehyde, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) like Teflon, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) and nonylphenols (NPs), or triclosan, according to The IFD Council, the world’s leading modest fashion and design council representing the Islamic economy. NPEs and NPs are absorbable through the skin and have been shown to be associated with reproductive and developmental effects in rodents, though studies in humans are inconclusive. Studies on factory workers who are exposed to triclosan suggest that regular exposure may contribute to increased cancer risk. Though, the Mayo Clinic says evidence is not strong enough to recommend avoiding this product.

Okay, by now you may find yourself suddenly getting itchy and wanting to purge your closet. Before you do that, we have some good news: There a lot of other fabrics that don’t have any icky things in them that you can wear in good faith.

Those include: cotton, silk, organic wool, hemp, alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, flax, ramie, and aluyot. While chemicals can certainly also be found on so-called natural fabrics, they are less prevalent. Also, just because you’re wearing less harmful fabrics doesn’t mean you need to compromise price. There are plenty of brands doing great things in the way of cutting cost, not quality."


This full article can be seen on - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/these-are-the-gnarly-chemicals-in-the-cheap-clothes-we-buy_n_57d6e494e4b03d2d459b92ff



Know the Dry Cleaning Process

https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-dry-cleaning-2145885

Published Thursday 03/05/2020

"The term dry cleaning is a bit of a misnomer. In the United States, the dry cleaning process refers to cleaning clothes and fabrics by using a chemical solvent that contains little or no water. While cleaning the surface of fabrics, it does not penetrate the fibers like water does in a washing machine.

Dry cleaning is typically used on clothes and fabrics that cannot withstand the rigors of a standard home washer and dryer. This process preserves the desirable qualities of many fabrics and helps to prevent shrinking and stretching. It also eliminates the need for more time-consuming hand washing. Most dry cleaners also offer wet cleaning for washable items like starched shirts, slacks, and household linens,

A History of Dry Cleaning Chemicals

Dry cleaning has been around since Roman times when ammonia was used to clean woolen togas to prevent any shrinking that happens when wool is exposed to hot water. Next, cleaners moved to petroleum-based solvents like gasoline and kerosene which proved to be highly flammable and dangerous to use.

By the 1930s cleaners began using perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent. They are highly effective cleaners and are still used by many commercial cleaners today. Both have a distinctive chemical odor. Perchloroethylene is referred to as perc and is classified as carcinogenic to humans. In the 1990s the United States Environmental Protection Agency began to regulate dry cleaning chemicals and encourage commercial cleaners to use safer, more environmentally friendly solvents.

Green dry cleaning is based on a carbon dioxide detergent system and cleaning machines that apply pressure to draw liquid carbon dioxide through fabrics to remove soil. There is no heat involved which also makes the process more gentle to fabrics.

The Commercial Dry Cleaning Process

The commercial dry cleaning process begins in your local dry cleaning storefront when you drop off your dirty clothes. Today, most dry cleaners do not have the very large and expensive cleaning equipment on-site; many will transport your laundry to a central cleaning facility. This is more cost-efficient than having machines at every drop-off location. There are several steps for each item cleaned:

Garment Tagging

Every item is tagged with an identification number. Some cleaners use paper tags that are stapled or pinned to the garment. Others use an iron-on strip with a permanently assigned barcode for regular customers. Similar soiled garments from different customers are cleaned together and tagging ensures that your clothes are returned to you.

Garment Inspection

Before clothes are cleaned, they are inspected for items left in pockets, rips, tears, and missing buttons. These items are returned to customers and problems are noted as issues known before cleaning.

Stain Pretreatment

As part of the inspection process, the cleaner checks for stains on the clothes and treats them before the solvent cleaning process. If you know what caused a specific stain, it is extremely helpful to tell the cleaner to get the best results in the stain removal process. This is also the time a good cleaner removes or covers delicate buttons and trim to prevent damage.

Machine Dry Cleaning

Soiled clothes are loaded into a large drum machine and cleaned with a water-free chemical solvent. The clothes are gently agitated in the solution which causes soils to loosen. The solvent is then drained, filtered, and recycled and the clothes are "rinsed" in a fresh solvent solution to flush away any last remains of soil.

Post Spotting

The dry cleaning process works very well in removing oil-based stains thanks to the chemical solvent. However, other types of stains are not always removed effectively. So, all garments are post spotted to look for remaining stains. The stains are treated with steam, water, or even a vacuum to remove any remaining traces.

Finishing

The final step includes getting the garment ready to wear. This includes steaming or pressing out wrinkles, reattaching buttons, or making repairs. Items are then hung or folded to return to the customer. The plastic bags provided are only there to help you get your clothes home without more stains. It's important to take them off right away or risk damage to your clothes from trapped moisture.

How to Get the Best Results From Your Dry Cleaner

Always Read the Labels

This one may seem obvious but plenty of people pay no attention to the labels in their clothing, or even worse, tear them out completely. Your dry cleaner should always reference the labels before cleaning but you should be the first to call attention to any special care instructions or unique fabrics to ensure it is cleaned properly.

Don’t Try to Remove Your Own Stains

When we spill something on our clothes or notice a stain is tempting to try to remove the stain ourselves. Avoid the temptation and get it right to your dry cleaner instead. You are much more likely to make it worse by pushing the oil, dye, or food. deeper into the fabric making it even more difficult or even impossible to remove.

Be Sure to Point Out Any Stains During Drop-Off

Always be sure to point out and identify stains so they can be properly marked and pre-treated during the cleaning.

Point Out Any Special Buttons or Embellishment

Some garments have delicate buttons or embellishments that require special care. Since you will probably deal with a desk clerk that doesn't do the actual cleaning, point them out and ask if they can be protected or removed during cleaning. Ask if the items will be reattached as part of the service.

Make Special Care Requests Up Front

Always be sure to highlight any stains, delicate fabrics or embellishments at the time of drop off. Do not leave it to chance or simply assume all will be well during the dry cleaning process. Establishing a dialogue with your cleaner will give much better results that you and your clothes will appreciate."