Next week may mark the official beginning of spring, but here in Alaska it will still be a month or so before we start seeing green. However, you can swing into spring right now and get a head start on your spring cleaning by starting with your wardrobe at the environmentally friendly Summit Cleaners in Soldotna, "We were the first earth friendly dry cleaners and now we have expanded to earth friendly laundry services as well and we even are recycling hangers," says Jeff and Theresa Graves, owners and operators of Summit Cleaners. "We actually use soap and not detergents and we are using half the energy with our new earth friendly systems the products we use called Eco-Sol has been approved even by the most strict regulations as non-hazardous," explained Graves.
Jeff is also a certified leather cleaner, "People often think we send leather garments outside for cleaning, but I went to school and got certified in leather and suede and we've been doing on average of 8 to 10 leather coats, pants, and dresses a week right here for the last 12 years," he said. Jeff and Theresa are also proud to offer garment heir looming at Summit Cleaners, "We start with a proper cleaning to remove any soil or stains and whiten the garment to remove any yellowing that has occurred over the years then when it's bright we preserve it in an heir looming box which is then sealed in another container making the perfect package to with stand time. We've been doing this long enough to have had people bring in their wedding dresses that we have heir loomed and have us press them so their daughter can wear them at their wedding, and then be preserved again for the next generation.
We've been in business for a long time and making your memories last is a fun part of our business," added Jeff.
Summer will be here before you know it and Jeff and Theresa can help you get ready for the Alaskan camping season by cleaning your sleeping bags, comforters, and bed spreads, "We've even cleaned tents," said Theresa. Additionally what people may not know is that Summit Cleaners is not only the place to take your clothes and camping gear, but they also specialize in flood and fire restorations and drapery cleaning.
"We also do a lot of uniform rentals to local shops and garages and of course we have Lisa Ritter an excellent seamstress here on site along with Terry Sorenson our pant pressing specialist. We do it all and even offer tours of the facility for elementary and home schoolers," said Theresa. Locally owned and operated Summit Cleaners is located in Kenai and Soldotna and have been serving the Peninsula since 1984. For more information call 262-6303 or 283-9155.
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