Is liquid silicone safe for dry cleaning?
Liquid silicone, specifically the type used in the GreenEarth Cleaning process, is considered safe for dry cleaning. GreenEarth Cleaning utilizes a silicone-based solvent known as D5, which is commonly referred to as “liquid silicone.” Here are some reasons why silicone is safe for dry cleaning:
Non-Toxic: Silicone is non-toxic, meaning it does not pose health risks to dry cleaning workers or customers. Unlike traditional dry cleaning solvents like perchloroethylene (PERC), which can be harmful when inhaled or absorbed through the skin, D5 is a safer alternative.
Low Environmental Impact: Silicone is less harmful to the environment compared to many other dry cleaning solvents. It breaks down into benign byproducts, including sand, water, and carbon dioxide, when released into the environment. This reduces its impact on air and water quality.
Gentle on Fabrics: Liquid silicone is known for being gentle on fabrics. It is less likely to cause damage, shrinkage, or color fading in clothing items, making it suitable for a wide range of garments, including delicate and valuable pieces.
No Residual Odor: Clothes cleaned with silicone have no residual chemical odor, ensuring a pleasant and odor-free wearing experience.