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The Best Dry Cleaners in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 15, 2012

Dry Cleaners TorontoThe best dry cleaners in Toronto are there for all those important life milestones: the pre-job-interview press, the post-wedding gown preservation, and the weekday after your roommate wore your favourite skirt without asking and managed to decorate it with a Crantini (just speculating on that last one). The dry cleaners on this list have not only earned a reputation for great stain elimination, but also combine friendly demeanours, additional services, and (where applicable) eco-friendly aspects to their dry cleaning business, with some offering the undoubtable bonus option of pickup and delivery.

Here is the list of the best dry cleaners in Toronto.

See also:

The best laundromats in Toronto

King West Village Cleaners (1000 King Street West)
Those who are faithful to King West Village Cleaners will tell you that it is Wayne et al. who make all the difference. Stop by once, and the staff will surely know your name (and potentially, your marital status, job title, and where you want to go on your next vacation). Results are always reliable, and prices are pretty fair at $4.95 for all types of pants, and $13.95 for both men's and women's suits.

Canadian Dry Cleaners (1597 Queen Street E, 416.465.3534)
With all the cleaning done onsite at its shop at Queen and Coxwell, this Leslieville dry cleaner is somewhat of an old faithful; and "old" in this case, is to be taken literally, as the business has been around since the late 1920's. Proudly boasting its disuse of perchloroethylene, this cleaner will have your blouse good as new for $5.00 all-in, or a dress ready to go for $8.50 and up.

Creeds (390 Dupont Street)
Creeds distinguishes itself from the lot with free pickup and delivery, or better yet, it can all be arranged online (good for those phone-phobic Millennial types). On Dupont east of Bathurst, Creeds has been in the biz for more than two decades, garnering a reputation for knowing how to handle those delicate (and expensive) high-end garments. Handbag restoration is also touted among its specialties.

Kew Beach Cleaners (1830 Queen Street E)
Kew Beach Cleaners is one of those family-run spots with a solid reputation. All of its cleaning it done on location from its laundry on Queen Street East west of Woodbine, with the option of two-hour service for those emergency stain issues (or otherwise, impatient customers). Prices are on the low end of standard, with shirts, for example, priced at $3.50 each.

Bestway Donlands Cleaners (249 Donlands Ave)
This dry cleaner is pretty sizeable as far as Toronto goes, with its own parking lot for extra convenience adjacent to the shop. Needless to say, all the cleaning is done right here at the corner of Donlands and Mortimer, with the option of same-day service or regular cleaning starting at $2.95 per shirt. The shop is definitely a community feature.

Sun Dry Cleaners (673 Lansdowne Avenue)
The people who work at Sun are said to bring a little cheer to Blansdowne (do people still call it that?). Anyway, friendliness is one of the reasons why the area has taken to this relatively new dry cleaning spot, but of course, its wizardry with seemingly impossible stains shouldn't be overlooked. While handling your "dry clean only" garments is Sun's main gig, the owner will also fix your tears and sew the basic hem.

Couture (92 Avenue Road)
You'll pay a little bit more for a Couture clean, but regulars say the extra cost is well worth it. On Avenue Road between Davenport and Bloor (that right there is a clue about its prices), Couture does everything from basic laundering and dry cleaning, to alterations, repair, and leather care. With a couple persuasive testimonials from Toronto's high-end retailers, Couture will still make the drive out to your little humble abode for its pickup and delivery service.

best toronto dry cleaningModern Laundry (282 Dupont Street)
Modern Laundry offer same day service for those early risers. Ironically, this shop is said to do well with fragile vintage finds, which is great for Annex residents or anyone with a Metropass (seeing as Modern is right by Dupont Station). With its list of services narrowed to simply dry cleaning and laundering, this spot will do most garments for around $4.50 each, with dresses and suits generally priced at $9.00 and up.

Eco Cleaners (719 Mount Pleasant Road)
Unsurprisingly, this dry cleaner is all about the green: uh, being green, that is. At Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, Eco Cleaners' process includes a "GreenEarth" cleaning system that doesn't use perchloroethylene or petroleum hydrocarbon. Services here include everything from basic cleaning to gown preservation, alterations and fluff & fold, with valet service offered for free, and a referral reward system for loyal customers.

