Dry Cleaning, in short, is cleaning without water. It does still use a liquid, but it's a cleaning solvent, not fresh water, to do the heavy lifting (weird tidbit - the Romans used urine - we DON'T do that). This process, as you can imagine, is more delicate with your fabrics.
At University Laundry we give you a black bag for items you want to process via Dry Cleaning. You'll bring the Black Bag to the truck the same way you bring a bundled Service bag. Like your local cleaners, your account is billed per item.
Here's the magic - we know which items go through which process (Dry Clean vs Laundered + Press). Here's our rule of thumb - if its cotton, we launder + press. If it's not cotton and it's in your black bag, we process it via the dry-cleaning method.
Dress shirts and other items that are typically dropped at a local cleaners are not technically cleaned with the same methods as dry-clean only garments. They are washed in more typical laundry machines and dryers, but instead of being folded, they are ironed, pressed, and returned on a hanger. Like dry-cleaning items, these items go in your black bag and are billed to your account per item.
Great question. Where these items used to be laundered and enjoyed a natural color fading (see 1980's), people now want to preserve the color of these two garment types. While they are made of cotton, we actually will dry clean these items for you. It will cost a touch more than the laundry process, but your color and garment will last longer. If you prefer a machine wash on these, drop them in your Bundled Bag.
When it comes to your wardrobe and what you put out there - you may have some particular desires - here are four custom treatments we offer via our SPECIAL TREATMENT form.