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Video:See the Green Dry Cleaning Method

with John Mahdessian

Have you ever wondered what happens to the clothes that you drop off at the dry cleaner, or if there is an environmentally friendly option to the cleaning chemicals? Take an inside peek at how clothes are professionally dry cleaned the green way.See Transcript

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Transcript:See the Green Dry Cleaning Method

Hello. My name is John Mahdessian. I'm President of Madame Paulette custom couture cleaners and I'm here today for About.com. Today were going to show you the green cleaning method which is much safer and better for our environment.

Dry Cleaning History

For those of you who don't know, the history of dry cleaning dates back to the mid nineteenth century where somebody accidentally spilled kerosene which is a solvent base, that's non-water, onto a tablecloth and subsequently the area that the kerosene spilled was actually cleaner then the rest of the tablecloth.

Non-Toxic Chemicals Used in Green Dry Cleaning

The beige linen suit, with the wine stains, is being scanned by JR, who is proceeding to use a tannin formula which is a water based non-toxic spotting agent that will remove any earth based type of stains. Earth based stains are stains that come from the earth like fruit juices, colas, teas, and coffees. So, after that, we are going to put this two piece linen suit after we remove the stains into our wet cleaning machine.

Follow Clothes Through the Green Cleaning Process

This wet cleaning machine is a very specific machine that works in conjunction with a specific cleaning agent. This goes out in a rinse. After that, we have a conditioner that basically protects the fibers and brings the ph of the original fiber, back to its original condition. So, it actually simulates what it was before it went in.

Then after that, there's another rinse. The washing will probably take about 15-25 minutes. And then we add a fabric sizing. This basically brings the piece back in terms of the body and the texture and the feel of the garment. So, when this piece is finished of the wet cleaning process, the three different steps I've just shared with you, it will go into either a dryer or a hanging drying cabinet, with no mechanical action. When this piece is dry it will look and feel exactly the way a piece would come out of conventional dry cleaning.

After the hand finishing process and when we do a check point of that and everything is perfect with the garment, the garments proceed to the assembly station. At this point we would do again, another quality control checkpoint.

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