Boyd Cleaners (727 Dovercourt Road)
Boyd Cleaners is another one to put in the slightly pricier category, with dry cleaning for suits starting at $38.00 and blouses for around $16.50. All the cleaning is done on the premises on Dovercourt just south of Bloor, with Joe Boyd himself usually there and ready to take in your clothes. A business for close to 50 years, this one is for those special, one-of-a-kind pieces you wouldn't trust with just anybody.

toronto best dry cleanerGibson's Cleaners ( 258 Beresford Ave)
Gibson's Cleaners has the type of reputation that can only be accrued by spending 80 years in the industry. With a few locations throughout the GTA and beyond, Gibson's does everything from wet and dry cleaning, to leather repair and restoration, general alterations, and bridal gown preservation. The shops also uses eco-friendly GreenEarth cleaning and offers free pickup and delivery.

Stork Cleaners (3860 Bathurst Street)
Up in Wilson Heights, Stork Cleaners has been around for almost 50 years. The family-owned business offers a two-hour dry cleaning along with its regular roster of services, including cleaning pants, blouses and sweaters for about $6.00 and up, with suits priced at $15.50 and up and blazers at $9.50. Pickup and delivery can also be arranged for a small, additional cost.

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Discussion

58 Comments

ROBBED! / September 15, 2012 at 09:29 am
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If you ever need to give up your left arm, Creeds will be happy to take that from you.
Teena / September 15, 2012 at 09:37 am
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Wayne at King West Village Cleaners is awesome!
AhhhFull / September 15, 2012 at 10:13 am
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This is simply stupid.

It's dry cleaning.
scottd / September 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
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What exactly was the criteria for these recommendations? I only use dry cleaning when I have to as it is such a chemical fest.
lizzy / September 15, 2012 at 10:53 am
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I've been waiting for this. I've encountered some crap places and have had to pay for work that wasn't even done.
Thank you
Mr Fancypants / September 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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I have to say that I haven't tried the others on this list besides Creeds, but I have tried many many cleaners over the years, including other purportedly high end ones like Dove (not impressed at all).

Yes, Creeds charges a lot, but if you have something that you want to be absolutely sure won't get wrecked during cleaning, they are the ones to use.

Although the operation is very slick, Creeds is still a family-run business; they stand behind their service, and are ultra-professional.

Ten thumbs up.
belvedere / September 15, 2012 at 01:33 pm
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when i was in toronto i used dove cleaners on church just north of wellesley. excellent service, cheaper than other dove outlets, and they did things like button replacement without asking or fee. i am now living in the middle east and i can tell u that a good dry cleaner is worth every dollar. i tried a dry cleaner here who took a pair of $700 canali pants i had bought in toronto at holts and instead of dry cleaning them they put them thru the laundry and totally toasted them.
Michael / September 15, 2012 at 02:44 pm
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the lady who does alterations at aphrodite dry cleaners on yorkville is the best
PDG / September 15, 2012 at 03:43 pm
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There's a cleaner on the south side of Bloor just east of Ossington. They have a really cool set of machines for pressing shirts. They do excellent work, and are really popular, in addition to being reasonably priced.
Rude jake replying to a comment from ROBBED! / September 15, 2012 at 07:24 pm
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My bottom hurts each month when i get the bill from Jack Creed however the service is amazing and cleaning is supurb. I just wish they would do a thank you campaign once in a while and give us some sort of discount.
George C / September 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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im still waiting for the "best public toilets in Toronto" list.

Surely that is more important than dry cleaning.
Andrea Watters Westbrook / September 16, 2012 at 10:46 am
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King West Village Cleaners are amazing! Wayne provides impeccable customer service every single time I go in (even when I'm a month late picking up my dry cleaning), he knows everyone's name, and I'm always really satisfied with the work done. If you live in the area, make King West Village Cleaners (and Wayne) your dry cleaner!
sara replying to a comment from PDG / September 16, 2012 at 11:35 am
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After attending a wedding in August that cleaners has lost my husbands suit and my new dress....they barely speak english and now I have to take them to small claims court....It is called ABRA....yes the shirt presser is cool but I am out about $800 worth of clothing
sara replying to a comment from sara / September 16, 2012 at 11:35 am
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*Bloor and Ossington
Ashley / September 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Personally I think Gibson's Cleaners offers amazing service and quality. I've been a customer for over 10 years and they have always gone an extra step to ensure I'm always satisfied.
SK / September 16, 2012 at 01:06 pm
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If you live in North York a great place to get your clothes dry cleaned is Urban Dry Cleaners (15 Northtown Way, Unit 29, Toronto, ON).

