Greener Cleaner http://greenercleaner.net Truly Green Chicago Dry Cleaners Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:03:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Greener Cleaner: Services Spotlight http://greenercleaner.net/greener-cleaner-services/ http://greenercleaner.net/greener-cleaner-services/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:44:32 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1328 Whether you need your attire cleaned for work or for that big event coming up, Greener Cleaner is the perfect place to send your clothing to ensure they return to you in tip-top shape. We offer the most convenient and environmentally free dry cleaning and laundering services in the industry. Listed below are some of our specialty services that make us the go-to place for Chicagoland’s dry cleaning needs.

Professional “Wet” Cleaning

Recognized by the EPA as one of the most environmentally friendly options, wet cleaning is a PERC and petrochemical free way of cleaning your clothing.  Now safe for almost any garment, wet cleaning utilizes water to get rid of the daily mishaps that anyone goes through without the use of harsh chemicals.

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GreenEarth Cleaning

For your more delicate articles of clothing, Greener Cleaner has developed an eco-friendly way to dry clean clothing when the preferred wet cleaning is not an option.  Did you know that 85% of dry cleaners use PERC (a hydrocarbon identified by the EPA as a Toxic Air Contaminant and also a possible carcinogen) as a solvent in cleaning your clothing? Crazy right?

Well, Green Cleaner has taken its own route in getting your clothing ready for anything that comes your way. In our facilities, we have replaced PERC with liquid silicon. Odorless, non-toxic and just as effective as PERC, this method will keep you both looking snazzy and harsh chemical free.

 

Green Garmento Bags

Laundry bag, clothes hamper, duffel bag, and garment bag all in one. The Green Garmento bag uses plastic-free packaging and is reusable so that you can still get that fresh look of dry-cleaning without harming the environment.  Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, or on the daily grind of a 9-5, this bag is both durable and multi-faceted for the mornings when you’re trying to get your kid to soccer practice or when you’re running out the door to catch your morning train.

 

The BizzieBox System

Don’t have time to get to one our locations or have a safe location you can leave your clothing for pickup? We offer convenient lockers, called BizzieBox’s, all over the Chicagoland area. To use our safe locker service, all you have to do is drop your clothing off and we will pick it up from there! When it’s finished, we’ll send you a text and you can pick it up at the same place you dropped it off.  It’s super easy and affordable for the person on the go. Using the bizziebox app on your smartphone or online, you can view your clothing when it is picked up, make notes on exactly what you need to be done, and even pay right there and then! Super easy and convenient.

 

Energy Efficient Operation

In our efforts to reduce our environmental impact, Greener Cleaner is completely dedicated to making sure all of our facilities and vehicles are as energy efficient as possible. Greener Cleaner is constantly looking for ways to decrease our environmental footprint, from the light bulbs in our facilities to the pickup and delivery vehicles to the amount of water we use. We’ll even recycle your old wire hangers for you; just drop them off when you drop off your clothing.

 

FREE Delivery and Pickup

From your home, apartment or even place of work you can have your clothing picked up and delivered for free. Our vans are even green, getting almost double fuel efficiency as older models.  The best part? You don’t even have to be home! Specify where the best place is for your clothing to be dropped off, and we’ll do it for you.  And it’s completely free! No charge, no hassle.

You go seize the day; we’ll make sure you look good doing it.

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Why Green Cleaning Is Important http://greenercleaner.net/why-green-cleaning-importance/ http://greenercleaner.net/why-green-cleaning-importance/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:38:55 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1325 It’s difficult to overstate the importance of green cleaning, although many people don’t necessarily understand why. Natural, eco-friendly, and organic cleaning products have been gaining traction in the market for the past few decades, but they are often more expensive, and marketed as luxury items rather than household staples. But with the harm you can cause to yourself and the environment with many under-regulated household chemicals and dry cleaning solutions, it’s hardly worth the risk simply to save a few dollars a week.

