Since 2006, customers have brought their clothing and home linens to Bay Cleaners to be dry-cleaned or laundered using the shop's environmentally friendly products. The staff uses only plant-based solutions that are free of harmful chemicals and harsh solvents. Despite their gentle nature, the products easily lift away dirt and grime while also infusing fabric with a pleasant scent. Tailors can re-attach buttons, alter the hems of pants, or shorten coat sleeves for people who shrink instead of grow. Shoe shining and heel repairs preserve footwear year after year.
The staff members at Classique Dry Cleaners maintain their customers' clothing with water-free, eco-friendly solutions. Although dry cleaning is their signature service—including care for larger items such as comforters and bed spreads—the technicians also alter, repair, and restore garments such as wedding gowns, shoes, leather, and purple pants that have been recently exposed to gamma-ray-induced rage.
When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.
In a gesture of good will toward their customers and Mother Nature, the team at Arrow Cleaners installed an organic dry-cleaning system in 2009. The new system, the EM Natura, uses effective microorganisms rather than harsh chemicals to break down dirt and eat up odor-causing bacteria. They take extra care with delicates, leathers, and tapestries, and they refrain from asking too many questions about any superhero costumes they encounter.
Committed to truly green practices, Blu White Cleaners freshens up soiled duds with chemical-free wet-cleaning processes that deodorize and clean finicky fabrics. Using biodegradable detergents, staffers soak shirts ($1.85–$2.15), pants ($6.50–$7.50), suits ($12.95–$14.95), dresses ($11.95–$14.95) and other garments in a water-based cleaning solution that provides a CEPA-approved alternative to harsh dry-cleaning chemicals that is safe for fabrics too delicate for machine washings or wind scrubbings from busy skydivers. De-soiled duds can be picked up within 72 hours, allowing patrons to keep wardrobes stocked with outfits as sparkling and fresh as a germaphobe's disco ball.
In business for more than 40 years, Green & Fresh Cleaners plants itself as an eco-friendly dry cleaning service that’s responsible with garments, clients, and the planet. Its non-toxic cleaning solution, GreenEarth, is made from sand and does not contaminate soil, groundwater, or the air, making it the preferred dry cleaner of well-dressed geese everywhere. Because it is chemically inert, it is unlikely it would damage the texture or color of garments, and actually helps to preserve quality and prevent shrinkage. GreenEarth can calm even the most irritable fabrics, including silks, suede, beads, sequins, and painted garments. Green & Fresh Cleaners also cleans and preserves dresses ($13.50), down coats ($15), blouses ($6.50), sports jackets ($9), and sweaters ($6.50).