Martinizing History

Martinizing Dry Cleaning was founded in 1949 by a New York chemist named Henry Martin.  Mr. Martin revolutionized the dry cleaning industry by offering ‘on-site’ cleaning at retail locations. 

 

He did this by using a less flammable solvent to clean clothes.  At the time, dry cleaning was done with highly flammable solvents, which made it necessary for the plants were located remotely from the storefronts for safety reasons. A customer would typically drop off their cleaning in town.

The garments would then travel to a remote production facility to be cleaned and pressed and would finally return to the store several days later for pick-up.   With the use of the new solvent discovered by Mr. Martin, dry cleaning plants could now be located much more conveniently and the process could be carried out in a timely manner.