Not just launderers but garment-care experts, Knob Hill Cleaners restores and freshly cleans apparel of all fabrics. With a gentle dry-cleaning process, it puts everything from blue jeans to frilly dresses through a safe, waterless wash. Experienced with even the most cumbersome items, it can also cleanse household linens as well as some leather and fur.
U-CA-TAN is an area favorite, earning second place for Best Tanning in 2008 from CityVoters. Its Mystic Tan is the original and patented spray tan, bronzing and gilding bodies without UV in 30 seconds. Once a person steps into the booth, his or her whole body will be immediately saturated with an aloe-vera-based solution that bronzes humans like a pair of baby shoes. Around six hours later, the spray-on-awesome will develop into a golden, natural-looking tan that will inspire envy from beach bums and pool hobos. With proper care, hides can remain tanned and toned for several days, giving clients a temporary color that's better for the skin than standard sunning.
After the LA Kings complete games, SWAT team members end a shift, or Air Force firefighters finish dousing flames, they drop their gear at Super Clean. The Super Clean team can clean anything that fits in the machine and has the expertise to get foul odors, mold, and bacteria out of sports and protective equipment as well as other soft goods–from dog beds reeking of urine to costumes consumed by body odor or wetsuits smelling of stinky whale breath. Using eco-friendly solutions made from essential oils and a machine that holds each piece securely in place during the cleaning process, they prevent damage to both the environment and the items entrusted to them.
At each of Super Suds Dog Wash's self-service stations, pooches splash in waist-deep tubs as owners lather up their coats with tearless shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer from built-in dispensers. Upon the first arrival, pet owners receive a punch card with 40 slots, each valued at $1, and eight of which can be redeemed for one 10-minute wash. Over the course of 10 minutes, dogs bask as owners massage products—including flea-and-tick shampoo—into their fur and warm, flowing water flows over pelts. A vacuuming function slurps away excess water, hair, and any hair extensions your dog might secretly be wearing. A blow dryer evaporates remaining water and fluffs squeaky-clean fur. Dogs with third-degree furriness or prima-donna hounds who take extra-long baths may require extra time, and each additional slot buys two extra minutes.
A family-owned operation since 1929, Classic Cleaners smartens up garments with professional dry-cleaning services, attracting the admiration of reporters from the Enterprise. Customers can pamper dress pants ($6.05), a sweater ($6.13), or a ghost costume woven from Egyptian cotton with a dry clean, during which meticulous spotting and hand-finishing ensures perfection. Capable cleaners also gussy up rugs ($8–$150), and talented tailors shorten or elongate slacks ($12.32). Staff pack a freshly laundered or dry-cleaned comforter ($29–$40) into one of the company’s eco-friendly bags, which customers are encouraged to reuse on future visits or when sack racing to work.