This question is a close second to: "Do we dry clean?" The answer to which is: Yes. Yes we do. We offer full-scale dry cleaning. And we do a lot of it. As in, thousands upon thousands of garments a year. Last year, 2017, we had well over 60,000 items come through our humble cleaning facility in Moscow, ID. Imagine that sort of laundry day?
Although if we get technical, your clothes will get "wet" before they get "dry." Dry cleaning is an incredibly effective, yet gentle cleaning process that uses a liquid solvent to break down those annoying stains. Most cleaners you run into will use a solvent called Perchloroethylene ("Perc" for short). The EPA notes that Perc is "a toxic chemical with both human health and environmental concerns." Also, that it is a "likely human carcinogen" (but then again, what isn't considered one?).
We don't think getting a suit or skirt looking nice should require toxic chemicals. We're committed to keeping, as well as our community, a little cleaner. That's why we've invested in the beauty to the right: the Firbimatic f40 series. We're impressed with her too. Made in and then imported from Italy, this dry cleaning machine is specifically designed to remove dirt, oil, and stains while remaining Eco-friendly. Instead of using the classic Perc, we use a halogen-free, organic solvent known as SolvonK4. As of 2010, this hydrocarbon solvent is "neither a hazardous material nor a hazardous substance!" Now that's something you can feel good about!
Dry cleaning, at it's most basic, is the implementation of a non-hydrogen based solvent to pull oils, grease, and various other stains from an item. In the early days of dry cleaning, cleaners would use a petroleum based solvent like kerosene or, even, gasoline. Since it isn't water based the solvent can be used to gently treat fabrics that can't easily be washed (ie. wools, silks). Even if the fabric content of garment could be wet-laundered oftentimes it's overall construction (many connected panels, etc) make it ideal for dry cleaning to ensure it won't become misshapen. One of the added benefits of modern day dry cleaning is the cleaning "cycle" itself. The tumble and heat produced by a normal washing machine and clothes dryer can be damage or ruin some clothes. Modern day dry cleaning machines are programmable so that the drum only revolves a few times a minute, mimicking the gentle nature of hand washing.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us online, by phone, or, even better, stop into the store.
A Glimpse Inside:
Here's a look at our inside operations. What happens to your garment from when you drop it off to picking it back up.
- We enter your garment into our system with a detailed description to make sure we know what you have in and then add an identification tag.
- Our expertly trained dry cleaner will, then, inspect the garment (remove any ornamentation, check for damage/stains) and use either a soaking or individual stain removal technique.
- We then dry clean your garment with the Eco-friendly hydrocarbon (are you looking for laundering: here you go!).
- Your garment is once again inspected for any remaining stains; depending on the extent we will do more spot cleaning and then re-run it for no extra charge.
- At this point, your garment will be individually hand finished to the highest standards.
- After being pressed we inspect your garment once more to ensure it has met our rigorous standards and do the final touch ups (collar stays/shirt clips/coat retainer).
- We then bag the garment, attach a final tag and enter them into our system as finished.