Royal Oak dry cleaner uses more earth friendly solvents - FOX 35 News Orlando

Royal Oak dry cleaner uses more earth friendly solvents

Posted: Updated:
Rembrandt Dry Cleaners in Royal Oak  (Credit: myFOXDetroit.com) Rembrandt Dry Cleaners in Royal Oak (Credit: myFOXDetroit.com)
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (myFOXDetroit.com) -

Behind the scenes at Rembrandt Dry Cleaners on West Eleven Mile in Royal Oak, there is a high tech setup the owner says is more green than most others cleaners.

"What makes it eco-friendly is the kind of chemistry that is used in this facility," Michael Szczotka from Eagle Star Equipment explained.

The business uses alternative solvents instead of perchlorethylene, the standard chemical dry cleaners use. Perc, as it's called, has been linked to kidney and liver disease, cancer and environmental risks, but what Rembrandt uses is more earth friendly.

"It's actually a solvent that isn't considered toxic as far as a hazardous waste, and it is also lighter than water," Szczotka said.

The machines they use in a closed loop system are another key e-friendly component.

"They're very tight, very sophisticated and automated with computer control on them," said Szczotka.

Rembrandt cleans about 400 to 600 items a day. In order to accomplish that, their machines are up and running about seven hours at a time.

As a whole, we're told dry cleaning is becoming a cleaner industry thanks to government restrictions. About 15 to 20 percent of Michigan dry cleaners use alternative solvents, but there are still hundreds of others out there using harsh chemicals.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Michigan nurse's story of fighting Ebola on the frontlines

    Michigan nurse's story of fighting Ebola on the frontlines

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:21:51 GMT
    Kelly Sites is back from Africa following her emotional and dangerous journey. Sites is a wife and a mother of twin teenagers, a boy and a girl, but she's willing to leave her life and everything she knows at a moment's notice and put herself in harm's way - to help people in need.
    Kelly Sites is back from Africa following her emotional and dangerous journey. Sites is a wife and a mother of twin teenagers, a boy and a girl, but she's willing to leave her life and everything she knows at a moment's notice and put herself in harm's way - to help people in need.
  • Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:24:41 GMT
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
  • 2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:47:07 GMT
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices