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!