End of an Era at Quality Cleaners

It is certainly the end of an era at Quality Cleaners. This summer, three of our four partners, Haim, Barry and Ed, retired. Haim (son-in-law of Freda) joined the business in 1979 when he moved to the United States with his wife and their 1 year old daughter, Maya. Barry (son-in-law of Sandy) joined Quality Cleaners in 1989 when the family chose to sell Rose Family

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Ed Sternberg, Lee Colonna, Barry Gordon, Haim Blanc – 2011 Quality Cleaners’ ‘Green’ Renovation.

Cleaners and all work together under one roof. (He had worked at Rose Family since 1982). Ed (son of Sandy) joined us in 2000 when he moved back to the Harrisburg area with his wife and three children. Haim, Barry and Ed will be greatly missed, but we could not be happier for them as they move into the next phase of their lives. We wish Haim, Barry and Ed our sincerest congratulations on their retirements!!!

We also want to take this opportunity to assure our loyal customers that the quality and excellence that is synonymous with Quality Cleaners will continue without interruption. The fourth partner to join the business in 2008, Lee (son-in-law of Haim), will continue to lead Quality Cleaners with his enthusiasm and creativity. His wife, Maya, will also take a more active role in the business. This change comes almost exactly 60 years after her grandparents, Freda and Steve, started Quality Cleaners. We believe that they would be quite proud of how Quality Cleaners has grown and will continue to grow under its 3rd generation of family leadership.

We are excited and extremely confident that with Lee’s leadership, Quality Cleaners will continue to offer the same outstanding service that our customers have relied upon for the past 60 years. Please stop in and see us soon for all of your dry cleaning, laundry, alterations, and restoration needs.


Quality Cleaners offers Drapery Cleaning Harrisburg, PA Area.  The cleaning and maintenance of your drapery, curtains and other window dressings require a professional.  The professional you choose must have the education on the fabrics used, as well as the best cleaning care for the textile involved. The financial and ascetic investment you have in your draperies is significant.  Protect that investment with a professional like Quality Cleaners.  

Quality Cleaners: Award Winning Dry Cleaner Harrisburg, PA

Quality Cleaners is the premier Dry Cleaners in the Harrisburg Area.  We also happen to have the most professional and knowledgeable Drapery Cleaning team in the Harrisburg Area.  We clean most draperies, curtains, valances and sheers. Our goal is to provide the safest solution to cleaning your fabric needs.

Unlike most other local drycleaners, Quality Cleaners is truly GREEN.   The solvent we use is called SolvonK4.  K4 is organic, biodegradable, and in addition safe for skin, air, and water. Here is a link to a article on 10/10/2011 featuring Quality Cleaners and our move to our GREEN solvent.  We were the first dry cleaners in Central PA to make this switch.

Why do I have a water stain on my drapery?

Water stains often seem like the outline of a brown mountain range on the bottom of your drapery.  This brown staining is due to the fabric getting wet.  The moisture pulls the sizing or starch that was originally sprayed on the fabric to concentrate into a mass. This concentrated mass oxidizes over time and turns brown. Older stains tend to be darker than more recent stains. Older water stains can lighten with professional cleaning, but unfortunately, some evidence of the moisture probably will remain.

Curtain Cleaning Harrisburg

Curtains are usually made of lighter weight, unlined fabrics.  Curtains are typically used for a more casual look than a traditional drapery.  Drapery Cleaning HarrisburgSheer curtains are popular as both a standalone window treatment as well as an under treatment behind more formal drapery.  Professional curtain cleaning is extremely similar to professional drapery cleaning.  Sheers tend to become dingy over time as soot and dust obscure the fabric so less light can pass through it.  This change is harder to notice, as they are often used as an under treatment.

How often do we suggest curtain cleaning or drapery cleaning?

While the drapery cleaning industry suggests routine curtain cleaning or drapery cleaning every 2-3 years, you can’t go wrong cleaning more often.

Reasons for drapery cleaning:

Draperies, curtains, and other window treatments can appear clean to the naked eye.  However, they are often dirtier than you realize. Here are some good reasons to probably consider drapery cleaning for your home:

  • Allergen reduction – Drapes and other window treatments trap allergens, pollen, mold, insects, and other pollutants.  These pollutants can negatively affect the air quality in your home.
  • Dust Removal – Dirt and dust accumulate in your window treatments.  Whenever you open or close your window treatments, these particulates, therefore, get recycled back into the air.
  • Maintain appearance – Drapes, curtains, and valances are all part of the style and decor of your room.  Keeping the pattern, texture, and color of your window treatments looking their best complement your design vision.
  • Longevity – Regular professional drapery cleaning will ultimately improve the longevity of your curtain and drapery fabrics.
  • Prevent discoloration – Your skin deposits natural oils onto your window treatments when you open and close them.  As a result, this oil can attract more dust and other particulates that can lead to discoloration without regular cleaning.

See more on our Dry Cleaning process.

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Is Dry Cleaning Different Than Wet Cleaning?

