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.
The staff at Nelson’s Green Dry Cleaners and Los Gatos Green Cleaners channels more than 60 years of industry experience when restoring garments with their eco-friendly cleaning process. The staff of the certified-green cleaner replaces harsh perc solvents with hydrocarbon—which safely refurbishes textiles while remaining free of allergens and odors. The cleaners work hard to remove telltale spots and Rorschach blotches from clothing, and preserve items such as wedding gowns and comforters in storage-friendly containers.
Cleaners To Your Door specializes in cleaning and repairing three primary fabrics: window coverings, upholstery, and clothing. The certified Fabricare specialists venture to homes to clean drapes, curtains, and blinds of all sorts, removing buildup and brightening dull material. They repair and dye leather furnishings, as well as jackets and handbags, and train their preservation expertise on wedding gowns. The team also dry-cleans day-to-day vestments including pants, blouses, and astronaut suits covered in Tang.