Wet Cleaning

Mirroring gentle hand-washing, wet cleaning chemistry and processes use only water and biodegradable detergents rather than the carcinogenic solvents used in dry cleaning...yuk!

We wash everything in-house in our adapted space-age wet cleaning process
Our machines have been adapted to achieve fourth generation wet cleaning capability. This means that the equipment we use is able to process both wet and dry clean-only items as well as standard laundry. Our process therefore results in a huge increase in efficiency and quality and you get items back cleaner, faster and without any net impact on the environment.
Dry cleaning causes many health issues ranging from respiratory failure to cancer. It can also have adverse effects on the human nervous system, causing headaches, movement difficulties and memory loss. These effects are caused by the use of PERC (perchloroethylene), a colourless solvent derived from petroleum fractionation. To help limit any potential health risks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that dry cleaners must phase out dry cleaning machines that use PERC by December 21, 2020. Time for the UK to follow!
The traditional dry cleaning industry uses tonnes of plastic and thousands of litres of solvents every year in the UK
Dry cleaning causes so many health issues, it being caused by the use of PERC (perchloroethylene) which is a petroleum-based substance. It can have adverse effects on the human nervous system, causing headaches, breathing difficulties and memory problems. Long term exposure can cause life threatening illnesses. It also produces toxic chemicals and waste which is having a negative impact on our environment as it cannot be easily broken down. This has been banned under environmental health in some countries due to the toxicity.
Dry cleaning is causing many environmental health issues

What are the benefits of wet cleaning?

  • A superior natural way of cleaning fabrics
  • No harsh chemicals such as chlorine or phosphates are used protecting both your garments and you
  • Uses water and mild biodegradable detergents instead of polluting chemicals such as PERC, so no toxic waste is produced
  • Leaves a fresh natural scent instead of a chemical odour
  • Removes organic stains better than dry cleaning
  • Turn around time is half that of dry cleaning
  • There are minimal epidermal issues and the process is hypoallergenic and more suitable for sensitive skin
  • Gentle drum rotation with water showering means less felting, friction and material damage
  • Ambient drying temperatures are up to 80% less than in dry cleaning machines

Whats safe to be wet cleaned?

  • Delicate fabrics such as handwoven or dresses with glued sequins
  • Silk, hemp, flax, viscose and rayon
  • Embellished and embroidered Garments
  • Suit Trousers and Jackets
  • Wool/Cashmere 
  • Curtains, both lined and non-lined
  • Wedding Dresses
  • Outdoor Jackets and coats
  • Puffer jackets with down fillings
  • Shirts of any material
  • Dresses and ball Gowns
  • Leather/Suede (Washed with specialist leather/suede cleaning products in addition to wet cleaning detergents)
  • Ugg Boots (Washed with specialist leather/suede cleaning products in addition to wet cleaning detergents)

How does wet cleaning work?

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Laundry is sorted into textile, colour, weight and soiling categories. Spot stain removers are added for stains that may need a bit of extra chemical help e.g make-up. High pressure air and water with a vacuum table are used to push and pull stains out of fabrics with minimal energy use.

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Wet clean cycles are then selected that correspond with the material and treatment required. Most cycles are run at ambient temperature with disinfection achieved using ozone. Read more about our commitment to world-class hygiene below:Hygiene at Oxwash.

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Our machines initially coat items in a layer of dirt-repelling molecules that prevent stains from re-depositing on the items during processing. A mixture of slow mechanical action, soaking and a shower pump inside the drum gently remove dirt and stains before a final rinse and conditioning.
The garments are then dried using specialised computer programs that analyse the water content of the garment dynamically. The temperature decreases as the cycle progresses to prevent shrinking. After items are dried they are finished by hand using a former that uses steam to remove all creases and relax the fibres into position.

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And voila! the wet cleaning process is complete! 
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