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Certain types of clothes, like leather, suede and other delicate fabrics don't do well when washed at home. This is where dry cleaners come in. Dry cleaners use professional machines to clean clothes (and rugs, blankets and other fabrics) and remove difficult stains that can't be done at home. Instead of using water to remove dirt and stains, the machines use a solvent for cleaning. Dry cleaners services use the following terms.

  • Tailor – A person who alters clothes professionally. Some dry cleaners employ tailors who work on-site to alter clothes. Tailors often work on clothes that need to fit perfectly, such as wedding dresses or prom gowns. Their rates vary, often based on the type of garment they are working on.
  • Clothing Alteration – The process of adjusting clothes so that they fit better. A tailor adjusts the size of the clothes by sewing new seams or removing them as needed.
  • Same Day Service – Sometimes for additional charges laundry can be dropped off, usually in the morning and be available for pick up later that afternoon.
  • Finishing – This service is also called pressing. After the laundry has been cleaned, steam is applied to make the item softer. It is then quickly dried until the steam is vacuumed out, allowing the item to be pressed into shape.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Sometimes called “green services” there has been a push for cleaners to be more responsible with the large amounts of cleaning fluids and solvents used in operating a dry cleaning business. New machines offer different cleaning solutions, for example, some using carbon dioxide instead of solvents to clean clothes. The result is there is less release of harmful toxic chemicals.
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    Master's Mark Dry Cleaners
    1604 Woodruff Road Greenville Sc, 29860, Greenville, SC 29860
    Dry Cleaners specializing in serving the entire upstate of SC, specifically dry cleaning, wet cleaning, laundry, leather service, wedding gowns, restoration work, shoe repair, alterations and throw ru
    (800) 987-8872
    Michaels Laundry Linen & Cleaning Center
    520 E Robinson Ave, Grovetown, GA 30813
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    (706) 860-3169
     
    User Review: "There have been too many times people go here only to find its not open with no sign kindly letting us know. Why have store..."
    Kim's Alterations & Dry Cleaners
    4339 Fort Jackson Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205
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    (803) 743-0684
     
    User Review: "It's pretty obvious when you have someone posting lies on different sites stating the exact same lie under many different..." - Joseph (SC)
    Warneke Cleaners
    113 Newberry St, Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 649-2191
    Osbon's Laundry & Cleaners
    136 Pendleton St Sw, Aiken, SC 29801
    (888) 252-9313
    Osbon's Laundry & Cleaners
    136 Pendleton St, Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 649-2518
    Warneke Cleaners
    113 Newberry St, Aiken, SC 29801
    (803) 648-8576
    Warneke Cleaners
    1870 Huntsman Dr, Aiken, SC 29803
    (803) 643-0760
    Osbon's Laundry & Cleaners
    732 Silver Bluff Rd, Aiken, SC 29803
    (803) 642-1973
    Oxford Cleaners
    161 S Aiken Ln Ste 510, Aiken, SC 29803
    (803) 649-5694
    Warneke Cleaners
    446 Fabian Dr, Aiken, SC 29803
    (803) 641-0809
    Vacuum Cleaners
    1536 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803
    (803) 648-4837
    Neighborhood Cleaners & Laundry
    512 Calhoun St, Johnston, SC 29832
    (803) 275-0530
    Colonial Cleaners
    706 Old Edgefield Rd, North Augusta, SC 29841
    (803) 279-0784
    Silverstein's Cleaners & Launderers
    North Augusta, SC 29841
    (803) 278-0122


    Sometimes fabrics do not react well when cleaned with water. Fine silks, leather, and suede all obtain stains from the water that cannot be removed without extreme difficulty, if at all. When you have soiled clothing that needs special care, taking laundry to the dry cleaners is the safest method available. Dry cleaning is done by using non-water based solvents to remove stains and dirt from apparel. Early methods included solvents made from gasoline, which was highly flammable. Because of the unfortunate combustible nature of the job, the government started regulating these laundry facilities. After World War I, chlorine became the main ingredient in the solution, but was replaced by tetrachloroethylene, called "perc," in the mid 1930s. While perc produced higher quality results than its predecessors, it was originally classified as a carcinogen, making it toxic over time. This classification has been withdrawn, but people are starting to replace the chemical in the industry anyway in favor of greener environment friendly chemicals. The cleaning machines used at these facilities wash and dry clothing at the same time. Many facilities will use their equipment to allow garment pick-up on the same day for an increased price, but cheaper prices are available for longer turn around. Tailoring and altering services are often available at many locations, though the majority of sewing is done on wedding and prom gowns. Most alterations are done on machines. Though most facilities will not deliver products to your home, home kits do exist for special projects like carpet care.
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