Master Cleaners began business in 1973 as One Hour Martinizing during the "polyester years."
At this point in time, the future of dry cleaning was uncertain because of all the wash and wear clothing that came on the market. When wash and wear did not go over well with the public, the future of dry cleaning looked brighter and the company began to prosper.
When hurricane Frederick hit Mobile Bay in 1979, a number of company signs were destroyed.
With the destruction came the opportunity to enhance our image by changing our name to Master One Hour Cleaners.
As the years passed, the company continued to grow and take on more of a quality-oriented form of operation utilizing new equipment, training and marketing strategies.
On January 3, 1995, we changed our name to Master FabriCare Centers, because of the development of new processes and fabrics.
The dry cleaning industry was changing its outlook to a growing variety of fabrics and a number of more sophisticated technologies of fabric care.
On January 1, 1997, Master Cleaners was born to enhance our presence and image, stressing quality and service to the community and surrounding areas.
About Dry Cleaning
What is Dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning uses fluids to remove soil and stains from fabric. In fact, the term "dry cleaning" is misleading. It is called dry cleaning because the fluid contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers as water does. Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve greases and oils in a way that water cannot. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a "like-new" condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion. The dry cleaning process begins with the pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then loaded into a machine resembling an oversized front-loading home washer. Throughout the cleaning process, the fluid is filtered or distilled to ensure its clarity.
What is Wetcleaning?
Wetcleaning starts with the pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. Wetcleaning is the process of removing soils from garments and other textile items through the use of water and additives (such as detergent) and using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion.
What is Laundering?
Special detergents, additives and finishes set commercial laundering apart from home laundering. This process enables your cleaner to offer consistent quality shirts at reasonable prices.
Professional Cleaning Steps
Professional cleaning involves many different operations. The cleaning protocol is performed by skilled people and designed to give your garments a fresh and clean appearance.
The Importance of Care Labels
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that manufacturers attach a permanent care label to textile garments to provide directions for their care. Manufacturers must list at least one method of safe care for a garment. The rule covers all textile clothing except footwear, gloves, hats, suede and leather clothing, and household items such as linens. The rule stipulates that the care label be easily found, will not separate from the garment and will remain legible for the garment's useful life. The label must warn about any part of the recommended care method that would harm the garment of other garments cleaned with it. It must also warn when there is no method for cleaning a garment without damaging it. Symbols also may appear on a care label to supplement written instructions. If a label indicates dry cleaning, all components of the garment, including the outer shell, lining, buttons, interfacing, fusing material and trim, should be colorfast and remain unaltered during cleaning. If any such problem occurs, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer. If you or your cleaner follow the manufacturer's instructions and the garment is damaged, you should return the garment to the store and explain what happened. If the store will not resolve the problem, write to the manufacturer and send a copy of your complaint letter to the FTC. The information you provide the FTC may reveal a pattern or practice requiring the Commission's attention. If you purchase a garment with no care label, you should contact the FTC, giving the name and address of the store and manufacturer. Occasionally, damage done in dry cleaning is the responsibility of the drycleaner and not the result of preexisting conditions or defects. In such cases, the cleaner will usually settle the claim promptly and fairly, often using DLI's Fair Claims Guide. If there is some doubt about responsibility, the member cleaner can send the garment to DLI's Garment Analysis Laboratory to determine the cause of the problem.
Checking the care label for instructions and fiber content
Classifying the garment according to fabric type, color and degree of soiling
Removing spots and stains using special equipment and stain removal techniques
Drycleaning, wetcleaning, or laundering, only if so labeled
Finishing the garment on professional pressing equipment when necessary
Replacing buttons or performing minor repairs as necessary
Packaging the garment in protective wrapping
How Can You Help Your Clothes and Your Cleaner?
Bring your garments in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after staining occurs. Stains or soils left too long may become permanent.
Discuss any stains with your cleaner.
Keep perfumes, lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants, and other toiletries away from your clothes. These products likely contain alcohol which will damage some dyes.
Protect garment, especially those made of silk, from excessive perspiration, as this can cause dyes to discolor.
Have matching pieces of an ensemble cleaned together so any possible color change will be uniform.
Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to direct light
Don't press stained or soiled clothing, as the heat may set some stains.
Do not try home remedies to remove your stains - This may result in permanent damage to your garment.
