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Trusted Saskatoon Dry Cleaning Expert shares a tip on their new no-chemical cleaning equipment

 

 

 

“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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