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Drycleaning is the use of solvents to remove soil and stains from fabric. It is called "drycleaning" because the solvents contain little or no water and do not penetrate the fibres as water does. Drycleaning solvent is not harmful to any fabric, and is often the only safe method for cleaning many types of garments.
Also, drycleaning dissolves grease and oils in a way that water cannot. Natural fibres like cotton, wool and silk can shrink, distort, and lose colour when washed in water but dryclean easily. Synthetic fibres like polyester also respond well to drycleaning, but they can retain oily stains after ordinary washing. Drycleaning helps to return garments to their original condition by using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of colour, and change of texture or finish.
Yes. Research shows that compared with domestic laundering, drycleaning saves water and uses less detergent. A comparison of both textile care methods undertaken by the international textile research centre, the Hohenstein Institute, shows that an average of 30 litres of water per kilogram of garments is used in each wash cycle. In addition to the removed dirt, 59 grams of detergent and fabric softener will flow into residual water and then to a water treatment plant for recycling purposes.
On the other hand, professional drycleaning uses 0.8 litre per kilogram of garments, or 97% less than with home laundering. Furthermore, detergent consumption in drycleaning is 89% lower, since only 12 grams of solvent are needed per charge. Dirt and solvent are recycled by special plants, so that they are solvent-free when discharged.