1StopWash was founded in 2012 as a small family run self-service launderette. Having already served the area previously as a Post Office for a decade, we had a built a special relationship with the local community. We continue to build this connection everyday as a sense of community and care is what we believe is most important for us.
During our early years, we considered offering dry cleaning to our customers and looked into how the industry operated. To our shock, we found out how toxic the traditional dry cleaning process was with the use of harmful chemicals such as PERC, this has been proven to be a major threat to our health, our clothes and the environment. Upon doing years of research and testing, we found a solution to this problem and since then, we have been on a mission to provide a unique and warm connection with our customers whilst also spreading our sustainable method of cleaning to improve people’s health and the environment!
NO PERC, NO PETROLEUM, NO GIMMICKS!
PERC is a threat to our health, our children, pets and our environment. We are exposed to this toxic chemical via our skin when wearing clothes which it has been used on. We also risk exposure through air and water, which it gets into via the traditional dry cleaning process.
Our eco-friendly dry cleaning process which is termed ‘Wet cleaning’ is an advanced and upcoming method of cleaning that removes this risk of exposure to toxic perchloroethylene. It also has the associated benefits of resulting in a softer, fresher garment, which has been treated in a more gentle, caring way. Wet cleaning has been used for decades in countries such as France, where PERC is banned, as well as some other European countries. As legislation continues to grow against the use of PERC, 1StopWash is committed to being at the forefront of sustainable and eco-friendly dry cleaning.
Benefits of Wet Cleaning
The water immersion process of the cleaning uses safe biodegradable detergents and subsequently avoids the use of harmful chemical solvents. In addition to this, our process is energy efficient as our detergents are heated on demand (reduces energy usage) and the steam resulting from the process is used in other parts of the cleaning. Wet cleaning also uses far lower temperatures than traditional dry cleaning which again results in lower energy usage.
Overall benefits of Wet cleaning:
- No toxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals on skin or on your clothes as biodegradable detergents are used
- Safer for babies and children
- Removes organic stains (traditional dry cleaning can not remove organic stains such as sweat smell)
- Excellent cleaning resulting in clothes lasting longer
- No shine (often an issue for suits etc. treated with PERC)
- Nice smell
- Low on energy use, and reduces polluting toxins into the air and water supply