Dry Cleaners Do More Than Just Dry Clean

Did you know that dry cleaning was discovered because of kerosene? In the 1800s, Jolly Belin of France accidentally spilled kerosene on dirty laundry, which resulted in completely banishing the stains. He then opened the first ever dry cleaning establishment in Paris using kerosene. However, since kerosene is flammable, cleaners looked for a cleaning agent that will not cause them to be denied insurance. They discovered perchloroethylene or perc, in 1948. This liquid chemical lifts dirt from common fabrics without shrinking the clothes or causing the color to fade. It…

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