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What Is Drycleaning?

Drycleaning is simply the process by which soils and stains are removed from garments and textiles by the use of solvents rather than water. The solvents are in liquid form and the equipment used to dryclean clothing looks much like a large front loading washing machine. It uses "mechanical action" to loosen and remove soils and stains while at the same time the liquid is being constantly distilled, rejuvenating to a pure solvent for the next batch of garments.

The process of drycleaning dates back to 1800′s when by accident a petroleum-type fluid was accidentally spilled on a piece of fabric that was stained with a greasy stain... it quickly evaporated and left the area clean where the fluid had been spilled. The firm of "Jolly Belin" opened in Paris, France in the 1840′s and is reported to be the "First Dry Cleaning Firm" in existence.

Other than the processes of identifying garments and packaging orders, there are 3 main stages of drycleaning your garments and textiles:

  1. Spotting;
  2. Rinsing;
  3. Pressing.

What is Drycleaning - Spotting


(stain removal) is the application of necessary agent(s) to assist stain removal. Depending on the drycleaning technology used, spotting may occur prior, during, or after the rinsing process.

A stain may be soluble in water or solvent, and may also have an acid or alkali chemical pH. A skilful Drycleaning Operator will use a sequence of spotting agents on difficult or unknown stain.

What is Drycleaning - RinsingRinsing is the process of immersing garments in a solvent to flush out:

  • impurities;
  • soiling;
  • dissolve oils;
  • and to destroy fibre parasites.

Perchlorethelylene is the most commonly used solvent in Australia today.

What is Drycleaning - PressingPressing or finishing involves the use of: steam; air; and vacuum, to remove creases and re-align the fabric, so your garment is ready to wear again.

[Beware of drycleaners that use excessive heat and/or pressure]

As a general rule, as with anything else, you tend to get what you pay for. At Dynasty Drycleaners, we are a "Drycleaning Institute of Australia Ltd" member, and take great pride in making your wardrobe look great.

It is particularly helpful if you know the source of a stain and can point it out to our staff when you bring your garments in for cleaning. Also specify any other requirements, and in that way we can choose the very best and most effective and environmentally efficient cleaning and finishing processes.

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