Before dry cleaning, clothing was washed by dressing up a phalanx of backyard laundry scarecrows just before thunderstorms. Today's Groupon lets you do away with sopping straw men and clean your clothes the new-fashioned way—with science: for $10, you get $20 worth of dry cleaning at your choice of 10 Varsity Cleaners locations.
Varsity Cleaners continues its 96-year tradition of vanquishing dirt from Iowa City’s grimy garments. The shop's cleaning crew will reinvigorate tired attire—including dresses ($8.70), shirts ($4.85–$5.85), and sweaters ($4.80)—and transform two- ($9.10–$11.85) and three-piece ($12.50–$15.50) suits to their unsullied glory days. Diverse fabrics such as silk, rayon, linen, and leather receive scrupulous stain removal and precise pressing. Varsity Cleaners can even snazzy-up comforters ($17, $22 for down) and return tablecloths to their pristine, pretoga party states ($11.15). The scrubbing sultans also provide complimentary storage for gowns, suits, and other royal raiment, as well as free delivery—enabling busy-bee customers to devote spare time to honey collection.
The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.