HOW DOES DRY CLEANING WORK
Dry Cleaning is a process that cleans clothes without water, and this is the only reason why the process is called "dry". Actually another cleaning fluid called PERC (perchlorethylene) is used to clean the clothes.
The process involves using a dry-to-dry machine (like a home washer and dryer combined in one machine). Immaculate has two such industrial machines available.
Spots and problem areas on garments are pre-treated with special solutions and then put in the machine's basket.
All garments are then immersed in PERC. The solvent passes over and in the basket cleaning the garments within, several cycles, passing through filtration devices built into the machine, and then the basket rotates fast extracting all the solvents back into the machine's tank or the distillation device.
Then the basket rotates while heat is injected into the system, causing the solvent to evaporate reaching the top of the machine where a refrigeration coil is situated. When the hot solvent vapor hits the very cold refrigerated coil, it condenses (like how rain is made) back into the system passing through a water separator removing any ambient moisture that had been transferred from dry garments into the solvent that they were cleaned with. This process of drying takes 20-30 minutes, and the garments are returned to a clean dry but usually wrinkly state. This is the end of the cleaning process.
From here the garments are moved to the pressing stations, where the wrinkles are removed, and fabric is pressed to a level of perfection.
What DOES DRY CLEANING NOT DO
The dry cleaning process is designed to take out stains consisting of fat. It is not really good at removing other spots, or even odors for that matter.
As explained before not all fabrics, or stains can be cleaned using the dry cleaning process. In these case washing in industrial sized washing machines provides the process to clean the garments.
Using professional stain removers and detergents the garments are washed (dried if necessary) and then enter the pressing process.
In case of larger- or heavier items, we are using the even larger washing drying and ironing machines we have available at our Immaculate Laundry site.