Beverly's Laundromat, a 3000-square-foot facility loaded with amenities, facilitates the efficient cleaning of dirty laundry by self-service or drop-off service. Fifty self-service washing machines deep-clean double or triple loads of dirty laundry, and supersize washers can freshen up to 80 pounds of clothing or soiled parachutes. If customers opt for wash, dry, and fold service, seasoned launderers double-check each garment for stains after cleaning, and they even match lone socks with their predetermined life partners.
Vending machines dispense laundry products such as detergent and fabric softener, and an Internet kiosk and onsite video games make trips to the laundromat more fun than a chore. An always-present bilingual staff responds to textile-related conundrums from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Just as grandmothers always knew to reach for club soda when eradicating a stain, Chem-Dry Clean Masters’ expert techs know that the fizzy power of tiny bubbles can revitalize carpets as well. They treat dirty rugs with The Natural, a carbonating solution that burrows deep into trapped stains before lifting offending dirt to the surface, where it can be easily removed. The cleaning system also eschews soap—leaving carpets free of residue—and uses one-fifth the water of traditional cleaning systems. Beyond simple carpet cleaning, Chem-Dry employs a special system for removing pet odor that journeys below the carpet fibers, cleaning down to the backing, padding, and subfloor if necessary. Technicians also traffic in a specialty spot remover that erases the stains left by ketchup, jelly, and leg-wrestling matches with the Kool-Aid Man.
It’s not surprising that Chem-Dry boasts more than 4,000 locations around the world—it uses reliable cleaning agents that are both natural and effective. Its carpet-cleaning process leaves floors treadable in one to two hours with a simple mixture of carbonation and hot water that uses significantly less moisture than steam cleaning or an indoor fire hydrant. The nontoxic cleaner, which Chem-Dry calls The Natural, is safe to use around kids and pets. Technicians can also use a black light to hunt down pet urine spots for treatment, remove water damage, and extract grime from tile and grout before applying a protective sealant.
For years, Superior Rug Services' specialists have kept handmade and machine-made rugs in mint condition with deep cleaning and repair services. They remove grime by hand, using a natural solution made with tea-tree oil and fiber-conditioning lanolin, and they dislodge trapped dust with blasts of pressurized air. The company's skilled weavers can restore rugs that are stained, frayed, or even torn.
While attending law school in the ‘70s, Majestic Chem-Dry founder Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner by day and an amateur chemist by night. During this stint, he set a mission for himself: to concoct a cleaning formula that succeeded where most others failed. After years of studying the chemical properties of various solutions and performing his own experiments, Robert successfully devised a carbonated cleaning solution that was both effective on stains and safe for kids, pets, and allergy-afflicted poltergeists. With his new invention—named The Natural—in tow, Robert went into business, first serving family and friends before founding his own small carpet-and-upholstery-cleaning franchise. Today, the Chem-Dry network boasts thousands of locations around the world, which are staffed by certified technicians and protect clients with a satisfaction guarantee.