Wet Cleaning 101

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Wet clean anything with Fabritec's easy 3 product system! For added versatility, try Titanium. The helpful tips below will help get you on the right path!

5914 Silky Clean Detergent

A low-temperature, no rinse detergent for fine washables such as silk, wool, and other delicate garments. Garments have a pleasing hand, enriched colors, and are easier to finish.

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5925 Cotton Clean Detergent

A versatile, all-purpose detergent specially formulated for washables and casual care such as khakis, chinos, and flannel. Also great for outerwear and bedspreads.

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5936 Condition-It Fabric Conditioner

A fabric finish that minimizes shrinkage, felting, and pilling in washable wool, silk, rayon, and all-natural fiber blends. Enhances fabric hand and facilitates fabric finishing.

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What is Professional Wetcleaning?

Professional Wet Cleaning is the most commercially available non-toxic alternative to dry cleaning. It is an aqueous process for cleaning a full range of garments using state of the art technology, biodegradable detergents and additives, followed by appropriate drying and restorative finishing procedures.

Professional Wet Cleaning: The Cleaning Process

Professional wet clean washers use a computer to control the rotation of the cleaning drum in order to minimize agitation while providing sufficient movement for effective garment cleaning. Wet clean washers are also equipped with a computer programmed detergent injection system, which allows the cleaner to specify the amount and type of wet clean detergent used for each load.

Biodegradable wet clean detergents have been formulated by detergent manufacturers to maximize cleaning power while minimizing color change and shrinkage.

Wet clean dryers include computer controls to assure that garments retain a proper amount of moisture after the dry cycle is complete.

Specialized tensioning pressing machines are used to enhance the restoration of constructed garments, such as suit jackets, suit pants, and tailored items.

Both equipment and operating costs are lower in wet cleaning compared to PCE dry cleaning. Cleaners who have switched are still able to process the same range of garments and materials as they did in the past.

Wet Cleaning Procedures

Acetates and Acrylics

-Wash at 80-90°F

-Wash using Silky-Clean Detergent; add Condition-It Conditioner to the final rinse to add body and facilitate finishing.

-Reduce mechanical action by washing in a mesh bag, using high water levels and low basket RPM’s.

-Hang to dry or use humidity controlled drying equipment set at 6% humidity and 110°F (43°C).

Beaded Garments

-Wash 80-90°F (27-32°C)

-Wash using Titanium or Silky-Clean depending on type of garment; use Condition-It in final rinse.

-Inspect garments carefully for damaged beads or trim. Measure garments prior to processing. If beads are glued onto the garment, check to be sure glue is not water soluble.

-Reduce mechanical action by washing in a mesh bag, using high water levels and low basket RPM’s.

-Hang to dry or use humidity controlled drying equipment set at 14% humidity and 110°F (43°C).

Denim

-Wash 80-90°F (27-32°C)

-Wash using Titanium or Cotton Clean. Inspect for weak, worn out or faded areas prior to processing.

-Use medium mechanical action.

-Remove from dryer while still damp or set humidity control on dryer to 6%.

-Finish using hot-head press.

Down Comforters

-Wash using Cotton Clean for average soil conditions or use Titanium if heavily soiled or stained.

-Use medium mechanical action.

-Extract at high speed to minimize moisture content prior to drying.

-Dry at 120-140°F (49-60°C) until completely dry or set dryer humidity control to 0%.

-Add tennis balls to the dryer to improve fluffing.

Khaki

-Wash 110-130°F (43-54°C)

-Wash in Titanium or Cotton Clean.

-Use Condition-It Conditioner in final rinse to add body and facilitate finishing.

-Tumble dry until just slightly damp or set dryer humidity control to 6%.

-Finish on hot-head or steam press depending on desired finish.

Outer Wear

Check for:

-Remove lining if possible and wet clean according to fabric type.

-Wash in Cotton Clean for average soil conditions or use Titanium if heavily soiled.

-Prespot oil-based stains with Stamford LPS.

-Use medium mechanical action and extract speed.

-Add Condition-It to the final rinse at the rate of 2 oz., per gallon of water.

-Warm dry at 120°F (49°C) and set dryer humidity control to 6%.

Rayon

-Wash 80-90°F (27-32°C)

-Wash in Silky-Clean.

-Wash and dry garment in a mesh bag to prevent distortion.

-Use medium mechanical action and extract.

-Add Condition-It Conditioner to final rinse to add body and facilitate finishing.

*Rayon gabardine and crepe should not be wet cleaned.

Silk

-Wash in cold water.

-Wash in Silky-Clean; add Condition-It Conditioner to the final rinse to maintain depth of color and facilitate finishing.

- Test all dark or “high-fashion” colors for dye stability.

-Keep mechanical action to a minimum by using short cycles, high water levels, low basket rpm’s and low extract speeds.

-Dry warm and remove while still damp and hang to dry or set dryer humidity control to 6%.

-Silk ties should not be wet cleaned as they are nearly impossible to finish properly.

Polyester Wedding Gowns

-Wash 90-100°F (32-38°C)

-Wash in Titanium or Silky-Clean.

-Test glue used for beads and trim for water solubility; DO NOT wet clean if glue is water soluble.

-Wash heavily beaded gowns in large mesh bag and use medium mechanical action.

-Machine dry gowns for approximately 6-8 minutes and then hang to dry.

-Add Condition-It Conditioner to final rinse to reduce wrinkling and facilitate finishing.

Wool

-Wash 80-90°F (27-32°C)

-Wash only with Silky-Clean.

-Measure all garments prior to processing.

-Reduce mechanical action to a minimum by using short cycles, high water levels, low basket rpm’s and low extract speeds.

-Wet clean loosely woven garments in large mesh bags to prevent distortion.

-Add Condition-It Conditioner to final rinse to protect wool fibers, maintain softness and facilitate finishing.

-Set dryer humidity control to 14% or remove while damp and place on a flat surface to avoid stretching or distortion.

*Warning! Wool crepe and gabardine will shrink; wet cleaning is not recommended

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5931 Titanium EXtra

(For Hard Water Use)

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5911 Titanium Plus

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It’s Not Just For Shirts Anymore!

Titanium is a multi-enzyme, low pH product containing over 16 active ingredients. “Copy Cat” products, even those claiming to contain enzymes, usually contain no more than six or seven ingredients and are loaded with useless fillers. Titanium low pH, low temperature formulation greatly reduces energy costs and is gentle on fabrics. Excellent results, even in adverse water conditions.
Low sudsing formulation means better mechanical action and higher soil removal.

Great for soaking! Removes a broad range of stains that other products simply can’t touch.
• Leaves garments soft and smooth.
• Gentle on skin; leaves no harsh residues on fabrics.
• Low pH means dramatic reduction in claims due to pinhole damage.
• High customer satisfaction ratings drive dry cleaning sales.

Outstanding results when used on:

• Wedding Gowns Top Cleaners use Titanium exclusively on polyester gowns!
• Drapes & Curtains
• Bedspreads, Duvets, Blankets (including electric), Pillows and Pillow Cases
• Area Rugs
• All Casual Wear including Levis, Dockers, and Polo Shirts Camping Gear and Garments such as:
Sleeping Bags, Tents, Ground Covers, Tarps, Parkas, Rain Gear, Cloth Hats and Gloves
• Ski & Hunting Wear including Gore Tex items
• High-visibility and reflective, safety garments

Use Titanium to:

• Restore dull and dingy garments.
• Safely bleach multi-colored garments to their original new and bright condition.
• Safely remove fugitive dye stains from white or colored items.
• Safely remove ink stains from white and colored garments.

Every plant should have Titanium on hand for restoring garments!