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How the Wet Clean System works.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgxR4GWthjk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]   From the beginning to end see what happens to your clothes in a Wet Cleaner (Dry Cleaner). Experience the non toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning. And what  it encompasses to become a Certified Green Dry Cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Environment.

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Why Use a Certified Green Dry Cleaner?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L84XrobDco[/youtube]   Hear from a consumers perspective why she chose a certified green dry cleaner. She explains what she discovers during her research into the differences in the various types of dry cleaning solvents.

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What Causes the Gray Tint on Garments in Solvent Dry Cleaning?

In the  April 2011 of American Drycleaner there is an article called Removing The Stains You Make. This article teaches dry cleaners how to remove the gray tint along with the gray and black circles they caused. These gray and black hues on your white garments are caused by the dirty dry cleaning solvents. This [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Decorative Pillow Cover.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Decorative Pillow Cover. You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Nightgown.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Nightgown. General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Overcoat.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Overcoat. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Curtain.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Curtain. It is extremely important to evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. Some of the products that we will be using can cause color loss and material damage. Test First: in a hidden area apply the product to a white towel and dab in [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Cushion Cover.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Cushion Cover. You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Mattress Pad.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Mattress Pad. General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Nightgown.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Nightgown. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Curtain.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Curtain. You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before starting.  [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Jacket.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Jacket. General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Comforter Cover.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Comforter Cover. It is extremely important to evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. Some of the products that we will be using can cause color loss and material damage. Test First: in a hidden area apply the product to a white towel and dab [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Couch Cover.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Couch Cover. You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Jacket.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Jacket. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chef Coat.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chef Coat. It is extremely important to evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. Some of the products that we will be using can cause color loss and material damage. Test First: in a hidden area apply the product to a white towel and dab [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Evening Gown.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Evening Gown. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Dress.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Dress. General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Duvet Cover.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Duvet Cover. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chair Cover.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chair Cover. It is extremely important to evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. Some of the products that we will be using can cause color loss and material damage. Test First: in a hidden area apply the product to a white towel and dab [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Decorative Pillow Cover.

General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal. Unprocessed [...]

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Testimonial from Susan Roe for Pacific Heights Cleaners

Karl, I wanted to say thank you for the nice gift certificate for your cleaners, I love the level of service I get and finally have found a GOOD dry cleaners, Thank you, Susan Roe Other Articles of Interest: How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Blanket. How to Remove Coffee Stains from [...]

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Can I Dye My Clothes?

Question: I am having a wedding in December, 2010, which is less than a month away, and I had custom made tux from oversea, which is white, however, when I got it two days ago, I realized that my wife’s gown is not white which is ivory, and I don’t want to make her looks [...]

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How To Remove Red Wine Stains

How to remove a red wine stain may be a difficult task as grape and berry stains are among the most difficult to remove. To make matters worse less expensive wines contain dye to achieve the coloring the manufacture desires. You’re thinking “who cares”? At this point, you have a red wine stain and you [...]

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How to Remove Old Blood Stains

Fresh blood stains can be easily washed out without any help, a blood stain that has been allowed to set over time becomes a much more difficult stain to remove. Always test for colorfastness before attempting any stain removal techniques. Use a small dab of the solution on a white towel to test a hidden [...]

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How do I know if my dry cleaner is a green dry cleaner?

www.greenbusinessca.org www.sfgreenbusiness.org In all the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area there is a governing body for green businesses call the Bay Area Green Business Program. The green business program in these counties will only certify a dry cleaner if they are using one of two dry cleaning systems. The first and most popular [...]

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How to Remove Urine Stains

Urine stains compose of many different matters: salts, minerals, and pigment. Urine is a water soluble stain that is acidic in the pH scale which means that traditional solvent dry cleaning will not remove the stain or smell. This stain will set over time and become difficult to remove, so take care of it soon [...]

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Chlorine Bleach

Try to avoid or eliminate the use of Chlorine Bleach. It is hazardous to your health and is not the all purpose stain remover that we all think. The only part of a stain that bleach will remove is the color from a stain not the stain itself. What that means is that if it’s [...]

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How to Remove a Gold Jewelry Stain

24k Gold and Silver rub off on your garments not in a gold or silver color but in a black color. Why? When the gold and silver come into contact with oxygen and moisture (perspiration) it forms an oxide which produces the black color stain on your garment. Often you see a black stain around [...]

