How Dry Cleaning Works

Turns out dry cleaning isn’t dry at all. We take you inside Meurice Garment Care in the Bronx to see how the dry cleaning process …


40 thoughts on “How Dry Cleaning Works”

  1. It is funny how so many people don't know how dry cleaning works, but it sort of never comes up in casual banter, nor we never experience the sense of urgency to google it in years. I can't believe today is the day I looked it up!

  2. I run a dry cleaners.. solvent is highly toxic, first rule when dry cleaning is you do not leave that door open as the emissions of solvent can cause dizziness, sickness and in extreme cases death. The fact he smelt them AS soon as they came out shows me he probably doesn’t dry clean himself but managers the store which is fine but smelling it after etc is just so toxic. The machine completely soaks the clothes in solvent which then heats up and the remaining solvent is vaporised. The dry cleaning machine is really smart and if business insider wants a look at dry cleaning further I’m sure Timpson or Johnson Cleaners would be happy to give an in-depth view on how it all operators and how it’s run!☺️

  3. I always thought dry cleaning was steam cleaning the clothes, to where it was never fully soaked in anything and dried quickly. I only thought to look it up because I could not think of how steaming actually removed contaminants instead of just sterilizing it.

  4. I was Prince Charles' dry cleaner. Been in the business 22 years, my father 25 years before that. 'Non aqueous' cleaning doesn't have the same ring? Most dry cleaners (90+%) use a solvent called perchloroethylene, or perc for short. Wool, cashmere, viscose, linen, silk, composite materials, acrylic… some materials just don't like being washed in water. Stain removal is an art, finishing is an art. Don't start me on wedding dresses!

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