The Dangers Of Dry Cleaning

Technically, “dry cleaning” is a misnomer. It’s not that your clothes don’t get wet, they simply don’t use water. Instead, dry cleaners use a dangerously under-regulated chemical called perchloroethylene (PERC).

PERC is a chlorocarbon that acts as a solvent for organic materials. PERC is so widely used in dry cleaners around the world that it is often simply referred to as “dry cleaning liquid.” Unfortunately for consumers, PERC is also a Group 2A carcinogen, and a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) according to the EPA.

PERC can enter the body in a variety of ways, either through skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion of contaminated drinking water. Prolonged hours of exposure to this chemical led to debilitation migraines, nausea, respiratory irritation, organ dagreen cleanmage, and more. It also has detrimental environmental effects, and can contaminate groundwater hundred of feet underground after seeping through concrete and dirt.

Green Cleaning: The Way Of The Future

First synthesized in 1821, PERC is practically an archaic substance. It’s predominantly still used only due to low price and a lack of regulation. Newly engineered green cleaning solvents not only reduce risks to your health and the environment, they also clean your clothes batter.

Since 1995, Greener Cleaner has advocated for eco-friendly “wet cleaning” in Chicago to promote the advancement of the cleaning industry and the preservation of the environment. By supporting us as we grow throughout the city and suburbs, you not only look after yourself, you help others make the green choice as well.

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Five Biggest Mistakes of Dry Cleaning Businesses http://greenercleaner.net/dry-cleaning-businesses-mistakes/ http://greenercleaner.net/dry-cleaning-businesses-mistakes/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:53:46 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1336 If you have ever used a dry cleaner, the chances are high that you have experienced at least one unfavorable incident with mishandled clothing. With high volumes of today’s fashion requiring dry cleaning services, stories of laundry woes are quite frequent, and we have identified some bad practices of dry cleaning businesses that result in dissatisfied customers. Here are five of the biggest dry cleaning mistakes happening in the dry cleaning industry today:

Poor Customer Service

Poor customer service is an issue facing many dry cleaning businesses. When laundry employees disregard the requests of customers, negative things are very likely to happen to their articles of clothing. It is the dry cleaner’s responsibility to satisfy the customer, and if clothing has been damaged during the cleaning process, the cleaner must take responsibility for the damages. Responsible cleaners such as Greener Cleaner adhere to the guidelines of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute, which prides its members on reliability and excellent customer service.

Greener CleanerValuing Quantity Over Quality

When handling heavy volumes of clothing during busy periods of time, some dry cleaners will attempt to rush jobs and push more garments through the cleaning cycle than is allowed by their machinery. These dry cleaners overfill their washing machines and exceed equipment limitations with large quantities of clothing in order to meet deadlines. This results in clothing that does not become entirely clean in the wash cycle. If a laundry location is consistently busy and overwhelmed,  they should consider investing in more equipment instead of overtaxing machines that are inadequate for large loads. A misguided view of productivity often does more harm than good in this industry.

Not Following Instructions

Although some clothing manufacturers have been known to attach incorrect care labels to clothing, those instances are rare, as the Federal Trade Commission will go after clothing manufacturers guilty of mislabeling. Most mistreatment of garments stems from dry cleaners either ignoring or misreading the directions on care labels.

 Losing Clothes

When dry cleaners do not maintain a reliable tracking system for cleaning orders, clothes can become lost or misplaced. A badly organized work floor can lead to your clothing going into someone else’s closet, or vice-versa. Greener Cleaner not only keeps orders on track but also provides a free pickup and delivery service for optimal convenience and no hassle for the customer.

Using Harmful Chemicals

Surprisingly, 99.3% of dry cleaners in Illinois still use petrochemicals in the cleaning process. These petroleum-based chemicals have been connected with cancer and air pollution. Most cleaners also continue to use hydrocarbons, which, like petrochemicals, are also known to cause health problems and environmental hazards. Greener Cleaner is proud to clean with alternative, environmentally friendly methods that do not harm customer health or generate hazardous waste.

