Green dry cleaning refers to any dry cleaning method that does not involve the use of perc. As explained before, dry cleaning is defined as a cleaning process for clothing that uses a chemical solvent other than water.
Perc can enter the body through drinking water contamination, dermal exposure, or most frequently, inhalation. This is not only a health hazard but also is an environmental justice issue.
Environmental experts are always concerned about the adverse effects of dry cleaning. The main concern is the damage that the solvent does to nature. The majority of dry cleaners, about 80 percent, still use the solvent perchloroethylene or perc today.
Our experts at London Dry Cleaning Company provide useful information about a new concept which is now so popular: Green dry cleaning.
A healthy family and a green future is an essential issue.
But what is “Green” dry cleaning, exactly, and how do they impact on human life and the future of nature?
Green dry cleaning refers to any alternative dry cleaning method that does not involve the use of perc, a liquid chemical used for commercial degreasing and deodorizing to clean fabrics without shrinkage or fading. There are four green cleaning methods that follow the traditional solvent model but one method is wet cleaning which is a more gentle version of home laundering. If you are looking for the most environmentally sound type of cleaning, ask your dry cleaner which of the methods is used in their cleaning process.
Wet cleaning uses water and specialized detergents that are milder than home laundry products to clean clothes. There is no hazardous chemical use, no hazardous waste generation, no air pollution, and reduced potential for water and soil contamination.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning uses liquid CO2 as the cleaning solvent along with detergent. Some features of the liquid CO2 are:
– It formed by placing the non-flammable and nontoxic gas under high pressure.
– Liquid CO2 is non-toxic and is actually used to provide carbonation to soft drinks.
After the clothes are placed in a traditional dry cleaning machine and the ambient air is sucked out, the cleaning drum is then injected with carbon dioxide in both gas and liquid form. After cleaning the clothes, the liquid CO2 is pumped back into a holding tank for reuse.
the CO2 is captured as a by-product of existing industrial processes. So the process is the most environmentally-friendly. This process uses less energy than traditional dry cleaning because there is no solvent to heat.
Since less than 3% of the CO2 used is lost into the air with each load of clothing, its impact on global warming is minimal.
DF-2000. is a hydrocarbon that must be made from petroleum. Production of these chemicals raises environmental concerns, in particular, over greenhouse gases.
The GreenEarth cleaning method is basically liquified sand (SiO2) to replace perc. It functions as a silicone-based solvent called siloxane or D-5. Siloxane is similar to some of the base ingredients used in shaving creams and deodorant. The best part of this method is that no chemicals touch your clothes.
Our staff fully trained, qualified and experienced team work hard in providing you with clean garments by using methods that are eco-friendly. we not only promote a healthy environment but we also make sure that our client’s fabrics are soft and free of allergens, which is perfect for anybody with sensitive skin.
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