What is Wet Cleaning?

Wet Cleaning is a professional water-based cleaning process that closely monitors and controls the amount of agitation, length of the cleaning cycle and the water and drying temperatures. Most garments can be wet cleaned, but our experts will determine whether wet cleaning is the best option for your item.

Wet cleaning is recommended by the EPA as the best garment cleaning method for the environment. The detergents and cleaning agents used are milder than home laundry products and all are safely disposed of down the drain to any water treatment facility.

Wet cleaning and laundering are not the same. Wet cleaning is a professional process in which precise controls are required to reduce potential shrinkage, minimize color loss and fabric distortion. Laundering and wet cleaning differ in the four basic components of cleaning: Time, temperature, mechanical action and chemical action. The water level, water temperature, agitation and additives are much different in professional wet cleaning versus laundering.

Wet Cleaning at Curtis Cleaners

We installed our first wet cleaning machine in the mid-1990’s and have been reinvesting in new equipment ever since. The finishing process is more difficult for wet cleaning than traditional dry cleaning. We currently use state-of-the-art washers, dryers and tensioning equipment to clean, dry and finish your garments. We are constantly learning new techniques and tweaking existing processes to ensure we’re delivering the best possible product to our customers.

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The Governor has issues a STAY AT HOME Order, but we are considered a Essential Service and will remain open during this health crisis. We will continue to provide services for our valued customers, with the following adjustment in hours, services and pick-up & deliveries.


Laundromat open 24 Hours: in order to reduce the number of people in our facility at once, our Lowell Laundromat will remain open 24 hours a day. Please observe the social distancing guidelines and posted signs.

 Lowell Dry Cleaning Counter:
The dry cleaning counter will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM to 2PM. You will be able to pickup any orders that are ready as well as drop off garments to be cleaned.


Our Michigan Street Location will remain open
7am-7pm Mon-Sunday,
Last wash at 6:30 PM

Dry Cleaning garments will be returned within 3 days of drop off until further notice


4/3/20 – We have resumed twice weekly service, but remain on an “on-demand” basis. You can request a pickup 3 ways:

    1. Log into your account on the website and schedule a pickup
    2. Use the new Curtis Cleaners App (Search Curtis Cleaners in your app store)
    3. Call 307-0544 or email Route@curtiscleaners.com

If you have already made ongoing pickup requests you do not need to submit them again. If you have an urgent essential need please contact us and we’ll make arrangements.