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Westinghouse Coin-Op dry cleaner video
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Post# 1056809   1/7/2020 at 20:24 (1,171 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        

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Take a look, it's really cool! PAT COFFEY


Post# 1056834 , Reply# 1   1/8/2020 at 06:10 (1,171 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Oh my gosh, like the Glove Cleaner!

Post# 1056846 , Reply# 2   1/8/2020 at 08:24 (1,171 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Great Westinghouse find, Pat! Thanks for posting it.

Those are the coin-op dry cleaners found in the laundromat I grew up with. Although we usually took our dry-clean-only items to the local dry cleaner, my mom sometimes sent me with a bag of clothes to use the coin-op machines.

Bonus: We get to see the 2nd generation of those cool little round, coin-op bolt-down washers, as well. The ones shown, which didnít have an exposed fill tube and also stopped action when the door was open, replaced the original version of the washers at our laundromat, which had both an exposed fill tube and did not stop when the door was open.

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Post# 1056878 , Reply# 3   1/8/2020 at 13:01 (1,170 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Then you had things like this:

Or this:

EPA would never allow such machines today, nor should they truly have been available to public then. As with so many things rush to embrace modern design and appliances over ruled common sense.

"Perc" was then and still is a rather nasty solvent, not something you want exposure to in high levels.

It is also important to remember despite what that Westinghouse video shows dry cleaning is not simply a matter of inserting dirty laundry into machine, then taking out perfectly clean, dry and ironed/pressed things later.

Dry cleaned items must be dried, then finished (pressed, ironed, shaped, etc...) just as anything else laundered. Certain soils/stains must be pre-spotted to ensure removal, and or that dry cleaning process does not set them in.


Post# 1057066 , Reply# 4   1/9/2020 at 20:05 (1,169 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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What could possibly go wrong with toys of the 50s?

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Post# 1057208 , Reply# 5   1/11/2020 at 01:04 (1,168 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

DARN!!!!All I had was the DELUXE Porter Chemestry set!!!Got into into enough trouble with it-Got it for Christmas!

Post# 1057233 , Reply# 6   1/11/2020 at 08:14 (1,168 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Westinghouse Coin-Op Dry Cleaner

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Thanks for posting Pat, very cool.


It seems that WH, WP, Norge, Speed Queen and Philco-Bendix all used parts from their Washer-Dryer Combinations to build self-service dry cleaners.


John L.

Post# 1057264 , Reply# 7   1/11/2020 at 14:06 (1,167 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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We did laundry at a coin-op outfit (Norge toploaders) during a vacation trip many years ago.† There were a couple dry cleaning machines.† I opened one, put my head into the drum and inhaled, and immediately could not breathe.† Frantically motioning to my mother that a serious problem was happening but she hadn't seen the event and couldn't grasp what was happening.† Took a good minute+ (seems like) to clear up.

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