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All You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Methods

All You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Methods

4 Apr

All You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Methods

The dry cleaning business in the U.S is constantly growing because every other American wants to get their clothes washed by professional dry cleaners. However, most people are unaware of the environmental damage caused by the cleaning methods adopted by dry cleaners.

Here’s a look at eco-friendly dry cleaning methods.

Wet Cleaning

One of the best eco-friendly dry cleaning methods is wet cleaning. Dry cleaners just use water and some specialized detergents that are relatively milder than mainstream laundry products. However, for this method, dry cleaners have to rely on a computerized washer and dryer for best results.

According to the EPA, wet cleaning is the safest dry cleaning method that should be promoted because it doesn’t involve using any harmful chemicals. Adopting this method can help reduce wastage and minimize water and soil contamination. However, dry cleaners who adopt this method should take extra care to clean clothes and get rid of stains.

Liquid Carbon Dioxide Cleaning

This method is also eco-friendly and has a minimal impact on the environment. It involves the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) in liquid form to clean clothes instead of a cleaning solvent. Detergents are also used along with CO2 for the best results.

Dry cleaners produce liquid CO2 by placing the non-flammable and non-toxic gas under very high pressures. Resultant CO2 is non-toxic and is also used for carbonating fizzy drinks.

Once they’ve prepared the liquid CO2, they place the clothes in a traditional dry cleaning machine and suck out the ambient air. In the next step, they inject carbon dioxide in liquid as well as gas form. In this process, only 3% of the CO2 is released into the air, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly methods.

DF-2000 Hydrocarbon Solvent

Many cleaners use a famous organic solvent called DF-2000, a hydrocarbon that’s made using petroleum. While the method itself might be eco-friendly, the use of certain chemicals raises some environmental concerns.

Silicon-Based Solvent

Many eco-friendly cleaners use liquified sand (SiO2) which functions as a silicone-based solvent. This ingredient is the same as certain base ingredients that are used in many shaving creams as well as deodorants.

Established in 1936, Imperial Valet Services Inc. is a family-owned business, providing dry-cleaning, laundry and linen laundry services in the Washington Metropolitan area. The company also offers water restoration, carpet cleaning, shoe repair and shine, suede and leather cleaning, curtain and drapery cleaning, wedding gown cleaning, rugs cleaning and wash and fold services. Schedule your dry cleaning services today.

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