Non-Toxic & Green Dry Cleaning Services, Serving Minneapolis
Mulberrys’ dry cleaning service combines classic craftsmanship with innovative, 100% toxin-free technologies. Ordinary dry cleaners use harsh chemicals such as perchlorethylene or siloxane and high levels of heat to dry clean your clothes. At Mulberrys, our award-winning dry cleaning and stain removal experts use pressurized, naturally occurring C02. The use of odorless C02 enables us to return your clothes cleaner and without the chemical smell. Also, because no heat is used, your clothes are finished without the fading, shrinking, pilling or stain-setting common to all other dry cleaning methods.
Mulberrys’ Eco-Friendly Cleaning Mission
Mulberrys Garment Care of Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities has been a pioneer of green dry cleaning services since its founding. Our values are deeply rooted in environmentally friendly dry and wet cleaning methods as well as other sustainable efforts wherever we can provide them. Since the dawn of dry cleaning, people have been accepting the use of the harmful chemicals traditionally used to clean clothing.
Dry cleaning has existed, in some form or another, for thousands of years. Original methods used by the Romans included the use of lye, ammonia and a type of clay called fuller’s earth. As time progressed, however, so did fashion. As common wardrobes became more extensive and elaborate, the need for a better method of cleaning them arose. Methods progressed and chemicals changed as the need for dry cleaning services only grew with time.
The most commonly used chemical in archaic methods of dry cleaning is called perchloroethylene, or perc for short. Popularized in the late 1930s, perc came into abundant use as the previously preferred solution of petroleum solvents diminished due to World War II. While it seemed like the perfect cleaning solution as it proved to have unmatchable cleaning power on all fabrics and wasn’t flammable, perc is a toxic sludge. Its capabilities made it the ideal option for decades—until now.
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The Death of Perc
Throughout Minneapolis and the metro, Mulberrys Garment Care realizes the harmful effects of perc. According to Occidental College’s Pollution Prevention Education and Research Center, 85 percent of the United States’ 35,000 dry cleaners use perc as their preferred cleaning solution. If you’ve ever picked up your dry cleaning and smelled a faint waft of chemicals, that was perc.
Perc is a synthetic volatile organic compound (VOC) that is not only harmful to the environment but is also harmful to humans and their homes. VOCs readily evaporate into the air at room temperature, meaning perc can easily travel through your car and home while you put your bounty of dry cleaning away. Classified as a toxic air contaminant and major groundwater pollutant in Southern California, it’s no wonder Mulberrys wants to rid eco-friendly Minneapolis of perc as a dry cleaning option.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes could fall victim to perc wastewater. It’s a toxic chemical that is a likely carcinogen and can contaminate air, water and soil during cleaning, purification and waste disposal. Lab studies show perc can damage the liver and kidneys as well as cause harm to the brain and central nervous system. And don’t think these harmful effects are only felt by those who work directly with the chemical at the source—the Environmental Protection Agency found that bringing clothes dry cleaned with perc into your house can elevate perc levels throughout your home, causing headaches, dizziness or other symptoms.
If you live in Minneapolis or anywhere around the Twin Cities, Mulberrys is here to provide 100 percent toxin-free dry and wet cleaning. We can help the environment one step at a time and give you a surefooted peace of mind about the elimination of perc from your life and home.
Mulberrys Green Dry Cleaning Solution
We’re committed to providing Twin Cities citizens with the greenest dry and wet cleaning services possible. We’re at the forefront of sustainability with our proprietary green methods and you reap the benefits directly.
Other green dry cleaners may claim to be green and eco-friendly, but don’t be fooled. If your environmentally friendly dry cleaners states they’re truly green but is using hydrocarbon or the GreenEarth method (siloxane), they aren’t truly green. While these are more earth-friendly alternatives to perc, they both incorporate the use of toxic solvents in order to clean your clothing.
Mulberrys doesn’t use hydrocarbon or siloxane. Instead, we use completely toxin-free methods: wet cleaning or dry cleaning with the use of pressurized liquid CO2.
Minneapolis’ Green Wet Cleaning: While it may sound like a substantial waste of water, wet cleaning is actually the opposite. Wet cleaning involves computer-controlled machines that precisely wash and dry your clothing without wasting excess water or heat. Mulberrys’ experienced professionals can tailor each wash and dry to the type of garment being cleaned and the severity of its stains.
By assessing the type of stain in your garment, our experts can determine how to get rid of it through the exact combination of water, machine movement, temperature and eco-friendly detergent—all without the use of chemicals.
In addition, the cost to wet clean garments is lower than traditional dry cleaning methods. While it does produce some wastewater, it is the most energy-efficient method.
Minneapolis’ Green Dry Cleaning: Mulberrys proprietary dry cleaning methods produce the cleanest clothes according to the Delta Whiteness Index. We don’t ever use toxins such as hydrocarbon or siloxane, but instead we use pressurized carbon dioxide, or CO2. CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is nontoxic and nonflammable.
The impressive cleaning power of CO2 dissolves fat, dirt and oils as well as, if not better than, toxic perc. This process doesn’t create new CO2 and has no harmful waste. Liquid CO2 can even be reused for more cleaning cycles.
Like wet cleaning, our truly green dry cleaning is an incredibly energy-efficient method. Dry cleaning cycles take only 5–15 minutes and eliminate the need for water or heat, which not only conserves energy and water, but also helps extend the lifespan of your clothing. Without the risk of stretching, pilling or fading, your clothes will thank you.
How Else Is Mulberrys the Greenest Dry Cleaners in Minneapolis?
We pride ourselves in perfecting the art and craft of truly green dry and wet cleaning with our proprietary and toxin-free methods. However, our environmental efforts extend beyond our naturally occurring CO2 and eco-friendly detergents.
Mulberrys Garment Care also uses recycled wood for our hangers and biodegradable garment bags. Our pickup and delivery services also enable you to stay home, save on gas and conserve emissions by letting our one vehicle drive to you instead of many vehicles driving to us.
Minnesota is leading the way for greener living solutions and Mulberrys of Minneapolis wants to do its part. We believe in preserving the quality of clothing with the best clean possible by using the best methods possible. Check out one of our locations today or give us a call and see how we can help you.
Voted best dry cleaner in Minnesota, Mulberrys offers the only toxin-free dry cleaning services in the greater Twin Cities area. Because we have stores located in six convenient locations: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Eagan, we are able to provide free delivery service to the following communities: