The Dangers of Perc

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Don't be fooled by other cleaners claiming to be "organic"

You hear the word "organic" and think about the good things that you might find at your local farmer's market.

"Organic" dry cleaners use dry cleaning solvents that are made out of carbon.

PERC is made out of carbon, as is petroleum.

So be cautious of other dry cleaners that might deliberately try and mislead you.

PERC is the most common solvent on the market today, but we won't use it because of what it is, and what it does.

Like many chlorinated hydrocarbons, PERC is a central nervous system depressant, and inhaling its vapors (especially in closed, poorly ventilated areas) can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, confusion, nausea, difficulty in speaking and walking, unconsciousness and death.

After repeated or extended skin contact, PERC may dissolve fats from the skin, resulting in severe skin irritation in work environments where people have been exposed to high concentrations.

PERC is a common soil contaminant. Such contamination most often results from spillage, overfilling or illegal disposal at commercial dry cleaning facilities.

Don't take our word for it. Do your own homework on the dangers of PERC and make your own decision when it comes to choosing your dry cleaner.