They do an amazing job at getting out stains (I'm a messy eater), and I've always had a positive experience.

They pretty much do whatever you need there eg. alterations, comforters/duvets, purses, leather, shoes, and I've even seen wedding dresses.

The woman who owns Urban Dry Cleaners is very kind, and will do her best to make sure your clothes are perfect when you pick them up. I trust them with everything. I've recommended this place to friends because they do such a great job.
PrR / September 16, 2012 at 03:58 pm
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Bestway Donlands Cleaners is terrible. went there twice and both times they singed my dress shirts (sleeves, collar and near buttons). If you wear your dress shirts out they also don't flatten back bottom of shirts. when you speak to the owner they don't take responsibility. save your time and money and go somewhere else!
Annexed / September 17, 2012 at 09:38 am
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This list is a joke, right? Modern Laundry is the worst drycleaner in the city, for both quality and customer service. The only reason they stay in business is because they're right next to the subway station. I took a queen size duvet there and paid 30 bucks to have it dry cleaned. Upon pick-up I found out with a shock it had been felted to barely a twin size. The owner eventually admitted having washed it in hot water (?!) but refused to reimburse me until I threatened to take him to court.
Chris / September 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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Glad to see Knob Hill didn't make the list. For years, it was a great family business with excellent neighbourly service. Then, new owners took over and there was a complete turnaround. Service became indifferent or even abusive. I left after I was blamed for damage they did to my shirt. To add insult to injury, they recently removed their landmark signage and replaced it with generic plastic junk. For shame!
Andrew / September 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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Wayne at King West Village Cleaners is phenomenal. Hands down the best customer interactions I have had in this city. Many thanks.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 05:24 am
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the lady who does alterations at aphrodite dry cleaners on yorkville is the best
DR / September 29, 2012 at 08:10 am
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Bestway Cleaners is definitely one of the best cleaners in the city. After going to dozens of dry cleaners and having my clothes destroyed a friend of mine told me about them. They do an amazing job. They've removed stains that no other cleaners could. Even the alterations that I had done there were perfect. The staff is very friendly and they always remember my name. Great job Bestway! Thank you.
Sharon / October 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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If you live in the area of leslie & lawrence the new Dove Cleaners is inside the shops at don mills mall which is very convenient with amazing quality... the girls are lovely and extremely helpful. The parking is not great in this mall but to drop off and pick up for a few min, you just park in front of the store....
moscow / November 30, 2012 at 08:24 am
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where is exactly dry cleaning services in toronto ?
John Huckley / January 3, 2013 at 10:08 am
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Dove Cleaners is an absolute rip off! $42.95 for a men's 2-pc suit. I get my done at Mega Cleaners in Leaside for $16.00.
SAMMIE22 / January 6, 2013 at 12:32 am
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Bestway Donlands Cleaners is by far the best dry cleaners in my area. I just had my wedding dress cleaned this past week and was incredibly thrilled at how well they cleaned my dress. They packaged it beautifully and at a very reasonable price. They even repaired the torn hemline and train. It now looks brand new ! I am so impressed with the level of care and attention they had for my dress. They are now my full time dry cleaners !
miranda / January 16, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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If you're in the Etobicoke area (or close to Islington/401), Moty's Custom Cleaner's is amazing!! The lady there provides really great service and the job is done at the right price. I've been going there and trusting her with my clothes for over 15 years!!! Cannot go wrong.
Randy Nar / January 18, 2013 at 06:03 pm
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Dry Cleaning at Capital A1 Cleaners
These folks have been around for the last 15 years or so. My Uncle took my suit there once and I have been going there ever since. Really nice family run business for Toronto Dry Cleaning.

