What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $13 for laundering of up to 25 pounds of delivered or dropped-off laundry ($25 value)
- $20 for $40 worth of dry-cleaning delivery services
Dry Cleaning: The Unstained Truth
To learn how, exactly, your clothes can be cleaned without water, explore Groupon’s explanation of dry cleaning.
Dry cleaning might not use water, but it does involve liquid. More specifically, it requires a chemical solvent—historically a clear liquid called perchlorethylene, though some cleaners now use carbon dioxide to reduce their impact on the environment. The process itself is fairly straightforward: soiled clothes are loaded into a machine similar to a typical washer, then doused with the solvent and spun. A continual filtration system keeps grime from being redeposited onto the fabric, and after the spin, the clothes are dried with warm air before they are removed, ironed, and returned to their owners.
The discovery of dry cleaning was, naturally, triggered by a spill. As the story goes, in 1855 dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly noticed that his tablecloth appeared cleaner after a maid accidentally spilled the contents of a kerosene lamp on it. Jolly was inspired to market a similar cleaning product. Since his new process did not use water, he exercised creative license and called it “dry cleaning.” The details of the story remain somewhat apocryphal, but there’s no questioning that the in the mid-19th century, the Jolly-Belin firm opened a commercial operation in Paris that is widely credited as the earliest application of dry-cleaning technology.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. New customers only. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per household. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Appointment required for drop off. Service area valid within the following cities south of the Lincoln Tunnel and east of the Meadowlands; Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.