Hans Kim

Co – Founder

Peter Sinsheimer

Co – Founder

 

What happens when an entrepreneur and an environmental scientist get together

Hans Kim, whose family’s successful cleaning business employed 100 people in greater Los Angeles, was way ahead of his time when he began a search for an alternative to dry cleaning with chemicals. The year was 1997.

Environmental scientist Peter Sinsheimer, Ph.D. had the alternative Hans was looking for. Peter had funding to evaluate the viability of wet cleaning. He needed a cleaning entrepreneur to work with to see if wet cleaning delivered on key performance, cost, environmental, and human health factors.

When Hans and Peter found each other, a two-decade collaboration and friendship began. What they shared was a passion for transforming a polluting industry into a healthy green one.

They knew that true transformation would require new technologies, smart business, and government policy change. So they worked together on all three.

Perfecting the process and the policies

When the two pioneers met in 1997, Peter was Director of the Pollution Prevention Center at Occidental College’s Urban & Environmental Policy Institute. Now he heads up UCLA’s Sustainable Technology & Policy Program. Peter advocated for policy change at the local, state, and federal level. Thanks to his efforts, Perc, the toxic used by the vast majority of dry cleaners will be illegal in LA starting in 2020, and throughout California by 2023.

Meanwhile Hans tested and refined wet cleaning techniques at his family operations. Some things worked, some didn’t. Calling on his own biochem background, he tested various combinations of biodegradable soaps, conditioners and pH factors to work on all kinds of textiles. He successfully repurposed techniques for washing silk that were used in ancient Korea and Japan. He partnered with manufacturers of cutting-edge, computer controlled washers, dryers, and tensioning systems.

Together, Hans and Peter convinced early adopter dry cleaning businesses to convert to professional wet cleaning. The early sites saw their businesses grow and helped to convert over 100 cleaners in Northern and Southern California. And now, Aqua Professional Wet Cleaning, the proven culmination of their joint efforts over 20 years, is perfected and ready for prime time.

Our Members

Hans

Hans Kim

Co-Founder

Peter Sinsheimer

Dr. Peter Sinsheimer

Co-Founder

Sung Park photo

Sung Park

COO/Member

Julianna Mo

Julianna Mo J.D.

CCO/Member

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Liz Chang

Member

Shawna Jung

Shawna Jung

Member

Gus

Gus Chang

Member

James Roh

James Roh

Member

Peter Jung

Peter Jung

Member

Our History

2019
AQUA Wetclean provides the assistance with Professional Wetclean production for Point Dume Cleaners in Malibu.

AQUA facility offers a wide range of services for the owners, operators and employees.

2019
AQUA Wetclean provides the assistance with Professional Wetclean production with Point Dume Cleaners in Malibu.

AQUA facility offers a wide range of services for the owners, operators and employees.

2017
AQUA Wetclean LLC is formed to commercialize the Professional Wetclean Industry

AQUA Wetclean LLC is founded by the owners of Professional Wetcleaners who have adopted and represented the viability of wetclean technology.

2014
FTC Roundtable Discussion for Care Label Ruling

AQUA members presented the viability of Professional Wetclean Care Label.

2013
The City of Santa Monica Uses California Law to Prohibit Green Deceptive Marketing by Dry Cleaners
2011 - Present
US Coast Guard supports sustainable technology for their uniform care.

Founding members of AQUA Wetclean have been a dedicated service provider for USCG Uniform care.

Active duty of our armed forces are using Professional Wetclean for their uniform care

Founders of AQUA Wetclean built and operated the first professional wetclean facility on the military base. Using sustainable uniform care is important for our active duty members.

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