Traditional dry cleaners utilize perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent commonly known as “perc.” This chemical is used throughout many cycles of dry cleaning, and can be very harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. It is 1.5 times heavier than water, and requires extreme temperatures to be completely removed from one’s clothing.
Dry cleaners that generically advertise not using perc for ‘greener,’ ‘organic,’ or ‘natural’ solvents, are usually referring to the chemical DF2000. Although less toxic than perc, this is a chemical normally found in gasoline for automobiles. Wet cleaning on the other hand, uses no chemicals, and is different because it refers to a truly eco-friendly way of cleaning one’s garments and textiles. This method of cleaning is not only safe for the environment but to people as well.