Cleaning Processes & Clothing Care
There are various processes that can be used to clean clothes. The basics are hand washing, machine washing, and dry-cleaning.
Hand Washing involves soaking the item in water and detergent to gently remove soils from the fabric. This method is very restrictive and has very little or no agitation. Machine Washing garments are cleaned in a machine with water and detergent. Bleach and/or other laundry additives may be used. The garments are subjected to mechanical action by an agitator. Although there are several different cycles available on most washing machines, they are not as gentle as hand washing.
Wet-Cleaning is the professional process of removing soils from garments and other textile items through the use of water in specialized equipment. This equipment allows the precise control of additives (such as detergents) water level, temperature and rotation speed. Careful control of these factors is necessary to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion.
Dry-cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabric. The term “dry-cleaning” is misleading; it is called dry-cleaning because the fluid contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers like water. Common solvents currently used for dry-cleaning include perchloroethylene (“perc” for short), Solvon K4 and petroleum or other hydrocarbon based solvents. In most cases, garments are cleaned and dried in the same machine — they go in dry and come out dry. This process is followed by finishing procedures using special equipment, such as presses and puff irons.
Tampa Laundry Company is Tampa’s premier dry-cleaning establishment. Amy Martinez-Monfort founded Tampa Laundry Company in 2015. Lou D’Autorio is a 30 year industry veteran and Certified both as Professional and Environmental Dry Cleaner. Our commitment to quality is second to none. Tampa Laundry Company is a proud member of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (www.DLIonline.org).