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Hotel Dry Cleaners Remove PERC from Clothing to Reduce Toxins

PERC is a carcinogen used in dry cleaning that lingers up to an hour after you unwrap the clothing...

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San Diego Valet Service Upgrades to Replace PERC

San Diego Valet Service recently made a major investment to ensure that its 88 hotel customers in San Diego County have a safer and more environmentally responsible alternative to PERC. Other dry cleaners are making similar investments.

San Diego Valet Service purchased a system that uses the hydrocarbon compound DS-2000. Leff says DS-2000 is a much lighter compound than PERC and is not carcinogenic. That is good news for the employees and guests who work and stay at those 88 properties.

Do you even know what kind of process is used to clean your staff’s uniforms? Your employees' and guests’ garments?

Dry Cleaning Options: DS-2000, Wet Cleaning, Silicone, Liquid Carbon Dioxide

In addition to DS-2000, there are other safe alternatives available.

According to Easy Green Living, a book written by Renée Loux, another green alternative is wet cleaning. In this process, water is the solvent used along with small amounts of biodegradable detergents and conditioners.

Silicone-based cleaning and liquid carbon dioxide processes are also employed by some companies. New, green processes and equipment can be expensive for dry cleaners to employ. That is why the transition away from PERC has been slow. Leff believes, however, that PERC will disappear in the next 10 years.

Be sure to ask your dry cleaners when they intend to make the transition away from PERC.

Let them know that it's important to you and your family/customers and that you intend to take your business elsewhere if they don’t make the switch.

And, if you do have to continue to work with a company that still uses PERC, be sure to air out those garments for an hour or two before storing them in an enclosed area, or before returning them to your guests.

SOURCE: Green Lodging News

San Diego Valet Service
8655 Commerce Avenue
San Diego, CA 92121
858-578-5921



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