Wet cleaning is a general term that wholly or partially involves the use of water and wet-side chemicals to remove soil and stains from garments and household textiles.
Wet cleaning may be used to:
The overall condition of the garment or household textile, including the nature and age of the soil and stains, will dictate the exact sequence of the processes to be used.
Wet cleaning includes the use of the following techniques
Most ordinary cleaners will tell you that they “wet clean”.
Please be aware, however, that most ordinary cleaners do not have specialized, computer-controlled wet cleaning equipment. Instead they rely on their basic shirt washers and an assortment of industrial and home washers.
This is not controlled, professional wet cleaning.
The use of basic shirt washers and an assortment of home washers can result in damage to your garments and household textiles, including shrinkage, dye fading, dye bleeding and dye crocking.
Even the most technologically advanced shirt washers and home washers cannot match the capabilities of our computer-controlled, Miele and Electrolux wet cleaning equipment where:
There are a few ordinary cleaners that offer “wet cleaning” only (no dry cleaning process using dry cleaning solvents or fluids).
Typically, these wet cleaners focus their marketing efforts on the “positive impact” of wet cleaning on the environment relative to the “negative impact” of dry cleaning solvents such as perchloroethylene, synthetic petroleum or formaldehyde dibutyl acetal.
(By the way, RAVE FabriCARE uses none of these dry cleaning solvents).
When it comes to your fine garments and household textiles, wet cleaners will tell you that they can wet clean anything: your Fendi red silk dress, Armani navy wool suit, Loro Piana red corduroy trouser and Sferra cream silk bed sheets.
If wet cleaning produced a quality of product that’s equal to or exceeds the quality of product that we produce using our siloxane dry cleaning fluid, why do wet cleaners around the country send us garments and household textiles that they have cleaned and now require "restoration.
We’re frequently asked whether a particular garment or household textile can be “washed”.
Our typical response is this question goes something like this…..
Anything can be “washed” if you really want to wash it. No one's stopping you.
So, the question isn’t whether a particular garment or household textile can be “washed”.
The real question is whether it should be “washed”.
Should you wet clean your Stefano Ricci navy wool suit as a matter of routine?
In the absence of very unusual circumstances, the answer is NO !
What constitutes an unusual circumstance?
Consider these examples:
* you acquired a suit online and it arrived with heavy perspiration odor, pit stains in the underarm area and urine stains in the crotch area
*. you stored a suit in a closet for a few years and, when you finally retrieved the suit, the suit had a musty, odor
* someone vomited all over your suit, your cleaner "dry cleaned" the suit and it still stinks
* you splattered red wine all over your suit, your cleaner "dry cleaned" the suit and it's still stained
* your cat urinated on a suit that accidentally fell onto the floor of your closet, your cleaner "dry cleaned" the suit, the stains ate still visible and the odor is overpowering.
In these 5 examples, some form of wet cleaning will, most definitely, be required to remove the stain, the odor or both.
In our opinion, the suit should be minimally wet cleaned (or better still, soaked in a water-based solution and rinsed in a tub by hand), hung dried, blocked to original size, hand ironed inside and out, dry cleaned and hand ironed once more.
Wallah! Your suit's been returned to near original condition. And you'd never know -- unless we told you -- that the suit had ever been wet cleaned or soaked in a water-based solution.
Wet cleaning is a process that might appeal to those who are
At RAVE FabriCARE, we offer clients who are chemically sensitive a choice: