There must be plenty of commercial dry-cleaning service providers around your locality and their process of providing the service starts as soon as either they pick your laundry or you deliver all your dirty clothes to their store.
Nowadays, most of the dry cleaners may not have a very large or expensive cleaning equipment available on-site and most of the dry cleaning service provider will just transport your entire laundry to any central cleaning service.
This will be more cost-efficient as compared to having big machines at every collection centre. Following are the few steps followed for each of your items to be cleaned:
First of all, every item that is received will be tagged with certain identification number. Few dry cleaners will use paper tags which are either stapled or pinned with the garment.
Few others may use iron-on strip having permanently assigned barcode meant for regular clients.
All similar soiled garments collected from different customers will be cleaned together and the tagging will ensure that the clothes will be returned only to actual customer.
Next step is inspecting all the clothes before they are sent for cleaning, so that if there are any items left in the pockets, tears, rips, and also for any missing buttons.
All these items will be returned to actual customers and all the problems are properly noted as a record, before they are sent for cleaning.
Also, as part of above inspection process, cleaner will check for any stains present on the clothes, which will be treated before it is sent for solvent cleaning process.
In case you know what really caused certain specific stain, it will be extremely useful to inform the cleaner so that cleaner can offer the best outcome of their stain removal process.
Also, this will be the right way for any good cleaner to remove or cover delicate buttons and also trim to prevent any damage.
Machine dry cleaning
All soiled clothes will be loaded into large drum machine, which will be cleaned with any water-free chemical solvent. All the clothes will be gently agitated within the solution that removes the stains.
Then the solvent will be drained, filtered, and recycled and clothes are “rinsed” within the fresh solvent solution for flushing away all last remains of the soil.
These dry-cleaning processes will work very well to remove oil-based stains because of the chemical solvent. Few other kinds of stains however are not removed effectively every time.
Hence, all garments will be post-spotted to check for remaining stains. All these stains will be treated with steam and water, or a vacuum for removing any remaining traces of stains.
Final step will include getting the entire garment ready for wearing. This will include steaming or pressing all the wrinkles, making repairs or reattaching buttons.
Items will then be hung or folded for returning to the customer. Plastic bags will be provided to help you to get your clothes to your home without any stains. It will be important to take all of them right away so that they may not damage your clothes due to trapped moisture.