These inadequate practices are guaranteed to damage clothing articles, customer relations, and professional reputations. At Greener Cleaner, we take the utmost care in avoiding these pitfalls to ensure a positive cleaning experience for the customer while also contributing toward the elevation of industry standards.

 

 

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What’s The Difference Between Dry Cleaning And Laundering? http://greenercleaner.net/whats-the-difference-between-dry-cleaning-and-laundering/ http://greenercleaner.net/whats-the-difference-between-dry-cleaning-and-laundering/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:29:40 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1334  As the leading Chicagoland environmentally-friendly dry cleaning service, the experts at Greener Cleaner are here to help you with the great debate: dry-cleaning vs. laundering. We’ve broken it down for you so you can easily decipher which one is best for your garment and lifestyle.

The Basics

The fundamental difference between dry cleaning and laundering is water; dry-cleaning does not use water while laundering does.

Most dry cleaners use chemical solvents like perchloroethylene (PERC) to get rid of stains like pen ink while the process of laundering uses gentler soaps and detergents.

Solvents in dry cleaning are normally recycled, so almost green right? Not really. Most solvents used are extremely toxic and dry cleaners must hire a hazardous waste company to dispose of the solvent after they are finished with it.

Laundering, on the other hand, uses no chemicals, but the water and soap cannot be reused from garment to garment and the process may not be able to remove those persistent stains.

Pros and Cons

Ultimately, the advantages and disadvantages of each option are:

Dry-Cleaning:

  • Better at removing oil stains and grease
  • Helps to increase the longevity of your clothing
  • Likelihood of bleeding, shrinking, and distorting in greatly reduced (due to the absence of water)
  • Use of hazardous chemicals
  • Chemicals can stain or leave a noxious odor on your clothing

Laundering:

  • No harmful chemicals, free from chemical odor.
  • Less expensive
  • Energy efficient, normally using up to 50% less energy than traditional dry cleaning.
  • May not get that stain off your shirt
  • Possibilities for shrinkage

Still can’t decide? At Greener Cleaner, we offer environmentally friendly versions of both traditional dry-cleaning and laundering. However, we’ve also revamped the methods to give you all of the benefits without having to choose from the undesired cons listed above.

The Greener Cleaner Dry Cleaning Difference

While 85% of dry cleaners use perchloroethylene (deemed by the EPA as a toxic air contaminant, and possible carcinogen), Greener Cleaner is completely PERC- free in its dry cleaning methods. We are essentially able to give you the normal dry-cleaning experience without the undesired odors and toxins.

The Greener Cleaner Laundering Difference

Greener Cleaner also offers professional “wet” cleaning, which like laundering, utilizes water to remove stains. Compared to laundering, “wet” cleaning can be used on 99% of fabrics and is able to give clothing the same longevity that traditional dry cleaning does.

Greener Cleaner will even pick up and drop off your clothing for you for FREE. Our vans have almost double the fuel efficiency as other models, so we really don’t mind making the trip.

 

 

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The Importance of Green Cleaning Your Infants Clothing http://greenercleaner.net/importance-of-green-cleaning-infants-clothing/ http://greenercleaner.net/importance-of-green-cleaning-infants-clothing/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:24:23 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1340 There’s nothing in the world like snuggling with your newborn baby.  Their tiny hands and fingers are so delicate, and their skin is completely soft, untouched by the sun and outside environment.

As a parent, you do everything in your power to protect that soft skin, knowing it’s delicate and sensitive.  You use special soap and lotion specially formulated for babies, usually fragrance-free.  And then you make sure to put soft, clean clothes on your little one.

So it’s only natural that you would want to wash your infant’s clothing in products that protect your baby’s skin and are free from harsh chemicals and additives.  Unfortunately, the majority of cleaners on the market today are fraught with chemicals, which are not only harmful to the earth but also your newborn’s skin.

While conventional laundry products may have names like “fresh baby powder scent”, they usually contain chemicals that can emit up to 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds), 7 of which are classified as hazardous air pollutants.

Surprisingly, the laundry room may be one of the most toxic rooms in your home, as dry vents can emit VOCs when scented conventional detergents and dryer sheets are used.   This can be particularly dangerous when dryers do not vent to the outside or are blocked.

As parents, shopping for safe detergents can be challenging, especially since manufacturers are not required to list all of their ingredients Many of them are derived from petrochemicals, and even “fragrance free” products can contain synthetic fragrances.

Most detergents also contain optical brighteners, that emit blue light, giving the optical illusion that white clothes look even whiter.  They are designed to stay in your clothes even after washing and rinsing, often causing skin irritation.  These optical brighteners can be toxic to marine life and decompose slowly.

Fabric softeners are also designed to stay in your clothes, which means that lingering scents and softness come with the high price of skin irritation and a lingering rash.

Even though manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients, it is still important to pay attention to what is listed. An easy one to spot is “artificial fragrances”, but for a complete list of ingredients to avoid, go to http://www.motherearthliving.com/laundry-chemicals-to-avoid-zmez12mazsie.aspx.

By paying close attention to the products you are laundering with, whether purchasing organic brands with no additives or finding natural ways to clean your clothing, such as with castile soap, vinegar or a homemade soda cleaner concoction of your own, you can ensure that your baby’s soft, unmarked skin will stay that way.

Many busy parents, who prefer spending time with their babies than being in the laundry room, also hire professional eco-friendly services, such as Greener Cleaner, to launder their infant’s clothing.  At Greener Cleaner, we don’t use any harsh chemicals and offer laundering services by the pound. Whatever you decide, be sure to choose a method that will not only make your infants’ clothing fresh and clean but will also be gentle on that huggable skin.  Your baby will thank you for it!

 

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How To Care For Your Denim http://greenercleaner.net/how-to-care-for-your-denim/ http://greenercleaner.net/how-to-care-for-your-denim/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:02:22 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1317 Jeans are not just a sartorial staple; they are one of the most enduring fashion statements of the last century. Whether you like them skinny or straight-leg; raw or acid washed; dark or light, your favorite pair of jeans is always going to be close to your heart. To keep your denim looking as good as the day you bought it, be sure to follow our denim care tips religiously.

General Care for Denim

As a rule, you want to wash your jeans as scarcely as possible. Even if you have worn them for a few days, it’s preferable to let your stinky jeans air out than to put them through an unnecessary wash and dry cycle.

Denim was designed to be a durable material, but subtle wear and tear will affect the fit and the wash of your jeans in a noticeable way. Levi’s even recommends putting your jeans in the freezer to remove odors and odor-causing bacteria.

When you do launder your jeans, wash them in cold water with like colors to prevent bleeding, hang them to dry to prevent shrinkage, and iron inside and out to keep them looking crisp and fresh.

Raw/Untreated Denim Versus Washed

Raw denim has come into vogue in recent years for its durability, rich color, and big price tag. Proponents of raw denim advocate for a number of unusual rituals like soaking in coffee, washing in seawater, rolling in the sand, etc., to bring out just the right color and fade.

The one consistent rule seems to be to avoid washing for as long as possible after purchase to break in the raw denim and allow it to stretch to fit the contours of your body. To a certain extent, this goes for washed denim as well. When you do wash your raw denim, though, you can expect a fair amount of shrinkage. Remember: pre-washed jeans come pre-shrunk.

