We know it is weird. How do we
clean our cloth with a method call "dry cleaning"? Actually, Dry
cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using an
organic solvents rather than water.
The term “dry cleaning”
is actually a misleading statement. The word originated during the
1600’s in early Greece when the Mycenaean’s would use a dry compound to
clean stains out of their garments. Although the technology used by dry
cleaners to clean clothes has obviously changed significantly over time
the word dry cleaning has stuck as the term used to describe a method of
The solvent used is typically call tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), abbreviated "perc" in the
industry and also "dry-cleaning fluid" by the public. Dry cleaning is
necessary for cleaning items which would otherwise be damaged by water
and soap or especially detergent. It may be used if hand washing— needed
for some delicate fabrics — is excessively laborious.