According to Oxwash founder, Kyle Grant, his company offers a sustainable alternative through wetcleaning and does so through an “on-demand laundry service that cleans clothes in a more conscious way.”
“Wetcleaning ,” sa ys Grant, “uses only water and biodegradable detergents rather than the carcinogenic solvents used in traditional drycleaning”. He says that it is “gentle and natural and takes better care of your clothes, skin, lungs and the planet.” He explains that the Oxwash wetcleaning process involves gentle drum rotation with water showering; a gentle cleaning process; biodegradable detergents that are hypoallergenic and have a fresh natural scent; offer organic stain removal; and which is faster.
As for disadvantages, Grant notes just two. It requires “experienced staff to handle items and run machines correctly as it’s a fairly complicated process – especially when wetcleaning delicate materials.” Also, he says that there are a handful of fabrics that can’t be wetcleaned, including leather, suede and some heavyweight satins. That said, he points out that many items that are labelled dryclean only can still be wetcleaned: “We can safely wetclean suits, dresses, silk, cashmere, jumpers and outdoorwear such down-filled jackets, along with tricky textiles and awkward items usually reserved for drycleaning.”
The reality for Grant is that “almost everything can be wetcleaned – despite what the care labels say.” He does Oxwash Dane Realstar Oxwash says that almost everything can be wetcleaned – despite what the care labels say Oxwash not only washes sustainably but collects laundry sustainably too Dane Realstar’s Aquastar machines offer the latest designs and operator interfaces and include colour touchscreen displays caution that items should be inspected first though. Oxwash machines process both wet and dryclean-only items, as well as standard laundry. As for the process, Oxwash sorts items by textile, colour, weight and soiling categories. Then stain removers are added for stains that need help to shift, such as makeup and ink. High pressure air and water plus a vacuum push and pull dirt out of fabric using renewable energy.
Second, the correct programme is selected, typically at 20˚C. Next, the machines initially coat items in a layer of dirt repelling molecules that prevent stains from redepositing during the wash. Here Grant says that “a mixture of a gentle rocking action, soaking and a shower pump inside the drum gently remove dirt and stains before the final rinse and conditioning.”
Lastly, garments are dried using specialised programmes that analyse the water content of the garment. The temperature dynamically decreases as the cycle progresses to prevent shrinkage. When items are dry, they are finished by hand using steam, hot and cold air to remove all creases.