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Are you better off dry cleaning your clothes or wet cleaning them? If you’re sending your clothes out to be cleaned, it’s important to know about the processes used by the cleaners. Laundry cleaning, is like the laundry you do at home. Dry cleaning doesn’t use water. Which is better for your clothes? Which is better for the environment? There are several differences to consider when deciding between the two processes.

  • Dry cleaning uses solvents instead of water. Dry cleaning is a full-immersion process using a solvent to rinse clothes.
  • Dry cleaning and wet cleaning remove stains differently. In the dry cleaning process, a solvent is used to get rid of stains and grease. In our effort to be environmentally friendly, we have completely discontinued the use of perchlorethylene and our dry cleaning machines are retro-fitted to run Green Earth.  When clothes are laundered, cleaners like soaps, detergents, and softeners are used in the process of cleaning the garments.
  • Both dry and wet cleaning involve tumbling clothes in a machine. With dry cleaning, the solvents are recovered and filtered to remove coarse and fine debris that could redeposit on garments as the garments are tumbled in a machine. In laundering, the clothes are tumbled in a machine with water and detergent to remove the dirt. In wet cleaning the machine has a gentle action suitable for delicate garments. 
  • Both processes use machines for drying. In dry cleaning, once the garments have gone through the cleaning cycle, they remain in the machine while the solvent is extracted, and garments are dried.  Clothes go in dry and come out dry, hence the term dry cleaning. Meanwhile, water is removed from laundered garments during the spinning process of the washing machine. After that, laundered clothes are dried in a dryer or air dried. Then both dry-cleaned and wet-cleaned garments are steamed or pressed before they’re delivered to the customer.

Which process is more beneficial? Dry cleaning removes grease and other hard to remove stains, without shrinking or distorting the fabric. The dry cleaning process also minimizes discoloration and reduces bleeding, protecting the texture of the fabric and increasing the lifespan of the clothing. While dry cleaning solvents used to be hard on the environment, advancements in technology have enabled dry cleaning companies to begin using environmentally-friendly cleaning products. These products disintegrate easily, don’t produce odor, and leave clothes smelling fresher and feeling better.

On the other hand, detergents used in laundering can be better for people with sensitive skin. Wet cleaning is a more natural process and is often better at removing organic substances like sweat, urine, and mildew. Wet laundering is also more energy efficient than dry cleaning.

Which process is better? It depends on your specific needs. When you bring your clothes to Orlando Cleaners, you can be confident that we’ll deliver customized care to meet your individual needs. We also offer a 100% guarantee that your items will be clean and ready for you when you arrive. We use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, to ensure our services are of the highest quality available. If you’re looking for a dry cleaner with a culture of friendliness, positivity, and eco-consciousness, trust the industry experts at Orlando Cleaners. Feel free to contact us through our website or call 407-992-8561 for more information.