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Seattle garment cleaning industry goes green
Jan '09
Four Seasons Cleaners announced that it has merged with Blue Sky Cleaners, making it Seattle's only toxin-free alternative to traditional dry cleaners and the largest such business in the United States.

"I'm proud to introduce Blue Sky Cleaners' innovative method to our loyal customers," said Dick Pakko, president of Four Seasons Cleaners. "We're adding to our well-known passion for quality and service with the upgrade to this proven alternative because it's better for your clothes, better for you and your family, and better for the environment."

The combined company now offers five retail locations with 38 employees in Seattle. Existing Four Seasons customers will see no change in their service, whether they use free pick-up and delivery, their neighborhood retail storefront or the Four Seasons Cleaners headquarters.

Four Seasons customers will also be able to use Blue Sky Cleaners' headquarters as a pick-up and delivery location, as well as two new stores opening at the end of December in Capitol Hill and Laurelhurst.

"We're very excited to join forces with a company whose dedication to quality is showcased by a four-decade track record of superior service," said Mark Callaghan, CEO of Blue Sky Cleaners. "This marketplace is exceptionally ready for the next generation in garment cleaning and care, and Four Seasons is the perfect partner to help us introduce this innovative technology."

Four Seasons Cleaners has adopted Blue Sky's dry cleaning alternatives of liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) and advanced wet cleaning, proven to safely clean a wide variety of fabrics. Under pressure, CO2 becomes liquid and is the best dry cleaning method on the market, according to leading consumer studies.

Unlike traditional dry cleaning, the CO2 cleaning process is safe on silk, wool, spandex, nylon, duvets, pillows and comforters, and leaves no chemical odor in clothes or chemical residue on skin. In addition, the method produces no toxic waste, pollution or contamination.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Four Seasons brand will change to Blue Sky Cleaners, which purchased the company. Four Seasons Cleaners retail locations, phone number, website as well as free pick-up and delivery routes will remain in effect.

Four Seasons Cleaners has provided full-service dry cleaning since 1968. From Platinum shirt cleaning to museum-quality wedding gown preservation, Four Seasons uses a superior cleaning process recommended by top clothing designers, making it one of the few in the Northwest to be a Certified Master Drycleaner. Four Seasons' commitment to environmental responsibility has earned the company the King County Envirostar program's highest, 5-star rating.

Headquartered in Seattle's Interbay neighborhood, Blue Sky Cleaners offers toxin-free dry cleaning alternatives that use both liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) and wet cleaning technologies. Launching its first Seattle facility in September 2008, Blue Sky has been operating in the Bay Area since 2005 and is Northern California's first and largest CO2 cleaner. Blue Sky Cleaners is committed to providing its customers with a superior dry-cleaning method and a high level of service while protecting the environment.

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