A Brief History of Dry Cleaning

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Its widely believed that our industry started as early as 79 A.D.! In the ruins of Pompeii, it was discovered that the larger of businesses were fuller’s shops (fullonicae), the workers running these shops had arguably the most important job in town! The fullers serviced the entire town, where they dyed, washed, and dried garments of all types. This also required a very large workforce, and they were probably one of the biggest employers in the city.

Most fullonica used tanks for washing, dyeing, and rinsing the garments. Garments were usually washed in human urine collected from the public restrooms around town! THANKFULLY TIMES HAVE CHANGED! To dye garments, the fullers used pigments that were made from different plants and shellfish.

As clothes got fancier, so did the methods for cleaning them. Cleaners experimented with solvents like turpentine, camphene, gasoline and kerosene to get great and dirt out of fine woolens, silks and other fabrics that couldn’t stand up to regular washing in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1845 Jean-Baptiste spilt kerosene on a dirty tablecloth. When the kerosene dried, the stains were gone. He then created a cleaning service and first used the term “dry cleaning” to describe his waterless process.

Although many time-honored traditions exist, many processes have changed including the introduction of safer cleaning agents like hydro-carbon instead of the likely carcinogen, perchloroethylene (perc). Which is due to be deemed illegal in the state of California by 2023.

Rest easy knowing Scott Cleaners is ahead of the curve by using NO CARCINOGENIC chemicals in our cleaning process, just another way we are helping to save the environment while making you look your best!

Laundry Care Instructions

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HELP! What do I do with clothing that doesn’t have clothing care instructions? I have a garment without care instructions. It has a tag with a number “4″ in a triangle. Am I suppose to know what the “4″ stands for? Can you help with clothing care instructions?

OUR ANSWER Who says garment care is easy?!!! Most home-sewn garments will carry a tag like that, a numbered code in a triangle to signify specific care instructions. Manufactures and importers of fabrics sold by the piece from bolts of fabric for the purpose of making home-sewn textile apparel are required to provide both care information and/or this numbered code on the end of each bolt.

Detailed Laundry Care Instructions

Let’s demystify the code to keep you from pulling your hair out. It’d be a good idea to print this and tape it to the inside of a cabinet door in your laundry area. Here goes:

  • Machine Wash Warm
  • Machine Wash Warm; Line Dry
  • Machine Wash Warm; Tumble Dry: Remove promptly
  • Machine Wash Warm; Delicate Cycle; Tumble Dry Low; Use Cool Iron
  • Machine Wash Warm; Do not Dryclean
  • Hand Wash Separately; Use Cool Iron
  • Dryclean only
  • Dryclean Pile Fabric Method Only
  • Wipe With Damp Cloth Only
Here’s a great graphic to help you with all your clothing care and laundry instruction needs!
Laundry Care Instructions
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