According to a recent study conducted by Archeologists, man started wearing clothes 1,70,000 years ago. From the inception of a cultural society, clothing has taken a major place in human life. While wearing clothes are necessary for a healthy normal society life, washing those clothes is also necessary for personal hygiene and well-being. Washing our clothes is an important weekly choir that we shouldn’t escape. While some people rely on their washing machine to get rid of huge mountain of clothes, some people enjoy a traditional hand wash, at the end of the week. Today, we also have dry cleaning methods at our disposal, but where did it all start from?
We can trace back the history of dry cleaning to the ancient roman empire, where the people who used to clean clothes were known as fullers, and they used a unique combination of ammonia, clay and lye to absorb the stains from the garments. The clay, at that time was also called “Fullers earth”.
Dry cleaning as we know, mainly originated in the 17th-18th century when the cleaners started non-water solvents to clean stains from a range of different clothing material. But, in 1985, a new path in dry cleaning opened with the hands of Jean Baptist Jolly who was a French cleaner. He understood the potential of solvents like gasoline and kerosene to remove stains and other marks from a wide range of material. The use of kerosene and gasoline in the process of dry cleaning, marked a new era in cleaning. But, since kerosene and gasoline are flammable substances, and caused fire and explosions in places, strict government regulations were put up and the usage was diminished to certain places.
Since, the government put up strong regulations in the usage of gasoline and kerosene, a cleaner from Atlanta produced a white solvent, which was not flammable and yet did the same work as kerosene and gasoline. This changed the outlook of cleaning. Though, as a matter of fact, during World War II, due to petrol shortages, cloths were washed with a material known as perc, which was nonflammable and was also a great cleaner.
Today, at home, we basically wash everything in the washing machine, and then dry them. But, however, a dry-cleaning machine merges both the process in to one.
In the dry-cleaning machine, the clothes are given in the core chamber of the machine, also known as the drum. This drum rotates, and within an external chamber the solvent is kept. When the drum becomes 1/3rd of the solvent, the process starts, and through some process, the solvent is filtered and this process is called the wash cycle. Before, a garment is given in the drum, it should be checked for any foreign objects, because that may damage the interior machineries of the machine and can also damage the garments to the point that it has to be thrown off. After the wash cycle, the time comes for rinse cycle. In the rinse cycle, the garments are rinsed with distilled solvent which actually prevents discoloration.
This being said, dry cleaning is really not an easy process, and is really not feasible for people who are busy throughout the week. Today, there are many dry-cleaning services around, and you may go to any of them for your weekly laundries.
Therefore, next time you have some clothes to be washed, why not go to Chicago Green cleaners, who are Chicago’s premier online dry cleaning service. With online reservation system, including pickups and drop in’s, it is the best service that one can get in change of money. Call them to book an appointment.