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Drycleaning thru Wetcleaning

It has become increasingly difficult to shelter your family from unwanted contaminants entering your home. We should all take precautions to ensure the safety and well being of friends and family members. What many people don’t know is the toxic chemicals they are bringing into home in which they expose their loved ones to.

It is spring and many of us are performing a nice spring cleaning of our household items. That means getting our comforters, blankets, rugs, drapes, cushion covers, and duvets drycleaned. But is it a good idea to get all these items cleaned by using a traditional drycleaner?
Traditional drycleaning solvents are highly toxic and can have many negative effects on the human body. This is especially true when drycleaning comforters and blankets. When comforters are drycleaned, they absorb a large quantity of the solvent and it is difficult to extract all the solvent out during the drying process. More solvent is lost through cleaning comforters and blankets than through cleaning regular clothing because the comforters absorb so much solvent and require an extended drying period. Even after a long drying period, the comforters must be laid out to “air-out” to reduce the chemical smell. This does not extract all the solvent out of the comforter. It is then bagged in a plastic bag which ensures the rest of the chemicals remain in the comforter until the customer brings it home to cover their bed.

One can be sure that many customers have inhaled a strong dose of the solvent when opening the bag. It is especially adverse to one’s health by then sleeping underneath it and thereby inhaling the fumes for weeks or months.

This chemical called Perchloroethylene, commonly referred to as “perc”, is used by 85% of all drycleaners in the United States. It is highly toxic and the EPA classifies perc as a carcinogen. Just some of the adverse health effects are “neurological, liver, and kidney effects following acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure.” There are so many negative health effects of perc that it is difficult to list them all. All the information is listed on the EPA’s website.

So what is the alternative to using traditional drycleaners using “Perc” as their main cleaning agent? One could look for a drycleaner who professes to be “Green”, but what does that mean? Ask your drycleaner what solvents they use to clean your garments and household items. If they are using anything other than water or CO2 (listed by the EPA as the only 2 environmentally friendly cleaning mediums), then it is not “Green” and could adversely affect your health.

Wetcleaning is the alternative to the traditional solvent of the drycleaning industry. Wetcleaning is a process that uses only water to clean anything that says “Dryclean only”. All soaps, conditioners, and spotting agents are approved by the EPA. There is now a safe method of cleaning all garments including household items such as comforters, blankets, drapes and rugs. And what is more natural and effective than cleaning with water? Water naturally cleans 99% of all stains that garments incur. Perc, Hydrocarbon, and other solvents cannot naturally remove sweat, foods, and drinks in their cleaning process. Wetcleaning is the natural and safe method of “drycleaning” and it the method of the future.