Archive for April 18, 2011

Help Us Keep Austin Green

In addition to our hanger recycling program, we are now also recycling plastic polymer bags.  If you would like to help us reduce unnecessary waste in Austin, then please return your polymer bags when you come to pick-up or drop-off your Dry Cleaning.

What is Dry Cleaning?

Dry Cleaning is a process which involves the use of a chemical solvent to clean textiles and clothing, instead of water.  When we receive clothes that are to be dry- cleaned, we begin by checking the care labels on the clothes to make sure that the items will not be harmed by the cleaning process.  If the items have any visible stains on them, we will apply special stain removing chemicals on the items to help the dry cleaning solvent remove the stains.  This procedure is typically called “pre-spotting.”  Once the clothes have been sorted into separate dry clean loads, the clothes are ready to be dry cleaned.

Dry cleaning machines use a variety of solvents in their cleaning process.  Unlike some dry cleaners that use an environmentally hazardous chemical called perchloroethylene, we use a cleaner and safer solvent at Home Steam Laundry & Cleaners which is referred to as a hydrocarbon solvent.  We also employ solvent recovering dryers which removes any leftover solvent from the clothing.  The clean reclaimed solvent is then funneled back into the dry clean machine for continued use.  This process also reduces air pollution, and helps prevent the solvent from evaporating into the atmosphere.

Dry Cleaning is useful for numerous types of material, including, satin, wool, rayon, nylon and other delicate fabrics.

If you would like more information about the dry cleaning process you can click on this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_cleaning#Environment