The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has been working with the dry cleaning sector for over 10 years e focusing on the ultimate goal of eliminating the use of perchloroethylene in this sector due to the availability of less toxic, feasible alternatives. Professional wet cleaning has been identified as one of these alternatives and has been a focus of the Institute in recent years. In 2008, the Institute provided a matching grant to Silver Hanger Cleaners in Bellingham, Massachusetts to convert their operations from perchloroethylene-based to water-based processes. Two years of data have been collected from the facility, reflecting one year of solvent use and one year of dedicated professional wet cleaning. The analysis of that data is presented here, including capital costs, performance data and associated costs, operational costs, and resource use and associated costs.
Author: J. Onasch
Onasch, Joy "A Feasibility and Cost Comparison of Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning to Professional Wet Cleaning." Journal of Cleaner Production 19 (2011): 477-82