I accidentally left $70 of my cash in my suit and these folks gave it to me when I picked it up! Very genuine ppl, god bless.
-Randy
erin / February 13, 2013 at 08:43 am
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I just went to Bestway for the first time having moved East side and had a pile up of things to be cleaned: wool sweater, silk blouse, other blouse, dress pants, women's suit, child's Christmas/party dress and 1 thing to be repaired...the total was $74!!!! I was shocked...this seemed quite expensive, but it was a bit more items then I think I have ever taken for dry cleaning, but what upset me most was that my daughter's dress came back with a tag about it having been carefully inspected, but that they couldn't take the stains out without damaging the fabric - fine, I appreciate that, but why charge me the $15 for the cleaning? I would have preferred a phone call to say the stains couldn't have been removed and then I could have selected for them to not clean the item at all - well I'll call/go in today to see how their customer service is in this regard - hopefully they will reimburse me the money for the dress
tuonela replying to a comment from Annexed / February 28, 2013 at 07:44 pm
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I agree with Annexed, I had the WORST EXPERIENCE with MODERN LAUNDRY. I brought five pairs of shits here, I remember it was cheap, but the quality is poor, they burned/melted the buttons on all of my shirts. Very disappointing!!!
Eden / March 4, 2013 at 04:00 pm
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hollywood drycleaners is discusting
susie / March 18, 2013 at 04:26 pm
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If you need help cleaning, check out wishmaids out at wishmaids.com.

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Dada replying to a comment from Annexed / March 28, 2013 at 12:17 am
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@ Annexed, This is crazy! Modern Laundry also recently ruined two of my brand new silk shirts! Were you able to get compensation? Because the owner is being completely evasive and unhelpful. Do you have his name? I am considering small claims.
sarah replying to a comment from AhhhFull / April 10, 2013 at 02:19 pm
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it is really stupid? a poor choice in cleaners could result in ruining your wardrobe.
Amalla / April 13, 2013 at 08:10 am
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I always have wonderful experienced with New Park Cleaners, they are at Wilson Avenue, it's a small place but they do the cleaning on site.
The owner is wonderful person, he will make sure your clothes comeback to you as your expectation, the price is average.
www.newparkcleaners.com
bill / April 14, 2013 at 08:53 pm
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I been going to VICTORY DRY CLEANERS 544 Queen street and I been happy with the service and their hours. all staff have lots of experience and they know how to solve problems .
Rosie / April 14, 2013 at 09:37 pm
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If you live in south Etobicoke, take your stuff to Queens Royal cleaners on the Queensway, just east of Royal York. Mona is amazing, the cleaning is affordable and minor repairs are free. She is also great if you need anything altered, and again quite affordable. Cash only. I know... how refreshing!
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Budash / July 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm
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Magic touch dry cleaners was very good quality! I recommend it to anyone
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SandraS / August 17, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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Bestway Cleaners is the best dry cleaners in the city !! My cat peed on my Duvet and I thought it was ruined forever. I brought it to Bestway and spoke to the manager and he told me he would try and remove the smell and make it look brand new...and he did ! The service was great, they called me when it was ready and when I picked it up the price was very reasonable for a queen size duvet. I had a wonderful experience and I will definitely return with more clothes !
kelly / August 23, 2013 at 07:57 pm
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Please beware of Cleo's Cleaners at Yonge/Eglinton and of Quality Discount Cleaners on Bathurst North York. They did the following to a shirt of mine from Anthropologie http://imgur.com/gallery/kvHhmVv/

I'm still shocked and enraged as they refused my money back and it was quite an expensive shirt. Warning everyone I can.
sara / September 11, 2013 at 07:00 pm
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I was wondering who made this list...

