Saturday, March 08, 2008

My New Chinese Cleaners

Asians are nice people, but they burn a lot of shirts.

-Don Rickles, Esquire Magazine

I like my shirts crisp and pants pressed, and because my wife is not very handy with an iron, and because I find ironing tedious, I choose to have others take care of my shirts and pants for me.

Back in 2006 I posted a story about a pants issue with my old cleaners which caused me to change cleaners.

My new cleaning outfit was green, environmentally friendly, and the prices were great. Problem was, they did a lousy job with my collars -- they were frequently crumpled. When I finally complained, they replied, "It's the machines. That happens."

So I left them last month, having grown weary of having to re-press my collars.

I have since found a little slice of cleaning heaven not far from the old outfit, a place run by a Chinese lady who is not only friendly but can press a shirt like no other. They're expensive, but the crease in my sleeves is pristine.

And, as an added bonus, they have not once switched my pants or crumpled my collars.

Nor have they burned a shirt.


George said...

My cleaner always breaks the shirt bottons. It's especially anoying when I pack a shirt on a trip, only to arrive and slip into a shirt that's got a cuff or collar button that crumbles into granules when you try to push it through a button hole.

James said...

Why is that? How can a button just disentegrate like that? It's astonishing!

Todd said...

Thanks, guys, now I have the song, "Sock Heaven" in my head, and I burned the collar of my shirt.

Don't you just love Steve Taylor?