Does Eco Dry Clean (wet clean) clean as well as solvent dry cleaning?

I’m regularly asked if Green Dry Cleaning cleans better than traditional dry cleaning using Tetrachloroethylene or Perchloroethylene (Perc).

When I talk about dry cleaning I often get a blank look staring back at me like I’m speaking a foreign language from outer space. We all use a dry cleaner, yet the cleaning process is alien to many of us. The garment gets dropped off dirty crumpled up in a bundle and it gets returned nicely cleaned and pressed, or does it?  Most dry cleaners will clean your garments in a solvent of one sort or another. Some of these solvents are considered toxic (Perchloroethylene, Perc), others such as GreenEarth, DF 2000, DrySolv, PureSolv, EcoSolv, Shell Sol 140 HT, Staddoard, Rynex, and Solvair are still unknown due to a lack of research and testing.

There are 3 basic types of dirt, non soluble, water soluble and solvent soluble. Non soluble dirt accounts for approximately 50%, water soluble for approximately 40%, and solvent soluble for approximately 10%. The majority of the non soluble and water soluble dirt will be flushed out with soap and water, leaving only the solvent soluble dirt that needs special attention. Let me give you an example: Mud, the sand in mud is non soluble, what ever is holding it together is water soluble so when it becomes exposed to moisture in a water base dry cleaning system it will wash out immediately. When it’s dry cleaned in a solvent it will look and feel harder than before it was cleaned because the solvent will remove all the moisture from the mud.

We all inherently know this, that’s why when we spill something we take a napkin and a little water to dab the stain off. I’ve never met anyone that spilled something on themselves and immediately looked for a solvent to remove the stain.

NO, Eco Dry Clean (Wet Clean) does not clean as well as solvent dry clean, it cleans much better than any and all of the  different solvents available. Choosing a water base dry cleaning system was simple, it cleans the best of all the dry cleaning systems, it’s safe for your health and it’s safe for the environment. Like all things there is a negative side to the system, it is less forgiving so it requires knowledge and skill of textiles. Sadly to say many dry cleaners lack this knowledge.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners

Your Green Certified Dry Cleaner proudly leading the way in garment care today – and into a healthy future.

Dry cleaning with the Wet Clean system which is a non toxic environmentally friendly EPA approved system.

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