National Gown Cleaners - Wet cleaning service

What is Wet-Cleaning:

Wet-cleaning has been used as far back in time as textiles were created. Many debate when and where the method first took place but, wet-cleaning or hand washing as it was referred to in the early 1800's was the first and only choice for dirt and stain removal during this period. Today, the need to wet-cleaning is more in demand than ever. Environmentally, wet-cleaning is safer, the health risks are lower and retail business space is easier to find since landlords find the liability less than with traditional dry-cleaning solvent use. Also, now that more garments are being manufactured with unstable trims or non dry cleanable beads and sequins, wet-cleaning can sometimes be the only alternative to dry-cleaning. Many stains such as perspiration, sugar from foods and beverages are considered water-based stains. Water-based stains respond much better to wet-cleaning. The wet-cleaning process of yesterday required a person to gently immerse the garment under a bath of water mixed with a neutral synthetic detergent, non alkaline detergent or ovis paste. The garment was kept slowly and constantly moving in a tub or steel sink (which depends on the fabric's condition). Once clean, the garment was rinsed and removed by hand. While this process is still employed today, there are now many sophisticated wet-cleaning machines which have been developed to safely handle garments. National Gown Cleaners has invested in the best wet-cleaning machines in order to provide the highest level of quality to our customers. The wet-cleaning machines use sophisticated microprocessor technology to precisely control every phase of the wet-cleaning process to ensure optimum results. We find that these machines produce excellent results on a wide range of textiles. Our textile conservators will still use the traditional method of wet-cleaning or hand cleaning when required, particularly when dealing with delicate fabrics. We use biodegradable and museum detergent solutions in the wet-cleaning process so that no hazardous waste is produced.


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