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RE: Alternative to TCE for spot removal?

Dry cleaners normally use a variety of "spotting" agents to remove various
types of stains.  These products contain acids, alcohol, hydrocarbons,
butoxyethanol, and other ingredients which may be toxic, but are less
notorious than TCE.  Spotting is usually done on a board that vacuums the
liquid through the cloth and into a container.  Perhaps the garment plant
could employ this method also.

"As a man begins to live more seriously within, he begins to live more
simply without."  
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judy Kennedy
Washington State Dept. of Ecology (http://www.wa.gov/ecology)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
Phone (360) 407-6744
FAX (360) 407-6715
Email:  jken461@ecy.wa.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: Katz.John@epamail.epa.gov [mailto:Katz.John@epamail.epa.gov]
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2000 3:17 PM
To: P2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Alternative to TCE for spot removal?

P2 Tech -

Does anyone have recommendations for an alternative to TCE for spot removal
clothes in a garment manufacturing plant?  An assembly plant in the Pacific
Islands stores 55 gallon drums of TCE, and they are dealing with potential
contamination from leaks and spills when workers transfer the solvent to
individual spray bottles (by sucking on a tube to start a siphon!). As far
as I
know, the TCE is used for spot cleaning either prior to sewing or before
are packed and shipped - I don't think there is a subsequent washing step,
I'm not sure. If not, the alternative would have to be fairly volatile, so
clothes would dry quickly. I looked on SAGE, but it's not really geared
garment processes.

Thanks in advance.

John Katz
P2 Coordinator
EPA Region 9