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Classic Cleaners: Invests in Green Technology for Better Dry Cleaning

Classic Cleaners, one of Central Indiana’s largest dry cleaning companies, recently invested more than $300,000 in environmentally friendly technologies that also provide better dry cleaning for customers. The development is part of its mission to be the largest “completely green” business of its kind in the area.

The investment covers state-of-the-art, high-capacity dry cleaning equipment plus new biodegradable and eco-safe fluids. Non-toxic SystemK4 fluids replace perchlorethylene, or perc, that has been used at Classic Cleaners’ production facilities. Although perc has been the industry standard of dry cleaning fluids for decades, the company spent several years researching greener alternatives that also improve results. The company began testing Kreussler’s SystemK4 in April 2011 and completed the installation last July after concluding that it has the best cleaning capabilities of any of the green alternatives.

“Classic Cleaners has long been a leader in environmental responsibility in the [region],” says Steve Arnold, the company’s general manager and partner. “Even though we’ve been recognized in past years for our environmental responsibility by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, we weren’t satisfied. Moving to SystemK4 not only benefits our environment, it also helps [us] serve our customers better.”

Arnold notes that the SystemK4 solution virtually eliminates the gradual graying effect on clothing that is common with perc. “Going green with SystemK4 lets us keep whites white and brights bright,” Arnold says, adding that it’s also completely odorless and has received the highest ratings from the dermatological community so that those that might be sensitive or allergic to dry cleaning chemicals can now comfortably dry clean their garments again.

Since 1995, Classic Cleaners has been honored for exceptional environmental stewardship by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in its 5-Star Environmental Recognition Program. The company supports many local nonprofit organizations including Dress for Success.

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