We at PRESTO use a technology called WET CLEAN which is a WATER BASED CLEANING SYSTEM using the benefits of water with the speed and simplicity of dry cleaning.
If you are looking for a real alternative to Dry Cleaning (use of petroleum based solvent) or if you don’t like the smell of residual petroleum based solvents on your clothes , you have come to the RIGHT PLACE.
Say GOODBYE to the petroleum solvent based cleaning with a truly green alternative.
We at PRESTO GREEN DRY CLEANERS use a Technology called WET CLEAN
WET CLEAN IS A WATER BASED CLEANING SYSTEM, using the benefits of water with the speed and simplicity of dry cleaning .
Delicate material labeled “DRY CLEAN ONLY” , get outstanding results that keep our customers happy and ensure they keep coming back again and again
It is a bit of a challenge educating people about the differences between dry cleaning and wet cleaning, a new and innovative concept.
People choose us over a traditional drycleaners because it’s a much better for their health , environment and for their clothes.
Now, with wet clean we are capable of cleaning regularly garments that are labelled for dry clean only, such us delicate wool, silk and viscose. Thanks to WET CLEAN we guarantee to our customers wonderful results in terms of freshness and purity of garments treatment.
Wet Clean has been endorsed by The Woolmark Company as suitable for wet-cleaning even the finest wools labelled dry-clean only.
Perc Causes Cancer
Perc has been the solvent of choice of the garment cleaning industry for many years. It requires minimal control over the cleaning process and can be used to clean all types of garments. Perc is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans” and is also a suspected developmental, gastrointestinal, kidney, reproductive, respiratory, and skin or sense organ toxicant.
Perc is a central nervous system depressant that can enter the body through respiratory or dermal exposure. Perc also presents a hazard to the environment as it is persistent in water and soil and very persistent in sediment and air. Once perc is released into the environment, it does not easily or quickly break down into less toxic constituents Tetrachloroethylene, also known under the systematic name tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene (“perc” or “PERC”).
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), an electronic database that contains information on human health effects from exposure to various substances in the environment. The EPA has classified tetrachlorethylene “likely to be carcinogenic in humans by all routes of exposure.”
(A substance that causes cancer or helps cancer grow is called a carcinogen.)
The US Environmental Protection Agency 9 and NYSDEC 10 regulations are becoming more stringent with time, working to reduce the amount of perc released to the environment as a result of dry cleaning operations.
In July 2006, new federal regulations for perc dry cleaners were put into place. These regulations prohibit new perc dry cleaning machines from operating in residential buildings after July 13, 2006 and require perc dry cleaning machines that were installed in residential buildings before December 21, 2005 to eliminate the use of perc by December 21, 2020. Those cleaners who installed perc dry cleaning machines in residential buildings from December 21, 2005 through July 13, 2006 were required to eliminate the use of perc by July 13, 2009
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify causes of cancer. Based on the data from studies in people and lab animals, IARC classifies tetrachlorethylene as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Scientists knew in the early 1970s that perchloroethylene causes liver cancer in mice. On the basis of those tests, EPA classified the chemical as a carcinogenic(causing cancer) in high doses.
Later studies showed that if dry-cleaned clothing is returned home damp, perc fumes can permeate a closet, and simply “airing out” the closet will not help, because the gas evaporates only at hot temperatures.
Yet other studies found high levels of perc in butter and other fatty items in grocery and convenience stores next to dry-cleaning establishments.
California, one of the few states to systematically study groundwater pollution, found that perc is even in tap water . (Until the mid-1980s, cleaners in most states could get rid of their perc by pouring it down the drain; although the federal government has since made the practice illegal, some cleaners still do it to avoid the high cost of disposing of perc safely.)
A 1996 analysis by Consumers Union of the US, the not-for-profit organization that publishes Consumer Reports, estimated that one of every 6,700 people who wear freshly dry-cleaned garments at least once a week could be expected to get cancer over their lifetimes from breathing fumes from perc left in the fabric.
Perchloroethylene (perc) is still used as a solvent by 85% of American dry-cleaners. As it is harmful for health (being carcinogenic) and is a pollutant for air, soil and water, it is slowly being replaced by other solvents.
USA: Phase out of perc by 2020 – 2023in various states (CA, NY, NJ, IL,….)
France: Perc ban from 2022. No new machinescan be installed since 2012
Denmark: very low emission is allowed – veryhard to comply with
Norway: Contact water has to be treatedspecifically (NEW)
China: Permission for installation is getting more difficult