What to dry clean vs wet clean:

One of our customers came in recently concerned about a wool sweater with blood on it.  She assumed there was absolutely nothing that could be done to beaded dressclean the wool sweater and that it was ruined.  Fortunately for this customer,
in addition to our best in the Harrisburg, PA area dry cleaning, Quality Cleaners is also a local pioneer in the emerging science of wet cleaning.

What is wet cleaning?

Wet cleaning is a cleaning process that involves gentle machine washing using water, biodegradable soaps, and conditioners.  Essentially, the conditioner mixes with the water before it touches the clothes.  This inhibits the fibers’ ability to absorb the water. Thi is the main cause of shrinkage in the garment and renegade dye transfer.

beaded2As found on Wikipedia, “According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wet cleaning is the most environmentally sensitive professional method of garment cleaning. It does not use hazardous chemicals, it does not generate hazardous waste, nor does the process create air pollution and it reduces the potential for water and soil contamination. The specialized detergents and conditioner used in the wet clean process are milder than home laundry products. All of the products are disposed of down the drain and easily handled by the local waste water treatment facility.”

The other benefit- wet cleaning offers a better cleaning solution to water soluble stains (food, blood, soda, alcohol, etc.) than dry cleaning.  This came in especially handy for Quality Cleaners in the case of this wool sweater with blood on it.  It also works on many other garments that come into our Harrisburg, PA area plant.

Isn’t wet cleaning just washing?

Wet cleaning is similar to washing but with a few key differences.  Firstly, the water is conditioned before touching the clothing as noted above.  Secondly, there is significantly less water used in the wet cleaning process.  Also, although done in a machine that is also capable of washing, wet

The Quality Cleaners Family celebrates 'Going Green'.
The Quality Cleaners Family celebrates ‘Going Green’.

cleaning demands a much more specific and gentle mechanical action based on the type of garment.  The specifics include the time and speed in ‘tumble’, the temperature of the water, and the extraction time and speed.  There are also significantly different soaps and conditioners involved in the wet cleaning process.  Typically these soaps and conditioners are also ‘GREEN‘, biodegradable, safe for the people using it, and the environment.

What garments do you use wet cleaning vs dry cleaning?

At Quality Cleaners we have found success wet cleaning many beaded and/or decorated garments that have been historically less successful in dry cleaning.  We have also had tremendous success in our Fire and Water Restoration business wet cleaning textiles that have soot damage, smoke damage, mold damage, mildew damage, water damage or other malodorous issues.


Contact us any time for more information on our wet cleaning process or our dry cleaning in the Harrisburg, PA area.  Please contact us if you have any water damage, smoke damage, or other damage restoration needs.  Quality Cleaners is also available for rug cleaning in the Harrisburg, PA area.



Wedding Gown Preservation

Your wedding gown is a special possession like no other. For that reason, it is extremely important to have your dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible after your big day to preserve both the dress and the memories of your day.

At Quality Cleaners, we can also provide award winning alterations to your gown, as well as the entire bridal party.  If you will be in the Harrisburg Area, just give us a call at 717-737-8444 or contact us and we will schedule you to see our extraordinary seamstresses.

Stains become more difficult to treat the longer they remain in the fabric.  Each wedding gown is a unique and a prized possession and it will be inspected and cleaned according to its style, stains, material and design.

Our professional drycleaners have an excellent reputation and have many years experience in cleaning wedding gowns so you can rest assured your bridal dress will be treated with the utmost of care and attention.

Here are some FAQ’s we receive from our
Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation customers:

– Should I pre-spot or try and treat any stains that are on my wedding gown before I bring it in?
In short, no.  Please do not pre-treat any stains on your gown before bringing it to us.  Let our professional cleaners analyze the stain, fabric, and style of the dress to determine the appropriate way to clean it.

-I found my great grandmother’s wedding gown in her attic.  Do you clean gowns that are extremely aged and possibly yellowed? wedding2 It is our pleasure to clean hand-me-down, antique, and sentimental wedding gowns.  Over the years we have cleaning hundreds or thousands of aged gowns, dresses, veils, suits, and other wedding celebratory garments.  We take extreme care of these items, and our experience yields fantastic results.  Here is a link to our blog post describing our selection as the vendor to clean garments and household items from a Historic home dating back to the early 1800’s.


-I had an outdoor wedding and my gown is FILTHY!  How clean can Quality Cleaners get my gown?wedding_gown_before&after_webopt
Our cleaning process can remove just about any stain you can get in your gown.  Typically we receive gowns with and subsequently remove: dirt, mud, makeup, perspiration, food, wine, and even occasionally blood.  Of course, the sooner the gown comes to be treated, the more successful the gown cleaning will be.  Think your wedding gown is too dirty?  We accept the challenge.

-Will my gown be boxed when I get it back from Quality Cleaners?

Your gown (and up to 3 items such as veil, shoes, etc.) will  be returned to you in an acid free keepsake box and packed in acid free tissue paper.

