Wet Cleaning Vs. Dry Cleaning
Wet cleaning is significantly different from dry cleaning in that it does not use hazardous chemicals nor does it produce harmful waste. Tetrachloroethylene, commonly referred to as Perc or dry cleaning fluid is the key ingredient that is used when dry cleaning garments. This chemical is carcinogenic to humans, and is known to produce soil contamination and air pollution. Waste produced by dry cleaning must be properly discarded as it can pose a health risk to human and animal life.
Contrastingly, wet cleaning uses only water and organic biodegradable solvents. It is 100% eco-friendly as it does not use any harsh chemicals. Garments are more likely to be allergen free and cause minimal skin irritation. Studies have shown wet cleaning to clean fabrics just as well, if not better than dry cleaning. In addition, many fabrics that are labeled ‘Dry Clean Only’ can be wet cleaned without difficulty. Fluids produced from the process of wet cleaning are disposed of into the public sewer system, and are easily treated at the local waterwaste treatment facility.