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Ace Cleaners - Eliminating the Use of Toxic Chemicals in Dry Cleaning. 2011.

Professional wet cleaning has been identified as one of the most promising alternatives to perchloroethylene in the dry cleaning industry. The Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell provided a matching grant to Ace Cleaners in North Andover, Massachusetts, to help the small business convert its operations from perchloroethylene-based to water-based processes. The analysis of two years of data is presented here, including capital costs, performance data and associated costs, operational costs, and resource use and associated costs. The bottom line? During their first year of operation as a wet cleaner, Ace Cleaners realized $1,844 of savings and a 15% reduction in electricity use.

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