After the LA Kings complete games, SWAT team members end a shift, or Air Force firefighters finish dousing flames, they drop their gear at Super Clean. The Super Clean team can clean anything that fits in the machine and has the expertise to get foul odors, mold, and bacteria out of sports and protective equipment as well as other soft goods–from dog beds reeking of urine to costumes consumed by body odor or wetsuits smelling of stinky whale breath. Using eco-friendly solutions made from essential oils and a machine that holds each piece securely in place during the cleaning process, they prevent damage to both the environment and the items entrusted to them.
U-CA-TAN is an area favorite, earning second place for Best Tanning in 2008 from CityVoters. Its Mystic Tan is the original and patented spray tan, bronzing and gilding bodies without UV in 30 seconds. Once a person steps into the booth, his or her whole body will be immediately saturated with an aloe-vera-based solution that bronzes humans like a pair of baby shoes. Around six hours later, the spray-on-awesome will develop into a golden, natural-looking tan that will inspire envy from beach bums and pool hobos. With proper care, hides can remain tanned and toned for several days, giving clients a temporary color that's better for the skin than standard sunning.
Flair Cleaners expunges grime and beautifies wardrobes with a full array of textile-coddling services. The shop’s eco-sensitive dry cleaning safely freshens pants ($6.25 and up), skirts (from $6.25), suits (from $14.15), and cherished childhood Scarface snuggle blankets, leaving fabric friends sparkling and unharmed. Wedding dresses receive tender care at the hands of Flair Cleaners’ cloth cognoscenti, and an acid-free storage box ensures each gown's continued pristine condition. Skilled tailors stand at the ready to perform alterations and repairs. Flair Cleaners, with more than 50 years in business, further adheres to its green philosophy by offering recycling programs for customers’ hangers and plastic garment bags. Customers can opt to escort garments home inside the recyclable, washable Better Bag ($6 for one, $10 for two), ensuring protection from rain, asteroids, and roving mannequins on the hunt for new threads.
At each of Super Suds Dog Wash's self-service stations, pooches splash in waist-deep tubs as owners lather up their coats with tearless shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer from built-in dispensers. Upon the first arrival, pet owners receive a punch card with 40 slots, each valued at $1, and eight of which can be redeemed for one 10-minute wash. Over the course of 10 minutes, dogs bask as owners massage products—including flea-and-tick shampoo—into their fur and warm, flowing water flows over pelts. A vacuuming function slurps away excess water, hair, and any hair extensions your dog might secretly be wearing. A blow dryer evaporates remaining water and fluffs squeaky-clean fur. Dogs with third-degree furriness or prima-donna hounds who take extra-long baths may require extra time, and each additional slot buys two extra minutes.
A Carriage Regal Cleaner protects wedding veils, trains, and gowns with an antisugar treatment that prevents yellowing for up to 20 years. This 1.5-month process includes cleaning and hand pressing, as well as $1,500 worth of insurance from the Wedding Gown Preservation Co. Dresses return to owners in museum-strength, silver-and-white display chests that let onlookers admire perfectly preserved tulle and rhinestones when they’re feeling nostalgic or when the wedding channel temporarily goes offline. The official dry cleaner of the UCLA athletic department's head football and basketball coaches, A Carriage Regal Cleaner's technicians also cleanse a variety of textiles, often turning to environmentally friendly dry-cleaning methods. They also speedily ready garments with same-day service on shirts and blouses, pants, and men’s and women's two-piece suits. Tailoring services ensure an individual fit within three days, and shoe repair services extend the life spans of sock protectors in just one week.