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The difference between Wet & Dry Cleaning.

So... What is the difference between wet cleaning and dry cleaning?

This is a question that we get asked regularly, generally people don't know the vast differences between wet and dry cleaning, but don't you worry by the time you finish reading this blog you'll be an expert - well kinda!

Wet cleaning refers to the professional cleaning of garments which in contrast to traditional dry cleaning methods omits the use of chemical solvents the most common used is tetrachloroethylene (but most people call it PERC for short). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other environmental groups have indicated that "wet cleaning" methods "are better for the environment than PERC", and "can be used without shrinking or otherwise damaging garments that typically require dry cleaning".

So what exactly does wet cleaning involve, well from the name, you can guess that water is one of the key components of the process. Equipment specifically designed for this method includes computer controlled wet cleaning machines, special dryers, and of course biodegradable detergents and non toxic spot removers. All of these factors work together to wet clean, a method that is ecologically safe and cleans a wide variety of garments.

Now onto dry cleaning, it doesn't include the use of water in the process, hence the name but as it's replacement, uses a variety of chemical solvents, the most widely used as mentioned before is tetrachloroethylene (who would ever remember that though, PERC is so much easier). One machine does it all for the dry cleaning process, a computer controlled dry cleaning machine cleans the garments in the chemical solution (PERC) and it also dries the clothes, so they go into the machine dry and come out dry too.

People have a tendency to think that having your garments cleaned in this bio - friendly way would cost more than the traditional dry cleaning method... Well they're wrong! It's cost no more to BeeGreen... and all the added benefits that wet cleaning has to offer compared to it's old school counterpart too. It doesn't generate hazardous waste, it doesn't contaminate air water and soil and we don't like to toot our own horn but according to the EPA, wet cleaning is the most environmentally sensitive professional method of garment cleaning! BeeGreen services are better for your garments, your health and the environment, and that sounds like a no brainer to us!

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