Clients rarely cross the threshold at Excellent Cleaners. Every day, the cleaners' fleet of yellow cars canvas their area picking up bags full of customers' clothing free of charge. They then refresh items and lift away stains using a waterless system, even hemming skirts and sewing on buttons at customer request. The next day, garments get loaded back onto the delivery car and returned to its owner, usually full of stories about their "spa day."
Oceana Laundry’s fleet of energy- and water-efficient machines spruces up grubby garments while conserving natural resources. Schlep laundry ($1.25/lb.) to Oceana’s counter, where a team of gussiers launders every frock in machines that consume up to 57% less water and electricity than conventional washers, allowing patrons to please Mother Nature without attending Smokey the Bear's piano recitals. A bank of 50 washers and more than 40 dryers allows staff to quickly turn around laundry loads and return them to their joyful owners. After a sudsy dip, clothes are dried, fluffed, and folded into origami reindeer for easy transport home.
Majestic Cleaners restores sullied garb to a state of display-window cleanliness with dry-cleaning, laundry, alteration, and spot-cleaning services. Armed with at least a decade of experience each, staffers carefully steam delicate silk blouses until they're as fresh as a freshly scrubbed silkworm and cleanse wool sweaters of red-wine stains. Water-free washing purifies polos and pants, and Majestic Cleaners' seamstresses artfully adjust hems and waists and cheer up lonely buttonholes with new buttons. Patrons who leave soiled clothing with grime fighters before 1 p.m. can pick it up the next day, and items dropped off after 1 p.m. are ready within two business days.
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Martinizing Dry Cleaning has the support of a franchise that has been cleaning clothes for more than 60 years. They inspect each garment a minimum of six times before cleaning them, allowing them to seek out even the tiniest blemishes on items such as blouses, suits, shirts, and pants. They also specialize in household items ranging from bedspreads and cushions to drapes, napkins, and sleeping bags. Same-day service, as well as pickup and delivery, is available upon request.
Rick Hallor knows there's only one good way to hang a sweater. Keeping his customers' clothes from stretching out may seem like a small nicety, but looking out for people has been the central aim in every professional endeavor he's ever undertaken, whether it was personal training in Illinois or firefighting in Colorado. After relocating to San Diego to escape the frigid Colorado winters and boredom that stems from living in an almost-square state, he decided to put his helpful spirit to use in the dry-cleaning arena. He purchased Speedy Cleaners in 2011, and now he and his wife Calley work to extend the life of their clients' clothing within their homey and welcoming shop.
The family-operated dry-cleaning business not only cleans people's day-to-day garments, but also restores family heirlooms such as wedding dresses. Garment repairs can also be done onsite, as Rick's staff includes both a professional seamstress and a cobbler.