The History of Dry Cleaning
Like many inventions, dry cleaning came about by accident. In 1855, Jean Baptiste Jolly, a French dye-works owner, noticed that his table cloth became cleaner after his maid accidentally overturned a kerosene lamp on it. Operating through his dye-works company, Jolly offered a new service and called it "dry cleaning."  Early dry cleaners used solvents like gasoline and kerosene to clean clothes and fabrics. At the turn of the century there was another solvent called Stoddard Solvent (which is very similar to DF-2000, the solvent used in "organic" dry cleaners.    

It was very similar to the previous solvents which made working with them very dangerous; many dry cleaning businesses went up in flames – literally.  Since World War II ended, the volatile synthetic solvents carbon tetrachloride  and trichloroethylene gave way to a product known as perchloroethylene (perc), which became the overwhelming solvent choice for the industry..

The Future of Dry Cleaning
If you’re like most people, you probably think that dry cleaning is dry cleaning; that there’s not much to separate one dry cleaner from the next except their location. Who could blame you?  That’s pretty much been the case… until now!

Now there’s GreenEarth Cleaning and for the first time you and your wardrobe have a real choice.  Green Earth is as different as different can be; different in the way it’s made, different in what it does for clothes, different in how it protects the environment.

We have Chosen the GreenEarth Cleaning Solution for several reasons.  Test results show it cleans as well as perc (which is the a major issue with the Carbon Dioxide Cleaning System), and it’s made from chemically inert silicone so there’s no nasty chemical issues (which is a major drawback with both conventional dry cleaning solution and the “organic” dry cleaning solution DF-2000. The colors are coming out brighter, there is no chemical smell and the clothes don’t “crunch!”

DRY CLEANING 101   ~   THE future of dry cleaning

Dry Cleaning The Inside Story!

Dry cleaning isn't dry; it merely uses a solvent instead of water to clean.  The term “Dry” Cleaning refers to any cleaning without water (which is called “wet” cleaning.)


(608) 271-6769

5712 Raymond Rd

If you’re like most people, you probably think that dry cleaning is dry cleaning. What separates one cleaner from the next?  The list is long and it ranges from how your items are cleaned to how your items are handled, inspected, repaired and packaged.  It's very similar to choosing a restaurant.  Fast food is going to get you full and back on the road in a short period of time, but we all know the long term effects fast food has and how you'll feel about an hour after you ate it.  Whereas a nicer restaurant may have a better selection of healthier items to choose from but it's not going to have you out the door in a few minutes.  So now you have to ask yourself if the price is nearly the same, do I want a greasy burger or steak?


(608) 836-6868

6713 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave