Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
Though Always Brite?s staffers specialize in high-tech steam cleanings for carpets, that's not their only talent. The fully licensed and insured techs can also use Prochem brand chemicals and other tools to revamp drapery, tune-up furniture upholstery, or remove mattress tags without fear of government reprisal. Ventilation cleanings scour deep soil from dryer and heat ducts, whisking away mold, mildew, and other airborne pollutants. Tenants can also call on Always Bright for one-time cleanings before a move or after a roommate-bonding tomato-sauce fight.
The technicians at Natural Cleaners revivify garments while respecting the earth's delicate ecosystem, eschewing traditional petroleum-based solvents for GreenEarth, a nontoxic formula made of silicone derived naturally from sand. Five Milwaukee-area storefronts bustle free from fumes and pollutants as suits, dresses, and coats shake off dirt during dry or professional-grade wet cleanings. Wedding-dress cleaning and preservation primes gowns for years of heirloom storage or Miss Havisham costume contests, and an in-house seamstress alters hemlines and cuffs to create dashing silhouettes. Household textiles also kowtow to Natural Cleaners' expertise as draperies, bedspreads, and feather pillows return home spic and span.
For 32 years, the friendly crew at Fish Window Cleaning has meticulously cleaned windowpanes and pained windows throughout the Milwaukee area and beyond. The fast-growing business is also a Better Business Bureau TORCH Award Winner. Uniformed professionals spontaneously manifest at homes to rid your windows of grime caused by dust, pollen, and molting fairies. When sparkling the interior side of windows, the cleaners treat home furnishings and fixtures with respect. Fish's professionals will clean windows inside and out ($4 average per pane of glass) until your home hums “Rubber Duckie” in a key of hygienic satisfaction.
The friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning have been scrubbing the enrobements of southeastern Wisconsinians for more than 40 years. The noble employees will confront any stain with strong words and all the dirt-scattering ammo in their arsenal, ensuring your garments return to you soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses. Sweat-soaked blouses ($8.03), mud-caked slacks ($8.04), butter-drenched bedspreads (starting at $24.31), and your beloved sea-water-doused prom jumpsuit ($21.30) will be cleaned, freshly dried, and folded into neat origami ostriches. The Department of Natural Resources–partnered environmental dry cleaner will bestow upon you the freshly cleaned garments on recycled hangers, enclosed in recycled bags.
Although the big-picture motto “a clean home is a happy home,” guides the skilled staff members of Happy Homes during its detailed, in-depth cleaning packages, it's the little gestures that set them apart. Their dedication to detail extends to doling out free treats to canine residents as well keeping an experienced horticulturist on staff to tend to lawns. They also recognize that their customers spend a large part of their lives in vehicles and offer mobile car detailing and boat cleaning so that owners look and feel great when driving their boat down the highway.