Spring is just around the corner meaning it's time to strip off the heavy coats and wool sweaters. But before you pack them away for next year take them to the cleaners.
Beware, going to the dry cleaners can be a bizarre experience. Old ladies who don't look you in the eye might announce that they cannot clean your particular article of clothing, without giving a reason. They will then off-handedly suggest a competitor who could, but even that isn't a guarantee for service.
One place demanded that every button be taken off jackets or coats, and then charged extra to sew them back on. Inprokom is one such place, charging you 3 Sk per button.
Ariela has express one or three day dry cleaning services. A skirt costs 51 Sk to have done in a day, 40 Sk for three days. Pants cost 75 Sk one-day, 65 Sk for three days. Ariela can iron as well, but only if you have already wash ed the clothes yourself. Ironing takes 5 days. It;s 18.50 Sk for one ironed skirt. Ariela offers discounts for people over 55.
Inprokom, the button chargers, has a chain of dry cleaners all over Bratislava. The one on Štefániková ulica has a four day schedule for dry cleaning. For a skirt you will pay 40 Sk, 55 Sk for a pair of pants, and 60 Sk for a jacket.
Kalea has full cleaning services as well. Express service can take between two to 24 hours. The longest it will ever take is three days. They can also deliver, but only on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 7 Sk per kilometer.
Mariol can dry clean, wash or iron for you in one to five days. If you need something quickly, a skirt will be 60 Sk (45 Sk in five days), a blazer is 100 Sk. Waiting five days will save you 25 Sk. A blouse is 44 Sk for one day, and 34 Sk in five days.
MIMA can do normal washing and ironing taking everything and anything that can be put into a washing machine. For washing and ironing a pair of pants will cost 50 Sk, a skirt 19 Sk , and 12.50 Sk for a sheet. If you wash the clothes yourself, prices for ironing are based per kilogram. Washing, dry cleaning and ironing is offered by TF Čistiarenský salón. TF has 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 day services. Their prices depend on the length of the cleaning time.
Taking some items to be cleaned can be a real hassle. While clothes shouldn't be a problem, fur coats, carpets, and curtains have classifications that allow certain types but eliminate others. We couldn't discover any rhyme or reason, so our advice is to just not bother.
13. Mar 1997 at 0:00 | Andrea Lörinczová