Drycleaning

Sumner Pharmacy is an agent for Eastern Drycleaners. Enjoy the convenience of dropping off and picking up your drycleaning right here from Sumner Pharmacy.

Eastern Drycleaners can service the following:

  • Curtains and Drapes
  • Wedding Dresses
  • Furnishing and Bedding
  • Laundry
  • Leather and Suede


We can also assist with the following:

  • Repairs and alterations
  • Water reproofing

Enjoy knowing you are teaming with an environmentally responsible drycleaner - the only drycleaner in all of Canterbury who uses modified alcohol.

About Eastern Drycleaners

Eastern Drycleaners has been serving Christchurch's drycleaning needs for over 60 years. It has passed through the hands of master drycleaners over the decades to ensure that the knowledge gained by our years of experience has not been lost. Eastern has always kept up to date with the latest technologies the industry has to offer and is currently the only drycleaner in Christchurch to be using modified alcohol.

What is Drycleaning?

Drycleaning is called "dry cleaning" not because it is dry but because it doesn't use water. However, drycleaning is done with a liquid solvent, so in effect the cleaning does get wet, but not with water. It's an important distinction.

Water penetrates the fibres of the fabric making them swell, causing felting and shrinkage with some fabrics. The solvent cleans each fibre without the swelling and so felting and shrinkage do not occur. Also, the cleaning is not normally immersed in the solvent as it is in the water of a washing machine. Instead the solvent circulates through the cleaning, and a series of giant filters remove any insoluble soil.

Clean solvent is used in every load. The average drycleaner's machines are probably about two metres high, two and a half metres long and from the front look somewhat like giant front-loading washing machines. Everything to be drycleaned has to fit in the machine.

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