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Drysolv is green cleaning?

Comment; Perk is NOT GREEN The only green dry cleaning solvent is Drysolv. Answer; We are not using Perc. We use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved system referred to as Wet Clean. I’m sorry I don’t know were you got your miss information from. I’ve attached some information for you regarding Drysolv (n-propyl bromide) [...]

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Musty smell?

Question; I have a men’s suit that has a musty smell from storage-will your process eliminate the musty smell? THX Answer; Yes, our green dry cleaning process will remove that musty odor without any problems. As a matter of fact our green system will remove many different types of odors such as body odors, mold, smoke, food, more. [...]

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Synthetic Fur Spread & Coat

It’s that time of year, it’s a freezing -40 degrees below out (sorry not hear in California), you have on your favorite synthetic fur coat to say warm and can’t stop thinking about cuddling in front of the fire place with a love one on your cozy synthetic fur spread…then you sneeze and sneeze because [...]

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Holiday Napkins

  WARNING!   WARNING!   WARNING!   Holiday napkins are extremely dangerous for your clothes. These types of napkins are white paper napkins dyed to holiday colors and when they get wet the colors often bleed off. A favorite thing for people to do when they spill something on there clothes is to get a napkin dab [...]

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Music Box Bear

You kept that music box bear you loved so much as a child and now you want to give it to your child but you’re looking at it and it’s just a little disgusting. No need to worry or fret it can be cleaned up and making beautiful music in no time.   Consult an [...]

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Beaded/Sequence Blouse

  Don’t trust beading/sequence to just anyone. If handled incorrectly you will lose rolls of beading/sequence or worse they will all melt and your blouse will look terrible. Then what? You’ll hate your cleaner and yourself.   Consult an experience dry cleaner or send it to us via FedEx or UPS.     Pacific Heights [...]

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Decorative Pillows & Cushions

Decorative Pillows & Cushions     You’ve taken the trip of your life to India and brought back so great souvenir pillow and cushion covers. There beautiful and delicate but just one problem, they smell like India. How do you clean something so fragile?   Consult your professional dry cleaner or send it to us [...]

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Baby Bedding

Have a little one?   So Cute!   So Cutely!   So Precious!   Not when there sick and crying. Don’t put your pride and joy through that kind of tragedy. Have your baby bedding cleaned on a regular basis to keep all those nasty germs away.   Consult your professional dry cleaner or send it to us via [...]

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Cosmetic Bag

If you find that your cosmetics are on your bag as opposed to in your bag don’t fret. That can easily be cleaned by an experienced professional dry cleaner or send it to us via UPS/FedEx or US Mail.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st [...]

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Blue Cow jumped over the moon

The cow may have jumped over the moon but to keep your little one from getting sick you need to periodically clean the stuffed animals to rid the germs. This can easily be done by an experienced professional dry cleaner or send it to us via UPS/FedEx or US Mail.    Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito [...]

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Pacific Heights Cleaners, San Francisco

This is the Pacific Heights Cleaners store in San Francisco   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st & Best Certified Green Dry Cleaner

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Ginger Bread House

This Ginger Bread House was part of the Sausalito ginger bread house tour of 2008   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st & Best Certified Green Dry Cleaner

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Art Work

What do you do with you textile artworks? You still love it but it’s all dusty and dirty and you don’t want to throw it away. Bring it in and we can clean it for you and get all the dust off so you don’t have to throw it away   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito [...]

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Burberry Hand Bag

High fashion should always look glamorous and the most pristine. So don’t let dirtiness ruin the high fashion of your Burberry hand bag. Take it in for cleaning so that it looks and contends with other high fashion bags.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st [...]

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Coin Purse

Imagine this; you’re in Vegas playing the slots. Not even paying attention you get triple sevens. You collect your coins and put them into your coin purse as the come out of the machine. On your way to the cashier, your coin purse rips on the bottom and all your coins fall out. You manage [...]

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Feather Shawl

You’re at a fancy Italian restaurant. You reach for some bread but when you pull your arm back you accidentally hit the oil and vinegar dish. Most of the oil and vinegar spills onto your shawl. You’re devastated because you don’t know how to get the oil stain out. Luckily if you take it into [...]

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Fur Spread

While a customer and his family were away on vacation, their dog peed on their fur spread. They came back and they smelled something funny. They realized that their dog had peed on the fur spread. They were angry but they brought it in to see if we could clean it. We cleaned it and [...]

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Gucci Cap

A customer bought a nice Gucci cap an took it to Italy with her. While she was there, she spilt some tomato sauce and some red win on it. When she came back she was devastated but she brought it in and we were able to get every last remnant of the stains out so [...]

