Located near San Diego State University, The Washboard's newly remodeled facility welcomes DIY launderers with a host of new coin-operated washing machines and accepts sullied clothing by the pound as part of its drop-off service. Washer pricing varies by capacity, water temperature, and speed, consuming fewer quarters for a quick two-load cleansing ($1.50) than a hot, 6.5-load cycle of soiled ramen noodles ($6). Three-load dryers ($0.25 for 12 minutes) tumble garments into toasty, arid submission, and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and free WiFi entertain patrons in the interim. Helpful attendants wash and dry shirts, pants, linens, and towels ($0.95/lb.) and fold them into origami tributes to Michelangelo's David.
Drawing upon lessons learned over 25 years of garment cleaning, the staff at Mr. J's Cleaners ready more than 2,000 pieces of clothing daily for next-day wear at their five locations. After scrubbing away stains with waterless treatments or hemming too-long jeans, workers climb into bright-yellow delivery cars to drop off clean wardrobes or watch, teary-eyed, as customers reunite with their clothes in-store.
Rick Hallor knows there's only one good way to hang a sweater. Keeping his customers' clothes from stretching out may seem like a small nicety, but looking out for people has been the central aim in every professional endeavor he's ever undertaken, whether it was personal training in Illinois or firefighting in Colorado. After relocating to San Diego to escape the frigid Colorado winters and boredom that stems from living in an almost-square state, he decided to put his helpful spirit to use in the dry-cleaning arena. He purchased Speedy Cleaners in 2011, and now he and his wife Calley work to extend the life of their clients' clothing within their homey and welcoming shop.
The family-operated dry-cleaning business not only cleans people's day-to-day garments, but also restores family heirlooms such as wedding dresses. Garment repairs can also be done onsite, as Rick's staff includes both a professional seamstress and a cobbler.
Martinizing Dry Cleaning has the support of a franchise that has been cleaning clothes for more than 60 years. They inspect each garment a minimum of six times before cleaning them, allowing them to seek out even the tiniest blemishes on items such as blouses, suits, shirts, and pants. They also specialize in household items ranging from bedspreads and cushions to drapes, napkins, and sleeping bags. Same-day service, as well as pickup and delivery, is available upon request.
Majestic Cleaners restores sullied garb to a state of display-window cleanliness with dry-cleaning, laundry, alteration, and spot-cleaning services. Armed with at least a decade of experience each, staffers carefully steam delicate silk blouses until they're as fresh as a freshly scrubbed silkworm and cleanse wool sweaters of red-wine stains. Water-free washing purifies polos and pants, and Majestic Cleaners' seamstresses artfully adjust hems and waists and cheer up lonely buttonholes with new buttons. Patrons who leave soiled clothing with grime fighters before 1 p.m. can pick it up the next day, and items dropped off after 1 p.m. are ready within two business days.