The dry cleaning industry is always researching more efficient and Eco-friendly methos. As an industry, dry cleaning had reduced the consumption of Perchliororthylene by 86% in the last 20 years. This is largely due to improvements in the equipment made available to the industry. Kroner's has installed the latest "state of the art" dry cleaning machine from the Union Company, made in the U.S.A.
The E.P.A. allows a 100 parts per million exposure level in the work area, with our new equipment we have an airborne emissions level at an average of 10 parts per million-ten times better than the allowed level mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
We feel the following 4 methods provide us with the best results in garment care while addressing environmental concerns. Professional handling is one key to Eco-friendly dry cleaning:
1. Dry Cleaning
The dry cleaning process is the submersion of a garment in Perchlororthylene (a chlorinated solvent.) This solvent is four times heavier than water, providing a gentler cleaning environment for the fabric, thus reducing shrinkage or distortion.
The solvent goes through constant filtration to keep it pure. As the garment is dried the solvent condenses and is reclaimed through a distillation process, which removes any impurities. The reclaimed solvent is ready for the next use.
2. Wet Cleaning
We also provide the latest technology in wet cleaning. This process is cleaning with water in a controlled temperature and computer monitors agitation to ensure garments retain their shape and are soft to the hand.
3. Jet Cleaning
Jet cleaning is a process that includes heat and air to a garment to open the fibers which releases many soils from the fabric. Then a biodegradable, antibacterial solution is applied to the garment through aeration. Finally the garment is air dried. This rocess is extremely effective on fragile garments that can not be dry cleaning.
4. Steam Clean
Steam Cleaning is a labor intensive process that is completed by hand. It includes the use of stain removal with the applicable chemical using a steam table and vacuum.