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Herme Mail Bag

You were on your way to the post office to mail some letters. You wanted to finish the last of your Diet Coke before you went in but you lifted the bottle to fast and some of it got onto your mail bag. It made you disappointed, but then you realized that right down the [...]

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Leather and Lace Trim Purse

You have a really cute purse with leather and lace on it. It was raining and you dropped it in the mud on your way home. You want to clean it, but you know that if you do, you might damage the lace. If you take it into your drycleaner, they will make sure it [...]

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Leather Clogs

Your leather clogs are really dirty but you don’t know how to clean them. You don’t even know if you can clean the shoes. They’re you favorite shoes and you don’t want to go and buy another pair of shoes. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean [...]

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Leather Purse

You really want to clean your favorite leather purse because it’s so dirty. But you don’t know how because it is leather. You can clean it but you don’t want to ruin the leather. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean it without damaging the leather so [...]

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Leather Trim Purse

You really want to clean your favorite purse because it’s so dirty. But you don’t know how because there is leather on it. You can clean it but you don’t want to ruin the leather. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean it without damaging the leather [...]

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Multi Colored Purse

Are you having trouble cleaning that multi colored purse that you own. It’s your favorite purse but you just don’t know how to clean it. You’ve tried and tried, but it still won’t clean. Take it into your local drycleaner and they’ll clean it for you and make it look better than ever.     [...]

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Rabbit Stuffed Animal

The H1N1 virus is floating around everywhere .Even though it’s not a pig, your kid is rolling around with this stuffed rabbit so much that your child could end up with the virus anyway. Get the rabbit cleaned before the winter season starts so your child has a better chance of staying healthy through the [...]

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Ranger’s Hat

A customer was on an amazing safari in the African Savannah with his new ranger hat that he bought. To his dismay, he dropped it just as they were about to leave and the driver accidentally ran over it. He was so sad but when he got back he brought it in to get it cleaned . It came out looking better than it did when [...]

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Suit case

Wow! This customer told me that he had an amazing time at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Unfortunately, his suitcase got trampled by some of the bulls. After he retuned, he brought his suitcase to us where we were able to restore it and make it look better than it did before.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San [...]

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Vintage Wedding Dress

Say your daughter just got married. During the wedding party, someone accidentally knocked over there glass of wine and got it on her dress. You were just shocked and worried because you didn’t know how to get it out. You didn’t even know where to begin. Don’t worry any longer because a non-toxic earth-friendly dry [...]

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White Chair

  Have you ever had a birthday party for your six year old kid? If you have, then you know that he and his friends will just destroy your house. Punch and cake will end up everywhere including your table, floors and even your chairs. It could even end up on your favorite white chair. But [...]

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Wizard’s Hat

You just had a Halloween party. You dressed up as a wizard this year. Everything went great, but after the party you realized that some coke was spilled onto your wizard’s hat! You’re trying everything you can to get it out, but you just can’t. Take it into a non-toxic drycleaner today and get it [...]

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Fishing Hat

What do you do with your favorite fishing hat, you’ve worn year after year and it’s starting to smell? OK just a little…not really, but your wife wants you to get rid of it. Don’t throw it away, bring it to knowledgeable dry cleaner and we can make it look (smell) as good as new! [...]

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What Happens When You Wash Rayon?

This is a classic example of what happens when Rayon is washed. Rayon is a fiber made from wood pulp and when it’s exposed to water the material becomes extremely stiff. With excess agitation from washing it will causes premature wear around the edges and often cause the seams to fray and split. The best [...]

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Where in India is eco dry cleaning practiced?

Question; i wanted to know that where in India is eco friendly dry cleaning practised.     Answer; The simplest form of eco dry cleaning is done on the banks of the river Ganga. Anyone and everyone cleaning there silk sari’s on the Ganga is using a simple form of green dry cleaning.   As [...]

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How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly?

Question; How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly? How do you use water solely and claim to clean clothes thoroughly? What about the chemicals in soap- is that environmentally friendly? I heard that “wet cleaning” shrinks your clothes?  Uauh   Answer; Let me separate your questions and answer them one at a time.   Question [...]

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S.F. takes green issue to dry cleaners

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday September 19,2009 about the hazards of dry cleaning solvents and the non toxic alternatives. Here is the link to the full article; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/18/MNNH19O3DM.DTL   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative. www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st & Best Certified Green Dry Cleaner.  

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How do I set the dye on a black jacket?

