What Takes Place During Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning refers to cleaning fabric and clothes with chemical solvents instead of water. It is a common practice for garments that cannot mix with water and withstand the rigors of hand washing. A dry cleaning conveyor system can help eliminate the time spent on hand washing. Here is what happens to your fabrics or clothes during the dry cleaning process.


Dry cleaners use unique identification numbers to tag each item. It can be a paper tag pinned or stapled to the garment. Some dry cleaners assign their regular customers a permanent barcode, which is used on all their garments. Tagging ensures that no fabric or clothing is misplaced.


Clothes are inspected for missing buttons, tears, rips, and items left in the pocket before they are cleaned. Then the cleaner checks for stains on the fabric and pre-treat them with a chemical solvent. It is helpful to let the cleaner know what caused the stain so that the best stain removal agent can be used.

Dry Cleaning

The cleaner first loads soiled clothes in a large drum machine where they are cleaned with a water-free chemical solvent. Then the garments are agitated in a chemical solvent that loosens the soil particles. What follows is draining, filtering, and rinsing clothes in a fresh solvent solution.


Dry cleaners use chemical solvents to remove oil-based stains. However, not all stains can be removed through the dry cleaning process, which means clothes have to be post-spotted to check for stubborn stains. Post-spotting involves treating clothes with vacuum, water, and steam to remove stubborn stains.

Dry cleaning starts with garment tagging, followed by stains inspection and post-spotting.  However, dry cleaners use chemicals as the solvent instead of water. Dry cleaning works well for fabrics such as wool that don’t mix with water. It also helps remove stains that water can’t remove.