What Happens Behind The Scenes at Dry Cleaning Shops

Published On: 22 April 2022Categories: News

Commercial Dry Cleaning can be one of those services that is frequently used and enjoyed by many people around the country, but few may understand the processes behind the scenes once your garments are dropped off at the store front.

Did you know that many Dry Cleaners do not clean clothes in stores anymore? The model has shifted to a central cleaning location, usually in a factory that is specifically designed to professionally clean, wash and dry a huge range of garments, without the floor space constraints of a commercial shop front. 

With that in mind, let us explain the stages of commercial Dry Cleaning and a behind the scenes run through of your garments journey from when they are dropped off to when they are collected.

Step 1 – Tagging 

Upon dropping off your clothes, they will be tagged by the store attendant to ensure that your garments are identified as yours throughout the cleaning process. This can be the old school paper tags or more advanced digital bar codes depending on the Dry Cleaning business you use.

Step 2 – Garment Examination

Even if your garments are in for routine cleaning services, the Dry Cleaning team will still examine your garments for additional rips, tears and blemishes along with any items you have have left in the pockets such a loose change or the dreaded pen that can leak and ruin garments during washing. 

Step 3 – Pre Treatment

Any substantial stains are pre treated prior to the solvent cleaning process. This ensures that any stubborn stains such as coffee or red wine as examples, are thoroughly treated and removed periodically to not compromise the integrity of your garments. 

Step 4 – Solvent Dry Cleaning 

Your clothes will be loaded into a drum machine featuring a water free chemical solvent. AS the solvent works its magic, stains are loosened and then removed before a final “rinse” occurs with a fresh solvent solution to finalise the cleaning process. 

Step 5 – The Finishing Touches

The finishing touches can include a quick steam or vacuum to ensure all debris and dirt are removed from your garments. From here, garments are prepared for return to the customer via delivery or the store front. This includes folding, pressing, hanging and wrapping with plastic bags to ensure a ready to wear garment upon delivery or collection.  

Now you know more about the Dry Cleaning process, if you are interested in learning more about our Professional Dry Cleaning services, click HERE and contact us today for more information on our 7 Greater Melbourne Dry Cleaning locations. 


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