Eco Friendly dry cleaning (formally known as wet cleaning) is fast-becoming the preferred mode of dry cleaning in many quarters and 1 Stop Wash is at the forefront of this dry cleaning revolution.
From everyday consumers to restaurant businesses, there’s no end to this new demand for wet cleaning. Surely, this upsurge is not just a bid for dry cleaners to join the green energy bandwagon.
Rather, this is in response to the use of harmful and toxic chemicals over the past century, which has been carried out by traditional dry cleaners.
Have you walked out of your local dry cleaner with your garments having quite a distinctive chemical like smell? This is most likely the smell of one of the chemicals cleaners use to combat stains.
The average traditional dry cleaner on the high street uses chemicals like PERC, EDTA, and phosphates, these contribute to the emergence of cancer and other debilitating diseases which are absorbed into the body via clothes overtime. Due to this, 1 Stop Wash in 2015 decided to invest in the latest technology to deliver eco-friendly dry cleaning to our local community becoming one of the first in London to bring forward this service.
What is Wet Cleaning/Eco Friendly Dry Cleaning?
To begin with, Wet Cleaning centres on the use of not only environmental-friendly cleaning agents, but also chemicals that pose little to no health risks. In addition to this, it utilizes less energy and water, hence reducing the overall environmental impact.
Wet cleaning uses toxin-free detergents and water to effectively remove grime and dust without harming the texture or colour of the fabric. To read a more detailed post on how the wet cleaning process works, click here.
At 1 Stop Wash, we utilize wet cleaning to ensure that our clients get the best out of their fabrics with no compromise to their health.
We introduced this in 2015 when we decided to offer dry cleaning to our customers, with the health and environmental benefits of wet cleaning, it was a no brainer for us and has gone on to be a great decision!
Now that you know how wet cleaning works, let’s move to the theme of this post: the benefits of eco friendly dry cleaning /wet cleaning!
Benefits of Organic Dry Cleaning
Reduced Health Risks
Why don’t we start with the major reason why many customers are switching to Wet Cleaning from toxic Dry Cleaning.
As mentioned earlier, Wet Cleaning is free of volatile organic compounds that pose a plethora of health risks such as eye and skin irritation, headaches, and even in some cases: cancer.
In fact, high exposure to these toxic chemicals can lead to lung or kidney damage too.
More research is being conducted by the EPA regarding this as the toxic chemical of PERC continues to get banned in a number of states and countries; in the US, the use of PERC within residential buildings has been banned for the above health risks.
Alternatively, organic dry cleaning removes the exposure to these health risks as they use biodegradable non-toxic detergents instead.
This adding to the fact that wet cleaning is more water-based means not only your health is better off, but the lifetime of your garment is also increased as it provides it with a more gentle wash whilst bringing better results than traditional dry cleaning.
Better Air Quality!
There’s a certain allure when you breathe in the fragrance of detergents (PERC) on your clothes. Well, you stand the risk of inhaling toxic chemicals when inhaling these synthetic fragrances.
Since our organic dry cleaning products are mostly plant-based, they have no strong or powerful odours that can trigger allergies.
The biodegradable detergents used for wet cleaning contain little to no chlorine-based compounds, this is responsible for ozone layer depletion.
With this sustainable approach, you reduce the chances of not only inhaling harmful chemicals, but you also reduce the rate of global warming. Here at 1 Stop Wash, sustainability is one of our core pillars of functioning as a company so our choice of detergents has been chosen with this in mind.
Removes Stains Better
The possibility of a better alternative to remove those hard stains is an added bonus to organic dry cleaning.
Most dry cleaning shops use PERC, a cleaning agent, to remove any type of stains. However, this residue of this chemical in washed clothes reverses the stain removal process, hence, making the stains prominent again.
With wet cleaning, you can expect the following benefits for your clothes:
– Cleaner clothes compared to traditional dry cleaning. Much cleaner clothes. Seriously, it is way cleaner!
– Wet cleaned garments don’t develop that yellowish look you commonly find on garments that have been continually cleaned with PERC (traditional dry cleaning)
– Garments don’t come home with built-up residual amounts of harmful chemicals like PERC
– Clothes don’t have that smelly ‘dry cleaned’ smell (smell comes from PERC)
– Garments fade less, the lifetime of the garment is increased as they don’t incur as much damage from repeated cleanings.
Less Ground Water Contamination
Harmful cleaning agents like PERC, are released into the environment after a dry cleaning process.
Since these chemicals are often not bio-degradable, they accumulate in plants and wildlife. These toxins subsequently raises the toxic levels in the ecosystem. With time, the water bodies will become too toxic for even aquatic life to live in.
Alternatively, the cleaning agents in organic dry cleaning, are plant – based and are easily assimilated into the environment.
Saves Energy and Water!
Organic dry cleaning methods such as wet cleaning leverages 21st century technology that uses less water to remove stains and grime.
More so, it has a short spinning time, hence, it saves on the overall energy consumed. Therefore it is more energy-efficient and results in a reduced carbon footprint.
Eliminates Cleaning Waste
Lastly, Wet Cleaning doesn’t generate any hazardous waste that needs to be disposed of, unlike traditional dry cleaning where operators must dispose of PERC, PERC bottles, contaminated water, and contaminated wipes amongst other chemicals.
Dry cleaning in London, is gradually becoming more sustainable with the introduction of organic dry cleaning methods. 1 Stop Wash is at the forefront of this change as we were one of the very first companies to introduce this method of clean in 2015, we are now on a mission to spread this message around London and the rest of the UK. Be a part of our campaign to bring more awareness to the benefits of organic dry cleaning/wet cleaning by sharing this on any social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.
If you have never heard of organic dry cleaning before, comment below, we’re excited to see how many people we are educating on this subject! Alternatively, if you have any questions below, post them and we will reply to them!