n, 3938 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641, USA Distance: 2.32 miles
American Drapery Cleaners on the map
Never been in there, but easily the most depressing looking store in Chicago.
A Google User
Who'd've thought we'd need to be taught how to get our custom drapery cleaned? I just learned, the hard way, four things to always do (see below). The smell of naphol spirits cleaning agent in your custom drapes seems like such a small, unimportant thing until YOU have to BREATHE pure nasti-ness from sun up to sun down with no end to the stench in sight... 1. Find out if your cleaners uses naphol spirits or any other cleaning solvents. Get the facts about those substances to be sure there are no potential human or pet health hazards. Then, be sure they don't stink! 2. Check to be sure your drapery cleaners allows drapes to air until all residues are "un-smelly", (e.g. for a good long time) before bagging them. Ask if it's necessary to bag them at all. 3. For wellbeing's sake, avoid the costly mistake of leaving your drapes waiting for you at the cleaners over any period of time. Be prompt with your pickup. The time your drapes spend in plastic bagging only concentrates the odor of naphol spirits. Breathing concentrated vapor may be nauseating and irritating to your respiratory system. 4. Use community resources like the Chicago Trib's Consumerland, Yelp, GoogleReviews or Angie's List (if you can't get a referral from someone you know and trust) to find a drapery cleaners that both respects you and resonates with you. Why mention the R word? Well, one American Drapery staff person I spoke with about the smell problem, responded by asking me where I live and proceeding to recounting his personal family history with an emphasis on European roots and migration through now-African American neighborhoods in the city. He says it's true that "everybody's more comfortable living with their own". He failed to add that apparently American Drapery happily accepts $$$ from customers who aren't "their own"! A word to the wise for this staff person: What's hurtful to some may be a joyful reminiscence to others but, in any case, it's a side-conversation probably best saved for friends--not paying customers suffering with nauseating-smelling drapes in their home.