DOWPER™ Dry Cleaning Solvent – Still the Best Choice
Perchloroethylene (often shortened to ‘perc’) has been a principal dry cleaning solvent for many years. Its combination of unique properties and low cost provide a high return on investment for today’s dry cleaning business owner. Dow is the world’s largest perchloroethylene producer.
DOWPER™ Dry Cleaning Solvent is a water-clear, high quality, stabilized perchloroethylene solvent manufactured by Dow specifically for dry cleaners. It is non-corrosive in dry cleaning machines when proper procedures are followed. It is virtually non-flammable, with neither a flash point nor a fire point.
Dow and DOWPER™ Dry Cleaning Solvent extend the benefits of perchloroethylene to today’s dry cleaning operations in a safe, sustainable manner.
Performance You Can Count On
Established properties and benefits of DOWPER™ solvent include:
Low viscosity and low surface tension for enhanced penetration of fibers
- Rapidly dissolves solvent-soluble soils
- Readily dissolves virtually all organic stains, such as oils, greases, fats and waxes
Higher specific gravity than water
- Provides increased mechanical agitation during the wash cycle
Quick evaporation in moderate heat
- Leaves no residue or odors when proper procedures are followed
Ease of recovery and recyclability
- Minimizes waste and extends solvent mileage
Compatibility with common fashion industry fabrics and dyes
- Appears on the International Fabricare Institute’s list of approved solvents
Delivery that Closes the Loop
DOWPER™ Dry Cleaning Solvent can be provided to dry cleaners in a closed-loop delivery system. In the U.S., Small Volume Refillable (SVR) containers are used. These 15-gallon stainless steel containers are sealed and equipped with a tamper-proof dry-disconnect valve. A similar dry-disconnect valve is installed on the solvent tank of the dry cleaning machine, permitting both solvent flow and vapor return from one unit.
Closed-loop delivery has these benefits:
- Eliminates the need for traditional long-hose delivery from distributor trucks
- Decreases the risk of releases during delivery
- Reduces potential employee exposure to solvent vapors
Dow has a comprehensive distributor network in place to ensure that you get the product you need, when you need it. Your local distributor can also provide retrofit kits and installation guidelines for adding fittings to existing machines
Expertise You Can Trust
You need to clean and finish garments and household textiles to a “like new” condition, with a cleaning process that is economical and can be used in a safe and environmentally sound manner. We can help.
Dow offers its dry cleaning customers the experience and expertise of its scientists and technicians, as well as the able and professional assistance of its distributor sales force – all dedicated to the continued success of the dry cleaning industry.
Are you just starting up or maybe expanding? We can help you to ask the right questions – about cleaning performance, equipment capabilities, safety considerations and environmental performance – to choose the appropriate cleaning process for your application.