Wet Cleaning


HYGIvit implemented WET CLEANING and became the first laundry in the Western Cape Province of South Africa providing WET CLEANING laundry services.



What is the difference between DRY CLEANING and WET CLEANING?


Generally, the term “Dry Cleaning” refers to the process of cleaning clothes using a liquid solvent. PERC has been the solvent of choice of the garment cleaning industry for many years. It requires minimal control over the cleaning process and can be used to clean all types of garments. While still a liquid, the term “Dry” in dry cleaning referred to the fact that there was no water being used. This is because traditionally, water could not be used on certain fabrics, like wools and silks.


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Over the last decade or so, as we started to become aware of the hazards of using PERC and other petro-chemicals, companies began looking for newer, more environmentally friendly solutions. PERC is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans” and is also a suspected developmental, gastrointestinal, kidney, reproductive, respiratory, and skin or sense organ toxicant. PERC is a central nervous system depressant that can enter the body through respiratory or dermal exposure. PERC also presents a hazard to the environment as it is persistent in water and soil and very persistent in sediment and air. Once PERC is released into the environment, it does not easily or quickly break down into less toxic constituents.


Professional WET CLEANING has changed all of the above. Specialised equipment has been developed to aid in the finishing of wet-cleaned garments, and special softeners and additives have been created specifically for the wet-cleaning process. It is now totally safe to clean virtually any garment using the WET CLEANING process, even garments stating NO DRY CLEANING.





WET CLEANING is thus the latest eco-friendly and efficient cleaning process replacing dry cleaning – it is in fact SmartCLEAN.


PERC is well known for removing oil based stains better than other cleaning solvents, but not always getting out water based stains. WET CLEANING has proven to be effective at removing both water and oil based stains, although pre-spotting and/or post-spotting may be required to remove certain oil-based stains.


• enables HYGIvit to treat items such as leather jackets, house textiles, furniture coverings, etc.
• is suitable for all kinds of delicate garments such as clothing in wool, mohair, silk, viscose, acetate, etc.
• also large items such as bed linen (duvets, woollen sheets), curtains and flags
• and it is the best eco-friendly solution for all your dresses, jackets, trousers, suits and coats, even your evening wear and wedding garments

WET CLEANING delivers great benefits to the environment and your garments which is HYGIvit's ultimate goal being an ECO Laundry, based on the facts that it is:
• an environmentally safe operation
• making use of water-based cleaning solutions without harmful solvents
• odour-free fabric cleaning
• extends lifespan of linens and clothes
• softer garments
• whites are more brilliant
• and low energy and water consumption