 

 

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Revolutionizing Laundry Delivery http://greenercleaner.net/bizzie-box-system/ http://greenercleaner.net/bizzie-box-system/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:38:30 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1300 The Bizzie Box SystemBizzie-Box-Service-in-Chicago

With so many dry cleaners offering delivery services, there’s no reason to compromise on your service. Whether you are outside of a certain service area, or simply aren’t available at home or work at regular hours, it can be frustrating to accommodate your cleaner’s delivery protocols.

The Bizzie Box was designed for professionals with “busy” schedules who need the greatest convenience for the lowest price.

How Does Bizzie Box Work?

bizzie-box-service-from-greener-cleaner-300x156Bizzie Box couldn’t be simpler: all you do is place your clothes in an assigned locker to be cleaned and returned by a date of your choosing.

With a four-digit passcode, your Bizzie Box is completely personal and secure, guaranteeing your laundry is cleaned to your specifications.

You will even receive a text confirming when your clean clothes are available! Bizzie Boxes are conveniently located all around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

 

Bizzie Box In 4-Steps after you Sign Up for the service

1bizzie-box-dealer-in-chicago-300x156. Drop your clothes & move on with your day

2. Place your order online or with the Bizzie Box app

3. Receive text or emails notification your clothes are ready

4. Pick up your clothes at your convenience

 

Green, Clean Convenience

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With our Bizzie Box system, you not only get the most convenient laundry delivery system available, you get Chicagoland’s first and best 100% wet-cleaning service.

Greener Cleaner has proudly served this city since 1995, paving the way for natural, eco-friendly cleaning services with our commitment to the offering the best cleaning at an affordable rate.

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How Often Should I Dry Clean My Clothes? http://greenercleaner.net/how-often-should-i-dry-clean/ http://greenercleaner.net/how-often-should-i-dry-clean/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:47:13 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1279 When it comes to dry cleaning, one of the most common questions is, “How often should I dry clean my clothes?” This is typically a main concern for people because dry cleaning is more expensive than washing machine-washable clothes at home. Luckily, you will be pleased with the response.

With clothes that are dry cleaned, you do not have to have your clothes dry cleaned again after just one wear. Of course, some people will soil their clothes more quickly than others depending on where and how often they wear the garments, but usually you can wear something that has been dry cleaned at least three times before it needs to be dry cleaned again. This is due to the process the garments go through when dry cleaned. Between the chemicals used to help remove stains and spots, and the starch used when pressing the garments to make them wrinkle-free, clothes stay cleaner for a longer period of time.

It’s important to note that excessive dry cleaning can decrease the life span of your clothes so dry clean wisely.Dry Cleaner in Chicago

Our general rule of thumb for garments:

Shirts: Dry clean wool shirts after the third or fourth wear. Cotton shirts can be washed at home unless you want them to be pressed perfectly, then of course, send them to the dry cleaner.

Suit Coats: Usually a suit coat can be worn several times before it requires being dry cleaned again.

Pants: Wool pants can be worn up to 20 times before they need to be dry cleaned unless they become dirty before that.

Denim: Denim can be washed at home but if you’re concerned about wearing down the denim or having it shrink, bring it in for a dry cleaning treatment. Some people prefer their denim to be pressed while others do not. It comes down to preference but make sure you specify which you’d like when dropping off your clothes.

If your dry cleaned clothes are still clean and spotless but are wrinkled, you can bring them in to just be pressed to appear wrinkle-free and crisp. This will lengthen the life span of your clothes so opt for this whenever possible.

If you have further questions regarding the length of time your clothes can be worn before being dry cleaned, please do not hesitate to call us at Greener Cleaner. We look forward to serving you!

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Fabric Care Tips http://greenercleaner.net/fabric-care-tips/ http://greenercleaner.net/fabric-care-tips/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:40:59 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1275 Are stains somehow attracted to you? Well, at Greener Cleaner, it is our mission to keep your clothes clean and soft, just like the day you bought them. At Greener Cleaner, we provide a cleaning service without the hazardous materials! Unfortunately, most cleaners use petrochemicals to clean your clothes. These chemicals are not only harmful to your clothing but to the environment, as well.

