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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Garment Cleaning

Professional garment cleaners (a.k.a. “dry cleaners”) around the country are making the switch from traditional drying cleaning that uses the toxic chemical perchloroethylene (perc) to a safer alternative: professional wet cleaning. Professional Wet Cleaning (PWC) successfully cleans delicate clothes using water instead of chemical solvent. (Did you know traditional “dry” cleaning uses liquid chemical solvents?)

Some of the benefits of Professional Wet Cleaning include:

  • Garments last longer
  • Prevents shrinking and color loss
  • Whites turn out whiter
  • Cost competitive to traditional dry cleaning
  • Reduces or even eliminates health and environmental concerns

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Benefits of Professional Wet Cleaning Video

Find a Wet Cleaner

The New York Wet Cleaners map is a web-based mapping tool that provides the location and business information for professional wet cleaners throughout the State. The map enables customers to identify wet cleaners in their local area. Be sure to request wet cleaning when dropping off your clothes. The map is optimized for mobile users.


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What is wet cleaning?
Professional wet cleaning (PWC) uses water, detergents, and sophisticated computer controlled washers and dryers to clean garments and other fabrics labeled “dry clean only.”

Why should I choose a wet cleaner?
Your clothes may actually be cleaner than with dry cleaning. Wet cleaning has been shown to produce whiter whites, water-based stains are easily removed, cleans better than perc dry cleaning for some items, and does not shrink or fade clothes.

Dry cleaning can impact your health and the environment. Wet cleaning significantly reduces or eliminates health and environmental concerns and their liability often seen with perc and other alternatives. Perc, which is typically used for dry cleaning, may cause cancer and can affect dry cleaning workers and apartment residents living near and above cleaners. Perc is hazardous to the environment because it takes a long time to break down in air, soil, and water.

Comments and feedback are welcome. Please contact Kate Winnebeck

Acknowledgements and Disclaimer
This Tool is an interactive locator map created in part to identify and help connect consumers to wet cleaners. The creation of this tool was funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The opinions, results, findings and/or interpretations of the data contained are the responsibility of Rochester Institute of Technology and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of the State. The data is offered here for informational purposes.

All parties intending to rely on this information for business or financial commitments should confirm the use of wet cleaning with the individual facilities listed. All business, safety, or legal requirements regarding the reliance on this information or the use, exchange, or transfer of the resources remain the responsibility of the users.

RIT and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, omissions, or timeliness of the information shown and shall not be liable for any loss or injury of any kind resulting from reliance upon the information or through the use of this mapping program. The mention of a commercial business or other organization on this map does not convey official approval, endorsement, or recommendation of any kind by RIT, NYSP2I, or NYSDEC.