What is eco friendly dry cleaning?
By Green Maids | January 31, 2022 | Blog | comments 0
When talking about green cleaning, we are talking directly about an eco-friendly practice. In this case, any alternative dry-cleaning method that does not contain PERC is used, so it is not harmful.
What is the PERC that is mentioned so much in ecological dry cleaning?
The PERC (Perchloroethylene) over time has been the main element of traditional dry cleaning, used as a solvent. However, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, it is dangerous for both health and the environment, and it is even known that long-term human exposure can irritate the skin, dizziness and even long-term diseases.
Methods used by organic dry cleaners
Four safe methods are used for cleaning the environment, wet cleaning, liquid carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon solvent and silicone-based solvents. In Green Maids we explain how each one of them works.
It uses water and special detergents that are soft with laundry products to clean clothes. They use computerized washing machines and dryers and professional ironing equipment, taking care of clothes in the best way.
Cleaning of liquid carbon dioxide
Here the CO2 plus detergent is used. CO2 can be reused after washing and even its impact on global warming is minimal. CO2 is natural and economical, dry cleaning machines cost around $40,000 each, which makes them prohibitive for many small businesses.
In this is used an organic solvent called DF-2000.
This solvent replaces the PERC.
Advantages of ecological dry cleaning
There are some advantages in addition to the significant aid given to the environment.
- This practice is now becoming more common, so dry cleaners move away from the conventional and change their washing machines to some that do not need a solvent to wash clothes.
- Energy is saved: With this technique, there will be significant savings in electricity and water.
- On average, it uses 30% less water than the traditional washing cycle in dry cleaning.
- This technique is soft with clothes and also guarantees the removal of stains.
Knowing this information, it is important to reflect that I can change from my daily routine and way of living to contribute to the sustainability of the planet, with tips as simple as changing washing habits can be part of the solution.
At Green Maids we offer you a variety of cleanliness, always thinking about the care of the environment. Contact us and find out about all our services, let us be part of the needs of your home.