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How to Restore Antique Linens and Garments

Family heirlooms such as tablecloths or even antique garments (wedding dress for example) handed down from family member to family member often yellows from age and use over the years. Many things in the atmosphere will cause yellowing. Gases in the air will cause what is referred to as Fume Fading. Items stored for a [...]

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How to remove Vomit Stains

Vomit is composed of bile, mucus and albumin that is extremely acidic in the pH scale which will age and set rapidly. Vomit is a water soluble stain which means that traditional solvent dry cleaning will not remove the stain or smell. If the vomit is on a dry clean only garment then you will [...]

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Why do my clothes fade while in the closet?

Often when you pull a garment out of the closet that you have not worn in a while you will notice a layer of dust on the shoulder or across the top of your trousers. That dust along with gases in the air and light is slowly damaging your clothes, not to mention moths and [...]

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Not a thing to wear? Tailor a Dress to Change the Style.

You’re going out to a party and your stressing because your thinking to yourself “I don’t have a thing to wear!” In reality you have a closet full of clothes, OK, 3 closets full of clothes and not a thing to wear because your bored of the style or worse nothing fits you properly. That’s [...]

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Buy It Or Not? Can I Tailor It To Fit? What Type Of Alterations Will It Need?

Buy it or not, buy it or not, she loves me she loves me not, he loves me he loves me not, e-nee me-nee my-nee mo, roe-chambo – rock-paper-scissor should I buy this garment or not? You love the style and color but it doesn’t fit you quit the way you want. The problem is [...]

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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 [...]

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20% off Wedding Dress Special

Now that the special day is over and your settling in to your new life, many brides forget about their special dress – the wedding dress. It sits in the corner of the closet aging and oxidizing with every moment. Often it’s a year or two before the thought of cleaning it re-enters ones mind, [...]

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Stain Removal Products and Tips

Stain Removal Products and Tips: Before attempting any stain removal on your garments there are four key factors to evaluate before proceeding. 1)     Identify the type of stain – remove any excess stain before applying stain remover. 2)     Color of garment – test colorfastness in a hidden area with stain remover before attempting any stain [...]

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The Dangers of Alcohol

Alcohol will not only damage your liver but more importantly it will also damage your beloved fine garments and we’re not just talking about bright red/purple stain from red wine. Red wine is one of the most difficult stains to remove especially if the stain has aged. But even clear alcohol such as vodka or [...]

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SF GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM

Pacific Heights Cleaners is the 1st and only certified green dry cleaner in San Francisco, your non-toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning, proudly leading the way in garment care today- and into a healthy future. Green and Sustainable We are leading and changing our industry by example We use an environmentally friendly dry cleaning system [...]

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IS YOUR DRY CLEANER GREEN CERTIFIED?

Green washing is everywhere (literally), as you drive down the street every other business is claiming to be green and environmental friendly. How do you know if they really are or they are just claiming it? The San Francisco Bay Area has developed a Green Business Program to create guidelines for businesses in a particular [...]

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How do I remove Black Tea that I just spilled on my beige sweater

Question: I just spilled Black Tea on my beige sweater that is 70% silk, 20% cotton and 10% acrylic. The care label says to dry clean only. What should I do? Answer: Black Tea or any Tea stain for that matter is a Tannin type stain made from plant matter. Tannin stains will set and [...]

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The future of fabrics rest within our imagination!

For thousands of years the only fibers available for textiles were natural fibers created by Mother Nature. Clothing and household items were woven from animal, protein or plant fibers such as wool, cashmere, silk, linen and cotton. A little over a century ago the first manufactured fiber became available through modern technology and chemistry. Rayon [...]

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What Causes Yellow Perspiration Stains

What most of us don’t realize is that perspiration contains chloride salts which will cause a lot of damage it not handled properly. The salts will discolor or change the color of a dark colored garment. Often a black garment with perspiration stains will change in color from the original black to a purple color. [...]

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What Causes Unidentified Bleach Stains

We often see garments or should I say we often get blamed for garment with bleached type stain on them. What is happening unknown to most people is that many household and personal care products contain bleach, oxidizing agents and/or alcohol in them. These products include but not limited to medicines, shampoo’s, skin cleaners, hair [...]

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Testimonial from Julie H.

Wow – I love this place.  I spoke with Karl, the owner, on the phone first about cleaning my wedding dress.  It’s not just any wedding dress – it was my grandmother’s from 70 years ago!  I didn’t even have it cleaned before I wore it for fear that the silk satin fabric would be [...]

