About Très Bon
Dry Cleaning Responsibly
Whether a dry cleaner claims it is "organic" or not, dry cleaning, by nature, is not environmentally friendly. In fact, any dry cleaner advertising that it is "organic" is misleading you - exploiting the fact that most dry cleaning solvents on the market contain varying degrees of carbon. Remember from science class that anything that contains carbon is considered "organic". So a dry cleaner that claims their solvent is "organic" may not be outright lying (their solvent does contain some carbon), but they are misleading their customers into believing that their solvent is good for the environment. Going by this definition, yes of course we are an "organic" dry cleaner also. But we would never advertise ourselves as "organic" - we believe it is misleading and wrong. And any dry cleaner that claims their solvent is "non-toxic" is just outright lying. We can't imagine what else they may lie to their customers about. However, technology has greatly advanced over the past few decades, and has allowed us to dry clean in a much more environmentally responsible manner than in the past. We now utilize what are known as dry-to-dry machines, meaning that you put garments into a single machine, and they are both cleaned and dried in that same machine (you put them in dry, and take them out dry, hence "dry-to-dry"). In years past, the garments had to be moved from a machine that only cleaned the garments to a machine that dried them, (these machines were known as "transfer" machines). Utilizing modern computer-controlled dry-to-dry machines ensures that almost no solvent vapors are released into the atmosphere. That is because the machines are closed-loop, meaning that the machine does not vent to the atmosphere during the drying cycle like a typical household dryer does. The drying solvent vapors are instead passed over condensing coils, and reclaimed for reuse. The solvent that we use during the cleaning cycle never goes down the drain either. It is collected after the cleaning cycle, then passes through a filtration system, and is then distilled, resulting in perfectly crystal clear, pure solvent for the next load. We employ a strict daily maintenance schedule to ensure our machines are constantly running optimally, and practice weekly testing to ensure there are no leaks or malfunctions. Additionally, we regularly invite 3rd party inspectors to our plant to ensure that everything is running optimally. If you're wondering what happens to all the dirt that is captured during the filtration and distillation processes we employ, it is collected in sealed containers, and then picked up by a treatment company. We even collect any water that may come into contact with our solvent, known as "contact water", for treatment as well. Absolutely nothing hazardous ever goes down the drain or into the ground. So while we recognize that dry cleaning isn't an environmentally friendly process, we strive to do it in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.

Professional Wet Cleaning
We are also one of the very few dry cleaners that regularly utilizes a revolutionary new process known as professional wet cleaning for a portion of our processing. Not to be confused with washing or laundering, professional wet cleaning employs advanced, computer controlled machines as well as specialized water-stabilizing additives to allow us to clean some "dry clean only" garments in water. Not all garments are candidates for this process, but our expertise in this area allows us to safely clean some garments that would be ruined by traditional cleaning methods. Wet cleaning is friendlier to the environment than dry cleaning, and also more effective in removing certain water-based stains. We always choose the safest and most effective method for cleaning each garment we process, taking into consideration the composition of any stains, fabric types, garment construction, ornamentation, and dyes and pigmentation. But we think it's wonderful to have the ability to clean a portion of our garments in water while retaining the same texture, size, and look as if they were dry cleaned.

Super high-efficiency steam generation
In 2010 we decided to upgrade our steam generating equipment from an already efficient four-pass firetube boiler to a state-of-the-art boiler that utilizes the latest computer-controlled technology to achieve previously unattainable efficiency. The boiler runs solely on clean natural gas, and employs a fully modulating burner and blower motor. This means that as the computer senses increasing and decreasing steam demand, the boiler is able to modulate its power, delivering exactly the amount of steam needed, without excess. Additionally, the boiler’s firetubes integrate aluminum fins that significantly increase heat transfer efficiency. One more unique feature is the boiler’s fiber mesh fecralloy burner, which produces ultra-low CO and NOx emissions. Our steam boiler produces all of the steam and heat used by our production equipment, so we felt it was important to install the most efficient boiler possible.

Condensate hot water heater
Steam distribution systems require a return line, which collects condensate water to be recycled into the boiler to create fresh steam. However, a small amount of live steam is generally vented into the atmosphere as a byproduct of this process. Instead of wasting that steam by venting it to the atmosphere, we channel the steam into a specially designed commercial hot water heater. Our condensate hot water heater uses no electricity or gas - the water is heated entirely by condensate and steam that would otherwise be wasted. This system supplies all of our hot water needs, from our shirt laundry equipment to our restrooms. It’s a wonder why all dry cleaners don’t utilize such a system.

