Wet Cleaning

New Orleans Clean Show

The Clean Show is the largest cleaning industry expo in the world featuring working equipment and education. It attracts all sorts of the dry-cleaning, laundering and textile-care industry, from single owner coin-operated laundry to dry-cleaning/wet cleaning establishments and textile service companies It was Green Organic’s first time attending the Clean Show and we didn’t realize…

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8 Things Your Dry-Cleaner Won’t Tell You

1. Organic Dry Cleaning Isn’t Really “GREEN”

The only true organic cleaning process is using water and it’s known as Wet-Cleaning. Most cleaners advertise “green” and “organic” but they use Hydrocarbon, an “organic” substance that comes from the earth. However, hydrocarbon is still considered toxic and can do harm just as much as Perc. Perc is a common and toxic chemical solvent used in the dry-cleaning industry.

2. Women’s Garments May Get Charged Slightly More.

I remember a woman calling us and stressing how we were sexist for charging more for her clothes than men’s clothing. The truth is women’s clothing is more delicate and most items need to be hand ironed with extra care.

3. Your Local Dry Cleaner Isn’t Really The One Cleaning Your Clothes.

Most likely your clothes are being sent out to a central plant which is why some clothes go missing or misplaced. The next time you visit your local dry cleaner ask them if they are a “dry” or “package” store. Dry stores are just a drop-off location to transport garment to the central cleaning plant. Package stores own their own equipment and do the cleaning on-site, or at their sister site.

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The Difference between Dry-cleaning and Wet-cleaning

Wet-cleaning requires the use of computer controlled equipment and specialized water based detergents. It is the best option for cleaning garments as it uses no toxic chemicals, and does not generate hazardous waste, nor does it produce air pollution. Wet-cleaning is ideal for sensitive skin because it uses 100% fresh, biodegradable detergents, which are much milder than home laundry products to clean, and are used to clean garments instead of petroleum based solvents. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that Wet-Cleaning is the safest professional method of garment cleaning.

Dry-cleaning does not refer to a “dry method” of cleaning clothes. Instead, it means that professional dry cleaners use a liquid solvent that doesn’t penetrate the fabric. Perclorethylene also as known as PERC is a colorless liquid typically used as a cleaning solution by dry-cleaners has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Association for Research on Cancer and a hazardous air pollutant by the Federal Government. Regular dry-cleaners use PERC, which can lead to irritation of the eyes, skin or respiratory system. PERC is not only bad for you, it’s also bad for the environment.

If your dry-cleaner is a PERC free operator, they will typically state so on their website. Since a large majority of dry cleaners in the States still use PERC, making sure you ask prior to dropping your clothes off is the best option you have. Dry-cleaning products hurt the environment, our families and our employees. Wet-cleaning seems like an obvious solution to this problem. We’re hoping more dry-cleaners begin to take the steps towards minimizing PERC usage in their facilities. It’s simply not needed for most cleaning jobs.

As Green Organic Dry Cleaner we never use PERC. We only use toxic-free cleaners, no plastic bags and all of our products are Eco-Friendly. For more information visit us on the web at www.GreenOrganicDrycleaner.Com or download our app by texting the word “GreenO” to 555-888 (hyphen included) for free pick-up and delivery. We can also be reached by email at customerservice@GreenOrganicDrycleaner.Com or by phone at 1(857)305-3935.

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