“Wet” Cleaning FAQ

Questions about the Wet Cleaning Process

  • What is Wet Cleaning?

Wet Cleaning is sometimes referred to as green cleaning and is a method of cleaning garments using water, biodegradable soaps and conditioners, as well as special pressing and re-shaping equipment.

 According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wet cleaning is the safest method of garment cleaning.

 (Learn more at http://www.epa.gov/dfelpubs/garment/wsgc/wetclean.htm)


  • How Wet Cleaning Works?

Professional Wet Cleaning involves the following key components:

-Computer-controlled washers and dryers

-Specialized detergents and solvents

-Trained and skilled personnel in Wet Cleaning

-Specialized finishing equipment for garment pressing and re-shaping

Computerized Wet Cleaning machines allow for precise measurement and mechanical control, which is programmed with various settings that are specific to each fabric’s needs. These settings include, but are not limited to, adjusting water and drying temperatures, controlling moisture levels in dryers, changing water and detergent volumes and controlling mechanical agitation or revolutions in a cleaning cycle.

At Green Organic Dry Cleaner, we also offer other features used in addition to the regular Wet Cleaning process such as specialized fabric softeners, dye setting agents that reduce bleeding, milder bleaching agents for the removal of stains and fabric finishes that restore the fabric’s original touch.

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“Wet Cleaning” vs “Dry Cleaning”

Wet Cleaning is dramatically different from Dry Cleaning in that it does not use hazardous chemicals nor does it produce harmful waste. Tetrachloroethylene, a/k/a PERC or dry cleaning fluid, is the key ingredient that is used in dry cleaning garments. This chemical is carcinogenic to humans and is known to produce soil contamination and air pollution. Waste produced by dry cleaning must be properly discarded as it can propose a health risk to human and animal life. 

However, with Wet Cleaning, we use only water and organic biodegradable solvents. They are 100% eco-friendly as Wet Cleaning does not use any harsh chemicals. Garments are more likely to be allergen free and cause little to no skin irritation unlike regular dry cleaning.

More important, many studies have shown that Wet Cleaning cleans fabrics just as well if not better that dry cleaning. In addition, most fabrics that are labeled “Dry Clean Only” can be wet cleaned without any difficulty.

  • Does Wet Cleaning Shrink Your Clothes?

People sometimes think that if clothes are cleaned with water they will shrink. This is not true. It is very safe to have clothes cleaned by Wet Cleaning professionals.

  • Is Wet Cleaning the same as Laundering or Hand Washing?

Even though water is used to launder and hand wash clothes and require detergents, they are not the same as Wet Cleaning. Laundering and hand washing use standard washers and dryers to clean certain non-delicate garments. The settings on these machines are preset, with only the amount of detergent being controlled. Also, hand washing is labor-intensive limited to delicate garments and cannot be performed in volume.

 Whereas, Wet Cleaning is a high volume process that uses milder detergents than traditional home laundry products. Water and solvent levels are precisely measured and tailored to fit each garment’s specific needs.

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Certified Professional Wet Cleaner

WetCleaners USA is an organization made up of dedicated business owners working together to provide exceptional service and clean clothes environmentally friendly for the community. We promise to provide consistently high quality services amongst our members’ businesses.  This ensures that customers are met with very few discrepancies in service, no matter the location.

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Our Services

Your garments will be cleaned and smell fresh like never before after we use our computerized washing machines and pure clean water. All solvents and conditioners used are safe for the environment and your skin. All garments are then double inspected for quality of pressing, stain removal, missing buttons and minor repairs all at no extra charge.

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236 Commercial Street
Suite 100
Boston, MA 02109

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Friday 7AM to 7PM

Saturday: 8AM to 5PM

Sunday: Closed

(857) 305-3935

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