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Method
CO2

Wet Cleaning
PERC GreenEarth Hydrocarbon Glycol Ether
What Is It? Carbon dioxide – a colorless, odorless gas; under pressure, becomes liquid Water Perchloroethylene (PERC for short) is a toxic and environmentally dangerous solvent that dry cleaners have used for more than 40 years A siloxane-based solvent (any of a large class of compounds that have alternate silicon and oxygen atoms) A descendant of the petroleum-based solvents used in the early days of dry cleaning A family of chemicals used in everything from antifreeze to household cleaning products; it's not clear what glycol ethers make up the cleaner
Solvent Manufacturers Naturally occurring Naturally occurring Dow, Vulcan Dow Corning, General Electric, Shin-Etsu ExxonMobil Chemical, Chevron Phillips Chemical R.R. Street, Dow, Rynex, Lyondell Chemical
# of Cleaners Nationwide 35 85-100 35,000+ 600-700 Unknown Unknown
Machines Modern, high-pressure cleaning machines Computer-controlled washing machines Dry-cleaning machines Modified dry-cleaning machines Converted dry-cleaning machines SolvAir machine is new, untested
Heat NONE - better for your clothes (heat sets stains) Computer-controlled YES - 120+ degrees YES - 120+ degrees YES - 120+ degrees YES - 120+ degrees
Chemical Odor NONE NONE Strong chemical odor None – but can be prone to bacterial growth leading to musty odor. Additional chemicals are marketed to kill the bacteria. Slight odor Slight odor
Pollution NONE NONE, with the exception of waste water The EPA has established PERC as a known carcinogen and is regulated as a Hazardous Air Pollutant. According to a government study, PERC now contaminates up to 25% of U.S. drinking water. None Concerns for groundwater contamination Glycol ethers are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which means they are emitted into the air after performing their function; toxicity is currently unknown
Worker Health Safety Low Risk Low Risk High Risk Med./High Risk Med. Risk Med. Risk
Harmful Health Effects NO RISK NO RISK May cause cancer in dry cleaning workers, serious negative health effects for people who live above dry cleaners, and harmful effects from direct repeated exposure to dry cleaned clothes Download SEHSC fact sheet

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Comes with concerns about explosion, toxicity and the potential for groundwater contamination Overexposure can cause anemia, irritation of eyes, nose and skin; some evidence that workplace exposure is hazardous to reproductive health

Terms of Service

  1. While we would love to buy you a whole new wardrobe, we really do have to limit claims on damaged items to $500.
  2. We plan on never losing them, but if your clothes do go missing, please let us know within 10 days of the pickup date.
  3. Our storage rack isn't limitless. We'll remind you first, but any items left beyond 90 days will have to find a new home if you don't claim them.
  4. Don't worry, you will not see yourself on the 6 o'clock news. We will never, ever sell or give away your personal information.
  5. Rest easy, all your transactions with us are handled 100% in-house and are completely secure. We will only use your credit card for processing payments.
  6. Our service is perfect, but clothing materials aren't always. As with all dry-cleaning methods, slight variations in fabric texture and "hand" can occur depending on materials and manufacturing of individual garments which are beyond our control.