Parkway Cleaners       
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13 Years of
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About Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaners have received a lot of attention over the last decade as to how safe the chemicals being used are for the enviroment, employees and clothing.  For may years the type of solvent that has been used is  called Perchlorethylenes?  When building his dry cleaning plant Ali from the beginning embraced the alternative of Hydro-Carbon.  Although the most expensive choice it was a way to keep our enviroment safe without compromising the quality. 

Today's regulations has given dry cleaners guidelines and time frames in which to switch to an alternative source of cleaning.  The concern for most cleaners has been the cost of  this conversion.   Because of that, many cleaners have switched to wet cleaning something that was not an option for Ali as he does not believe this is the best option for the quality of the clothes.

Following is some information on the most currently used dry cleaning processes today.  Once read I think you will all agree with the option Parkway Cleaners has chose.

Problem with Perchlorethylene

Perchlorethylene, also called Perc, is a toxic chemical that is classified as a hazardous air contaminant and must be handled as a hazardous waste. It has also been shown to be a potential carcinogen, as well as posing other health risks. It can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people and often leaves an unpleasant smell in fabrics. Unfortunately, it is also the most common chemical used by laundry services for the dry cleaning process. There are, however, safe, effective alternatives to Perc, namely, hydrocarbon dry cleaning solvents.

Hydrocarbon

What are hydrocarbon dry cleaning solvents?
The hydrocarbon solvents that fell out of favor in the 1940's were derived from petroleum or gasoline feedstocks. The flash points of the early hydrocarbons were very low, meaning that the solvents did not have to be heated much before explosive vapors would form. Early hydrocarbons contained aromatics like benzene and toluene that we now know are hazardous to humans.

Today's hydrocarbon dry cleaning solvents are a far cry from the ones used all those years ago. They are synthetically manufactured products, which means that their high purity can be guaranteed. Their physical properties can also be carefully controlled, so they can be sold under tight specifications. They have a much higher flash point than those of the 1940's, which translates into increased safety since the chances that the solvent will form explosive vapors are minimized. Combined with the safety systems engineered into the dry cleaning machine, today's hydrocarbons are a safe choice as a dry cleaning solvent.

Are hydrocarbon solvents safe for the environment?
The hydrocarbon solvents used today, with their high purity, are completely safe for the environment, as well as for laundry service employees and customers. Bacteria in the soil will naturally degrade the hydrocarbons, and exposure tests in aquatic systems show no fish kills when hydrocarbon solvents are introduced.

The same hydrocarbons that are sold today for use in dry cleaning are also sold in the personal care market. They are used in makeup, hand cleaners, lotions, and dozens of other cosmetic products. In addition, they are approved for use in direct food contact applications, such as beet sugar manufacturing and vegetable cleaning.

Why choose a laundry service that uses hydrocarbons?
As stated above, hydrocarbon solvents have a clear advantage over perchlorethylenes when it comes to being safe for the environment, as well as for your personal health and the health of your family. By choosing a dry cleaner that uses hydrocarbon solvents, you are helping to reduce environmental pollution and are providing your family with clothes that are cleaned with a process that you can be certain will cause no health problems. In addition, your clothes do not suffer the damage wet cleaning can cause and will have a fresh clean scent rather than the unpleasant chemical smell of clothing cleaned with Perc.

Wet Cleaning

Although we have chose not to wet clean, wet cleaning is an alternative choice to Perc that once again is environmentally concious as long as the cleaners are using biodegradable detergents.  Unlike hydrocarbon whose waste dumps into containers, wet cleanings detergents do not so still flows into the enviroment so the choice of detergents determines its level of enviroment consciousness.  Wet cleaning is processes with water therefore the knowledge of fabrics, all fabrics is essential to determine the correct settings with the computerized cycles.  Because water is used and not all dyes are set properly, you take the chance of dyes running into each other affecting the outcome of the clothing.  Our experience has been that the rate of error is too high with this process.

Also to compare, wet cleaning is very similar to you washing clothes at home and then letting them hang dry.  You end up with miss shaped clothing and heavy wrinkling.  Dry Clean only clothes have that label for a reason.  With water many fabrics shrink.  To compensate for this problem wet clean clothing goes through steam traps and the clothes are stretched to try and bring the clothes back to it's original shape.  Again the margin of error here is too high.  In the research Ali has done, too many items are not brought back to the same shape causing many customers to be unhappy and the stretching of the fabric fibers is not good for the clothing.

Parkway Cleaners believes they have made the correct choice with hydrocarbon both for the outcome of your clothing and household items as well as for the safety of all of us and our enviroment.


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