A Short History of Dry Cleaning & Valley Cleaners in Clayton CA USA

About Valley Cleaners in Clayton CA USA

·         Excellence in service
·         Our goal is to meet our customer’s needs.
·         Service and customer satisfaction are what you can depend on, and our primary goal is always keeping our customers satisfied.
·         Convenient location and parking always available.
·         We also welcome you to visit our Laundromat in Dana Plaza shopping, 4115 Concord Blvd #36, Concord, Ca  94519.
·         We specialize in pick up and delivery service for hospital gowns, restaurant linens, uniforms. For price quotes, please call us at 925-323-1782 or e-mail.(SonSusan <susanson335@hotmail.com>)
·         Environmental friendly cleaners
·         Recycle hangers
·         Need alteration? No job too small or too large for our professional tailor!

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A Short History on Dry Cleaning ( in Clayton CA )


The dry cleaning in Clayton CA process originated in France in 1825 and was discovered by accident when a worker in a cleaning factory spilled lamp oil, which is a petroleum-based solvent, on a soiled tablecloth. When the table cloth dried, Viola! the stains were gone and a new industry emerged. The new cleaning method was called dry because it used turpentine and kerosene and not “wet” water. Within a few years, they started using benzene and gasoline, which were more refined and had fewer industrial petroleum impurities. These great advances in cleaning had the slight drawback of the solvents being highly flammable. More than one early dry cleaning in Clayton CA shop burst into flame or was blown out of the neighborhood. Oh, yes … the clothes also stank like a gas tank after being cleaned.

Over the years, less explosive petroleum-based solvents were introduced and then in 1928, a new almost odorless, petroleum-based solvent called Stoddard Solvent swept the dry cleaning industry. With a much higher flashpoint making it less explosive and flammable, Stoddard Solvent really cleaned up, but dry cleaning fires were still all too common.

In the early 1900s, chemists were discovering how to synthesize chlorinated hydrocarbons. These nonflammable solvents quickly found their way into dry cleaning shops. Carbon tetrachloride was the early contender but it was highly toxic and had the unfortunate side effect of corroding metals and textiles. But, science marches on and on and by the 1950s, carbon tetrachloride was being replaced by perchloroethylene.

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Dry Cleaning! What else?

  • Dry cleaning in Clayton CA is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using an organic solvent rather than water -generally known as dry cleaning fluids and typically is perchloroethylene - known as perc in the industry - or hydrocarbon solvents. Dry cleaning is necessary for cleaning items which would otherwise be damaged by water and  soap or detergent. It may also be sought if washing by hand — another alternative for some delicate fabrics — is seen as laborious. Dry cleaning in Clayton CA is favoured by garment manufacturers, particularly because it will not harm the fabric or the construction of the item. Dry cleaning favours the removal of grease & oil based stains whereas wet cleaning in Clayton CA / washing favours water based stains. For this reason we should always be advised as to the nature of the stain. dry cleaning cleaner in clayton CA


  • Moths Love Dirty Clothes – This is a Fact. Moths always look for protein in stains, perspiration and other matter collected on our clothes. It is here that they lay their eggs, the larvae then feed on the protein and in the process eat the fabric, wool and cotton are at risk.


  • If you find a moth in the wardrobe beware!


  • Always clean your clothes as winter moves to summer. Not only do you lessen the risk of moth damage (which has increased dramatically over the last few years in Sydney, but your clothes are clean and ready as autumn returns. There are various methods of keeping the moths away and one of the most pleasant is using natural cedar, it smells pleasant to most humans, but the moths hate it.
  • Never leave the plastic cover from the dry cleaner in Clayton CA covering your clothes in your wardrobe, in humid conditions the clothes cannot breathe and this can help attract moths etc. To prevent dust gathering, cut the plastic cover some 4 inches ( 10 centimetres ) from the shoulder, this will act as dust protection, but still allow the fabric to breathe.
  • Clothes should always be washed or dry cleaned regularly. Modern methods are not harmful to clothes, especially here at Wash on the Rocks where we have recently invested in the most technologically advanced dry cleaning in Clayton CA machines available, enabling us to clean even the most delicate garments. Stains should always be treated as soon as possible, even though a stain may seem to disappear it is still there. These stains will “develop” over time and may well “set” and not be possible to remove at a later stage.
  • Stains should never be rubbed, this can damage the fibres, and whilst not necessarily noticeable at the time of the “accident”, after cleaning may well result in colour or pile damage. Only blot a stain, preferably with clean white absorbent tissue and have it cleaned as soon as possible. Never put white wine on red wine or salt on a wine stain, this will only make the dry cleaner’s job more difficult and may result in the stain not being removed. 
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  • Always try to point out any stains when bringing the garment for cleaning in Clayton CA, and where possible identify the stain so that the correct treatment can be applied. Help Us To Help You. 


  • Fabrics are becoming ever more delicate, particularly in the “designer” and more expensive garments. Never apply deodorants, eau de toilette, perfume etc. whether in spray or solid form whilst wearing the garment. Always apply before dressing and allow to it dry. Modern deodorants etc. can damage a fine fabric particularly when mixed with perspiration. 
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  • Garment manufacturers must by law attach a care label into every garment. This is to help the dry cleaner know which cleaning method to apply to the garment, in order to achieve the best result. All clothing manufacturers should test their garments, not just for cleanability, but the various component parts such as trims, sequins beads etc. as well as colour fastness, the suitability of glues (e.g. in hems and interlinings) and the fabric make up. Just because the garment was expensive to buy does not indicate that it has been fully tested.


  • A garment without a care label will have to be cleaned at the owner’s risk. Since without a care label instruction from the manufacturer the cleaner may not know the best cleaning method to apply to the fabric, and therefore cannot be held responsible for the consequences. However here at valley cleaner we should be able to give you the correct advice. 
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  • There is no guarantee that a stain can be removed in dry cleaning in Clayton CA or wet cleaning in Clayton CA. Some modern fabrics have weak dyes, so that stain removal can be difficult, especially if the stain is stronger than the fabric dye, or has been left in the garment for some time. It is fair to say that stains left for more than one month may be difficult to remove, the longer they are left the more difficult it becomes. Nevertheless payment in full is still required as the cleaner will have spent considerable time trying to rejuvenate the item.

Our location : 5425 Clayton Rd , Clayton CA 94517 USA , Phone: 925-672-5775 cell: 925-323-1782


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