I used to go to Creeds, but I find the quality at Del-Ray on Parliament is superb, and their prices are much more affordable. Also, it's organic and it's a family business. The owner is ALWAYS wonderful - even for an incognito phone quote and well, I'll trust them with all my vintage one of a kind pieces. The've not let us down yet.
Kate / January 7, 2014 at 09:40 pm
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I haven't been to any of these dry cleaners, but the one 3883 Rutherford Rd in Woodbridge has the best service in my opinion. These guys really know how to get stains out! I've also done a few alterations for a great price. http://www.elementdrycleaners.com check out their coupons.
James / February 3, 2014 at 06:33 am
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Don't go to Dry Cleaners Plus at #6 on 24 Wellesley Street West. They lost my blue blazer and tried to convince me that I didn't own a blue blazer, but gave them a black suit coat (sans the pants) instead. My wife and I had been their faithful customers for at least 5 years. But they refused to admit a mistake or take any responsibility. Some people just don't have any concept of how to treat customers, and that's the category into which the proprietors fit. Don't go there unless you like to "swap" clothes with people you don't know!
dan / February 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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C / February 25, 2014 at 11:24 am
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MODERN LAUNDRY

This place shrunk my favorite coat and didn't even mention anything - realized when I got home. When I brought this to their attention they couldn't have cared less: no apology and no explanation for what happened. They offered to fix it, sure; and then proceeded to stretch it so it's now a completely different shape. Oh! And let's not forget that there was no offer for reimbursement.

I understand that we all have to make a living, but if there was any doubt as to whether or not they could clean my garment properly without damage, they should have said something. I would have happily returned to them with other pieces in the future.

The way I was treated, given the fact that they ruined my coat, was despicable. What goes around comes around Modern Laundry. Your turn with come.

Jerks.
Iwona / March 5, 2014 at 07:22 pm
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Wow, not even a single one even close to my neighbourhood (St. Lawrence Market). I use St. Lawrence Super Coin Laundry (http://www.stlawrencecoinlaundry.com/) and they are lovely. I've never had an issue, they are nice people, and they use organic solvents.
Ruth / March 5, 2014 at 08:37 pm
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Wayne at King West is awesome! Absolutely exceptional customer service. They always do a great job, do great alterations at a fair price and and don't I know how Wayne does it but he always remembers my name (I don't even go in that often).
City Centre Dry Cleaners London / March 7, 2014 at 01:02 am
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By one means or another I feel that the "premium" part of a clothing administration ought to be more about the administration than the design.
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I like looking through a post that can make men and women think.

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Jen / June 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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Brought my Burberry coat to be dry cleaned for the first time at DOVE CLEANERS and thought they would do a good job as their website gives the impression that they handle high end items with care. WAS I WRONG!

My black coat came back all faded like it was pressed in high heat. The metal snaps left imprints through the fabric and the seams by the zipper and on the sleeves also left imprints. They came back to say that it was because the coat was old and that’s why the fabric faded and that they had not pressed it (which is definitely a pile of BS). HELLO, a 2 yr old coat that is only worn in the fall is not that old and the fact that it has never been dry cleaned before means it's not from over dry cleaning or wear and tear. They offered to send it to their lab to be examined to prove to me that it's the fabric but I would have to pay the $300 lab fee. WTF??!!!!!! How do I know the results are legit as she said it had to be with the lab they deal with?

They don’t seem to care about losing customers as they did not offer to have it repaired like maybe picking up the cost of having it dyed back to black.

WARNING TO ALL: If you don’t want to risk having your clothes damaged, DO NOT HAVE IT DRY CLEANED AT DOVE CLEANERS!!!
Happy / July 12, 2014 at 07:08 am
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I have been going to Best Way Cleaners in East York for a couple of years and have always been really happy with their service. They even clean Uggs! My daughters Uggs were in really bad shape - all faded, worn out looking and had salt stains everywhere. When I picked them up I was shocked at how brand new they looked. They cleaned and restained them for a very reasonable price - much cheaper than buying new again in the winter. I'm so incredibly happy with their service. They are definitely the best cleaners in the city in my books!
Julie / July 28, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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First class Dry Cleaners at Yonge/Davisville has been my cleaning service for 5 years since they opened at their new location in 2009.

Realistically, most dry cleaners will do an adequate job when it comes to the dry cleaning service. What really makes the difference is the people. After trying 3 dry cleaners in the area, I chose First Class Dry Cleaners based on the personal customer service. The fact that they take a moment to have a conversation, that they know who I am when I forget my receipt, and that I feel comfortable and welcome enough to run in the shop and ask to borrow a lint brush when I was on the way to a meeting and realized that my trousers were covered in cat hair.
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