Garment Cleaners

Garment Cleaners

Garment cleaners that advertise their services as eco-friendly, biodegradable, green, natural or non-toxic might not be what they claim to be. Traditional dry cleaning solvents have been known to be carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and damaging to the liver, kidneys and the nervous system. More than 75% of dry cleaning sites in the US are contaminated with hazardous substances. This affects the water and land around those sites and thus the natural habitat.

The traditional dry cleaning solvent, Perchloroethylene (Perc) is a known carcinogen and is persistent in the environment. Long term exposure can lead to neurological effects, reduced fertility and spontaneous abortions. A common substitute, Hydrocarbon Solvents could contain carcinogens like benzene and are neurotoxicants and irritants. They could also aggravate your asthma. A proposed alternative, GreenEarth® contains a chemical that is a suspected carcinogen and a reproductive toxicant.

Professional wet cleaning has been identified as a truly environmentally friendly, non-smog forming technology that is the safer choice. Most items labeled “dry clean only” can be professionally wet cleaned without shrinkage or damage.
 

Find a wet cleaner near you.

Nob Hill
Bay Breeze Cleaners
1018 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-5524

Hours: 8am-6:30pm Sat 8:30am-6pm., Closed Sunday

South Beach
Blu-White Cleaners
600 A Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 541-4941

Hours: 7:30am-6:30pm Sat 9:30am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm

Cow Hollow
Blu-White Cleaners
2295 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-3355

Hours: 7:30am-6:30 Sat 9:30am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm

Alamo Square
Budget Cleaners
536 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 552-3736

Hours: 8am-7pm Sat 9am-6pm, Closed Sunday

Mission
Greener Cleaners
650a Florida Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 963-4363

Hours: 10am-7pm Sat 10am-4pm
Closed Sunday

Pacific Heights
Pacific Heights Cleaners
2437 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-5999

Hours: 7:30am-6:30pm Sat 9am-5pm Closed Sunday

Noe Valley
Pete's Cleaners and Laundry
3859 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 647-2064

Hours: 8am-6:30pm Sat 8:30am-6:30pm Closed Sunday

West Portal
Portal Cleaners
181 W. Portal Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127
(415) 681-5011

Hours: 8am-6:30pm Sat 9am-5pm
Closed Sunday

Presidio
SF Green Clean
222 Halleck Street,
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 567-2100

Hours: 8am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm
Sunday - pick-up only

Potrero Hill
Vermont Cleaners
600 Vermont Street,
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 647-8080

Hours: 7:30am-6pm Sat 8am-5pm, Closed Sunday

 

 

Don’t find your garment cleaner on this list?

Ask your local garment cleaner to become a wet cleaner. For businesses trying to switch to wet cleaning, the Air Resources Board offers $10,000 in grants for transition to non-toxic garment cleaning technology as part of Assembly Bill (AB) 998. Contact the Toxics & Health team at  415.355.3700 to learn more about switching to non-toxic garment cleaning. 


Related Content
Comparison of various garment cleaning methods
(PDF)

Additional Resources
FAQs on Wetcleaning, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Dry Cleaning Worker Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)