All About Dry Cleaning Blog
On February 10, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene – also known as perchloroethylene, or perc – Confirming longstanding scientific understanding and research, the final assessment characterizes perc as a “likely human carcinogen.” However, the agency does not believe that wearing clothes dry cleaned with perc poses a health risk.
Not only do we say it, we mean it, promote it, and track the results. That’s right at Sir Galloway Cleaners, there is never a missing button.
In 1984 when the Mills family opened Sir Galloway, they quickly realized that the largest single complaint customers have about their dry cleaners is missing, broken, and loose buttons. While we had a passion to get this right, initially we failed. During training, we asked the inspector to look at each button. Our “do over” tracking showed that we were guilty of sending shirts out with missing, broken, or loose buttons. This just would not do.
As part of our environmental responsibility, it is important to find vendors that share the same concern with the environment.
Dry cleaning is a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the process is called “dry.” In this video HowStuffWorks takes a behind-the-scenes look at the dry-cleaning process so that you can understand what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at the cleaners!
Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides no standard definition of an environmentally friendly cleaner, and has no approved cleaning solvent or process, professional cleaners can call themselves “green” regardless of their practices and policies. Some cleaners erroneously claim to be green simply because they use one type of solvent over another. This practice of “green washing” their business is simply a sales gimmick. Being “truly” green actually has very little to do with which solvent they use. Being truly green is a multi-faceted combination of environmentally responsible policies, programs and practices.