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Green Cleaning

French Cleaners is the only Green Business Bureau Certified dry cleaner in the state of Connecticut, and we are determined to do our part for our community and the environment.  We care about the health of our customers and employees, and use organic cleaning fluids which are non-toxic and safer for both them and the environment.  In addition, we’ve used eco-friendly wet cleaning for years.  Wet cleaning uses highly-efficient technology to monitor water and detergent use to minimize waste and protect the environment.

We’ve also made great strides in the reduction of our energy use, helping the planet and keeping our costs down.  How are we reducing our “carbon footprint” and energy use?

Water reuse and heat transfer.  At French Cleaners, water is used in multiple ways before going down the drain.  First, cold water in sanitary lines is used to cool equipment.  The water warms as the equipment cools, and this “pre-heated” water is then piped to washing equipment.  This system minimizes the amount of energy needed to bring the water to the full temperatures necessary for laundering your clothes.

Low-energy rotary screw air compressor.  Our low-energy compressor includes electronic monitoring and is used to make the clean dry air necessary for running our dry-cleaning equipment.

Lighting. 
We continually upgrade our lighting systems to the most energy efficient sources available, which include high efficiency fluorescent and LED lighting wherever possible.

Upgraded steam traps.  We use modern, state-of-the-art steam traps. This new space age steam trap technology is used to conserve on the use of steam by eliminating the chance of steam leaks due to malfunctions which are common with traditional steam traps.

Hanger recycling program.  At French Cleaners, we encourage our customers to return their hangers and poly plastic bags for reuse and recycling.  In fact, we typically recycle 50-60% of our hangers every year, cutting costs and helping the environment at the same time.

Advanced cleaning technologies.  Our advanced, eco-friendly detergents and cleaning solvents allow us use lower water temperatures, which not only conserve energy, but minimize stress on fabric fibers, helping your clothes last longer, too.

Space efficiency.  French Cleaners has invested in professional space designing, the result of which is an energy efficient work space in which warm equipment is grouped together in an area that is cooled by evaporative cooling.  This allows us to cool other working areas less expensively via air-conditioning.

Route planning.  We use computers to design the most efficient pickup and delivery routes, saving both fuel costs and our drivers’ time.

At French Cleaners, we’ve know that green business is good business – and that we can protect the planet while protecting the bottom line.  We take our commitment to the environment seriously, and strive every day to leave a healthier environment for us, our children, and our children’s children.

Want to see what else French Cleaners is doing to be green?  Click on the Green Business Bureau seal at the bottom of this page to see a complete list of all our green activities and practices.