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Dry cleaning questions

It's such a terrible feeling to wash a load of laundry at home only to discover that stain is still there, or worse yet, one of your clothes has bled all over your others and now your white shirt is an off-pink. Dry cleaning is an alternative to cleaning your clothes at home, and sometimes, depending on the fabric, it is your only choice for cleaning clothes.

  • What is dry cleaning>
    Dry cleaners use professional machines to clean laundry. Instead of using water, they use a solvent, as some fabrics such as leather and suede cannot be washed in water. This is where they get the name “dry” cleaners, as water is not used.

  • How do I know if my clothes need to be dry cleaned?
    Read the tags, as they will state if the garment needs to be dry cleaned or not. Remember when buying clothes that using dry cleaners is an extra expense that the penny-saving shopper should be aware of.

  • What do they do at the dry cleaners?
    Besides cleaning clothes and removing stains, some dry cleaners employ tailors and can perform alterations to clothes. Alterations are important if you want your clothes to fit, especially for big occasions like weddings. Most customers also like the convenience of having a tailor and a laundry cleaning service in the same store. Also, there are different levels of service. Some dry cleaners offer same day services at no charge, while others charge extra. Some will even deliver your clothes. Finally, another trend in dry cleaning today is to be more eco-friendly, as the solvents used for dry cleaning tend to be made up of harmful and toxic chemicals. New machines are being developed that use carbon dioxide instead and these cleaners are marketing themselves as “green” or environmentally friendly.
  • National Cleaners Association
    The many professional members of our association specialize in all types of cleaning from apparel to upholstery. If you own a dry cleaning or laundromat business, join our association today!
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   DRY-CLEANERS IN/NEAR BOSTON
    Royal White Laundry
    1 review: *****
    181 Cedar St, Somerville, MA 02145
    (617) 776-7184 Write review for this local business

    "Over recent years the quality of service has declined considerably. I have had two good garments (a shirt, a pair of slacks) simply torn by this cleaner. The staff seems clueless, as communication among the shifts or from management appears to be nonexistent. ..."
    Chelsea Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    467 Eastern Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150
    (617) 887-1775 Write review for this local business

    "This shop ruined my $400 blazer by washing it instead of dry-cleaning it. The owner unprofessional, irresponsible people. When I called them to discuss my jacket, they denied making any mistake and hung up on me. When I called back I was redirected to a fax machine. They shrunk the blazer by almost 2 sizes! I can not wear it any more. I told that I will write a review to share my experience w ..."
    Broadway Dry Cleaning
    3 reviews: *****
    736 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 776-3701 Write review for this local business

    "I have taken my clothes here several times because they are close to my apartent and I have finally had it with them. They are rude when talking with customers, you need to wait for ten minutes for the clerk to emerge from the back room (or sometimes from the snack store across the street), they keep irregular store hours, have prices that range considerably (a suit cleaning can cost anywhere fro ..."
    Winn Dry Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    22 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 623-5458 Write review for this local business

    "I have never in my 31 years in life encountered a woman as hostile and mean as the one that owns Winn Cleaners on College Ave in Somerville, MA. I gave the middle-aged Asian woman my jeans to alter and she didn't do a good job and was off by half an inch which was just enough to make the jeans not fit. Instead of acknowledging the issue, she kept on saying, "It's not my mistake!" Her attitude was ..."
    Orchid Dry Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    143 Cypress St, Brookline, MA 02445
    (617) 731-4777 Write review for this local business

    "My clothes are always neatly pressed and do good work in alteration. I recommend ..."
    Billings Cleaners
    2 reviews: *****
    224 W Squantum St, Quincy, MA 02171
    (617) 328-0945 Write review for this local business

    "Takes too long to dry clean ..."
    Rainbow Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    234 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
    (781) 648-6620 Write review for this local business

    "They ruined my drapes and took no responsibility. Don't ever go here! ..."
    Hyde Park Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    1257 Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136
    (617) 361-2315 Write review for this local business

    "I had a wedding to attend and realized the blouse I was going to wear needed cleaning. I brought it here first thing this morning, and they have it ready for me to wear tonight! What a lifesaver! ..."
    Discount Cleaners
    1 review: *****
    423 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180
    (781) 246-3103 Write review for this local business

    "Brought in a mans leather Jacket with a torn collar. Was told they could repair it but would have to send it out. Received the Jacket back 1 week later with a bill for $90.00. Got the jacket home and found the receipt from a dry cleaners less than 1/4 mile away for $50.00. They charged me $40.00 to take the jacket 2 blocks away, would have brought it there myself ! ..."
    Quincy Cleaner
    1 review: *****
    33 Scammell St, Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 472-8287 Write review for this local business

    "excelent service and very friendly staff ;-). I would recommend this dry clean to all. ..."
    State House Cleaners Write review for this local business
    122 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 723-4747  
    French Cleaners The Write review for this local business
    130 Dartmouth St Ste 3, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 424-8084  
    Back Bay Dry Cleaners Write review for this local business
    145 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 859-2905  
    American Dry Cleaners Write review for this local business
    172 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 720-1590  
    American Cleaners Write review for this local business
    151 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
    (617) 426-8972  
    Bush Cleaners Write review for this local business
    101 Federal St Lbby 2, Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 261-0611  
    Salem St Laundry Ctr Write review for this local business
    68 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
    (617) 742-2406  
    Beacon Hill Cleaners Write review for this local business
    151 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 742-6919  
    Fleet Dry Cleaning Write review for this local business
    22 Fleet St, Boston, MA 02113
    (617) 723-1940  
    Ross Cleaners Write review for this local business
    227 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 267-9732  
    Winn Cleaners Write review for this local business
    15 Myrtle St, Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 523-6860  
    Park Cleaners Write review for this local business
    75 Blossom Ct, Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 227-8447  
    Dependable Cleaners Write review for this local business
    110 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 267-1235  

    The dry cleaning industry will be around for as long as folks need special laundry done that they can't do at home. If you decide to work in this industry or own a facility, you may enjoy a certain level of job security.

    Owning a dry cleaner's requires business and customer service savvy to run properly. You'll have to know local and federal tax laws along with how to manage employees. Buying the proper machinery will be important to your business, including a sewing machine if you intend on offering tailoring and altering services. You can attend training seminars on the laundry cleaning process, stain removal, finishing procedures, and work flow. You'll need to be familiar with different types of fabrics (i.e. suede, leather, silk, etc.) and how to remove stains from them. If you don't have any clothing altering experience, it may be wise to get training before opening your shop. When a woman brings in her wedding gown to be changed, she'll expect quality work. You'll also need the training experience in order to train your employees.

    Buying the proper solutions for your equipment is important. The most popular chemical to use is tetrachloroethylene, known as perc, though it is considered hazardous to the environment and was labeled as a toxic carcinogen at one point. Newer, greener, safer materials are on the market today that produce the same results when it comes to apparel care. You can also advise customers on which solutions are commercially available and can be used for home carpet cleaning.

    It's up to you whether you allow for delivery services and same day pick-up. Cheaper rates may gain more customers, but charge too little and your business will not thrive.



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