Machinery powered by compressed air means fewer motors and reduced electrical consumption
Nearly all of our machinery’s moving parts are powered not by electrical motors, but by compressed air. We utilize a central air compressor that supplies enough compressed air to operate all of our equipment. The motion of our pressing machines, the operation of valves for our dry cleaning machines - nearly everything in the plant is operated via compressed air (although there are a few pieces of equipment that require their own auxiliary motors as well). That means instead of multiple motors constantly cycling throughout the facility, only one electrical motor (for the compressor) needs to be in operation. This system is not only energy efficient, but air-operated equipment also tends to be much more reliable than motor-driven equipment. It’s a win-win for us.

Convert-a-bags
We package your dry cleaning in plastic garment bags to keep your clothing clean and safe during storage at our facility, and during transportation back to your home. Although these bags may seem to be wasteful, the plastic is recyclable and we encourage everyone to recycle whenever possible. We also will sometimes package more than one garment in a single plastic bag if we’re sure there’s enough room and garments won’t get crushed (we of course won’t attempt this if quality will be compromised). However, we also offer our customers the option of utilizing our innovative new covert-a-bag instead of plastic. These convert-a-bags are constructed of durable fabric, and are reusable. But the really cool part is that at home, you can convert the convert-a-bag from a garment covering into a laundry bag. Put your dirty laundry into the bag, and the next time we come to your home, or you come to us, we’ll take your full laundry bag and convert it back into a garment bag and use it to cover your finished dry cleaning. No more plastic bags! We actually recommend having two, so while one is at the Très Bon, you still have one at home to fill up!

Hanger Recycling Program
We encourage our customers to bring back their hangers for recycling. If the hangers are in perfect condition, we sterilize them and reuse them again. If they’re not up to our standards, we send them out to be recycled. Even the little things we all do count, and we think this is another great way to cut down on unnecessary waste.

Heat-sealed Permanent Garment Tags
In 2012 we upgraded our computer system and began utilizing computerized permanent, bar coded heat-sealed garment tags to track garments throughout the cleaning process. Previously, like most dry cleaners, we used single-use paper tags attached to each garment. After cleaning, the tags were disposed of, and the next time the garment was cleaned new paper tags were attached, and again removed. Utilizing these new, permanent tracking tags not only allows us to considerably cut down on the paper products we consume, it also allows us to better track your garments, ensuring that you never end up with someone else's pair of pants in your order. It's great for our customers and great for the environment!

BlueTEC-powered clean, high-efficiency delivery vehicles
Our delivery vehicles’ BlueTEC engines benefit from the high efficiency of diesel power, while at the same time producing ultra-low emissions. This is primarily achieved via utilizing higher injection pressures, particulate filters, oxidizing catalytic converters and NOx absorbers. Simply put though, our vehicles achieve high MPGs, cleanly. Efficiency and low emissions were major factors when deciding which vehicles to purchase. Being in the cleaning business, we wanted our delivery vehicles to be just as clean as our finished garments.

High efficiency fluorescent and L.E.D. lighting
In 2012, we replaced the lighting fixtures throughout our entire facility to the latest, most energy-efficient fluorescent and L.E.D. technology. Fluorescent lighting, as you know, is much more efficient than incandescent lighting. However, the latest T8 fluorescent fixtures that we installed are more than twice as efficient as the T12 fluorescent fixtures they replaced. Proper lighting is essential in allowing us to easily spot stains during our cleaning and inspection procedures, and when we learned we could properly light our work areas and storefront while cutting our lighting’s energy consumption in half, we knew it was a no-brainer.

Fully modulating HVAC system
When we decided to install a new heating and air conditioning system for our storefront, we wanted to make sure we chose a solution that was as energy efficient as possible. With the guidance of an HVAC expert, we chose a new ductless installation that features inverter-driven compressors. This allows the HVAC unit to output the exact amount of cooling needed at any given time, while traditional units can only run at one output level and must cycle on and off, wasting energy. This, combined with the inherent design efficiencies of a ductless system, made it the obvious choice for us. We wanted to make our storefront comfortable for our customers while being as environmentally responsible as possible.