If not for its bright yellow color and the mural of a cornfield painted across its doors, Go Green Dry Cleaning’s 1969 Volkswagen could almost be mistaken for the Scooby-Doo gang’s Mystery Machine. But instead of fighting ghost-impersonating criminals with their wits, the owners of this van fight clothing stains and biohazards with environmentally friendly dry-cleaning techniques. Akin to liquid sand, their GreenEarth silicone solution forgoes harsh chemicals, irritants, and odors to clean clothes in a manner that is safe for both customers and the earth. The shop’s technicians restore all sorts of fabrics—including wool, silk, and Sasquatch fur—bequeathing each with a soft, static-free touch before packaging them in biodegradable plastic. The team then hops into the van, which runs on E85 ethanol, to deliver the freshly laundered clothes directly to doorsteps. Aside from using gentle solutions to clean up sweaters and pants, Go Green Dry Cleaning supports the earth by contributing to organizations across Long Island, including Go Green Festival and the Soular Soundz concert series.
The professional dirt extractors at North Shore Clothes Cleanic find grime, stains, and soiling to be as revolting as squid-flavored jello and will take every step to get them out of garments. Bring in a bag of commonly washable clothing and North Shore will color-sort it, pretreat it for stains, and machine-wash it—loads are $12 for the first 15 pounds (the minimum drop-off amount) and 80¢ for each additional pound. Large specialty items are priced separately, such as $8 for blankets and $14.25 for down comforters. Men's business shirts can be laundered and hung with or without starch for $1.20, and women's blouses can be laundered and pressed for $3.
Trusted by an international array of designer and celebrity clientele such as Chanel and Barbara Walters for their garment savvy and sunny dispositions, Madame Paulette's couture cleansers have banished stains and grime from delicate wearables with prime equipment since 1959. A patented, detail-oriented process gently lifts dirt away from the fragile fibers of wool, cashmere, or silk garments, preventing shrinkage by keeping the garments away from water and free of embarrassment. Furs, leathers, and suede receive a suds-free cleanse sensitive to the delicate dyes they may contain, before a glazing technique returns essential oils to keep threads shiny and pliable. Meticulous cleaners immortalize a wedding day's starring outfit with preservation and sealing techniques that ensure future generations can see the family heirloom and evidence of ‘80s day-glo gowns with their own eyes.
Using EPA- and NRDC- approved cleansing chemicals, Green Apple Cleaners professionally purifies fabrics without shrinking, fading, or leaving noxious odors. Inside of a specialized laundering drum, the conscientious cleaners suffuse shirts ($2.39), pants ($7.49), skirts ($7.49), and other articles with biodegradable detergents to dissolve stains and soils, then flush them with pressurized liquid carbon dioxide. Once fabrics are fully rinsed with the carbonized concoction, the machine depressurizes, causing the newly gaseous CO2 to rise out of every textile like the Ghost of Wine-Stains Past. Clothes are left dry without the shrinking and stain-setting effects of heat, and the gentle cleaning chemicals allay the risks of pilling and fading. Once stains are fully exterminated, a careful European finishing process holds togs such as dresses ($13.99) and two-piece suits ($14.99) on a specialized three-dimensional dress form before imbuing them with steam, computer-controlled tension, air-drying, and a cool-iron touchup to leave garments as well shaped and wrinkle-free as a steam-rolled hourglass.