wet cleaning vs dry cleaning

Wash & Fold, Wet Cleaning, & Dry Cleaning: What’s the Difference?

Posted on February 13, 2020 by Steven Toltz

You may be surprised to know that dry cleaners do more than just dry clean – they use a variety of methods to keep your wardrobe looking its best, year after year. From cleaning the most fragile fabrics through traditional dry cleaning to helping you save time on laundry, a dry cleaner can be your go-to for stain removal, luxury clothing items, and everyday garments. Learn about the three most common services dry cleaners use below, and find out which one is best for your needs.

Dry Cleaning

Most people are familiar with “dry cleaning” as a cleaning process, but may not know that this method involves liquid. Instead of using water and detergent like an at-home laundry machine, dry cleaning machines use solvents, which are lighter than water. Since the solution is so light-weight, it can penetrate delicate fabrics without destroying them, resulting in clean, ready-to-wear items. Dry cleaning is perfect for removing blemishes from clothes, especially grease- and oil-based stains.

Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning uses water and detergent, but it’s not the same as laundry. Dependable Cleaners’ wet cleaning machines are computer-controlled, so we can completely customize the cleaning process based on your item’s specific care instructions. Additionally, wet cleaning detergent is specially-made and is more gentle than regular cleansers. After wet cleaning, the fabric of your clothes may feel softer when compared to dry cleaned items, and your items may better retain their vibrancy using this method. However, not all clothes can be wet cleaned; due to the weight of the water, some items can become stretched or warped.

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Wash & Fold

As the name suggests, Wash & Fold means Dependable Cleaners will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for you. This time-saving service takes the hassle out of laundry. With free pickup and delivery, all you have to do is set your laundry aside. Your clothes will be professionally folded and ready to be put away when we return them to you.

On top of saving you time, Dependable Cleaners’ Wash & Fold can make your clothes look better than ever. Each item goes through our proprietary 7-point inspection before washing to ensure proper care. During this process, our cleaning experts will look for, identify, and remove stains completely free of charge.

How Do I Choose?

Before deciding which process is best for your clothes, check the care label. The instructions often guide you on the appropriate cleaning process by indicating if the item is “dry clean only” or requires another specialized cleaning approach. When in doubt, bring the item to a Colorado dry cleaner near you – our trained experts will look at the label and inspect the fabric to determine the best option for your garment.

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