Dry Cleaning -How it works

It all started when a Parisian by name Jolly Belin spilled some kerosene on  some dirty laundry. The mixture of hydrocarbons removed the stains that were on the fabric. After testing  out his discovery, he opened a kerosene backed cleaning service in Paris.

Some fabrics are sensitive to water and because kerosene doesn’t contain water, it can handle sensitive fabrics like wool or silk. But Kerosene is extremely flammable, and besides personal safety, dry cleaners turned into time-bombs as they stocked so much of it.

Cleaners adopted a non-flammable organic halogen compound called perchloroethylene(perc). The liquid chemical lifts dirt from most common fabrics, doesn’t cause clothing to shrink or dyes to fade, and it can be reused.

Dry Cleaning Process: The dry cleaning machine looks like a front load washer, but its different in the fact that it doesn’t use water , it uses solvent, as the drum rotates,  the solvent that loosens the stain. The solvent is not all perc though, it’s also got a mix of other chemicals which help it remove other stains that perc can’t remove.

The dirt is separated from the solvent through a distilling process. The perc is sealed up in the machine and reused with each wash, transforming from liquid to vapor and back again. And when all is done, these washers take care of the drying.

But these machines might not catch everything, as expected, the dirt that needs water, will remain, the laundromats, usually use special solutions to rid these stains.

The clothes are then pressed to  removes all the wrinkles, and viola, clean and pristine shirt.

Instawash works some of the best Laundromats in San Francisco, see what they are saying.

  • Every time laundry arrives at my door – I can’t help but melt inside.

    Instawash is amazing.

    Their professionalism is impressive and their staff are always prompt and friendly …

    Jennifer Wong,
  • This is the best service ever!!!

    Everything comes back perfectly folded and smelling great!

    Delivery is always on time and they are super friendly. Worth every penny!!

    Kristin C., San Franscisco
  • Great app, saves me time.

    I’m a believer now, and the service is stellar.

    I think my days of doing my own laundry are over.

    Amanda Black, San Franscisco

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