January has been white sale month ever since John Wanamaker started the tradition in Philadelphia in 1878. Buying those new sheet sets makes us look forward to snuggling up in bed on a cold winter’s night – but what about the other bedroom linens which aren’t replaced so often? January is a great time to take down-filled comforters and woolen blankets to the dry cleaner so they look as crisp and fresh as your new sheets. Accent pillows, fluffy covers and bedroom drapes retain their colors and finish better when cleaned without water, and these items rarely fit into a home washing machine, anyway.
Hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: $25 any size down comforter
Heavenly cleaners offers free pickup and delivery to area businesses, providing professional service to business professionals such as lawyers, accountants and executives. Mike Baker, Heavenly Cleaners’ general manager, says old customers remain loyal even when they move to Livonia or Wyandotte — and it helps that the staff knows most customers by their first names. Prices are highly competitive – a laundered shirt costs $1.50 including pickup and delivery, which is offered three times a week. Staff will go out of their way to fix any problem without nickel and diming people out of house and home. Heavenly Cleaners also donates to the Knights of Columbus and Gleaners Food Bank.
Hours: Mon – Fri 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dubin offers pick-up and delivery services to homes throughout Farmington Hills, Franklin, West Bloomfield, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills. The store is currently running its Winter Warmth Campaign, which collects winter clothing to donate to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. The mission has been serving the inner-city for 102 years by providing food, shelter and various services to the homeless. Dubin Cleaners is committed to making sure each individual is properly clothed and warm, and hopes the community will join in this effort. Look for the 20 percent off blankets and comforters coupon on Dubin’s web site.
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $2.99 per pound
The Wash Haus has been in operation in Dearborn for 24 years. Its owner, who goes only by Charlie, guarantees competitive prices quality cleaning service. Bulk dry cleaning costs $2.99 per pound and the store offers free pickup and delivery within two miles of the business with a $10 minimum purchase. This cleaner donates orphaned clothing to the local fire department, police department, and area churches.
Town and Country Cleaners
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $34.50 to clean a queen size down comforter
Town and Country Cleaners is known for its meticulous attention to detail, particularly on wedding gown preservation. Located near Crittenton Hospital, this cleaner is popular with upscale clients.
Romero Anton Montalban-Anderssen is the winner of the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working Writers Organization. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law. His work can be found at Examiner.com.