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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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    J & I Inc
    2904 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    Since 1991, we have been the best dry cleaner and alteration service. We specialize in providing pick up and delivery dry cleaning service to your home or business. We also offer upholster work!
    (214) 730-0207
    Uptown Cleaners
    4616 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
    Family owned and operated dry cleaning and tailoring. We offer a range of superior and quality services, including laundry, alterations, tailoring and 24 hour drop off. Your source for affordable dry cleaning!
    (214) 559-0016
    Instyle
    4033 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75225
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    (214) 365-0083
     
    User Review: "I called ahead to make sure this dry cleaner did not write on the inside of my nice dress shirts which in my opinion ruins..." - Henry (TX)
    Spincycle Coin Laundry
    8224 Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75231
    Proudly offering the finest quality products at affordable prices. Centrally located for your convenience. Our self service laundromat is the best around, with clean and safe facilities.
    (214) 691-2550
    Cuff & Collar
    2001 Ross Ave Ste 280, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 969-0936
    Drytech Cleaners
    2222 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 965-0844
    Freeman's Village Cleaners
    218 Lake Highlands Shopping Vlg, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 328-7817
    Corporate Care Cleaners
    901 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
    (214) 760-7007
    City Cleaners
    1324 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202
    (214) 744-0330
    Fountain Place Cleaners
    1445 Ross Ave Ste B105, Dallas, TX 75202
    (214) 754-0402
    Sunshine Laundry & Dry Cleaners
    4114 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    (214) 521-9921
    Aspen Cleaners
    3128 Mckinney Ave Ste E, Dallas, TX 75204
    (214) 871-0210
    Bibbentuckers
    3501 Mckinney Ave Ste E, Dallas, TX 75204
    (214) 219-5400
    Spot Master Cleaners
    3406 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    (214) 522-3077
    Sunrise Cleaners
    2920 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    (214) 526-1272


    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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