For Milton Sease, it's all about clean.
He proudly displays a 45-year-old wedding dress he recently preserved and restored to mint condition. "The dress was dingy and the garment bag it was in had cracks and holes in it," he said. "The woman I bought it from came back to see it when it was finished. She looked at it and cried."
Sease is owner of Classic Image Dry Cleaners. And he knows the tricks of his trade.
For example, he uses a needle with rough edges to safely push a loose thread back into a garment. He keeps a jar of zipper pulls under the counter to determine whether a customer needs an entirely new zipper or just a new pull. And he keeps his lint remover handy to remove unwanted fuzz from freshly pressed and packaged items.
He's a perfectionist, he said, when it comes to providing the best cleaning services for all types of garments. He runs the cleaners with his wife, Janet. Among the services the business offers:
A seamstress on site to mend and alter garments.
Steaming services to get wrinkles out of delicate fabrics.
And, of course, dry cleaning for shirts, pants, leather, wedding gowns, comforters and more.
Milton opened the business four years ago and he and his wife take pride in getting to know their customers. "We are conversationalists," Janet said. "We get to know customers on a personal level. Our customers aren't just another number."
She added that most of their business comes from word of mouth referrals and the convenience of the business' location along Route 48 in Seneca Knolls. This offers accessibility to commuters using Interstate 690 and the Thruway, which lie less than a mile away.
"It's along the main drag, taking people to 690," Janet said. "They can drop clothes off in the morning or in the evening."