The Future of Wet Cleaning
Updated: May 28
Have you heard of the term wet cleaning before? This modern cleaning method eliminates toxicity in the air and also on your clothes.
Wet cleaning is paving the way for the future of laundry and dry cleaning. Here at The Laundry Press, we spotted a much overdue need for change in the industry and have brought Dublin just that.
Here at The Laundry Press, we envision a future where the laundry and dry cleaning industry in Ireland is more health, family-friendly and planet-friendly oriented. We are delighted to see similar business models to ourselves in places such as the US and the UK, following a more toxin-free and natural approach to cleaning.
Our goal is to radically change the dry cleaning industry and its traditional methods. Wet cleaning is the future of dry cleaning.
So what is Wet Cleaning?
Wet cleaning is a safer, healthier and higher-quality alternative to traditional dry cleaning. Traditional dry cleaning is in fact not dry, it involves soaking clothes in toxic chemicals to remove stains and other marks. Our main method of cleaning known as wet cleaning involves no toxic chemicals, pure water, and lightly scented bio-detergent.
This method of cleaning is not only safer but also very effective on stain and odour removal. By eliminating harsh toxins our process does not stiffen materials, erode colouring or leave a chemical smell on your items.
Essentially wet cleaning is a combination of expert care, water and natural bio-detergents.
Here is exactly how it works:
This is the first step, where our expert cleaners will assess an order for any stains and treat it with one of our appropriate non-toxic cleaning agents.
2. Machine Washing
After, the order goes into our eco cleaning machines on an appropriate cycle. Our machines are specially designed to be gentle on fabrics and are Woolmark certified.
3. Dry and hand press
We then dry the items either in our specialist drying machines or let them air dry, depending on the care label. Finally, our professional pressers hand press the items to ensure a perfect finish.
Why we use this process
We use this process because the traditional cleaning process involves chemicals that are harsh on garments, skin and the environment. The most common chemical used is known as PERC which is classified as an environmental and health hazard, being banned in France and some parts of the US, unfortunately for us not yet in Ireland. The use of this chemical is no longer necessary in the year 2021. It has been used in the dry cleaning industry since the 1950s. Exposure to the chemical can occur from working directly with the chemical or bringing dry cleaned items into your home that were cleaned using the chemical.
Wet cleaning removes the need for unnecessary human exposure to PERC making it safer for your health. The process also has a positive impact on your clothes and gives a noticeably different finish. Your clothes will return softer and feeling fresher!