Lapels Dry Cleaning's professional staff purifies prized fabrics with environmentally friendly practices that have earned the cleaners certification as an EnviroStars business. Prices vary from location to location, but customers can drop off sullied sweaters ($6.25+), pants ($6.35+), two-piece suits ($13.45+), or down comforters ($30+) for a cleansing encounter with an odorless, nontoxic solvent. As a further commitment to eco-friendly commerce, Lapels recycles all hangers and bags, and uses only low-energy LED signage rather than coal-powered billboards or easily weaponized nuclear marquees.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
A Plus Tailors and Cleaners frees sullied shirts and blemished blouses from the burdens of being spotted in public—and also alters pants, suits, and gowns for personalized fits. A Plus technicians can remove spaghetti stains from dress shirts, coffee spots from ties, and saliva residue from hot-dog mascot costumes. Through the use of powerful detergents and tender hands, sweaters become filth-free ($3.75), black dresses get restored to mirror-seducing shapeliness ($7.90), and comforters are enabled to warm bodies without the lingering stench of gunpowder from attempts to celebrate the Fourth of July in bed (starting at $20).
Amid the cheerful orange walls of Extreme Clean Laundry, rows upon rows of advanced, stainless-steel washers and dryers bustle and hum while cleansing vestments. Four jumbo washers scrub loads of up to 60 pounds within 12 minutes, and the massive dryers can tackle up to 75 pounds at a time. A rechargeable-swipe-card system eliminates the need to use up quarters or valuable antique doubloons and three flat-screen televisions tower over the expansive seating area where video games and vending machines abound.
In addition to self-service laundry, Extreme Clean Laundry lets customers drop off their soiled duds. Armed with quality detergents and softeners, staff members meticulously wash, dry, and fold each item, matching socks, spot-checking for stains, and combing through gorilla suits to remove banana remnants.
For more than 80 years, Hope Cleaners has transformed the crumpled contents of overflowing hampers into handsomely cleaned and pressed garments prepared to flap fashionably in the wind. Using nontoxic and biodegradable solvents, professionals march unruly accouterments through a thorough dry, wet, or hand cleaning process that picks off garb-sullying specks with the efficiency of a mother gorilla tending to her young with a lint roller. After weathering an ankle-splattering coffee spill or wandering into a lump of gum, marred pants can walk themselves to the cleaners and return the next day, freshly revived ($5). Hope Cleaners also restores a two-piece suit—be it double-breasted, zoot, or space ($10.75)—in an equally rapid manner, and helps customers get the gravy stains out of a favorite Thanksgiving sweater just in time for a mid-summer practice run ($5.25).