In the decades since 1949, as fashion fads such as leather jackets, bell bottoms, and white blazers have come and gone, the stain-removal specialists at Martinizing Dry Cleaner on the west side of Cleveland have held steadfast, cleaning and pressing virtually any garment in-store. At Cleveland’s trio of local family-owned dry cleaners, the staff cleans, alters, and launders everything from dress shirts and gowns to suede shoes and Ugg boots. Combined with the computerized inventory system keeping track of every garment, a home-delivery service keeps pants from getting lost when trying to walk home on their own.
Nabbing a 2011 Talk of the Town award for customer satisfaction, the garment de-gunkers at Champion Cleaners and Tuxedo Rentals continue their 61-year tradition of stellar service. Experts gently purify full suits, dresses, and coats ($11 each) and return delicate sweaters ($3.75) to mint Cosby condition. Individual suit pieces ($5.50 each)—such as pants, shirts, and jackets—compare notes with the vestigial garment colloquially known as the vest ($4.25). Dry cleaners revive threads Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though additional services are not included in this deal, Champion also offers alterations, tuxedo rentals, wedding-gown preservation, and zipper repairs.
Recognized by the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute and Sanitone, Colonial Cleaners is a family-owned operation that's been banishing grime from clients' duds for more than 60 years. With dry-cleaning services, business suits ($9.35) and slacks ($4.70) shed all evidence of office ink-cartridge fights, and dresses ($9.35) emerge ready to drape gams in stainless folds. Patrons can stretch unsullied arms in laundered shirts ($1.99) and sweaters ($4.90), or drop off such specialty fabrics as silk, cashmere, and rugs, which have recently become a hot item in the world of couture fashion. The helpful hands at Colonial Cleaners can also remove the icing from post-wedding cake fights and return wedding gowns pressed and clean. While prices vary depending on the gown, cleaning services usually range from $50 to $250 and may cost more. Items typically await retrieval after three days.
Seven days a week, Duds ‘n Suds and Reynolds resonate with the gentle hum of their fleet of coin-operated washers and driers. Customers can manually cleanse their dirty apparel and towels or drop off laundry by the pound at the Duds ‘n Suds location to be washed, dried, and folded by the laundromats’ expertly trained staff. Customers waiting for freshly washed or dried articles can sip on complimentary coffee or place bets on how many tootsie pops it takes to fill a dryer.
The tailors and seamstresses at Perfect Fit Alterations take in clients' ill-fitting garments and transform them into well-proportioned pieces of winning wardrobes. Their cutting and sewing capabilities span the entirety of the sartorial spectrum, from wedding dresses that need slimming to suits that need taking in and seats that need repairing. They also offer express services, such as hemming, so clients can avoid risking an indecent-ankle-exposure violation in public.
Along with standard dry-cleaning services and wedding-gown preservation, the technicians at Dry Cleaning Specialties can even salvage garments damaged by fire, water, and smoke. After an inspection, the team cleans and deodorizes any clothing item, as well as rugs, bed linens, and shoes, returning them to pristine condition. Damaged stuffed animals are also eligible for repairs, should they suffer from the acquisition of too much love.