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Thank you for the work you have done on my favourite skirt, it is perfectly wearable after I thought it ruined

Mrs Sutton
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Dear Sir/Madam, I want to thank you for the work done on my aged curtains, they have come back in perfect condition… the curtain hooks are all in place and the whole lot was perfectly laundered and finished. It was a lovely surprise and I am so grateful to all who were involved.

Mrs Stephens
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

I just wanted to say what an excellent job was done on my new trousers, tar was splashed on them and I thought they were ruined, but they look like new

Mrs Evans
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Drycleaning

A Brief History of Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning is believed to have originated in ancient Rome, where ammonia was used to clean woollen Togas, fast forward to the 19th century where Jean Baptiste Jolly "discovered" that petroleum based solvents provided a superb clean after his maid spilt kerosine on his table cloth. He went on to develop a service for cleaning peoples clothes in the same manner, naming it "nettoyage à sec" translated to: dry cleaning.

Today we use Perchloroethylene (also referred to as Perc) which provides an excellent clean without the "highly flammable" issue!

Why is Dry Cleaning Necessary

During wear and in some cases during storage, clothing and fabrics become soiled, and at some stage it becomes necessary to remove the soiling in order to restore the garment to a wearable condition. There are three systems available for the removal of soiling from clothing, furnishings and linen, these being dry cleaning, wet cleaning and laundering.

Although wet cleaning and laundering are highly efficient methods of removing soiling, many types of textile fibres and fabrics are adversely affected by water, which may cause shrinkage, distortion and colour loss. The use of dry cleaning solvents for the removal of soiling overcomes many of the problems caused by the use of water for cleaning textiles and high drying temperatures.

The Dry Cleaning Process

Dry Cleaning machines closely resemble a domestic washer/dryer albeit on a much larger scale. Garments are sorted into colours to reduce the risk of colour run, any stains are pre spotted with a cleaning agent, and garments are then placed into the machine.

Solvent is then added to the drum and kept at a low temperature, it is then tumbled on a gentle cycle, during the clean the Perc is consistently filtered to remove any dirt. At the end of the cycle the dirty perc is sent to the still and fresh distilled Perc is used for the final rinse. The clothes are then dried through a stream of warm air which evaporates the final traces of solvent from the garments.

Our Finishing Process

We have elected to continue our tradition of hand finishing garments, we firmly believe that this gives the best finish possible as it allows an attention to detail which is lacking in finishing machinery. When the garments are removed from the Dry Cleaning machine, they are inspected for any soiling, if any marks are found they are treated at our spotting table using specialist chemicals as this allows a greater deal of control and reduces the risk of fabric damage. When satisfied with the clean we process each garment individually through a forming cabinet, which ensures that each item retains its original shape. They are then removed and hand pressed with a pure steam iron before they are finally inspected, any minor repairs that are needed are then completed by our in-house seamstress before they are bagged.

The Seven Steps:

Identify: Pre clean inspection for any stains, damage or colour loss

Spotting: Our in depth stain removal process is conducted to lift any stains before the clean

Cleaning: Items are then separated into colours and are cleaned in our state of the art Firbimatic Dry Cleaning machine.

Inspection & Post Spotting: Each item is inspected to ensure that no marks remain

Minor Repairs: Any minor repairs that are required (loose buttons, loose seams etc) are conducted

Hand Finish & Form: Garments are removed, formed and hand finished by our highly experienced staff

Final Inspection and Packaging: Each item is finally inspected, signed off and bagged.