Laundry101’s staff picks up soiled clothing and household fabrics from customers’ homes, and returns them sans dirt and stains about 48 hours later. They dry-clean items and wash each client’s load of laundry separately so that clothes don’t get mixed up or misplaced, and afterwards place dry-cleaning on hangers and fold laundry. The staff also honors special instructions, from letting jeans hang-dry, repairing broken zippers, or adding extra starch to shirts with poor posture.
The wardrobe washers at Jackline Soap & Suds take the grunt work out of garb de-griming by taking in tarnished threads and returning them looking as clean and crisp as the day their owners gave birth to them. Drop off 10 soiled shirts for a spin in a suds-filled washing machine, where they'll be subjected to a thorough rinsing before curling up in a toasty dryer with a cup of hot cocoa and a paperback. The careful laundry laborers remove dehydrated shirts from the dryer and eradicate obstinate wrinkles with a steaming iron, returning them faster than the speed at which electricity flows through Jell-O.
Splash 'Em Out's team of professionals man an arsenal of mammoth 20- to 60-pound front-load washers that can handle up to six loads of laundry at a time. When clothes are washed clean, they're moved into extra-large dryers with high, medium, or no heat settings capable of handling anything from heavy-duty towels to delicate undergarments. For customers who prefer performing the wash themselves, Splash 'Em Out's four locations keep customers' minds off the wait with entertainment including cable TV, video games, WiFi, and a children's play area. Stained clothes get special attention from Splash 'Em Out's staff, who can remove remnants of smoke, soot, or water stains from damaged clothing and thoroughly clean horse blankets without riding the horse through a car wash.
The garment experts at Emperors Cleaners take meticulous care as they tackle stains and oust wrinkles to render clothes immaculate. The family-owned and operated business welcomes soiled shirts, skirts, and two-piece suits, tending to all of their splotches and smudges in-house where they can oversee every detail. They whisk garments in and out within the same business day for clients whose schedules overflow with board meetings, play dates, and thumb-twiddling competitions.
Carbonation makes a cold soda refreshing, but it can also make a carpet clean. At Queen City Bluegrass Chemdry, technicians lift stains and odors from carpet with a carbonation-powered cleaning system combined with a nontoxic cleaning solution called The Natural. The quick-drying, eco-friendly process employs water efficiently, unlike typical carpet-cleaning procedures that involve spraying your living room with a garden hose. Though the company’s technicians are best known for wall-to-wall carpeting treatments, they also can wield their stain savvy to cleanse area rugs and upholstery.
The sheer volume of garments that Widmer's Cleaners has dry-cleaned over the past 100 years is astronomical, but there are a few special items that will never be forgotten. Widmer's processed many vintage garments on display at the Smithsonian, such as Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders outfit, and the suit that Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Today, the service menu has expanded—technicians will clean carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery, as well as perform a slew of other services. Widmer's is actively involved in the community, contributing to charities such as Goodwill and the American Red Cross.