What GreenEarth allows us to clean
Other dry cleaning chemicals don’t allow the cleaning of garments with leather or fur trim. Other things turned away were wedding dresses or other garments that had beads, sequins or other accessories permanently secured to them. This is because the chemical “solvent” breaks down the finishes and the can harm leathers and furs. The GreenEarth Cleaning solution allows us to clean beaded dresses, leather trimmed shirts as well as a lot of other things you may have turned away at other cleaners.
Dry Clean Only Garments
Garments and fabric that are marked “dry clean only” are very sensitive to water and the fabric can be ruined by immersing it in water. If an article is damaged by cleaning it using the cleaning methods specified on the label the manufacturer is at fault and should replace it, whether it was a garment that required dry cleaning or allowed wet cleaning. If you have any questions about a specific garment please contact us for more information.
Conventional Dry Cleaning
The fluid used by more than 85 percent of U.S. drycleaners is truly nasty stuff called perchloroethylene, or perc, classified as a possible human cancer-causing chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Perc and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have related industrial uses. They are used to clean metal parts during manufacturing and as solvents for synthesizing chemicals and polymers
Studies have linked prolonged perc exposure to liver and kidney damage and cancer. Short-term contact can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. Studies have also been linked it to bladder, esophageal and other cancers.
A person bringing home a load of freshly cleaned clothes isn't exposed to much perc, as long as the clothes have been properly aired, though, according to Greenpeace, 70 percent of the fluid winds up in the air or ground water. The concern is greater, however, for workers in dry cleaners or factories and even for those who live in urban areas close to dry cleaners.
Perc is a clear, colorless liquid that has a sharp, sweet odor and evaporates quickly. The "harsh smells" from the dry cleaning process with Perc are a byproduct of the perchloroethylene.
The following is an excerpt from an EPA report (the link to the full report follows):
Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene) 127-18-4
Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000
Tetrachloroethylene is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics and metal degreasing operations. The main effects of tetrachloroethylene in humans are neurological, liver, and kidney effects following acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure. Adverse reproductive effects, such as spontaneous abortions, have been reported from occupational exposure to tetrachloroethylene; however, no definite conclusions can be made because of the limitations of the studies. Results from epidemiological studies of dry-cleaners occupationally exposed to tetrachloroethylene suggest increased risks for several types of cancer. Animal studies have reported an increased incidence of liver cancer in mice, via inhalation and gavage (experimentally placing the chemical in the stomach), and kidney and mononuclear cell leukemia in rats. In the mid-1980s, EPA considered the epidemiological and animal evidence on tetrachloroethylene as intermediate between a probable and possible human carcinogen (Group B/C). The Agency is currently reassessing its potential carcinogenicity.
• Tetrachloroethylene is used for dry cleaning and textile processing, as a chemical intermediate, and for vapor degreasing in metal-cleaning operations.
Sources and Potential Exposure
• Prior to 1981, tetrachloroethylene was detected in ambient air at average levels of 0.16 parts per billion (ppb) in rural and remote areas, 0.79 ppb in urban and suburban areas, and 1.3 ppb in areas near emission sources.
• Tetrachloroethylene has also been detected in drinking water; one survey prior to 1984 of water supplies from groundwater sources reported a median concentration of 0.75 ppb for the samples in which tetrachloroethylene was detected, with a maximum level of 69 ppb.
The chemical formula for tetrachloroethylene is C2Cl4,
For more information about tetrachloroethylene click here
Don’t be fooled by “organic dry cleaning”. Organic in the context of cleaning solvents means: relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis. The new cleaning fluid they are using, called DF-2000, is indeed very organic, as organic as gasoline and every major dry-cleaning fluid since the creation of the industry 150 years ago. Check out the links below for how misleading many cleaners are when they claim to be "Organic".
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