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So, What Is Dry Cleaning?

You drop off your dirty laundry into one of My Locker Laundry lockers, place an order and get back to work. A few days later, you return, pick up your clothes and you realize your clothes are now cleaned, fresh and smell nice. Do you know what happened to your clothes while they were at My Locker Laundry? So how does dry cleaning work?

In this article, we aim to explain this magical process and unlock the mystery for you.

In the simplest of terms, dry cleaning is a process of cleaning clothes without the use of water. The absence of water in the process is where the name dry cleaning comes from. Unlike the traditional washing machine at home that uses a large amount of water to clean your clothes, dry cleaning uses non-water based chemical solvents to clean clothes.

Two distinct advantages of not using water during the cleaning process:

1. Water swells the fibres. It is this swelling action which causes shrinkage and dye fading in many garments. That’s why dry cleaning your clothes can prolong the lifetime of your clothes.

2. Dry cleaning solvents are much more superior to water in the removal of oily or greasy residues which are the base component of most of the stains.

At My Locker Laundry, we follow a few key steps to properly clean your clothes: inspection and tagging, pre-spotting, dry cleaning process, post-spotting and finishing.

Inspection and tagging: We tag and itemized each piece of clothing for our dry cleaning process to be sure it gets back to the right customer. In other words, if you send us 7 shirts, each of them will have a unique identity number, so we can ensure that you get back all your shirts after the treatment. During this process, each piece is inspected by our professionals to see if there are any special stains or spots or missing buttons and holes.

Pre-spotting: Once we discovered any stains, we will be “pre-treating” the spots according to the cause of the stain. Different types of stains need different chemicals. For example, a lipstick stain will need a different chemical than a stain caused by tomato source. This process will help remove the stain in the following dry cleaning process.

Dry cleaning process: After your garments are “pre-treated”, your clothes are placed into one of our superior dry cleaning machines and submerged into a non-water based solvent. The clothes are then rotated in a perforated cylinder where the cleaning solvent is released in a steady amount throughout the process. The machine then drains the solvent away along with the dirt and gently spin the clothes to remove the remaining drops of solvent.

Post-spotting: When the garments have been spun dry, they will be removed from the machine and a post-spotting process by our cleaning experts will begin. This is the quality control (QC) process which is critical to ensure you get back a spotless garment.

Finishing: Once your clothes have gone through the complete dry cleaning process, they are pressed, steamed or ironed for perfection. This is the part we love because we now see your clothes become amazing again. Did we mention that our pressing machine can press up to 60 shirts in an hour? This is about one minute per shirt!

Dry cleaning has many benefits for garments and the key ones are pro-longing the lifetime of your beloved shirts, removed stubborn stains better and protecting your garments to shrinkage. If you are interested to have an item Dry Cleaned, drop it off at one of the lockers at your residential apartment and try our Dry Cleaning services.

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