News 2 took clothing to 4 different cleaners to compare prices and results.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
If you’re trying to figure out how much to budget for your dry cleaning, News 2 did some digging to compare prices with results.
A cardigan and dress splashed with grape juice, smeared with chocolate and stained with ink were used in the test, along with two men’s shirts stained with tomato juice, gum and ink.
The cardigan was dropped off at an inexpensive dry cleaning service in Donelson. News 2 was told they normally charge $1.99 per garment, but they could get the job done for $7. It came back good as new.
“I remember telling you, ‘What did you do? Did you have a party in your sweater?’” said Mary Ortiz, an employee at the Donelson store.
She went on to say “There’s nothing Mr. Steve cannot take off. He can do anything with clothing.”
The dress had the most expensive cleaning bill at $14.97. It was taken to a store in the West End area. It also came back clean and pristine, but cost twice as much compared to the cleaner in Donelson.
A men’s shirt was taken to another business in Donelson and cost $2.00 to clean. At first glance the shirt looked clean, but then News 2 noticed the cleaner missed a spot.
Kristen Boupharath said she treated the shirt as soon as possible.
“I didn’t want [the stain] to soak in. The longer it’s in, the harder it is to get out,” she explained.
Boupharath offered to clean it again for free, which she says is standard procedure, “Let us know. Tell us, and we’ll go to that spot and try to get as much as we can.”
The second men’s shirt was taken to a cleaner that charged almost $6, and the results weren’t as good. There were still dirt and ink stains on the shirt, as well as a hole that wasn’t there when it was dropped off. The cleaners told News 2 it was the best they could do.
Two out of four times the inexpensive dry cleaner performed just as well as those who charged more.