Question; Hi, I have a men’s BLACK blazer that was recently purchased. The materials are 100% cotton for the shell, 100% cotton for the lining. The label says dry clean only. I would like to wash this as it seems that the color is coming off onto other clothes and my hands when I put [...]

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How to Use Enzymes?

Stain removal with enzymes. What can it remove and how to use it. Enzymes are great for removing protein and tannin stains. Basically that’s everything that goes into or comes out of your body. Many food and drinks like milk, beef juice, soy sauce, chicken soup, alcohol, wine, tea, coffee or other proteins like blood, [...]

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How to remove blood stains using green products

Blood is a protein and can easily be removed with enzymes. The enzymes take a long time to work so you must factor that into your process. Take your time and enjoy the process, it’s not a wham bang thank you mam type of product. As always it is very important to test the color [...]

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San Francisco Environment Dry Clean Workshop

August 23, 2009   San Francisco Environment held a workshop to inform all the dry cleaners in the city and county of San Francisco of the health and environmental dangers of dry cleaning with the various solvent on the market as well as the regulation for those respective solvents. Our role in this workshop was [...]

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Testimonial from Christy M.

Best. Cleaners. Ever. Hands down. Very quick, reliable, reasonable, and, in these globally warmer times, GREEN!! I have relied on these cleaners for….. 10 years? Longer probably. They are very friendly and keep customers in a computer database to make keeping track of your items easier. I’ve never been so sloppy as to get a [...]

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Testimonial from Wendy J.

I love this place! They are always polite, do a wonderful job, get the clothes to you when promised and are always done beautifully!  I love that they aren’t cleaned with chemicals.  The alterations have been great, too.  I highly recommend this place!  They now have “green” dry cleaner bags.  They’re like the bags you [...]

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Can I Wash Dry Clean Only Pant?

Question; I have several pairs of pants that are labeled “dry clean only” that are made of a blend of polyester, rayon, and spandex, and are lined with 100% polyester. Can I get away with washing these on the hand wash cycle in my machine, or should I definitely dry clean them? I accidentally washed [...]

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Testimonial from K.S.

Wow!!! Green Dry Cleaning. I’ve been using them for years, they offer a great value for the service and quality they provide. I have always been worried about dry cleaning my clothes with chemicals but since I have to dress well for work there was no choice. Since they offer green dry cleaning I’m a [...]

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Testimonial from Norman F.

Hey- I just read that review about leaving money in some clothes and it getting stolen- are you for real? First- I have been going to these people for over 15 years- you couldnt find more receptive, customer oriented people in the business. Second- I actually had the same experiance some time ago only it [...]

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Testimonial from Wendy J.

I love this place! They are always polite, do a wonderful job, get the clothes to you when promised and are always done beautifully!  I love that they aren’t cleaned with chemicals.  The alterations have been great, too.  I highly recommend this place!  They now have “green” dry cleaner bags.  They’re like the bags you [...]

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Testimonial from Anne Cabrinha

Most of my chronically sick patients have some type of chemical sensitivity and it is crucial that they eliminate these chemicals from their daily lives. Pacific Heights Cleaners is THE best place for my patients to go as many other “green” cleaners aren’t certified and still use toxic chemicals. Thank you Pacific Heights Cleaners– for [...]

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What Health Benefits are there to using a Green Dry Cleaner?

Despite the use of the Word “dry”, all cleaning processes use liquid solvents to clean garments. The problem is, some of the traditional solvents are highly toxic and not only risk the workers who are exposed to these chemicals every day, but also create a health risk for the customers who wear the garments that [...]

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Testimonial from Robia C.

Perfect dry cleaning and I love the wash and fold. The GREATEST thing ever happened on a Saturday evening, 10 minutes before closing when I rushed in straight from the store with a new pair of pants and begged to have them pressed. He said yes. Yay! Instant gratification. I arrived about 3 minutes past [...]

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Testimonial from Danette S.

Prices are reasonable for Pacific Heights (I brought one coat to two other cleaners on the same street first and all wanted to charge 30% more for the same coat). Will is always very friendly and helpful. Danette S., Berkeley

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Testimonial from Chappy Wood

I think Pacific Heights Cleaners (formerly Sunshine Cleaners) is the smartest choice for a superior product and service. I rely on pressed shirts for my job and it feels really good knowing that I am wearing something that was cleaned by an eco-friendly product. Their equipment is the best in the business which speaks volumes [...]

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Testimonial from Christy M.

Best. Cleaners. Ever. Hands down. Very quick, reliable, reasonable, and, in these globally warmer times, GREEN!! I have relied on these cleaners for….. 10 years? Longer probably. They are very friendly and keep customers in a computer database to make keeping track of your items easier. I’ve never been so sloppy as to get a [...]

