Whatever happened to DIY dry cleaning.?
Someone mentioned they have a box that looks like Dryel but is generic
so one can do dry cleaning in his own home.
I never knew or don't remember why do it yourself dry cleaning
machines at laundromats disappeared.
Two words- toxic waste. Any commercial use of those chemicals is called
a 'point source', IIRC, and there are all sorts of permitting and
inspection hoops to jump through. Same reason that almost all ma'n'pa
dry cleaners, the few that are left, have outsourced their cleaning to
giant industrial plants. And in a city where the person who owns the
store almost never owns the building, the landlord won't rent to anyone
who uses chemicals, at least not without a lot of extra money changing
hands. The possible downside for the property owner is just way too steep.
The little local dry cleaning store in a shopping center where I live
does one-day dry cleaning. There are no giant industrial clothes
Where are they sending the clothes that can do one day service and
that advertised same-day service. 'One Hour Martinizing' ring a bell?
I did say 'almost'- either your little local store is one of the
exceptions that proves the rule, and does enough business to make it
worth having their own permits and modern machines, or they have a very
good outsourced provider that picks it all up late in the day, hauls it
to the nearest city with a production cleaning plant, where it is
cleaned second/third shift, and delivered back in the morning. If you
take clothes there, look for a cut-off-time sign, or ask them. No reason
for them to keep it a secret- the huge places don't take walk-in
customers, at least around here. Service to the trade only. Same
business model as the outsourced laundries many hotels and restaurants
and such use.
Personally, I decided years ago that 'dry clean only' clothes are for
rich people, and never buy anything like that.
I decided, with fear & trembling, to wash my expensive wool pants by
hand in a Woolite-type clone. Thorough rinsing. Hung carefully on
clothesline. (I have never used a dryer; perfectly satisfied with the
big dryer in the sky; of course my climate allows this.) Came out
just beautiful. I have very few garments that absolutely require "dry
On Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:21:44 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
Not even a funeral?
I had a second hand but great condition except for one cut sleeping
bag that needed mending and my mother did it and then she took it to a
dry cleaner to be cleaned. The cleaner explained that it could be a
fatal mistake, that even after it aired a long time there would still
be plenty of fumes to kill me. And he wouldn't do it (although my
mother didn't want him to after that.) Maybe that was another reason
diy dry cleaning disappeared.
Most of the old people I know have died already. I do still have a
monkey suit from years ago that lives in a plastic bag- hopefully the
plastic fumes and the flowers will hide any odors. I think I last wore
it around 5 years ago?
I have 10 of those hanging in my closet gathering a lot of dust. I
used to wear a suit every day of the work week and on Sunday. Rotated
through them thru the week. Then we started with casual Friday and I
got out of wearing it one day a week. Not long after that business
casual became the norm and the suits went the way of the typewriter.
Had to have one of them cleaned recently so I could attend a funeral
and guess what...I was one of a very small minority wearing a suit.
Guess I must be one of those OLD PEOPLE who just hasn't died yet.
While it is comfortable to not have to wear the old monkey suit I miss
the professionalism that it generally represented.
That's sort of what I was thinking. You can skip professionalism at
your job if you don't care, or the boss doesn't care or doesn't
But to skip formality at a funeral, where it's meant to show respect
to someone ELSE, not to promote one's own career, seems very rude to
the family of the deceased, and if one is part of the family, to the
rest of the family and the deceased himself.
Think you're wrong on your original premise. When I google it, a lot of
hits come up for kits you can buy.
I don't dress up for funerals but will wear a suit at my own.
I try to avoid funerals, I tell my friends that if I don't come to
theirs, they don't have to come to mine.
Some of us don't judge professionalism by appearance, we judge it by the
quality of the work produced, and how well the employee works with others.
Quite frankly, when I see all the long-sleeved buzz-cut kids with the
chokers around their necks in my office, I have a lot of trouble not
laughing at them. I don't, of course, that wouldn't be professional. And
since they are contractors, I know it must be a corporate mandate. But
they all look like they are in a high school play.
That is absolutely true. As a longtime Sierra Club member, I recall
getting a heads-up from my hiking group leader who told me to just
wash my down bag in the bathtub with mild soap. And do NOT try to lift
it out after repeated rinsing; the weight of the water would break the
baffles. Just wring gently it in place until able to maneuver it out,
slide it into the laundry basket, and spread on the grass to dry.
Good Lord! You WASH a sleeping bag? I can't imagine...
Well, I remember one time in the boy scouts --- an armadillo ran into a
fellow camper's sleeping bag while he was sound asleep.
The 'diller crapped an enormous amount of green diller-shit and scratched
the bejesus out of the boy's legs. Nothing for it but to toss the sleeping
bag on the campfire (sans armadillo).
The camper was devastated. After a shot of brandy, he slowly came around,
but I seriously doubt he'll ever be sane.
What I miss are the small bottles of dry cleaning fluid, carbon
tetrachloride I believe, with the dauber top to apply the fluid to
your clothes to clean a small spot on a suit or other wool garment.The
spray stuff they sell now, the kind that dries into a white powder,
never seems to work very well.
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