"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
OceanAirSC’s experts clear vents, ducts, and upholstery of dust and debris. By spelunking homes' nooks and crannies with professional equipment and products, the team leaves sofas, dryer vents, and crawl spaces sparkling clean. Keeping these areas neat and tidy helps prevent the growth of unpleasantness such as mold, which can harm a person’s health by eventually turning into artery-clogging blue cheese.
When Redic Earl Robinson started making house calls in 1919, he visited his customers by bicycle. Each family knew him as "Mister Ed," and they bundled their laundry for him to take back to the shop on Gervais Street. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beckham Robinson, Mister Ed's wife, warmed an iron with a coal-fire stove as she awaited the shipment. Together, they soaked the garments in buckets and worked stains out on scrub boards.
Today, Redic Earl Robinson Jr. carries on the family tradition with modern equipment. Twice weekly, his team travels by motorized horse to pick up laundry and make deliveries. They utilize custom cleaning solutions for specific fabrics and offer specialty services for leather, suede, quilts, and comforters. In addition to stain removal, Ed Robinson Cleaners offers alteration services at its 2551 Forest Dr. location.
With two separate studios—one equipped with nine poles for exotic dance classes and one reserved for fitness classes—Pulse Dance & Fitness Studio facilitates an atmosphere of ease, enjoyment, and confidence. In the pole studio, instructors lead women through the basics of pole dancing during the introductory class, and ramp up the raciness in French Kiss Chair Strip Tease classes. Abs N Bootie and Hip Hop Cardio classes in the dance studio turn fitness into a fun and rhythmic dance romp. And before or after classes, students can spend some time socializing in the Pulse Ultra Lounge, cooling down with a smoothie or perusing the in-house lingerie store.
The intrepid dirt hunters at ALS Cleaning Service venture into cluttered corners and couch underbellies to rid up to 2,500 square feet of dwelling space from dust and grime. Cleaners can vacuum to remove stubborn sand and crooked politicians from gerrymandered carpet districts. A basic kitchen clean mops tiles, swabs countertops, and restores refrigerators and microwaves to factory-fresh shine. ALS staff visits all types of residential abodes, allowing house inhabitants, apartment tenants, and moated fortress denizens alike to breathe dustless, lightly lemon-scented air.
Adornment diviner Rebecca Howser applies an artistic mind's eye to living spaces of every sort. Homesteaders can seek style counsel during in-office meetings or invite Howser to their homes for a hands-on examination of each room's requirements. Howser summons design know-how to craft decorating schemes that fit within each individual budget. Refurbish staid rec rooms, give kitchens new culinary pop, and clean up living rooms marred by dust-bunny graffiti artists. Appointment times are flexible, with convenient scheduling slots available for even the busiest of bedroom bedeckers.