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San Francisco’s Newest Green Cleaner

Vermont Cleaners, Potrero Hill 600 Vermont Street San Francisco CA 94107 415-647-8080 Cross Street; intersection of 18th Street and Vermont Street As a pioneer in our industry I’m always happy and proud to see others follow suit and Vermont Cleaners in San Francisco is the newest dry cleaner to make the conversion over to an [...]

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Reducing Shrinkage

Shrinkage occurs in animal fibers and skins such as wool, cashmere, angora, leather and suede as well as plant fibers like cotton, hemp and linen, and then there are natural fibers such as silk. Being humans we always have to invent our own, these materials are a combination of different materials or chemicals combined together [...]

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How to Store Clothes

Most of us in California don’t plan to store our clothes. We have one set of clothes for the entire year and wear things as the weather dictates, hence the problem. You go into your closet to pull out a garment only to find holes in it or color fade that wasn’t there when you [...]

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Marine Mammal Center

Marine Mammal Center’s 26th Run for the Seals is this Saturday March 13, 2010. Participate in the run & receive a certificate from us for a reusable garment bag. Bring in the certificate from the event with your Green Dry Cleaning and we will donate 20% of that order back to the Marine Mammal Center. [...]

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Dry Cleaning’s Dirty Trick

In most big cities you will see drycleaners attempting to go green.  For many, though, green refers to money, not environmental consciousness. There’s a curious sign in the storefronts of many drycleaners boasting of a new “organic” cleaning technique that is non-toxic and environmentally benign.  Clearly they are trying to capitalize on the consumers’ pursuit [...]

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California Air Resources Board Report on Dry Cleaning Solvents

California Air Resources Board Dry Cleaning Notice 2009-2 November 2009 Alternative Solvents Used for Dry Cleaning Operations This information is not meant to be exhaustive as other solvents may also be available. More information on the alternatives may be found in our March 2008, Fact Sheet titled Dry Cleaning Alternative Solvents: Health and Environmental Impacts [...]

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Leading an Industry by Example!

Leading by example is often an unrewarding endless endeavor. You put your heart and sole into a cause you believe is right and often your work goes unrecognized and criticized. Not in this case, the cause is noble and just. And we have been recognized by Federal, State and Local Government Agencies as well as [...]

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How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly?

Question; How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly? How do you use water solely and claim to clean clothes thoroughly? What about the chemicals in soap- is that environmentally friendly? I heard that “wet cleaning” shrinks your clothes?  Uauh   Answer; Let me separate your questions and answer them one at a time.   Question [...]

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Testimonial from Christy M.

Best. Cleaners. Ever. Hands down. Very quick, reliable, reasonable, and, in these globally warmer times, GREEN!! I have relied on these cleaners for….. 10 years? Longer probably. They are very friendly and keep customers in a computer database to make keeping track of your items easier. I’ve never been so sloppy as to get a [...]

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Testimonial from K.S.

Wow!!! Green Dry Cleaning. I’ve been using them for years, they offer a great value for the service and quality they provide. I have always been worried about dry cleaning my clothes with chemicals but since I have to dress well for work there was no choice. Since they offer green dry cleaning I’m a [...]

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Testimonial from Anne Cabrinha

Most of my chronically sick patients have some type of chemical sensitivity and it is crucial that they eliminate these chemicals from their daily lives. Pacific Heights Cleaners is THE best place for my patients to go as many other “green” cleaners aren’t certified and still use toxic chemicals. Thank you Pacific Heights Cleaners– for [...]

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California State Senator Mark Leno

California State Senator Mark Leno has recognized us (Pacific Heights Cleaners) with this certificate for take a leadership role in removing the toxic solvents from the dry cleaning process. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969, providing you a non toxic alternative, using a environmentally friendly green dry cleaning system. The First Dry Cleaners [...]

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Green Dry Clean- Video

Follow your garments at Pacific Heights Cleaners going through the ECO Dry Clean (Wet Clean) process. See how we handle your garments from start to finish using a non toxic dry cleaning system. This system is recognized by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as being safe for your health and is environmentally friendly. Karl Huie Pacific [...]

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Marin I.J.

We were featured on the front page of the Marin I.J. newspaper on Sunday April 19, 2009. We are the first and only certified green dry cleaner in Marin. In order to become a Bay Area Green business, a dry cleaner must first switch to an environmentally friendly cleaning system. The two systems that are [...]

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