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Ask Stu: Your questions answered

Q.

Ask StuMy dermatologist tells me I'm sensitive to dry cleaning liquid. I have a ton of dry clean only garments in my closet. What can I do?

Elizabeth
Des Moines, Iowa

A.

Bare Back CorbisHi Elizabeth. Thanks for the question.

Clients often tell me that they are sensitive to dry cleaning solvents and fluids.

The problem, however, is a little more complicated than that:

  • Are you sensitive to the virgin dry cleaning solvent or fluid itself?
  • Are you sensitive to all the accumulated soluble impurities in the dry cleaning solvent or fluid?

 Specifically, are you sensitive to the soluble impurities, such as bacteria, body oils, oily-type creams and lotions and food fats, that your garments and household textiles absorb when cleaned in dry cleaning solvent or fluid that has not been continuously purified?

  • Are you sensitive to the fragrance or perfume that's added to the dry cleaning solvent or fluid?

 Specifically, are you sensitive to the fragrance or perfume that many dry cleaners add to their dry cleaning solvent or fluid to "disguise" or "neutralize" the odor associated with cleaning in dry cleaning solvent or fluid that has not been continuously purified?

My experience tells me that most individuals are not sensitive to crystal clear, virgin dry cleaning solvent or fluid. Instead, they're sensitive to the impurities in the dry cleaning solvent or fluid and/or to the fragrance or perfume that's added to the solvent or fluid to "disguise" or "neutralize" those impurities.

Of course, you'll never have to worry about any of these issues at a true quality cleaner, especially if that cleaner is using siloxane dry cleaning fluid.

That's because siloxane is dermatologically friendly, non-chlorinated, non-hydrocarbon, fragrance-free, perfume-free and completely odorless. At RAVE FabriCARE, we call it Free & Clear Cleaning. It's ideal for the chemically-sensitive who are unable to tolerate dry cleaning solvents like perchloroethylene and synthetic petroleum -- the dry cleaning solvents used by more than 97% of all cleaners. Or for the chemically-sensitive who are unable to tolerate the fragrances or perfumes that are part of the ordinary cleaner's bag of tricks.

By the way, any cleaner, medical expert, indoor air quality expert or green expert that tells you that you can mitigate the problem of odors in your dry cleaned garments by airing them out in your garage or on your patio for a few days should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.

That approach doesn't work because it fails to address the underlying problem -- impurities and/or fragrance in the dry cleaning solvent or fluid.

If you have a question for Stu, send it to questions@ravefabricare.com.

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