Perchloroethylene, PERC is a nonflammable liquid, colorless, with a sweet smell. It is a volatile chemical, manufactured and commonly used in the dry cleaning industry. PERC is also used in other chemicals, such as insulating fluids, rubber coatings, chloroflourocarbons, cooling gas in transformers and other various uses. Perchloroethylene can also be an ingredient in printing inks, paint removers, aerosols, sealants, car cleaners, silicones, lubricants and the list goes on!
PERC is toxic and extended exposure can cause health issues. If you regularly dry clean your clothes you may be exposed to a small amount, or if you use some spot removers, shoe polishes, wood cleaners and other products that contain Perchloroethylene.
High exposure can lead to central nervous system issues, and long term may damage the liver, kidneys and even cause memory loss, dry skin, respiratory failure and confusion.
Depending on the severity, short term exposure can cause everything from dizziness, irritated eyes & nose to headaches, shortness of breath, lung irritation and more. If you work with Perchloroethylene, such as in the dry cleaning or laundry industry you should watch for these symptoms. If you experience any such symptoms see you medical professional.