Ask the Expert
Can I machine wash garments labeled "hand wash only?"
Care labels on many garments recommend hand washing procedures as the best method of care. Many consumers and dry cleaners believe that this means a gentle cycle machine wash is acceptable, and this is not the case.
There are several differences between hand washing and machine washing.
The most important difference is the amount of agitation and length of time the garment soaks in moisture solutions. The hand washing procedure requires only a small amount of immersion in water and only a few minutes of soaking time in the washing solution. The garment is then rinsed and carefully extracted to remove water.
During a machine-washing procedure, a garment is soaked in the washer while it fills with water.
In some cases, this soak-and-fill process may be repeated two or more times. After rinsing, the garment is subjected to a spinning process to remove the water. This spinning is another form of agitation. Dyes, sizing and finishes used on fabrics can often be successfully hand washed without damage, while machine washing may cause permanent damage.
Preserve and Box Wedding Gown
Keep the memory forever with our bridal gown preservation service! Bridal gowns are a big investment. Our special cleaning process will safely recapture the wedding day loveliness of your gown. After cleaning, your gown is placed in a special storage box for safekeeping. Selected and cared for properly, your gown can be used by several generations.
Hand-Finished Deluxe Shirt Option
Try our hand-finished deluxe shirt option. The entire shirt is pressed by hand and then gone over with a fine toothcomb. This is a great option when you absolutely need to look perfect.
Drive- Thru Service
Rain or shine, with our drive-thru service, we give you the added convenience of receiving our great service without having to leave your car!
Gentle Handling of Delicate Items
At Master Cleaners, we promise to protect your clothing investment. We are confident that you will appreciate our painstaking spot removal and gentle handling of delicate items. We treat your clothes with respect and tender loving care.
Customers have called our alteration staff miracle workers. The quality of work that our alterations department does on a regular basis surpasses the expectations of even our most hard to please customers. Our regular service is a turnaround of 5 business days. However, for no extra charge, our Special service has a turnaround of 3 business days.
Suede and Leather Specialist
A suede and leather garment is a major investment, and it is important to choose the right company for cleaning. For years, Master Cleaners has been known as the leading Suede and Leather Specialist in Mobile. Our turnaround time is from two to three weeks.
VIP Express Service
VIP Express Service is a great idea for our customers. No fuss, no muss, and no waiting. Simply put laundry or dry cleaning into the special Master Cleaners VIP Express Service Bag and drop it off at any of our convenient locations. No waiting for receipts or orders because customer name, address, phone, laundering instructions are on the customers VIP Bag tag!
Stain Guard Those Ties
Never worry about spots, food, water, etc. again. Protect neckties safely and easily.
Maintain the shape and quality of your favorite go-to accessory. At Master Cleaners, we will give your hat or cap a fresh start! From baseball caps to felt, leather or straw, we can do it all!
For professional rug cleaning, don't settle for anything less than the expert services from Master Cleaners. Our specialized equipment deep cleans and deodorizes area rugs safely and gently. Our method flushes away the vast amount of soil trapped deep in rugs without abrasive scrubbing, harsh chemicals or power spraying that can damage your rug permanently
Depending on the fabric
specific cleaning requirements include.
Special spot removal procedures for silks.
Reduced cleaning cycle.
Limited mechanical action.
Netting garments during cleaning.
Reduced temperature drying.
Special treatment for silks to restore sheen and luster.
We Do Business the Old Fashioned Way
Prespot All Garments
Check All Buttons
Make Minor Repairs Free
We say, "Thank You and Please Come Back" and we mean it!
Come back often. Coupons are good at any Master Cleaners location. Coupons are updated on a regular basis. We thank you for your business!
1/2 off Sweaters
When you bring in 3 or more.
10% off Laundry Orders
30% off Dry Cleaners
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
At Master Cleaners, we are a team. Having a good staff is everything! Competent people allow us to meet the needs of our customers. Master Cleaners attributes its strength to the belief that extraordinary results can come through empowering ordinary people. We do not hire well-trained dry cleaning professionals, we develop them! An excellent training program allows us to take assumption out of the cleaning process. We strive to provide a great work environment and treat each other with dignity and respect. We are growing in dynamic new ways and we recognize that the right people, offering their ideas and expertise, will enable us to continue our success.