The Ultimate Dry Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever wondered how clothes are dry cleaned, or how the cleaner gets your shirts so perfectly pressed? Knowing what chemicals are used to dry clean your clothing is one important thing to know about dry cleaning. Take this quiz to find out more.

What is the main difference between washing clothes and dry cleaning clothes?

  • no water
  • no soap
  • no agitation

What was an early solvent used for dry cleaning?

  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • both answers

Most clothes are dry cleaned with:

  • perchlorethylene
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • trichloroethylene

How can you be more or less sure of getting your clothes back?

  • small paper tags
  • labels on a shirt collar
  • both answers

What fabric problem is impossible to correct?

  • grease stain
  • water-based stain
  • bleached out spot

When are dry cleaned clothes pressed?

  • tagging
  • post-spotting
  • finishing

How do the cleaners get your shirts to look so perfectly folded?

  • special machine
  • special solvent
  • special post-spotting

What is an environmentally safe alternative to perchlorethylene?

  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • trichloroethylene

What is the solid form of carbon dioxide?

  • gas
  • dry ice
  • neither answer

How should you pre-treat a wet stain?

  • apply water
  • apply solvent
  • apply vinegar

How should you pre-treat a grease stain?

  • apply water
  • apply solvent
  • apply vinegar

When washing at home, what stains are usually washed away?

  • wet-type stains
  • grease stains
  • oil stains

What is the reason to post-spot fabrics?

  • check for damage
  • check for remaining stains
  • look for money in the pockets

How do dry cleaners return garments that need special attention, like for stains, to the correct person?

  • tagging by color code
  • finishing process
  • post-spotting process

How do dry cleaners remove foreign dye deposits?

  • with chemicals
  • with steam
  • impossible to remove

When fabrics are finished, what is used to soften the garments?

  • steam
  • re-shaping
  • pressure

How do professional cleaners get the shirt sleeves so perfect?

  • special chemicals
  • special sleeve press
  • special technique

How are cotton dress shirts cleaned?

  • laundered
  • dry cleaned
  • neither answer

When shirts are professionally laundered, are they cleaned in the same machine as the dry cleaning items?

  • dry cleaning machine
  • commercial washing machine
  • home washing machine

Why has the demand increased for environmentally safe dry cleaning methods?

  • government regulations
  • consumer awareness of environmental issues
  • both answers