Wet cleaning is widely considered as next generation of traditional dry cleaning. It is a non-toxic, environmentally safe alternative to dry cleaning. It utilizes computer-controlled washing machines, biodegradable soaps and conditioners , and finishes the drying process by using special moisture sensitive dryers . Wet cleaning is not the same as laundry, and is perfect for using on any garment such as: silk, cashmere, woolens, and other fine delicates. Wet cleaning uses water, a universal solvent and does not use hazardous chemicals, generate harmful wastes, or contribute pollution. For more information on wet cleaning, please visit the EPA’s website.
Traditional dry cleaners utilize perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent commonly known as “perc.” This
chemical is used throughout many cycles of dry cleaning, and can be very harmful to the environment
if not disposed of properly. It is 1.5 times heavier than water, and requires extreme temperatures to
be completely removed from one’s clothing.
Dry Cleaners that generically advertise not using for 'greener,' or natural' solvent, are usually referring to one of the chemicals; DF2000, Hydrocarbon, or K4. Although less toxic than perc, these are chemicals normally found in gasoline for automobiles. Wet cleaning on the other hand, uses NO CHEMICALS, and is different because it refers to a truly eco-friendly way of cleaning one's garments and textiles. This method of cleaning is not only safe for the environment but to our body as well.