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“This new procedure is the first wet to dry cleaning system developed in Sweden. Generally dry cleaning a chemical process and the most used product has been PERCHLOROETHYLEN which Europe has now banned (coming to Canada eventually as well.) This new cleaning system is 100% solvent free no toxic chemicals or waste as with traditional cleaning. The wet dry system is gentler on clothes as well fresher, softer, brighter than any chemical cleaning.
Wet cleaning has been around for quite some time. Garments are washed than hung to dry. Clothes were creased and don’t have the soft feel because the need to be tumble dried to get the softness back and that would cause shrinkage in most cases. This is designed to wet clean with special detergents and conditioners and dryers to allow us to dry the clothes so they don’t shrink and the feel is far superior to dry cleaning. The system we are using is also Concorde system and so far after 2 days I myself am astonished on the look and feel. “ Murray, Owner Family Dry Cleaning
So what are the environmental issues with PERCHLOROETHYLEN?
Perchloroethylene ("perc") has long been recognized as an effective dry cleaning solvent and today it is by far the most commonly used solvent in dry cleaning shops around the globe . However, as a volatile organic solvent, perc may pose serious health hazards if exposure is not properly controlled. Dry cleaning workers who routinely breathe excessive amounts of the solvent vapor or spill perc on their skin are at risk of developing health problems.
During dry cleaning, perc primarily enters the body from inhalation of the vapors, potentially resulting in the following health hazards:
Dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of coordination;
Mild loss of memory, visual perception, and reaction time after several years of exposure; or
Redness and blistering of the skin after prolonged dermal contact.
There is some evidence of an association between perc and increased risk of certain cancers in dry cleaning workers exposed for many years. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has designated perc a "potential occupational carcinogen." The National Toxicology Program has designated it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated perc as a "probable human carcinogen."
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Trash the Dress or Treasure Your Bridal Gown: Can You Do Both?
Has your photographer offered you a trash the dress session? Do you want the fun of seeing you and your wedding gown in all the UN-familiar places? But you also love your wedding gown. Can you do both—trash your wedding gown and treasure it forever, too?
If the only unusual views your photographer intends to film are on dry land, don’t worry because we should have no trouble removing whatever soil you pick up from trailing across a field or beach or through some historic barn or covered bridge.
Just because the wedding photographer calls it a trash the dress session does not mean your dress will be ruined. In fact these sessions are sometimes called Free to Flaunt or Rock the Frock. For a wedding photographer, it’s all about the creative shot, and some really creative ideas take you to dusty or damp places. But these shots can often be the ones you like best of all. If you want to pose with pizza or some other food—no worries.
Here are some tips for emergency care. And cleaners, especially a cleaner who specializes in bridal gown cleaning are used to dealing with food, grass, mud, grease, and wine.
However, if your trash-the-dress session includes paint balls, make sure the paint is water based. Water-based paint can also be removed from your bridal gown—although it is much harder to get silk bridal gowns completely clean than to clean gowns made from artificial fibers such as polyester. That’s because natural fibers are hollow, and anything that stains a silk wedding gown penetrates the fiber and acts like a dye.
The most dangerous environment for your wedding gown is water. Unless your wedding gown is an artificial fiber such as polyester, be careful about wearing your gown while you swim. If your wedding gown is made from a natural fiber such as cotton, linen, and silk, it may shrink if you dive into the water—especially if the water is in a hot tub because hot water is much tougher on fabric than cool water. There’s still another water problem if your wedding gown is silk: it can be almost impossible to remove all the wrinkles from a silk wedding gown that has been in water. That’s why so many brides who take their wedding gowns to the cleaner on the corner end up in tears. If the cleaner washes your couture silk satin wedding gown, it will look a rumpled bed sheet and not much can be done to fix the mistakes made by a cleaner who has little experience with wedding gown cleaning
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