Everything You Need To Know About WET CLEANING

Whether you own a commercial laundry business or you’re a member of staff who uses laundry services on a regular basis, it’s important to stay informed about new, innovative methods of washing clothes (e.g. wet cleaning). Not least because of the potential financial and/or environmental challenges associated with specific laundry care solutions.

Wet cleaning is fast becoming an alternative to dry cleaning, and as it becomes more commonly adopted across the laundry equipment sector, it will benefit both business owners and general consumers to be familiar with the concept of wet cleaning. That’s why, in this blog, we’ll discuss what wet cleaning is, how it’s different from dry cleaning and, most importantly, what its advantages are.

What is Wet Cleaning?

To put it simply, wet cleaning refers to the process of having your clothes cleaned professionally with water-based, non-chemical solvents. While this concept may sound new to many, dry cleaning businesses have long been using the wet cleaning process to clean sportswear, soft-tailored clothes and even workwear. In fact, many dry cleaners/laundry businesses reveal that clothing manufacturers often misuse the “dry clean only” label, and that wet cleaning is an equally effective and viable method of garment cleaning.

Everything You Need To Know About: WET CLEANING

How does Wet Cleaning differ from Dry Cleaning?

Despite what the name suggests, dry cleaning isn’t actually a “dry” process. It refers to the process of cleaning garments with chemical-based solvents, which can include “wet” liquids and solvents. Dry cleaning has a more efficient rate of spot removal and can be used to remove heavy stains from fabrics whilst wet cleaning preserves the colour of fabrics longer.

However, the main difference between “wet” and “dry” cleaning is the chemical composition of the solvents used in the cleaning process – wet cleaning is done with water while dry cleaning is performed without water.

What Are The Advantages of Wet Cleaning?

Due to the hazardous nature of chemicals used in the dry cleaning process, the post-cleaning air-out time for garments can be significantly higher. The chemicals used are damaging to the environment and can also cause skin irritations issues on sensitive skin. In addition, freshly dry cleaned clothes can give off a chemical odour as they dry, which varies depending on the type of the chemicals used.

Wet cleaning represents a cheaper, non-toxic alternative to dry cleaning. It is safer, more sustainable, and uses water and mild biodegradable detergents instead of polluting chemicals(e.g. PERC) so no toxic waste is produced.

What about clothes shrinkage?

There is a common misconception that the inclusion of water/water-based solvents will result in the shrinkage of clothes. In fact, professional laundering services are equipped with the knowledge required to balance all of the chemical compositions used to avoid any unwanted changes to the garments.

Everything You Need To Know About: WET CLEANING

In conclusion, wet cleaning offers both consumers and business owners an economical, safer, more eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to dry cleaning.

Want to learn more?

If you have any questions about wet cleaning or our professional laundry equipment, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Washstation today to speak with a member of our expert team.