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Understanding the nuts and bolts of dry cleaning machine operations

I'll go out on a limb here: you probably wouldn't operate your home washer the way ordinary cleaners operate their dry cleaning machines!

That statement may sound harsh but it's not. Especially when you consider that the vast majority of ordinary cleanersLoading washer

  • mix dark and intermediate colored garments
  • mix light and intermediate colored garments
  • mix red, black and other dark colored garments
  • mix regular and fragile garments
  • load their machines to full capacity
  • add or inject moisture into their dry cleaning system
  • reduce the length of their "wash" cycles
  • increase the temperature of their "dry" cycles.

This produces the fastest and cheapest -- and worst -- dry cleaning. What I call "ordinary cleaning." And what ordinary cleaners call "exceptional" or "award winning" cleaning.

A true quality cleaner will run their dry cleaning machines quite differently from ordinary cleaners.

At RAVE FabriCARE, for example, we always scrupulously sort our garments into at least 5 like-color classifications, and at least 2 fragility classifications. We never add moisture to our dry cleaning fluid to control any possibility of shrinkage. Sorting garmentsWe always underload our machines to ensure maximum soil removal and reduce pilling. We always extend the length of our wash cycles for maximum soil removal. And we always dry at lower temperatures to further control any possibility of shrinkage.

What's more our dry cleaning machines even have completely separate filter systems for light/intermediate colored loads and dark colored loads.

By contrast, the dry cleaning machines at many ordinary cleaners have a single filter system. This means that the dry cleaning solvent or fluid from both their light/intermediate colored loads and their dark colored loads flows through the same set of filters. As a result, some of the dye residue from their dark garments that accumulates in their filters will eventually find its way onto your light/intermediate garments.

The result?

Whites, creams and pastels that are grey and dingy.

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