Professional laundering for shirts, jeans, khakis, lab coats, chef jackets, table linens and other “washable” items is another process that we use to keep your garments looking their very best. Special detergents, additives, and finishes used in conjunction with very specialized washing machines set commercial laundering apart from home laundering. After your garments have been laundered they are kept damp and then ready to be pressed. This laundry pressing process gives your garment a very “crisp and sharp” look and feel that cannot be done at home. This is achieved by drying your garment on laundry presses that are 300+ degrees with forces that approach 100 psi on your clothes.
Most shirts and blouses made from 100% cotton or a cotton / polyester blend can be commercially laundered. However some garments that are too small, too large, or have additional decorations or trim cannot fit on commercial laundry equipment and must be hand finished. Also, some clothes with care labels for washing in cold or warm water and press with low heat should be dry cleaned or wet cleaned to prevent any damage such as melting or shining. Clothes made from fibers with Rayon, Spandex, Nylon, Polynosic, Flax, Silk, Wool, Linen, Acrylic, Tactel and Acetate should not be commercially laundered because they may become distorted and may not withstand the intense heat used in the finishing process.
NOTE: One of the major reasons a dry cleaned or wet cleaned shirt or blouse costs more is because they take 5 to 7 times longer to hand finish, depending on the style of garment and any corresponding trim.