The friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning have been scrubbing the enrobements of southeastern Wisconsinians for more than 40 years. The noble employees will confront any stain with strong words and all the dirt-scattering ammo in their arsenal, ensuring your garments return to you soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses. Sweat-soaked blouses ($8.03), mud-caked slacks ($8.04), butter-drenched bedspreads (starting at $24.31), and your beloved sea-water-doused prom jumpsuit ($21.30) will be cleaned, freshly dried, and folded into neat origami ostriches. The Department of Natural Resources–partnered environmental dry cleaner will bestow upon you the freshly cleaned garments on recycled hangers, enclosed in recycled bags.
Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
Pilgrim Cleaners marshals 35 years of experience, an environmental certification, and ample elbow grease to brighten clothes with an array of professional laundering services. While the machinery whirs through a same-day shirt press, clients can solicit apparel alterations or bid a tearful farewell to precious icing stains before a wedding-dress preservation. Pilgrim also staffs licensed and insured housecleaning techs for specialty home and upholstery spruce-up services. Each crew comes equipped with its own solvents and expertise to gussy up abodes, readying them for visiting family members or restoring them after a wine, cheese, and mud-wrestling party.
Using only natural starch in its cleaning products, Middleton Cleaners removes unwanted dirt, grime, and stains from clothing without leaving behind chemical smells and residue. The company’s dedicated stain slayers cleanse soiled pants, sweaters, blouses, skirts, suit coats, and collared shirts, restoring the vitality of their youth when they could frolic and roam free across department store prairies (each $7.25, plus $1.35 for silk items). Two-piece suits and plain dresses can be pressed back into service just in time for a fancy party or professional prom reenactment ($14.50, plus $2.70 for silk).
The technicians at Natural Cleaners revivify garments while respecting the earth's delicate ecosystem, eschewing traditional petroleum-based solvents for GreenEarth, a nontoxic formula made of silicone derived naturally from sand. Five Milwaukee-area storefronts bustle free from fumes and pollutants as suits, dresses, and coats shake off dirt during dry or professional-grade wet cleanings. Wedding-dress cleaning and preservation primes gowns for years of heirloom storage or Miss Havisham costume contests, and an in-house seamstress alters hemlines and cuffs to create dashing silhouettes. Household textiles also kowtow to Natural Cleaners' expertise as draperies, bedspreads, and feather pillows return home spic and span.
The fabric experts at Capitol West Cleaners preserve matrimonial wardrobes with wedding-dress cleaning, and dry-clean, launder, alter, and repair vestments, delivering them home safely gratis. Experienced cleaners pamper gowns, gently scrubbing away spots, stains, and crumbs left over from crowd-diving into wedding cakes. Pants ($5.50) and shirts ($1.75) enjoy old-fashioned water-based laundering, and suit pants ($5.50), jackets ($6.95), two-piece suits ($11.95), dresses ($10), and winter jackets ($14.95) relinquish stains and odors with a gentle dry-cleaning. Clean clothes are ready to be picked up in one or two days, and same-day pickup is available with morning drop-off to keep unsupervised shirts from partying the night away.