When the staff at Corry's CO2 Dry Cleaners realized they were responsible for the disposal of 192 gallons of hazardous waste every year, they knew it was time for a change. They overhauled all of their equipment in order to provide an option that avoided using the traditional dry-cleaning chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer and eating socks. Instead, their cleaning method uses carbon dioxide and nontoxic soaps to flush stains from clothes, which is kinder to clothing fibers and leaves behind no chemical smell. This technique has earned them votes from readers of Mercer Island Reporter as the "best place to take your dry cleaning." for several years, most recently in 2013.
Aside from the greener cleaning technique, the staff maintains a tiny carbon footprint with other services and process. To conserve energy, they've retrofitted the lighting and pickup and deliver clothing free of charge, saving their customers money on gas. They recycle 24,000 hangers a year and fold clothing into reusable bags instead of disposable shirt boxes. They also love to educate not only their customers, but other dry cleaners about their eco-friendly ways.
The stain-eliminating staff at Aloha Cleaners eschews the harsh chemicals of conventional dry cleaning to extricate grime and stains from clothing and fabrics in a nontoxic manner. Every soiled blouse ($9.95), slept-in sock ($2.50/lb.), or anthropomorphic pair of slacks ($9.95) that wanders through the door tastes a helping of “green” nontoxic hydrocarbon dry-cleaning agent that gently sloughs away stains to render garments as fragrant as rose water distilled from angel's wings. Other items that can awaken from their crud comas include comforters ($30–$50), overcoats ($20.95), and tablecloths ($30). The courteous cleaners at Aloha generally finish orders by the next day, though same-day service is available. A free pickup and delivery service for all locations saves patrons the trouble of navigating the city's maze of municipal garden mazes, with a staff member whisking away and returning laundry to home doors.
The stain busters at Ultra Custom Cleaners turn garments from dingy to dapper with safe and effective dry cleaning services. As caregivers for clothes, they also inspect all cleaning instructions closely and keep eyes open for loose buttons and trick bow ties.
While the beauty professionals at Nu Aura Medical Spa concede that they cannot stop aging altogether, they perform aesthetic services that counter and abate its effects. A squad of doctors, physician's assistants, and licensed aestheticians wields ultramodern technology wands as it neutralizes spider veins, ousts unwanted hair, and smoothes the face. The specialists customize each treatment to the client, and bilingual staff members can consult with them in both English and Spanish.
National Drycleaners, which was founded by returning serviceman John Nordlund in 1944, is still going strong 70 years later. It has adapted to modern times, using environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to de-grime everything from garments to bedroom linens, removing dirt from Ugg Boots, and pressing the uniforms of robot butlers. With National Drycleaners' wedding-gown-preservation service, technicians hand clean and treat gowns, as well as preserve them so they don't yellow with time, a process that has earned National Drycleaners accolades from Wedding Wire for five consecutive years.