Originally, the dry cleaning chemical that was used was kerosene? Thankfully, we now use perchloroethylene, which is much less flammable. This may be surprising since it’s called “dry” cleaning but it’s actually wet. What it means by dry is that water and soap aren’t used like when you wash your everyday laundry to remove stains, dirt, and grease. A caveat to dry cleaning is that the solvent can potentially bring more stains to the surface, therefore taking longer to clean because it has to be done multiple times.
Have you ever wondered why your items require dry cleaning? When you use water or heat it can damage delicate fabrics because the water can cause them to swell and stretch. Also, most soaps necessary to clean stains require higher heat to remove the soap residue. You don’t want to use high heat on most fabrics because it can cause the colors to fade, shrink or even completely damage the item.