Clean, green solutions for your clothes and household fabrics

Local dry cleaning team shares eco-friendly solutions to keep your textiles top-notch

If it’s time to freshen up your favorite fall sweater, your local experts have the ideal eco-friendly solution – and it’s good for your sweater, too!

While the dry cleaning industry hasn’t always made a good name for itself on the environmental front, here in Aberdeen, Curtis and Jan Scheelke were ahead of the game when it came to green solutions.

Beginning in 2004 at Aberdeen’s Valley Cleaners, the family embraced eco-friendly cleaning products using a silicone-based solution from Green Earth Cleaning.

And it’s not only the environment that benefits from the choice, but also your clothes.

“Silicone has been tested in labs and countries around the world and is not only safer than the traditional petroleum-based solvents, but is the most effective cleaning solution,” Curtis says.

An odorless and colorless byproduct of sand, liquid silicone is recognized as safe for air, soil and water, Green Earth notes. And as an excellent carrier for detergents that doesn’t chemically react to fabrics, silicone cleans and rinses more gently than traditional solvents, reducing wear and tear on fabrics, and making it a safe choice for more clothing.

Seventeen years in, it’s clear the Scheelkes’ customers also appreciate the progressive, environmentally conscious philosophy from a business that’s very much part of its community.

Valley Cleaners takes special care with all your garments and specialty items — sleeping bags, bedding, and even formal robes for Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Valley Cleaners takes special care with all your garments and specialty items — sleeping bags, bedding, and even formal robes for Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Cleaning beyond clothing

Beyond those favorite clothing pieces trusted to the longstanding, local cleaning team, many families also rely their expertise for those bigger items that can be challenging to clean at home, like delicate drapes and bulky bedding.

If you’re preparing for holiday guests, or it’s simply been a while since you’ve given your household bedding a good clean, Valley Cleaners will soon have it clean, smelling fresh and looking its best.

“With smaller, residential-sized washers and dryers, many people don’t have the opportunity to clean their bedding often enough,” Curtis says. “We can offer either dry cleaning or water-based cleaning for their bedding and if they don’t have a preference, we’ll choose the method that will provide the best results.”

Both Valley Cleaners and their Speedy Wash location in Hoquiam offer modern, safe, self-serve laundromat services with full time attendants on duty, plus wash and fold services for those short on time. In addition, they even have a tailor and a seamstress for repairs and alterations to clothing and other textiles.

Visit Valley Cleaners in Aberdeen at 600 W Market St., open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last load time), Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Find Speedy Wash in Hoquiam at 401 6th St., open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Follow Valley Cleaners on Facebook for the latest coupon codes!

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