Dry cleaning uses non-water-based chemicals to clean your clothes. It's a question that many people asked on numerous occasions but haven't got an answer.Let's set the records straight and learn more about the dry cleaning process, how it works, where and how it started, and more.
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So, what is dry cleaning you may have
asked yourself a time or two? The
concept of dry cleaning is a complex
one in the minds of many people.
Instead of asking questions on the
process, most people simply drop off
their non-washable clothing to a
professional dry cleaner and pick
them up within a few days.
In reality, dry cleaning is quite easy
and painless. Dry cleaning consists of
placing clothing into an agitation
machine much like a standard
Instead of adding water to remove the
stains, a special cleaning solution is
added to remove stains and odors
from the fabric.
The friction of the machine’s agitator
moves the solution through the fibers
of the material washing away locked
in dirt and grime.
The solution is then removed and
recycled for another use. Clothing
itself is removed from the machine
and ironed for a clean, pressed look.
The History Behind the Art of Dry
Dry cleaning was first discovered by
accident when a maid of Jean-Baptiste
Jolly, a French textile maker bumped
over an oil lamp in the 1840s.
The kerosene from the lamp spilled
onto a linen tablecloth that had been
subjected to stains that couldn’t be
Jolly was surprised to see that the
kerosene dissolved the spots without
the need for water or cleaning
Jolly tried this theory on other fabrics
that were not washable and found a
consistency in the effectiveness of the
process. Eventually, he added this
cleaning method to the services he
offered within his business.
For many decades, kerosene was the
primary cleaning solution used for
dry cleaning non-washable fabrics.
The solution was poured into a
traditional washing machine in place
The friction of the machine would
agitate dirt and stains from the
When concerns over the
combustibility and odors of the
kerosene began to fully emerge, the
search was on for a safer solvent to
Scientists eventually discovered