There are a lot of things that your dry cleaner won’t tell you, but we feel happy to share the information with you. Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water. The solvent used is typically toxic tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), which the industry calls PCE. With that understood, let’s go over a few trade secrets.

  1. Lots of ‘dry’ cleaning isn’t dry: With a lot of the chemicals, water is something that is needed to enhance the strength and allow it to do what it needs to do.
  2. Dry cleaning isn’t sexist, but the clothes of your gender matter: Women’s clothes—silk, special trims, buttons, slacks without a crease—can take more work and cost more too.
  3. Your lost clothes are probably in someone else’s closet: Some clothes are taken or given with other people’s clothes. We don’t mean to do this, but things happen.
  4. Quality knows Quality: The best clothing store in town can recommend the best dry cleaner in town.
  5. We’ve got our own definition of replacements: We follow the EPA Guide, so for a dress shirt that’s a year old, that means 40 percent of the actual replacement cost.