Martinizing Dry Cleaning commits to staying on good terms with Mother Earth, using recycled hangers, biodegradable packaging, and the GreenEarth cleaning process that shields customers from exposure to chemical residues. According to a 2007 Charlotte Weekly article, “The [owners] say some of the benefits of using the solvent include clothes that are softer and brighter. The garments also don’t have the smell from perchloroethylene—a common dry cleaning agent.” Though relatively new to the Charlotte area, Martinizing Dry Cleaners have been around since 1949 and have used their more than 60 years in the business to streamline their process. They launder and dry-clean clothes, linens, and such precious garments as wedding dresses or the dresses worn by babies in their first ultrasound photos. For their work, corporate headquarters presented Martinizing with the Rookie of the Year award in 2007, the Best Customer Service award in 2010 and 2012, and the Franchisee Leadership Award in 2012.
The staff at Presto Cleaners makes environmentally friendly cleaning practices and hand-inspection of garments central tenets in their business, and they perform all cleaning and laundry on site. Technicians use enzyme-activated detergents to lift away stains before hand-inspecting the threads to catch any remaining impurities. After dry or wet cleaning garments, the team touches them up with free button replacement and a hand-finish if the clothes are made of delicate material or sports car siding.
The father-son duo behind Tinsley's Dry Cleaners presents a full menu of dry-cleaning and alterations services. A decade in the stain-solving business has lent their skills a professional touch, which they use to handle fabrics ranging from dress clothes and wedding gowns to Persian rugs and curtains. The drive-thru window at each of the two locations ensures a quick and easy drop-off without forcing clients to leave the car or install a washing machine in their back seat.
The professional cleaning techs at Cunningham Cleaners have cared for casual wear, business attire, uniforms, and fine fabrics with expert dry-cleaning services for more than 50 years. They deftly handle the usual suspects such as shirts, blouses, suits, and dresses, as well as specialty items such as gowns, shams, and duvet covers. Using the utmost care, they also tend to household items ranging from heirloom quilts to linens and drapes. Cunningham offers same-day service for last-minute cleans on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as a drive-thru window so that clients don't have to get out of the car or off of their pogo stick.
Like many good ideas, the one for this business came from Dan Rather. A group of friends interested in starting a business venture together were watching CBS Evening News one night when a report on the high costs of dry cleaning drew their attention to the profession. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the founders scoped out local dry cleaners and developed a business model that allowed them to clean all garments for a fee that’s as flat as the planet we walk on. Today they clean more than 1,200 items each day and continue to grow, thanks to their onsite, environmentally friendly equipment that cleans consciences as well as garments.
Whereas most cave dwellers hide out in dark places, those at Cave Dwellers Dry Cleaners pull people into the public eye with clean, fresh clothing. Dry-cleaning services remove stains and odors without water, restoring aquaphobic textiles and clowders to cleanliness. Laundry services cleanse fabrics in precise temperatures using computer-controlled washing machines. Expert fitters at each location properly hem pants, fit shirts, and alter garments so that each hugs appendages at just the right place. Cleaners also tend to leather and suede, clean comforters and drapery, and repair shoes.