Like most important discoveries and inventions throughout history, dry cleaning came into existence on accident. On a fateful day on 1885 a Frenchmen named, Jean Batiste Jolly, noticed that, after his maid spilled kerosene on his tablecloth, that the chemical fluid actually resulted in a much cleaner table cloth. Crazy, right?

After this day, Jolly, a dye-works owner concocted a cleaning solution of kerosene and gasoline to clean clothing and textiles and named the process dry cleaning. This practiced thrived in Europe for years before gaining popularity in the United States.

In the USA, dry cleaning caught on shortly after the Second World where cleaners developed a synthetic solvent made of two different chemicals. By combining two compounds, carbon tetrachloride and trichlorethylene, they created a safer, more effective cleaning solution called perchlorethylene. This new solution made created a quicker process that required less machinery and space.

In recent times, more and more companies continue to develop dry cleaning solutions with natural, organic compounds for even safe and cleaner results.

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