Colvin Cleaners is located in Kenmore, but they offer free pickup and delivery for garment cleaning right to their customers' front doors. Their service area includes Amherst, Buffalo, downtown Buffalo, Clarence, East Amherst, Getzville, Grand Island, Kenmore, Lancaster, Lewiston, North Buffalo, Orchard Park, Snyder, Tonawanda, and Williamsville. Colvin’s staff can also pick up and return window treatments and will rehang and steam dress them to perfection, much to the chagrin of vain tablecloths. Colvin’s ozone room tackles fabrics with fire or water damage and efficiently extracts deep-seated odors and stains.
The business also operates an on-site alterations department complete with five full-time tailors and two dressing rooms for measurements and fittings. The full-service staff can generally have garments ready by the next day, but clients seeking same-day service can request it for no extra cost. When not dry cleaning and tailoring, Colvin Cleaners is working on their two charitable organizations Gowns 4 Prom and Coats 4 Kids.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
In business for more than 50 years, Corvette Cleaners and Belvidere Cleaners transform sullied garb into spotless attire without losing a square of fabric in the rotating rack. The shop's servicemen remove coffee stains from silk blouses ($6) and grass stains from sport coats ($5.75) worn during gentlemanly football games. The staff can also remove a spill from a pair of pants ($5.25) or the dignity of a cat by freshening up its soiled shirt ($2). Other serviceable items include dresses ($11), suits ($11), blazers ($5.75), and jackets ($9).
Under the guidance of Brian Schneider—a 25-year veteran of the dry-cleaning industry and third-generation manager of the family-owned cleaning spot—Aladdin Village Cleaners cleanses dirt from clothes, linen, and drapery without harming delicate fibers and colors. Free delivery and pickup whisks fabrics to and from the facility, filled with wet- and dry-cleaning equipment.
Look all around The Dry Cleaning Spot's three locations and you won't find a single solvent inside. That's because the staff doesn't use them during their same-day cleaning services. Instead, the facility uses more eco-friendly methods as well as WetCare, a wet-cleaning system that offers a greater degree of gentleness. In addition to tidying up dress shirts and skirts, the team also alters garments to fit, repairs tears, and preserves wedding dresses so the cake stains don't go stale.
Owner Mehdi Roghani has sharpened his approach to dry cleaning during nearly 20 years of running businesses in Toronto and his native Iran. Under his direction, First Class Dry Cleaners’ staff takes a green approach, first by lifting stains and odors with an eco-friendly cleaning solution and state-of-the-art machinery, and then by packaging garments in a biodegradable poly-roll and hanging them on recyclable hangers. They continue minding Mother Nature when wet cleaning items, as well as when cleaning rugs and carpets or cleaning and conditioning leather and suede. Beyond cleaning, First Class’s team also offers alterations and repairs, from hemming pants to hammering new links into chain mail. To earn customers’ long-term trust, Mehdi and his team offer credits for friend referrals and reward points of 1 per cent for every dollar spent.
Under the same ownership and management, The Elements Dry Cleaner and Alteration and TS Drycleaner and Alteration spiff and tailor textiles. Staffers wield solvents to properly clean shirts in brands from Express to Armani, cleansing them of awkward mustard stains before important meetings with the National Ketchup Association. Tailors chalk suits and trousers for alterations, their fingers a silvery flurry of pins. The team also performs an array of services ranging from simple fluff-and-fold jobs to treatment of delicate cashmere weavings.