Japanese firm devises revolutionary wet cleaning system

Wet Cleaning Chor Ip FlickrA Japanese company has developed a new wet cleaning system for clothes that were typically dry-cleaned till now

Kyoto-based Happy Co. Ltd. has come up with a novel ‘gravity-free balance wet cleaning system’ that does not cause dimensional changes in textiles that are usually cleaned only in dry-cleaning machines. The wet cleaning system for outerwear cleans textiles professionally without having to process them using organic solvents that are used in dry-cleaning.

Till now, wet cleaning technology was only usable for textiles suitable to be washed in water, the majority of which are specifically labelled as such. The use of water-based cleaning processes in professional textile care helps to decrease the use of organic solvents and thus reduces the environmental impact caused by the emissions associated with the process.

The cleaning system developed by Happy Co. Ltd. aims to allow wet cleaning of outerwear without any negative effects or even damage to the garment. The main usual negative effects or damage caused by wet cleaning processes are dimensional changes of textiles that often render the garment unusable.

Experts at the Germany-based Hohenstein Institute evaluated more than 1,000 different garments from a wide range of textiles that were labelled as suitable for cleaning only in organic solvents. Cleaning them using Happy Co. Ltd.’s process did not show any undue deviation from the original dimensions of the garments.

The methods and devices of the ‘gravity-free balance wet cleaning system’ have obtained several patents in Japan as well as in other countries.

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