The History of Dry Cleaning

antique dry cleaning equipment

The words "dry cleaning" can conjure up many visions. For some, magic pixie dust being sprinkled onto their dry cleaning items to crazy magic machines that somehow clean without using anything liquid at all. As a second generation, thirty three year veteran of the Fabricare Industry/dry cleaning industry, I will try to clear up some of these misconceptions.

There are many definitions of dry cleaning but the short version is that dry cleaning historically has been a very chemical-based, non eco-friendly and potential harmful process. Contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning is not totally dry. It involves the use of liquid chemicals called solvents that remove most stains from a variety of fabrics. Most dry cleaners use a chemical called Perchloroethylene (perc) as their primary solvent. Because the clothes are cleaned in a liquid solution that is mostly perc or some other solvent, with very little water if any, hence the term "dry cleaning" is used to describe the process. There are some differences in the way dry cleaners process clothes, but here is how it typically works:

One important thing to note here is “perc” is a likely human carcinogen per many environmental and government agencies!

Here at Daisy Cleaners we do things a bit differently.
We are not your typical dry cleaning business!

Daisy Cleaners is a green dry cleaner

In the past, because there was no other option at the time, we did use a chlorinated solvent for several decades as we have been in business since the early 1960’s. Then, in 2010, a company named Kreussler based in Germany introduced a new cleaning liquid name SolvonK4.

Daisy had been using Kreussler for our chemical-based dry cleaning needs for ten years until then and when the new non-toxic, eco-friendly solution was released, Daisy quickly jumped on the band wagon. As a matter of fact, Daisy was the 5th cleaner in the US to make the move! The new solution cleans like the chlorinated solvent but unlike those toxic solutions, SolvonK4 is non-toxic, biodegradable and is rated non-hazardous material by the “Classification, Labeling and Packaging” (CLP) regulations which are European Union regulations regarding the use of chemicals.

Daisy Cleaners also has the latest wet cleaning technology available. Utilizing Woscomat wet cleaning machines, the pioneers of modern day wet cleaning chemistry - Kreussler chemical - have developed what I like to call my secret weapon: fabric stabilizers and finishes combined with the right equipment which allow me to clean every thing from Vera Wang wedding gowns to 100% cashmere sweaters and coats.