How Dry Cleaning Works

How Dry Cleaning Works

Doing laundry has been a common household activity for years. Whether the techn­ology­ was­ beating the garments on rocks by the river or pushing buttons on programmed washing machines, this process depends on water and a mechanical action usua­lly assisted by soap or an alkali. The purpose of an alkali is to saponify the oils and dislodge ordinary soil and other matter. More often­ than not, the soapy agent holds soil in suspension as it becomes loose during the wash cycle, and is subsequently flushed away during the rinse cycle and centrifugal spin.

The drying process for doing laundry at home is either hanging clothes on a clothesline or tumbling them in a gas- or electric-heated dryer.

Dry cleaning, on the other hand, is different. It’s a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the process is called “dry.” In this article, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the dry-cleaning process so that you can understand what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at the Premier Laundry!

Dry Cleaning Evolution

Early dry cleaners used a variety of solvents — including gasoline and kerosene — to clean clothes and fabrics. In the United States, the dry-cleaning industry is fairly new and has developed only during the past 75 years. Since World War II ended, the volatile synthetic solvents carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene gave way to a product known as perchlorethylene (PERC), which became the overwhelming solvent choice for the industry. It was not only safer and faster, but did a much better job of cleaning, required less massive equipment, less floor space, and could be installed in retail locations offering excellent quality one-hour service.

As a result of this innovation, the majority of clothes today are cleaned by PERC. A proliferation of cleaning franchises and dry-cleaning businesses offering fast service from convenient, clean, and attractive locations evolved to change the industry into what we see today.


The Process

When you drop your clothes off at the Premier Laundry, our employees follow a pattern that holds true at just about any dry-cleaning operation running today. Your clothes go through the following steps:

  1. Tagging and inspection– Some method, whether it is small paper tags or little labels written on a shirt collar, is used to identify your clothes so they don’t get mixed up with everyone else’s. Clothes are also examined for missing buttons, tears, etc. that the dry cleaner might get blamed for otherwise.
  2. Pre-treatment– The cleaner looks for stains on your clothes and treats them to make removal easier and more complete.
  3. Dry cleaning– The clothes are put in a machine and cleaned with a solvent.
  4. Post-spotting– Any lingering stains are removed.
  5. Finishing– This includes pressing, folding, packaging and other finishing touches.

The following sections look at each of these steps in detail.


When you drop off your clothes, every order is identified. Although the exact identification process may vary from dry cleaner to dry cleaner, it basically includes counting the items and describing them (e.g., shirt, blouse, slacks). Also noted is the date they were dropped off and what date they’ll be ready for the customer to pick up. Then, a small, coloured tag is affixed to each piece of clothing with a safety pin or staple, and this tag remains attached to the clothing during the entire dry-cleaning cycle. We then also generate an invoice, and information about the order — including the customer’s name, address, and phone number –. This helps to keep track of the order.

If a garment needs special attention, such as removing a red wine stain from a shirt or putting a double-crease in pant legs, there’s a special coloured tag that gets affixed to that particular item of clothing. Once the clothing has been washed or dry cleaned, it goes through a quality check and the order gets re-assembled. This means the clothing is bundled together for the customer to pick up. Remember, every order is identified by a coloured tag with a number on it so the person who re-assembles the order knows which shirts and which slacks go together and to whom they belong.

Handle Your F&B Carefully!

Handle Your F&B Carefully!

To create such an experience at your restaurant, the quality of food, customer service and the setting or ambience of your restaurant have to be consistently top-notch. The first impression that your restaurant gives to your customers is often the most lasting impression of all. Leaving a great first impression is half the battle won. This is vital for your business in the long run. There’s no look in an eatery more consoling than the presence of perfect, crisp and brilliant table material. The client keep confidence in F&B Services organizations that they will be furnished with great nourishment and be presented with a fresh and clean F&B cloth.

Besides tasty food and excellent service, the cleanliness of your establishment as a whole speaks volumes about your restaurant. From table cloths to napkins, from table skirting to placemats, your table linens affect the ambience within your restaurant significantly. They have the power to set the mood, set expectations, increase cleanliness and increase comfort.

Entertaining is so much easier when tablecloths, table runners, cloth napkins, and place mats are ready to use. Even for heirloom linens that we use only a few times each year, you can keep them looking their best by washing, ironing and storing them correctly.

How to Store Table Linens Properly

Always wash or dry clean linens before storing and check each piece for stains. Some stains may not be visible but can provide food for mildew or insects like silverfish. And, be sure the linens are completely dry before you store them. Moisture means mildew.

Store linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Wrap them in acid-free tissue paper, not regular tissue paper. The acids in regular tissue paper can yellow white linens. Use the tissue between folds to soften edges; any crisp creases can weaken fibers..

Never store linens in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or in direct contact with cedar chests or any wood drawer. Fumes from petroleum-based polyurethane plastic boxes and wood acids can yellow or weaken the fabrics.

Place heavier pieces like place mats on the bottom, then fabric tablecloths and napkins and place lace pieces on top of the stack. It is better to store linens that have not been starched because starch can attract insects. At least twice per year, refold the linens to prevent continued stress on any one area.

We at Premier Laundry are here to assist and provide you with the best laundry solutions for your restaurant. Food and beverages laundry such as napkins, table cloths, table mats, aprons, personnel’s uniforms and drying towels tend to go through extended use on a regular basis. This is exactly why you need seasoned professionals who know what to do with the different linens and fabric types of your F&B laundry.

Our professionals at Premier Laundry will not only make sure your restaurant laundry is clean and spotless, but also appear good as new upon delivery. We want to help you create an appealing dining environment for your guests. Therefore, contact us today and let our laundry experts take care of your restaurant’s laundry. Now you can fully focus on giving your clients an unforgettable dining experience without breaking the bank, and making your restaurant business a great success in Kota Kinabalu.


How to protect your linens lifespan

How to protect your linens lifespan

One of the biggest goals for many hoteliers continues to be how to maximize linen life. The longer the linen remains in service without a decrease in quality or product integrity, the better the return on investment.

Two enemies of laundries that might reduce product life and have major impact on product quality are stains and “soiled marks, a coloured patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove.

First, try to prewash merchandise before it is put into service, to remove any chemical finish left on the fabric during manufacturing. If prewashing is done and the product gets soiled or dirty, the marks are more likely to come out during laundering.

During the processing, it is up to the housekeeping employees handling the goods to visually inspect and set aside anything does not meet standards. These items are usually placed in rewash bin that will be sent back through the process for a second time. The soil marks or stain still show after being rewashed, the items will usually be stain-treated using a defined chemical treatment bath by soil classification.

Soiled mark have a tendency to disappear during rewash process while a true stain remains and is still visible, although maybe a little lighter in shade. Examine how Room Attendance, Distribution and Collection Teams handle the linens. (Dragging from Floors or Carpet will normally cause your linens with dark black stripe, Dry wiping of washroom wall and floor will also damage your towels and shorten your towels lifespan).

Consider these tips when processing (if you wish to try out to remove the stain):

  • Make sure water temperatures are set properly to maximize the washing chemicals being used. (Normally would not found in any normal household chemical)
  • Periodically test water used to processing to make sure excessive impurities are not present. (Industrial water filter is the best to perform this kind of purifying)
  • Take measure to ensure soil is classified properly. (First step needed to be taken for Room Attendance to ensure the soil’s stain coming from)