Keepsake Box

The keepsake box has a viewing window for you to be able to see your beautifully preserved Wedding Gown any time you would like.  The keepsake box is then placed in a protective storage box to ensure it’s safety and preservation.  The combination of boxes ensure that the gown is protected from moisture, humidity, and temperature changes that may occur in your home.  The box also protects from insects, moths, and other pests that may be near the box.

For more information on the Harrisburg Area’s best wedding gown cleaning service, visit our main Quality Cleaners Page.


Restoring History


Quality Cleaners was recently given the prodigious opportunity to work with the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Isaac Watson House in Hamilton, NJ.    The Isaac Watson House was built in 1708, and is recognized as the oldest house in Mercer County.  It serves as the Society’s headquarters and was restored by NJDAR in 1964, as part of the New Jersey Tercentenary Celebration.watson-house2

The furniture now displayed in this fine stone house mostly antedates 1790, and several pieces were made by New Jersey craftsmen.  In addition, many articles in the home were made and/or donated by New Jersey Daughters. The Isaac Watson House is located at 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Watson House is easily accessible from Route 206, heading towards Trenton.

Quality Cleaners was selected to clean the textiles in this historic location following the discovery of mold development in the home.  As the structure of the home was going through remediation, we took on the task of preserving these precious, remarkable textiles while cleaning them to the best possible outcome.

A few of the notable pieces we were entrusted with included:

Quality Cleaners Restoration TeamThis coverlet is on permanent loan to the Watson House in memory of Olivia Rich Hall (1784-1869).  Ms. Hall grew the flax, spun, and wove the coverlet in 1804.  The coverlet was presented through the Cranetown Chapter of the DAR by Grace Forster Hanchett, June Hanchett Daar, and Olivia Daar Dreikorn.



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Quality Cleaners Harrisburg Dry CleanerThis wall hanging was hand stitched in 1829 by Catharine Smith, Age 8.  A gift of the Nova Caesarea Chapter.



A hand stitched bedskirt Harrisburg Dry Cleaners Quality Cleanersfrom approximately the late 1880’s



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Beautifully hand stitched draperies from the 1960’s





Quality Cleaners comforter cleaning



This beautifully stitched quilt is most likely from the 1840s-1850s.  Though it is a style that has been embraced and copied in the  present days.




This exquisitely detailed and img_7204_editedhandstitched bedcover from the 1960’s.











For more information on the Quality Cleaners Restoration Team or the NJDAR, visit our contact page and send us a message.  For other interesting articles and notable textile restoration jobs, visit our blog page.


Road Warriors

This week, your favorite  Greater Harrisburg Dry Cleaner has been #OnTheRoad pretty hard.  Our Textile Restoration Team has been in a different town every day this week either picking up or delivering textiles affected by fire, smoke, fire extinguisher dust, or water damage.   We actually were called in to rescue clothes in each of those situations just this week.

The Restoration Team, after driving to Trenton, NJ tomorrow for a really cool, historic job- which we will highlight next week- will have traveled around 1000 miles in just this week.  Quality Cleaners Delivery Service

Add Jeff’s 300-400 miles of retail pickup and delivery service, and we are really getting around.


Have you seen any of our vans?  If so, give us a shout and let us know where… #WheresQuality


Happy Birthday Quality Cleaners!!

When Quality Cleaners in Lemoyne opened the doors in September of 1958, our two employees shared the building with a doughnut shop and charged 10 cents to clean a shirt and 55 cents for a pair of trousers. Since then, we have doubled the size of the building- twice.  Our 35 employees now fill an 8,000-square-foot building, have three external storage spaces, and our three vans are constantly on the road.  It’s been an extraordinary journey to say the least.

The Quality Cleaners Family celebrating our ‘Green’ celebration in 2011.

Please stop in today to say hello or share a fun Quality Cleaners memory on our Facebook page.   We at the store and those who we are lucky enough to have as loyal customers for all these years greatly appreciate these stories and well wishes.


Quality Cleaners Day



Did you know that Saturday is the 8th annual Quality Cleaners Day in Lemoyne?  Stop in, say hello, and even ask for a tour! While you’re here, please feel free to give us a shout on Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, or whichever social media site is your favorite.Lemoyne Day Quality Cleaners




Quality Cleaners Day is Saturday, September 17th!

Did you know that Quality Cleaners’ birthday is coming up this Saturday?  What do we want for our birthday?  For you to stop and ‘Check In’ with us to help us celebrate.


Feeling Good About Our Service? Post a Review…

We often have customers – both in our retail area and in textile restoration – who ask ‘How can I post a great review about Quality Cleaners?’  Those reviews go a very long way for a small, family owned business like ours and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us out. Here are a few ways:

  • Facebook is always a great way to share a positive experience at Quality Cleaners.
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  • BetterBusinessBureau We were recently approved as a  BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating.  We are proud to be one of the select few chosen by the BBB to represent their standard in honesty, quality, and reliability.  We are the only dry cleaner within 50+ miles with this accredited status.  To leave or see our reviews, please click here.