Does Dry Cleaning Really Kill Bacteria, Allergens, and Viruses?
Most modern household washers and driers do a good job of removing dirt and grime from your garments. The key to stymieing a virus like COVID-19, however, is direct, sustained, and very high temperatures. The Center for Disease Control recommends temperatures exceeding 167 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate viruses for sure.
Bleach is also an effective killer of viruses, but this might not be recommended for use on all your garments. For a quick fix (say, if someone coughed on you while riding the Metro), a comprehensive ironing can reduce the microorganisms and potentially disease-causing germs hiding in your fabrics, too. But overall, the easiest and most effective way to sanitize any fabric is dry cleaning. During our professional-level cleaning processes and the pressing of your garments on our state-of-the-art equipment, germs and viruses don’t stand a chance!