Difference between laundry and dry cleaning

The main difference between laundry and dry cleaning is that laundering involves the use of detergent and water while dry cleaning uses a solvent in the cleaning process. The absence of water is why the cleaning process is called “dry cleaning’.

When do I need to do dry cleaning and why?

Dry cleaning is done in cases when detergent or water will damage the fabrics. It is also advisable to do dry cleaning for delicate fabrics that do not handle frequent washing well. Checking on the manufacturer’s care label can help you determine when you need to do dry cleaning instead of laundering.

There are several advantages to dry cleaning:
  • Reduces wear and tear
  • Reduces colour fading and bleeding
  • Reduces shrinkage

Invisible stains

Ever sent your new or seemingly stainless clothes to the dry cleaners’ and getting it back with stains on it? Chances are it wasn’t the dry cleaner.

There is a group of stains we call “invisible stains”. Most invisible stains are caused by food, oily substances (including oil from our skin) or beverages. They are noticeable while it is still wet but becomes invisible to the naked eye once dry.

Do not ignore it! After washing or pressing, or simply over time, the stains will turn brownish or yellowish. This is due to the oxidising of sugar contents within the stain itself. At this stage, the stain will have set in and it becomes really hard to remove. Among these, oil type stains are the hardest to remove once oxidised. The yellowish stains found on collars, cuffs and underarms fall under this category of stains.

So remember, point out these “invisible stains” to us when you send in your laundry so we can pre-treat them and avoid any misunderstanding which could have been easily averted.