TORONTO — Parkers Custom Clothing Care, headquartered here, has installed Canada’s first Solvair drycleaning machines.
“We are the first drycleaner in Canada, and among the very first in the world, next to the U.S. and Japan, to use this new, environmentally friendly Solvair Cleaning System,” says Gary Fine, president of Parkers.
Founded in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1876 by Robert Parker as R. Parker Dyeing and Scouring Works, Parkers was acquired by the Fine family in 1977. The company now has eight locations in the Toronto area and 60 employees.
The Solvair Cleaning System uses a biodegradable cleaning fluid to clean clothes and a drying process that uses no heat. Garments are dried in a succession of cool rinses with pressurized liquid carbon dioxide (CO2). The process is engineered to be environmentally friendly and deliver the most effective cleaning, Solvair LLC says.
Parkers estimates that it will save 161 gallons of perchloroethylene per year using Solvair technology.