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Are there Realistic Dry-Cleaning Alternatives to Perc?

By Kenneth Barbalace
[Friday, May 12, 2006]
Perc has been shown to be a potential human carcinogen and to have other human health risks, yet the vast majority of America's dry cleaners use perc - are there viable alternatives? The three most prominent non-perc cleaning options are examined and compared. Are there Realistic Dry-Cleaning Alternatives to Perc?


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Sandy Korer said...

As a professional wet cleaner I can tell you that wet cleaning is the best alternative to toxic solvents. I have been in cleaning businesses where CO2 is the solvent. I have seen good results and bad. The biggest problem is that there is no way to tell if a dye will bleed prior to processing. This problem is especially problematic when a multi colored garment is processed. There are also studies that cite silicon as a possible neuro toxin. More information can be found on negative effects of silicon solvent on the Canadian EPA website.

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