For nearly two decades, the family behind The Washouse has tended to the clothes and linens of SMU students and the Dallas community. Cleaners cater to the needs to clients with hand washing for delicates, pretreatment for spots and stains, detergents free of dyes and perfumes that can irritate sensitive skin, and air-drying on request. Speedy dry cleaning rounds out the roster of services.
Eco Cleaners and Lakeside Cleaners are each links in the same chain of environmentally friendly outfits that has dry-cleaned and laundered local garments since 1987 without leaving behind traces of toxic residue. The chain conducts all its stain-lifting and odor-eradicating procedures at a central hub in Dallas, and supplements cleaning services with alterations and wedding-dress preservation. Monday–Friday, a free pickup and delivery service cuts travel out of the equation, and express service can refresh apparel the same day patrons drop it off. In keeping with it’s eco-friendly philosophy, the cleaners recycle hangers that customers return, preventing them from collecting in the backs of closets and forming tumbleweeds that ensnare the family cat.
The suds specialists at Bright Cleaners liberate garments from their layers of grime in a variety of laundry and dry-cleaning services. Starting with a careful examination of each textile, staffers treat dress shirts ($1.69), pants ($2.89), blazers ($3.99), and dresses ($12+) with a process that is tenacious enough to remove stains, but gentle enough to leave apparel mildly ticklish. Customers can also opt to have nuptial artifacts ushered safely into the future with wedding gown preservation services. In four to six weeks, dresses will be dry cleaned, hand-pressed, and folded into a container designed to maintain the gown's form. Acid-free tissue paper ensures no discoloration over time, and a sturdy outer casing protects delicate threads during transportation or use as the sail of a makeshift raft.
Green Life Organic Cleaners’ organic, computer-controlled wet-cleaning system scrubs garments spotless without the environmental and health risks associated with conventional dry cleaning. Diligent computers regulate temperature, pH, moisture content, and agitation as water-based cleaning fluids root out stains and freshen fabrics. Unlike commonly used petroleum-based solvents, Green Life’s cleaning fluid is nontoxic and carries no health risks or environmental dangers, such as plans to reverse the Earth’s polarity with giant magnets. Items such as pants ($6.75), blazers ($9.95), and women’s blouses ($8.75) revive with a thorough scrub and are generally ready within two days. Cleaners degrunge king-size comforters in two to three days and present immaculate wedding gowns to customers in professional preservation boxes in 10 days.
Dry Clean Super Center’s experts are as conscientious as they are timely. Technicians clean, starch, and press clothing at six different locations, customizing services to suit special requests, and offer same-day turnaround for dry-cleaned items brought in before 9 a.m. Beyond offering basic cleaning of delicate clothing items, comforters, curtains, and leather, on-staff tailors can also perform basic alterations, taking in too-big suits or stretching leg warmers into sweaters for pet snakes.
For 10 years, Kwik Dry Clean Super Center's staff has cleaned specialty clothing with incredible speed. The center keeps its windows open 24 hours a day, so customers can drop off items at any hour, and promises same-day service—anything in by 9 a.m. is ready to go by 5 p.m. To guarantee satisfaction, the staff even gives articles a second round of cleaning and pressing at the customer's request.