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Testimonial from Mark Cooper

Thanks for doing a great job with my dry cleaning. At the end of a long day its a pleasure to stop by Pacific Heights Cleaners to pick up my clean clothes and see Karl’s smilling face. You are the man. See you around!!   Mark Cooper, Tiburon

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Can I Hand Wash a Suit?

Question; I was wondering whether I should take my olive green cotton suit in for dry cleaning or I can wash it by myself by hand and how? Lining is half rayon, half polyester. Should I expect some shrinking? Answer; The answer to your questions is yes, yes and yes. Yes you should take it [...]

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Can I Spot Clean A Dry Clean Only Item?

Question;  I have a dress that is 100% cotton lining and 100% cotton shell. It says dry clean only but I really only would need to spot clean the armpit area. What type of product would work best, on this dress and other dry-clean only outfits to do spot cleaning? Answer;  I don’t recommend spot [...]

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How to Clean Patio furniture cushions

Question; I have cushions for my out door furniture that are extremely dirt from being outside all the time. How can I clean them? Answer; Patio furniture cushions are washable but they are to big for your home machine. Even if you can get them into your front loading machine that much agitation will cause [...]

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Is it possible to remove moss from sail covers?

Question; Is it possible to remove moss from sail Covers? Answer: Yes, the moss is growing on the surface and will be removed by the agitation of the cleaning process. Remove the covers to wash in a large washer with a soap and enzyme. Enzymes are readily available from heath food stores and some pet [...]

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Can I wash these dry clean only pants?

Question; I have a pair of blue pants made of 58% cotton and 42% Lyocell, which say to be dry cleaned only. Can I hand wash them? Answer; Yes you can safely hand wash those pants. Wash it in cold water to keep it from shrinking to much and use a soap that’s neutral in [...]

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I have a sweater with color faded, and white spots.

Question;  I have a 73% silk and 27%nylon Ann Taylor sweater set which I washed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle, cold water. Though the color faded a little, there are some white spots that look like a Bounce sheet that has dried on it. I did not put it in the dryer, [...]

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How to choose a dry cleaner

When shopping for a dry cleaner do not just shop by price because what we are selling you is Time, Experience, Quality & Service. First you must determine what you want from your dry cleaner. And what do I mean by that?  Are you looking for the cheapest place in town, do you want quality [...]

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How to remove shiny seams

Question; Is it possible to reduce / remove shiny seam lines on a polyester blazer after it’s been dry cleaned? Garment is lined and has a soft sheen to the fabric. Answer; It depends on what caused the sheen. I know you said it was there after dry cleaning but was it caused by the dry [...]

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How to remove ink stains

Question; Ink stains are nearly impossible to remove–at least for me. Any suggestions? Answer; They  are for me also, next question. There are three types of ink: oil based ink, straight ink and indelible ink. Oil based ink; found in a ball point pen. Straight ink; is in every one’s favorite type of pens the [...]

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How to remove rust stains

Question; how I get rid of rust stains? Answer;  As you know rust is metal and general stain removers don’t work, you need a rust remover to get rid of it. Your local hardware store will sell rust removers such as one made by “rust-oleum”. Always test garment for colorfastness first. Rust removers usually don’t [...]

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Testimonial from Tom Herndon

No matter what you own, no matter how precious, sentimental or valuable, if it’s made from fabric and needs expert cleaning or refurbishing – call Karl. Not only will the results be beyond expectation, Karl’s service is exemplary!” Tom Herndon, San Francisco Other Articles of Interest: How to remove ink stains How to remove rust [...]

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How to Remove Yellow Stains

Question; What is the best way to get sweat stains (yellow) out of a white 100% cotton garment? It’s a heavy canvas Karate uniform (duck canvas). Answer; Yellowing in the underarms is caused by salts and minerals in your perspiration aging. It could age from you not cleaning it often enough or from the soap/detergent [...]

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How do I prevent Shrinkage and Color Fade?

Question; I heard that if you wash clothes in hot water then you’ll end up shrinking the clothes. So I was wondering, if you say washing in hot water cleans them 8 times better than cold water. How do you wash clothes clean without having them shrink? Is it really the drying process that shrinks [...]

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Testimonial from Bianca Stark-Falcone, Well Dressed, Wardrobe Consultant, Sausalito

Pacific Heights Cleaners is a glowing example of customer service and a business that cares.  Garments are taken care of and given back to you not only clean but thoughtfully packaged.  Alterations are meticulously done, and if anything is wrong the management goes out of their way to correct the problem.  I’ve never felt so [...]

