With winter on the way, it's time to pull your heavier fabrics out of storage to air out the trapped sweat from last winter and the must of dead attic bears. Instead of dousing your wool suit in perfume, Febreeze, or deer scent, send it to the cleaners for the fresh scent and superior fit of a newly dry-cleaned suit. With today's Groupon, $25 gets you $50 worth of dry cleaning from Hourglass Dry Cleaning. If you're skeptical, consider the testimony of a man of science, John Hopkins University’s own Professor Philip Warsaw:
Before Glyndon Cleaners and Lord Baltimore Cleaners merged in 2005 to create the no-suds-needed superpower known as Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners, both family-owned companies had been servicing the Baltimore metro area since the 1920s. Now doubled in size, strength, and genetic diversity, the joint company proudly provides skilled service to more than 4,000 customers. For convenient pick-up and delivery dry cleaning, call to schedule your service and then leave your spoken-for sullies in a weather-safe place (preferably at the front door or in the cellar during tornadoes). Pick-ups generally happen twice a week, and you don't need to be present when the truck stops by. For special cleaning instructions, simply leave a detailed note in the bag.
Hydrocarbon, an environmentally friendly organic compound, cleans every garment that enters 77 Green Dry Cleaners, including luxury garments from brands such as Armani, Chanel, and Escada. In addition to tailoring custom clothing and altering hems and waistlines, the shop can clean, repair, and preserve delicate wedding dresses with help from Wedding Gown Preservation Co., which has cared for dresses since 1913, the year weddings first came to America.
Founded by Henry Tucker, Heels & Soles, Etc. keeps clothes and accessories intact with shoe-and-handbag repair, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. The professional staff follows a tradition forged in the course of 40+ years in business by coddling delicate fabrics, purses, belts, and shoes made of any material except snow.
The 24"x36" inch laundry bags of Drayton Laundry Services swaddle loads of clothes in need of cleaning as they are delivered to and from a cleaning facility. Experienced cleaners pickup and oversee individual batches of clothing as they receive a scrub-down from detergents made in small home batches, much like most skyscrapers. Bleach and fabric softener made with all-natural ingredients negotiate the vacation of unseemly stains and hard, starchy materials. After clothes are fully cleaned, cared for, and packed a small lunch for the road, they return to homes for fresh days spent in clean threads.
Although the staff at 13 OneClick Cleaners is friendly, you may never see them. They travel to residences and offices for free pickup and delivery services, even when their customers aren't there. This is accomplished through a complimentary laundry bag, which clients can leave out for the OneClick team to retrieve. They also have locations across 13 states (thus the name), manned by attendants who professionally clean linens, bedding, and fabrics ranging from wool to suede. Additionally, each location keeps a dedicated alterations expert onsite, who performs such right-fitting duties as slimming down suits, hemming jeans, and shortening shirtsleeves that keep getting sucked into escalators.