When the staff at Corry's CO2 Dry Cleaners realized they were responsible for the disposal of 192 gallons of hazardous waste every year, they knew it was time for a change. They overhauled all of their equipment in order to provide an option that avoided using the traditional dry-cleaning chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer and eating socks. Instead, their cleaning method uses carbon dioxide and nontoxic soaps to flush stains from clothes, which is kinder to clothing fibers and leaves behind no chemical smell. This technique has earned them votes from readers of Mercer Island Reporter as the "best place to take your dry cleaning." for several years, most recently in 2013.
Aside from the greener cleaning technique, the staff maintains a tiny carbon footprint with other services and process. To conserve energy, they've retrofitted the lighting and pickup and deliver clothing free of charge, saving their customers money on gas. They recycle 24,000 hangers a year and fold clothing into reusable bags instead of disposable shirt boxes. They also love to educate not only their customers, but other dry cleaners about their eco-friendly ways.
National Drycleaners, which was founded by returning serviceman John Nordlund in 1944, is still going strong 70 years later. It has adapted to modern times, using environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to de-grime everything from garments to bedroom linens, removing dirt from Ugg Boots, and pressing the uniforms of robot butlers. With National Drycleaners' wedding-gown-preservation service, technicians hand clean and treat gowns, as well as preserve them so they don't yellow with time, a process that has earned National Drycleaners accolades from Wedding Wire for five consecutive years.
Executive Dry Cleaners' professional garment purifiers free nice attire of grime at their Belltown outpost. Their hands-on, water-free treatment erases stains and signs of everyday wear from the fibers of tops, bottoms, and dresses, and their wash-and-fold services clean up piles of laundry while clients run errands or mud wrestle in their favorite overcoat.
The stain-eliminating staff at Aloha Cleaners eschews the harsh chemicals of conventional dry cleaning to extricate grime and stains from clothing and fabrics in a nontoxic manner. Every soiled blouse ($9.95), slept-in sock ($2.50/lb.), or anthropomorphic pair of slacks ($9.95) that wanders through the door tastes a helping of “green” nontoxic hydrocarbon dry-cleaning agent that gently sloughs away stains to render garments as fragrant as rose water distilled from angel's wings. Other items that can awaken from their crud comas include comforters ($30–$50), overcoats ($20.95), and tablecloths ($30). The courteous cleaners at Aloha generally finish orders by the next day, though same-day service is available. A free pickup and delivery service for all locations saves patrons the trouble of navigating the city's maze of municipal garden mazes, with a staff member whisking away and returning laundry to home doors.
The stain busters at Ultra Custom Cleaners turn garments from dingy to dapper with safe and effective dry cleaning services. As caregivers for clothes, they also inspect all cleaning instructions closely and keep eyes open for loose buttons and trick bow ties.
Equipped with FDA-certified green cleaning products, Meridian Chem-Dry's team of carpet cleaners expertly extracts grime from underfoot upholstery with carbonating solutions and hot-water extraction. Square-inching their way across up to 600 square feet of carpetscape like janitorial inchworms, cleaners massage their bubbly, mineral-based solution—known as "The Natural"—deep into downtrodden pile, slowly lifting dirt and allergens to the surface. Scum is then thoroughly sucked away, leaving carpets brighter, softer, and free of chew-toy residue. Depending on the carpet's size, thickness, and levels of personal hygiene, the cleaning process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, with an additional two hours of drying time required before normal foot traffic can resume.