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Green Dry Cleaning in Marin

Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito is the place where all the Green Dry Cleaning is done for our two locations. One  is located on 2631 Bridgeway  in Sausalito. It is the only green dry cleaners in Marin County. The second is located at 2437 Filmore Street in San Francisco. Both stores hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am-6:30 pm. On Saturday, 9:00 [...]

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Do Not Dry Clean

This garment was brought to us by a customer who had worn the coat for years and never cleaned it because the care label said DO NOT DRY CLEAN. Because of the fur and the lace, these items made it difficult to clean.  With our knowledge of textiles and a superior Eco Dry Cleaning system we were able [...]

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How to remove blood stains

Blood is a protein and can easily be removed with Ammonia. The problem is that ammonia is very high in alkalinity and will strip color. The key is to dilute the ammonia with water to a formula of 10 to 1, that’s 10 parts water and 1 part ammonia. It’s not necessary to buy some [...]

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Zero Breast Cancer Acceptance Speach

This is a very exciting time for me. I have always seen myself as a drycleaner here to service my community not an activist here to change the world. I do certain things in life because it is the right thing to do and it is such a wonderful feeling when someone notices what I [...]

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California State Senator Mark Leno

California State Senator Mark Leno has recognized us (Pacific Heights Cleaners) with this certificate for take a leadership role in removing the toxic solvents from the dry cleaning process. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969, providing you a non toxic alternative, using a environmentally friendly green dry cleaning system. The First Dry Cleaners [...]

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DryClean and Washing Symbols

What does all those symbols on your graments care tag mean? Here is a chart that list the most common symbols and what they mean: The yellow Bucket symbol represent hand washing. The lines under the bucket indicates how delicate of a wash cycle needed. The Dots are for water temperature, the more dots the hotter the [...]

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California State Assemblymember Jared Huffman Certificate of Recognition

Califronia State Assemblymember Jared Huffman has recognized us (Pacific Heights Cleaners) with this certificate for take a leadership role in removing the toxic solvents from the dry cleaning process. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969, providing you a non toxic alternative, using a environmentally friendly green dry cleaning system. The First [...]

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Green Dry Clean- Video

Follow your garments at Pacific Heights Cleaners going through the ECO Dry Clean (Wet Clean) process. See how we handle your garments from start to finish using a non toxic dry cleaning system. This system is recognized by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as being safe for your health and is environmentally friendly. Karl Huie Pacific [...]

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Meet the Staff of Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco

Celebrating our Zero Breast Cancer Award Gene Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your non toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning, proudly leading the way in garment care today and into a healthy future. Marin and San Francisco’s 1st Certified Green Dry Cleaner using a eco dry clean non toxic [...]

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You can help get better results from your drycleaner

Cleaning a garment is often like playing detective.  What type of stain?  How long has it set in the fabric? What have you tried on the stain? What choices do I have?  The more information a green dry cleaner has, the more it helps us determine what to do to remove it. Sometimes it even helps to [...]

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How to remove a salad oil stain

Salads are great for your health and figure but the oil stains are terrible for your image. As opposed to an oily cheese hamburger and fries which is bad for you and your image. Both oil stains can be handled in the same manner. What can you do about that oil stain, you’ve tried washing [...]

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What water temperature do I use for washing clothes? Hot-Cold or Warm?

Every day a customer will ask me to wash their shirts in cold water. Lucky for them I learned how to break that law of physics a long time ago. What am I talking about you ask. There will be a test at the end so pay attention. Lets do some simple algebra:     WT+P=CS It’s [...]

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Environmentally Friendly Dry Clean Video

Benefits of solvent free dry cleaning. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your resource for cleaning tips and garment care information. A certified green dry cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Environment. Your non toxic dry cleaning alternative serving you with an EPA approved [...]

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The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, Video

Ten years of honoring community’s healers The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, owner of Pacific Heights Cleaners of Sausalito and San Francisco. Karl Huie is being recognized for taking a leadership role in promoting the health of the community. Pacific Heights Cleaners is Marin’s first and only certified green dry cleaner, an official desgination by [...]

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Marin I.J.

We were featured on the front page of the Marin I.J. newspaper on Sunday April 19, 2009. We are the first and only certified green dry cleaner in Marin. In order to become a Bay Area Green business, a dry cleaner must first switch to an environmentally friendly cleaning system. The two systems that are [...]

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Sausalito Sustainability Commission Award

Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your resource for cleaning tips and garment care information. A certified green dry cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Environment. Your non toxic dry cleaning alternative serving you with an EPA approved Eco Dry Clean (Wet Clean) System [...]

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