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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

History of A Cleaner World

A Cleaner World was founded in 1969 and was owned by a group of local investors who believed in a concept of creating a regional dry cleaning company very similar to the One Hour Martinizing franchises that had been successful in the 1960's. But the company almost didn't make it. In the mid 1970's polyester wash and wear was introduced and the impact was substantial. A Cleaner World went through a four year period where a number of stores were closed and only one new one was opened.

In 1981 Butch Bearden and Ray Edwards purchased A Cleaner World from the 27 stockholders. At that time there were 23 locations. Mr. Edwards took steps to improve employee morale and to develop a customer focused business plan. Once that plan was in place, A Cleaner World began to again add locations in the Triad area of North Carolina. In 1982 Chris Edwards joined the company and served in various capacities before moving to the corporate office in High Point.

In 1995 A Cleaner World embarked on an aggressive expansion project by expanding into the Triangle area of North Carolina. Today they have 9 locations in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area. Together Ray and Chris Edwards have worked to build A Cleaner World into the place it is today - a caring, customer focused, family owned, civic minded business. While Ray semi-retired in 1996 and Chris became President and COO, they continue to work together to ensure A Cleaner World lives up to its promise.

Currently there are 39 A Cleaner World locations throughout North Carolina and Virginia. http://www.acleanerworld.com/about/locations.asp

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Mom Irons Sheets

My mom is crazy particular about their bed. I can't even begin to tell you all the specifics - tightly tucked corners, a certain fold on the pillow cases, and on and on. My parent's bed looks like - well it should belong in an expensive hotel. I never figured out how their bed looked just so until I discovered that my mom irons their sheets! How crazy is that?

I already feel like I have enough ironing to do. I faithfully change our sheets once a week so the thought of adding two sets of queen size sheets to the ironing pile every week is a bit overwhelming to me. Plus, I have a hard enough time just folding the fitted sheets. (On a side note, when searching the Internet to see if there are benefits to ironed sheets I learned that Oprah likes to have her sheets changed every other day. Lucky her.)

So just for curiosity sake - to iron or not iron? That's the question.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chocolate Is Always The Answer

I know I've mentioned that I'm a big foodie; I love to cook. But my real passion is baking, especially anything chocolate. My son has that same passion - well not so much the baking part but the eating part. With Valentine's Day next week, we decided that instead of giving his classmates and his teacher cards, we would make chocolate heart shaped suckers for everyone. Everything with a 4 year old is messy. Imagine my kitchen and our clothes after working with melted chocolate.

Before we moved to Tennessee, I took all of our dress clothes plus anything with stains to A Cleaner World. Since I no longer have that option, I'm learning the art of stain removal. I need to provide a disclaimer - I am no professional. I am merely a mom with a messy little boy. If it says dry clean only, don't risk it. Just take it to A Cleaner World, and let a professional handle it. If it is washable then hopefully this will help:

  • Let the chocolate dry
  • Once dry, use something with a blunt edge to gently scrape away the excess
  • Turn the garment inside out and place under running water to help remove additional particles
  • Apply a stain remover or some liquid detergent to the area, rub gently, then let soak in
  • Wash the garment according to the label's directions

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We Don't Gender Price

I've heard many statements similar to this one over the years. Maybe a month ago, Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends made a comment about men's shirts being cheaper to clean than women's shirts in a way that suggested gender pricing. Before I worked at A Cleaner World, I too had that same misconception. Let me set the record straight.

As a general rule, we price clothing in half or full garment increments -- when it comes to dry cleaning. It doesn't matter the size or gender. Dress shirts for men, women, and children undergo a different process - they are laundered and machine ironed while wet on automatic equipment that produces lots of shirts per hour. If we get a dress shirt that cannot be laundered (that has to be dry cleaned and/or hand ironed) then it will be priced at the half garment price for dry cleaning plus any up charges if it contains silk or linen. Common variables that would exclude a garment from regular dress shirt pricing are: silk, linen, rayon, spandex, ruffles, pleats, special buttons or trim, and leather.

Does that help?
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