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Dry cleaners who flip flop (part two)

CO2In a previous post ( Drycleaners who flip flop -- part one), I vented against drycleaners who say one thing one month and something completely different the next month. And opined that some cleaners just don't seem to care what they say, when they say it, or to whom they say it. So long as it serves their personal interests and reinforces their current point of view or marketing strategy.

Here's another case that proves my point ...

As of October 2009, one New York cleaner used traditional drycleaning solvents: perchloroethylene (aka perc) and synthetic petroleum. In January 2009, he defended his use of these traditional solvents by stating that " carbon dioxide (CO2) is great but does not do a great job of cleaning."

Then, in October 2009, this cleaner installed a Solvair drycleaning machine. Solvair drycleaning machines clean your garments in glycol ether (what Solvair calls their "biodegradable drycleaning liquid"), rinse in liquid carbon dioxide (liquid CO2), and dry when the liquid CO2 is converted into a gas and extracted from the system.

Since that date, this cleaner has aggressively touted his "CO2 drycleaning process" on his websites, blogs and various social media such as Twitter and Facebook as "much better" than perc or synthetic petroleum.

BubblesSpecifically, the single message that's being promoted is that your garments are being cleaned in pure liquid CO2 ("the stuff that makes the bubbles in sodas") in a machine that transcends the frontiers of science ("more advanced than any other drycleaning machine on the planet"). And that you shouldn't risk cleaning your fine garments in anything other than pure liquid CO2.

All this despite the fact that he purposely fails to distinguish between the two types of CO2 drycleaning processes: pure liquid CO2  and hybrid glycol ether/liquid CO2. And despite the fact that every Solvair drycleaning machine actually cleans in glycol ether and not pure liquid CO2 (it only rinses in CO2 after the glycol ether clean cycle).

Help me out here. I'm confused.

Up until such time as he installed his Solvair drycleaning machine, CO2 didn't do a great job of cleaning. Now, CO2  is much better than perc or synthetic petroleum. And you shouldn't risk cleaning your fine garments in anything other than pure liquid CO2.

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