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What is the technology for green dry-cleaning?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | Environmental Law

As a dry-cleaning service provider, you should be very familiar with Perchloroethylene (Perc), the traditional solvent known for its cleaning effectiveness. However, you are also probably aware of the growing concerns surrounding Perc’s environmental and health impacts. California’s environmental laws are among the strictest in the nation, and the state wants to end the use of this dangerous contaminant for good.

You are at the forefront of change, especially when it comes to incorporating sustainable measures that comply with California’s stringent environmental laws. Embracing eco-friendly practices is not only beneficial for the environment, but it also positions your business as a responsible leader in the community. Green dry-cleaning employs alternative solvents and processes that are less harmful to the environment and human health.

Here are the leading technologies that are paving the way:

Liquid Carbon Dioxide Cleaning

Imagine having your clothes cleaned with the same gas that plants use for photosynthesis. Liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning utilizes recycled and pressurized CO2 in its liquid form instead of Perc. This method does not produce greenhouse gases. Plus, it is non-toxic and does not contribute to groundwater contamination.

Silicone-Based Solvents

Another innovative approach involves silicone-based solvents, specifically siloxane or D-5. It is a clear, odorless liquid that gently interacts with fabrics, offering a cleaning quality comparable to Perc without the harsh environmental impact. As a bonus, it breaks down into harmless substances once released into the environment.

Wet Cleaning

You might wonder how wet cleaning differs from your regular laundry routine. Wet cleaning is a professional process that uses water and specialized detergents to remove dirt and stains from clothes. The detergents are milder than home laundry products. Coupled with computer-controlled washing and drying, it allows for precise handling of delicate fabrics that typically require dry cleaning.

The move toward green dry-cleaning technology is a clear indicator of where the business landscape is heading: a world where operational efficiency and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. By adopting these technologies, your business not only complies with California’s environmental laws but also meets the demands of a market that increasingly values sustainable practices.