Armed with more than a decade's worth of styling experience, Mancini de Paris guides his team of stylists and technicians as they pamper patrons from head to toe. Staffers administer services ranging from haircuts to pedicures with brand-name products from companies including Dermalogica, Redken, and Goldwell. The salon area houses blue chairs for patrons to relax in as stylists wash, snip, color, perm, and talk to hair, and the dedicated spa area features plush pedicure chairs and private treatment rooms with linen-draped massage tables.
The expert dry cleaners at Browns Valley Cleaners employ a special eco- and clothes-friendly method that keeps colors vibrant and fabric soft. The staff eschews typical dry-cleaning materials in favor of a carbonated fluid and gentle soaps that won’t cause harm to the environment or attract squawking flocks of seagulls. Browns Valley Cleaners’ free home pickup and next-day delivery services ease the burden on customers who don’t have the time to commute to the store itself.
The skilled technicians at Sonia's Dry Cleaners restore sullied shirts and pantsuits to store-fresh conditions, protecting clothes as well as the environment with GreenEarth cleaning solutions free of perchloroethylene and hydrocarbons. In addition to purifying textile pores and decoding hieroglyphic messages on Christmas sweaters, Sonia's Dry Cleaners sews patches onto tattered jeans and performs custom alterations to ensure a perfect fit. Understanding that not all wardrobes consist entirely of cotton and other easily washable materials, the technicians also specialize in the care of leather garments, purses, and wedding gowns.
GreenStreets Cleaners uses more eco-friendly dry-cleaning solvents than traditional formulas. Although, because even these greener solvents release hydrocarbon by-products, GreenStreets goes the extra mile by using machines that capture and store all of the hydrocarbons until a licensed recycling company can neutralize them. The business’s commitment to environmental responsibility doesn’t stop there. Wash-and-fold laundry services get clothes clean with a plant-derived laundry detergent made exclusively from sprouts that live long and happy lives before they are harvested. Clients who return their plastic dry-cleaning bags and wire hangers get a 10-cent credit for the eco-friendly practice, and all of the company’s delivery services are furnished by fuel-efficient vehicles.
With only a portable cleaning system and a set of buckets, father-and-son team Paul and Tim Casson began their carpet-care business, eventually partnering with two close friends and later, their daughter and sister Tiffany Casson. Today, Tiffany Casson is the primary shareholder, and Casson & Son Carpet Care is still owned by the Casson clan, even after weathering some difficult times. All five of the current owners and operators proudly clean carpets themselves and interact with homeowners one-on-one while expunging dirt from weathered floor coverings with powerful truck-mounted steam systems, mild detergents, and residue-eliminating rinse. The company, which is certified by The Clean Trust, uses only products that are safe for use around pets and children.
The Alameda outpost of Martinizing Dry Cleaning has a clear strength: getting clothes back to customers quickly. The franchise earned the Martinizing company’s 100% quality and service rating five separate times in recognition of its ability to return clothes promptly. Credit the outfit’s same-day service guarantee, which holds that clothes brought in by noon can be returned by 5 p.m. Other policies are equally convenient for customers; the store is open late on weeknights and doesn’t vandalize local street signs to make it harder to find your way there.