A safer choice than traditional dry cleaning, professional wet cleaning has been identified as an environmentally friendly, non-smog-forming technology.

More than 75% of dry cleaning sites in the US are contaminated with hazardous substances. Dry cleaning solvents affect the water and land around those sites. These solvents are known negative health impacts (damage to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, nervous system, and cancer). A dry cleaning solvent, perchloroethylene (perc), a known carcinogen, is persistent in the environment. Long-term exposure can lead to neurological effects, reduced fertility, and spontaneous abortions.

The hydrocarbon solvents used as common substitutes to Perc often contain carcinogens like benzene and are known to be neurotoxicants, skin, and respiratory irritants capable of aggravating your asthma. Another alternative, GreenEarth®, contains a chemical that is a suspected carcinogen and reproductive toxicant.

Find a Professional Wet Cleaner Near You

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Wet Cleaners in San Francisco

Marina/Cow Hollow  
Mulberry's Garment Care  
2295 Filbert Street  
San Francisco, CA 94123  
(415) 440-3355

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

North of Panhandle  
Savvy Green Cleaners  
1890 Market Street  
San Francisco, CA 94102  
(415) 861-2354

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

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

South Beach  
Mulberry's Garment Care  
244 Townsend  
San Francisco, CA 94107  
(415) 546-0629

SF Green Clean  
4001 Balboa Street  
San Francisco, CA 94121  
(415) 567-2100

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

Don't see your garment cleaner on the 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 Reduction 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  
Dry Cleaning Worker Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


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