Read what Miele Professional have written about Kleen-Eco's enviromentally friendly wet cleaning service.
Read about who is behind Kleen-Eco and why it began.
"Kleen Eco, a new company in Biggleswade, offers environmentally friendly wet cleaning service using Miele Professional WetCare machines."
"With a core aim of reducing carbon footprint, wet cleaning is an alternative which uses water and safe biodegradable detergent to clean items, rather than harsh chemicals."
Take a look through the case study on Kleen-Eco by Miele to help promote Wetcare®
"Peter and Lucy Johnson set up Kleen Eco as a new business venture offering an environmentally friendly wet cleaning service using Miele Professional WetCare machines."
Perchloroethylene also known as PERC is a chemical solvent used to dry clean clothes. It readily evaporates into air and has a strong, sweet odour. PERC is also used in paint strippers, spot removers, and other solvent-based household products.
PERC can harm the brain and central nervous system, damage the liver and kidneys, and is likely to cause cancer.
Of these health concerns, the best documented is PERC's damage to the nervous system and brain. Breathing low levels of PERC can cause people to experience dizziness, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea. Inhaling large amounts of the chemical can cause people to pass out and very high amounts can be fatal. Long term or chronic exposure to PERC, even at low doses, can lead to permanent harm, including brain effects such as loss of short term memory and concentration, or central nervous system effects such as loss of muscle coordination.
Several workplace studies reported elevated risks of esophageal cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and cervical cancer in people exposed occupationally. PERC is linked to cancers in rodent studies, including leukemia, liver, and kidney cancer. The U.S. National Toxicology Program lists PERC as "may reasonably be anticipated to be a human carcinogen" in the Report on Carcinogens. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists it as "probably carcinogenic to humans."
PERC lingers in recently dry-cleaned clothing and slowly escapes into your car and home. It is characterized by a sharp, sweet odour. PERC has been detected in apartments above dry-cleaning facilities.
One of the easiest ways to avoid PERC is by choosing alternatives to dry-cleaning your clothes. Be aware, however, that some non-PERC dry-cleaners use alternatives, sometimes called "hydrocarbon" treatments that are also toxic.
Instead of dry-cleaning, look for stores that advertise wet-cleaning, an alternative form of washing and drying that is safe for clothing and bedding.
Understand more about how drycleaning works and why the the Environmental Protection Agency are interested in it.
"Since 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment garment and Textile Care Program has been working in partnership with the drycleaning industry to reduce exposures to perchloroethylene, or "perc," the chemical solvent used by most drycleaners to clean garments and textile products. Approximately 85% of cleaners use perc as their primary solvent. The primary focus of these questions and answers are the potential health and environmental concerns associated with perc."
"This document is one of a number of EPA publications about professional garment care. It is hoped that the information presented here will answer questions you may have about drycleaning and related issues."