When a garment comes into an A Cleaner World store, we do all kinds of things – check the pockets, look for stains, complete the appropriate paperwork. We also take a look at the care label, and many times our managers discover that the care label isn’t exactly accurate. What happens then? An alternative cleaning method needs to be used, and one excellent option is professional wet cleaning.
Here’s an example. This metallic shirt was recently dropped off at a Raleigh A Cleaner World location. The store’s manager Brent Dixon, with his 18 years of experience, immediately knew when he looked at the care label that this shirt could not be dry cleaned. If Brent had dry cleaned this shirt, the outside would have ended up looking like the inside.
Brent chose to professionally wet clean this shirt instead. Professional wet cleaning isn’t like throwing your favorite t-shirt in the washer with a little bit of detergent. It’s a specialized and time-consuming process that requires three things – the proper training, the proper equipment, and the proper supplies. All three components are equally important when using this process. There is extensive training involved, and you must invest in the right equipment. But the supplies also play a key role. Professional wet cleaning detergent contains both polymers, which coat the fibers to protect them and prevent them from drawing up, and conditioners, which soften the fibers leaving them feeling like the garment has been dry cleaned.
Besides metallic disco shirts, here are a few more reasons why we might professionally wet clean a garment:
- Many garments with decorative embellishments cannot be dry cleaned
- Water soluble stains are easier to remove using professional wet cleaning
- Some garments and fabrics simply respond better to professional wet cleaning
- Whites turn out whiter and brighter using this process