What is the difference between dry cleaning and laundry?
Dry cleaning and laundering are everyday words known to all. But how many of us really know the difference between the two?
Principally, both dry cleaning and laundering are done to remove stains. However, there are a few key factors that differentiate the two processes. We have listed down these points below so that you can decide between dry cleaning & laundering next time you head out for the same:
- While dry cleaning your clothes or accessories, a chemical solvent is used to rinse the garments.It is called ‘dry’ cleaning as water is not used in the cleaning process. Laundering method on the other hand involves the washing with water as solvent
- To dry clean your garments a chemical called perchloroethylene is used to to remove stainsand grease from clothing. Whereas, laundry cleaning is done using soaps, detergents or softeners along with water to remove dirt from clothing.
- In dry cleaning clothes tatted with the chemicals are then loaded in a machine washed using a process known as tumbling. During the process of tumbling the solvents used are removed and recycled. In laundry cleaning, a process called agitation is used, in which the dirt gets washed away with detergent and water.
- Dry-cleaned garments are dried in dry cleaning machines. On the other hand, after laundry cleaning excess water is removed through a process called spinning. Once done, garments are dried either in a drier or hung dried.
- Dry cleaned clothes are steamed or ironed to straighten them. In laundry cleaning clothes are pressed or steamed.