Steve Berglund A Culture of Solvents-Dry Cleaning with Chemicals since 1840

When: Thursday, Oct 19, 2017, 12:15PM - 1:30PM

5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

Since 1840 when turpentine spilled on a table cloth removed grease dry cleaners have been cleaning clothes with chemicals and countless people have been exposed to toxic substances. 80% of dry cleaners still use Perc, a chemical outlawed in California because it causes cancer. New solvents have been approved but no testing has been done for residues left in the garments after cleaning. Claims by dry cleaners that they clean clothes eco-friendly are in violation of FTC guidelines, California Business codes and the BBB. According to the EPA professional wet cleaning is the best alternative and many wet cleaners process all garments regardless of the outdated dry clean only labels.

Steve Berglund has been in the dry cleaning industry for over 55 years. His experience in the industry includes Martinizing, Mastercraft, Dollar cleaners, Coit, and Suede Life Leather cleaning. He has experienced 3 cancers exacerbated by his exposure to solvent and since has changed his business model to Professional Wet Cleaning.

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