Now, we understand that sometimes you may not have time to make it to the cleaners, and although we provide free pick-up and delivery in the Chicagoland area, it may not be an option at times. That’s why we have come up with a few tips in the maintenance of your clothing before you can get them to the cleaners.

Clothing Stains

There is one rule to the treatment of clothing stains – never rub. Rubbing clothing may damage the material; instead, try to blot the stained area. This will help remove some of the stain from the area, while avoiding damage.

Tip: Some clothing stains may not be visible after drying up. It is imperative to notify your cleaners or pay extra attention to such stain, as they may yellow or brown later.

Leather Care

Fabric Care TipsWhen wearing leather, try to wear a scarf to prevent the collar area from coming in contact with body oils and perspiration.

If you’re ever caught in the rain, let your leather air-dry away from heat and keep it in a cool, dry area, for leather can dry-out in hot, humid environments.

Things That Can Discolor and Weaken Fabric

-Antiperspirant and deodorant that has been left on for too long.

-Perfume, cologne, aftershave, hairspray and other products containing alcohol.

-Cleaning products, toothpaste, soap and some detergents.

-Salt from food and beverages, along with salt for snow removal.

 

 

The Greener Cleaner Way

So, those are a few ways to help prevent stains, damage and the weakening of your clothes. If you have any questions, feel free to stop on by and see what Greener Cleaner can do for you.

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How to Find an Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaner http://greenercleaner.net/how-to-find-dry-cleaner/ http://greenercleaner.net/how-to-find-dry-cleaner/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 22:31:50 +0000 http://greenercleaner.net/?p=1267 Many people don’t realize that dry cleaning isn’t as natural of a process as it sounds. Most dry cleaners in the United States, 85% to be exact, use a very hazardous chemical called perchloroethylene (also known as perc) to remove tough-to-get-out stains. It is actually labeled as a carcinogen by the EPA which means it is known to cause cancer and is linked to other health issues that affect the nerves, liver, and kidneys.

As this health concern is becoming more known to the general public, more people are looking for a safer option for having their green cleaning in chicagogarments dry cleaned. And many dry cleaners are starting to take notice. Safer, eco-friendly dry cleaning options which include silicone-solvent based, liquid carbon dioxide, and wet. These eco-friendly options clean just as well too!

Silicone-Solvent Based Cleaning

Silicone-based dry cleaning involves using the chemical, Cyclic Silioxane, which breaks down to sand, water, and carbon dioxide which is no threat or health hazard to people or the enviromentment.

Liquid Carbon Dioxide Cleaning

This eco-friendly alternative uses non-toxic, liquid CO2 (which is the same that is found in soda) and detergent. Less energy is used when using this type of solvent because no heat is required in the cleaning process and it poses no threats to humans.

One thing to take note of: if your dry cleaner uses this cleaning method but uses Solvaire machines, don’t continue using this dry cleaner as the combination between liquid carbon dioxide dry cleaning and Solvaire machines are just as toxic together as perc.

Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning isn’t as effective as the other two cleaning options listed but it is less expensive and uses less water. A big issues with wet cleaning though, is that it may end up being as toxic as perc since the spotting agent they use is equally toxic.

wet dry cleaningWhen choosing an eco-friendly dry cleaner, ask the dry cleaners what they use to clean garments. Dry cleaners that use safer alternatives will be very transparent about it. Those that don’t may not want to say what they use and will more than likely be vague or silent in their responses.

If you’re uncomfortable using any type of chemical with dry cleaning, even the eco-friendly version, rethink your wardrobe. Instead of purchasing clothes that need to be dry cleaned, start buying more clothes that are machine wash only that don’t need to be dry cleaned. This will avoid having to interrogate dry cleaners to see what they use to clean!

Don’t be afraid to ask the right questions at your local dry cleaner. Doing so will protect your health and the environment.

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