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Just a note from a 30 year dry cleaner to congratulate the Lackmans on a very accurate and well written article. The points made about our industry were at times painful for one such as me who started this in the 70s at a time when environmental awareness in dry cleaning was for the most part absent. At the end of your article you asked for comments from any readers who had used a GreenEarth licensed dry cleaner, as you had not. I am one. While I obviously could be biased, I will point out that I WAS a perc cleaner and spent $150000 + to become a GreenEarth Cleaner because I was unhappy with the environmental risk of perchloroethylene . We made that switch in Feb of 2001. We were one of the first 50 GreenEarth Cleaners in the world. Over these past 6 years we have cleaned over one million garments in our GreenEarth Cleaning machines. As an industry veteran I can tell you that our experience has been that GreenEarth Cleaning is all in all superior to Perc cleaning. The silicone based GreenEarth fluid is not as aggressive towards some oil based stains, but other than that there are no real drawbacks. Fragile dyes and ornamentation are not damaged by the silicone fluid as they often are in perc. White garments stay white without dye and soil from other garments being deposited on them. There is no static and the lint that often is deposited on garments because of that static. The only real drawback is that the cycle time for the cleaning machine is longer, about 40 % longer. This requires one to have larger or more machines to handle the same volume. In my opinion the added cost due to these differences is well worth it. MY own clothes are of course cleaned in GreenEarth. They last longer and my closet never has that dry cleaners odor. (neither does my dry cleaning plant!) Best of all, when I read articles such as yours about the health risks associated with perc cleaning, I can relax. Thanks, John Patterson Trussville, AL
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2007 on Green Dry Cleaning at Organic_Clothing
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