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Wet Cleaners Over Dry Cleaners!
Why It Is Wise To Consider Wet Cleaners Over Dry Cleaners!”

The dry-cleaning industry has come under attack in recent years for its use of perchloroethylene (“perc”), a noxious chemical solvent that does a good job cleaning and not damaging sensitive fabrics but which is also considered a hazardous air contaminant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also, exposure to perc can irritate the skin and has been associated with central nervous system disorders. Drycleaners are required to reuse what perc they can and dispose of the rest as hazardous waste, but there are still concerns about contamination at and around sites that donʼt follow best practices. California has banned the use of perc by drycleaners beginning in 2023, and several other states may follow suit.

Given the issues with perc—and the fact that most of the nationʼs 34,000 commercial drycleaners still use it—many consumers are demanding greener ways to get their fine clothes and fabrics clean. So-called wet cleaning—whereby cleaning professionals use small amounts of water, non-toxic detergents and conditioners (instead of perc and other harsh detergents) inside specially designed machines to get fine garments and other fabrics clean—is one of the most promising alternatives. “The garments are agitated in the computerized wet cleaning machine just enough to extract the dirt and grime, but not enough to alter the structure, size or color,” reports the website “The garments are then transferred to a high-tech drying unit that [that] automatically stops once the prescribed level of moisture is reached.” adds that after drying, wet cleaned garments are pressed, hung up and bagged for pick-up by or delivery to customers—just like at the drycleaners.

The EPA is encouraging drycleaners to make the switch to greener solvents through a cooperative partnership with the professional garment and textile care industry. The agencyʼs Design for the Environment Garment and Textile Care Partnership recognizes the wet cleaning process as “an environmentally preferable technology that is effective at cleaning garments.”

Some of the many wet cleaners:
• New Image Cleaners; 682 S Cloverdale Ave - Los Angeles, CA 90036 - (323) 939-8557
• Perfection Laundry & Cleaning: 1101 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323) 939-0216
• Markee Cleaners: 8982 Cadillac Ave -Los Angeles, CA 90034 - (310) 838-8009
• Minaʼs Cleaners: 5782 Rodeo Rd - Los Angeles, CA 90016
• LAX Cleaners: 6306 W 89th St - Los Angeles, CA 90045 - (310) 670-5885
• Sunny Brite Cleaners: 3756 W Avenue 40 - Los Angeles, CA 90065 - (323) 258-9222
• Magic Cleaners: 89 N Lake Ave - Pasadena, CA 91101 - (626) 796-1975
• Spotless Green Cleaner: 11050 Ventura Blvd - Studio City, CA 91604 - (818) 980-2988
• Buckboard Cleaners: 1465 E Valley Blvd - Alhambra, CA 91801 - (626) 284-5450
• Eco Clean: 2708 Colorado Blvd - Pasadena, CA 91107 - (626) 844-9382
• Shine Cleaners: 411 W Las Tunas Dr - San Gabriel, CA 91776 - (626) 282-6918
Find a wet cleaner in your area below at: green-dry-cleaners-wet-cleaning