Wet Cleaning


Wet Cleaning is an Environmentally Safe Alternative to Dry Cleaning


What is Wet Cleaning?

Wet Cleaning The Greener Way to CleanWet Cleaning is a professional garment cleaning technique and an ideal way to treat water based stains on garments and is one of the safest professional methods of garment cleaning. Up to 95% of all stains are water-based which all but eliminates the need for dry cleaning with Perc and other toxic solvents. The wet cleaning wash process uses detergents and conditioners that are milder than home laundry products which has made wet cleaning a safe and often preferred alternative to dry cleaning. As a result, many professional cleaners have moved to state-of-the-art wet-cleaning technologies for up to 80% of all garments that have typically been dry cleaned, such as:

  • Cottons
  • Silks
  • Wools
  • Linens
  • Leather and suede
  • Wedding gowns
  • Garments highly decorated with beads and sequins.



Benefits of Wet Cleaning.

Studies indicate that wet cleaning performs as well as traditional dry cleaning with respect to most garment and fabric types. It reduces human health and safety impacts, reduces environmental impacts, and has a high level of customer acceptance* with the majority finding excellent or good cleaning results. In addition, local health/government regulations, landlord demands and consumer expectations are met or exceeded because of the safer, non-hazardous wet cleaning process, including:

  • No Perc
  • Odor-free garments, no chemical smell
- Whiter whites
- Easier to remove water-based stains
- Better cleaning performance on many garments
  • No hazardous chemical use
- No hazardous waste generation
- No air pollution
  • Reduced water use

Wet Cleaning Technology Overview.

With today’s technologically advanced wetcleanign equipment, computerized operations allow for precise mechanical control in order to gently wash, dry, and finish garments. Modern wet cleaning machines can be programmed for various settings such as mechanical action, water and drying temperatures, moisture levels in the dryer, and water and detergent volume. The flexibility of this technology provides cleaners with the controls to administer a customized wet cleaning cycle suited to a garment's specified needs.

Regarding mechanical agitation, a wet cleaner can set a machine to as few as six revolutions per minute to reduce the stress placed on delicate fabrics during the wash cycle. In contrast, a typical home washing machine may rotate (i.e., mechanically agitate) garments several dozen times per minute. To safely clean fabrics that can shrink when washed in water and then dried, cleaners can increase the amount of water spun out of wet garments after the final rinse cycle so that minimal drying is needed. They can also control the temperature and humidity levels during the drying process to prevent shrinkage. Studies indicate that wet cleaning usually performs as well as dry cleaning or better for many garments.

Specialized finishing (tensioning) equipment is increasingly recognized as an essential component of the wet cleaning process. Finishing equipment is not necessary if the cleaner has well-trained hand-finishing personnel. In addition, some manufacturers claim that traditional dry cleaning pressing equipment works satisfactorily on wet cleaned garments. However, an investment in specialized wet cleaning finishing equipment will reduce labor costs associated with the finishing process.

Wet Cleaning Equipment.

Metropolitan offers a variety of wet cleaning equipment solutions based on the specific needs of the professional cleaner. Regardless of the type and size of wet cleaning laundry facility, Metropolitan can help with planning through design, construction through installation and training on leading wet cleaning equipment brands including:

UniMac Wetclean WashersUniMac Wet clean DryersHuebsch Wet clean Dryerspeed Queen Wet Clean Dryers

*NOTE: Wet cleaning cannot completely replace traditional dry cleaning due to adverse effects on certain fabrics and dyes; primarily acetates, satins, and gabardines.