Chemicals Needed for any Dry-Cleaning Business

Chemicals Needed for any Dry-Cleaning Business

There is a lot more to a dry-cleaning business than just owning a few washing machines and laundry detergent. Dry cleaners need to be able to remove stains that seem almost impossible, clean items that cannot simply be put into your normal washing machines or delicate materials that need specific detergents to be cleaned.

Solvay Perchloroethylene

Solvay Perchloroethylene, also known as Tetrachloroethylene, is a powerful colourless liquid cleaner used to remove tough spots on organic materials. It can be recognized by its sweet odor and sometimes used as a degreaser in the automotive industry.


Hydrocarbon is made up of hydrogen and carbon. It is a petroleum based solvent used in dry cleaning. A popular myth is that it has a distinct bad smell, but a quality hydrocarbon solvent actually does not have any smell at all. Cleaning with hydrocarbon will not result in any fabric damage or colour loss from fabrics.

White Spirits

White spirits are typically used for cleaning leather and other materials. It is a very effective degreaser, great for getting out oil and grease from materials.  White spirits does not discolour or harm fabrics it is used on.

Coarse Salt

Coarse salt can be used to activate other cleaning materials used, this aids in the deodorising and cleaning abilities. Not only is coarse salt a great stain remover it also sets the colours in fabrics, keeping them brighter for longer.

Filter Aids

Some filter aids available for dry cleaning include, black pellet activated carbon, pellet and powder form and Celite Hyflo.

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