Dry cleaning
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Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water. The modern dry cleaning process was developed and patented by Thomas L. Jennings.Despite its name, dry cleaning is not a "dry" process; clothes are soaked in a liquid solvent. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), which the industry calls "perc", is the most widely used solvent. Alternative solvents are trichloroethane and petroleum spirits. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or "perc") has been banned in California, with all use to be ended by 2023.Most natural fibers can be washed in water but some synthetics (e.g.
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