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Quality thru Craftsmanship...sets Margaret’s Cleaners apart from any other cleaner you may have tried. We bring our extensive experience and capabilities to all the cleaning services we offer for garment and textile care. Not only do our unique Specialty Services stand out as exclusively available at Margaret’s Cleaners, but our general services are so superior that we regard them as Premium Services.

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Dry Cleaning Bed Linen Service
Shirt Laundry Table Linen Service
How to Choose the Proper Shirt Service  

Dry Cleaning (Fashion Cleaning) (top)

Ansari Haute CoutureMargaret’s Cleaners is known, first and foremost, for what the consumer calls our “dry cleaning” services. We regard this as our Fashion Cleaning Service since it often involves both dry and wet cleaning processes. Wet cleaning is not the same as home washing. Wet cleaning is more labor-intensive than dry cleaning, but also more effective than normal dry cleaning for the removal of water-based stains, such as perspiration and grass stains. Dry cleaning is more effective for the removal of oil-based stains, such as grease and salad oil.

In order to perform our wet cleaning service, each item is measured for size and shape, either hand cleaned or wet cleaned in a state-of-the-art computer-controlled wet cleaning machine and either line dried or dried in a computer controlled sensing dryer. It is not necessary for the customer to decide between the dry or wet cleaning process. Each garment is individually evaluated for both compatibility of the service and the stain removal requirements before processing.

Margaret’s owns the exclusive license in San Diego County for the soaps and detergents used in both our dry cleaning and wet cleaning processes. They are far superior and more costly than those typically used, but following cleaning, the “hand” (or feel) of the garments are noticeably better than when cleaned with standard detergents. We are a multi-solvent plant in that two different dry cleaning solvents (perchlorethalyne and hydrocarbon) may be used during the dry cleaning process. Each has its own strengths and they are applied accordingly.

Our Fashion Cleaning Service includes:

  • Detailing — includes preparing the garments for cleaning by measuring for blocking when required, button or ornament protection or removal, evaluating for serviceability, identifying stains for treating, inspecting for damage and loose seams, and more.
  • Stain removal — is performed by experienced professionals using both soaking and individual stain removal techniques, many of which are proprietary.
  • Cleaning — procedures include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and hand cleaning, and utilize extensive classification, customized programs, and only the purest of solvents.
  • Hand finishing — by each of our 12 finishing professionals is a highly specialized skill. Our pants pressor is not expected to be a knit blocker and vice-versa. Our 12 finishing stations are configured to achieve the best work possible. For example, our soft wool press is softly padded to prevent shine, whereas cotton and linen require a firmer pad.
  • Minor repair — of loose hems, open seams, loose bottons, and replacment of missing buttons is done whenever needed.
  • Inspection — of each garment is formally performed at the individual item level and again at order completion to assure that we have provided the finest in craftsmanship and attended to your preferences. Intermediate inspections occur throughout the production process to assure, for instance, that stains have been removed and will not be set with the heat of finishing.
  • Packaging — of most garments is performed by individually protecting with a poly bag. We make extensive use of tissue, custom hangers and specially designed breathable garment bags and boxes to protect garments during storage.

Each function described above requires a great amount of experience and detailed craftsmanship.

For additional information on our dry cleaning, wet cleaning and FashionCare services please take a look at the “What Sets Us Apart, FAQ and Dictionary sections on this website.

Shirt Laundry (top)

Packaged ShirtWe offer three ways to finish dress shirts and blouses beginning with our Traditional Shirt Laundry, stepping up to our Del Mar Shirt LaundryTM service (visit our Specialty Services section) and the ultimate is through our Dry Cleaning (Fashion Cleaning) Service.

The basic cleaning process is the same for the Traditional Shirt Laundry and Del Mar Shirt Laundry™ services:

  • Each shirt is pretreated for soil or stains as needed, with particular attention to collar soil.
  • Not more than 15 shirts are cleaned at a time, and
  • Shirts are categorized for temperature and starch.

Finishing is the primary difference between our first two service levels (Traditional and Del Mar). The Traditional Shirt Laundry Service completes the shirt by hand pressing with a shirt laundry press. The Del Mar Shirt Laundry™ Service pre-finishes the shirt on the shirt laundry press then completes the shirt finishing entirely by hand with an iron. Placket and seam finishing is superior with the Del Mar Shirt LaundryTM Service.

For the finest shirt service, consider our Fashion Cleaning Service. We utilize all the experience and facilities of our Fashion Cleaning Department, including:

  • Unsurpassed stain removal
  • Detailed cleaning, which includes individual soaking when required
  • Complete hand finishing with low temperature dry cleaning presses and irons
  • Highly recommended for dark colored, high end or couture shirts.

Our Fashion Cleaning Service is truly the finest shirt processing available.

Margaret’s owns the exclusive license in San Diego County for the soaps and detergents we use in our shirt laundry processes. Their ability to clean difficult collars and cuffs, as well as brightness retention, is noticeably better than standard soaps and detergents. In addition, only soft water is used throughout our laundry services.

How to Choose the Proper Service
for Your Shirt Finishing Needs

Shirt Services Summary Chart

Service Type
Del Mar
Stain Removal Excellent Excellent Finest
Cleaning Excellent Excellent Finest
Finishing Hand Press Hand Touch Complete Hand
Iron Temperature High High Low
Sleeves Creased Slight Yes No
Tissue in Sleeves No Optional Yes
Collar Butterflies No Yes No (tissue)
Intact Button Guarantee Yes Yes Yes

Shirt Finish Recommendation Chart

Shirt Type
Del Mar
Any Shirt (dry clean only, hand wash only, line dry, low temp iron)    
Any Shirt (silk)    
Traditional shirts (light/med color)
Traditional shirts (dark color)  
Traditional shirts (Lyocell, Tencel, Spandex if "Machine wash OK")  
Traditional shirts (with shell buttons that are thick, colored, or monogrammed)  
Traditional shirts
(extensive detailing)
Couture shirts (light/med color)  
Couture shirts (dark color)    
Couture shirts (Lyocell, Tencel, Spandex)    
Couture shirts (with shell buttons that are thick, colored, or monogrammed)    
Couture shirts (extensive detailing)    

Couture shirts include Kiton, Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani (black label), Ralph Lauren (purple label) and more.

For additional information on our shirt laundry services please take a look at the “What Sets Us Apart, FAQ and Dictionary sections on this website.

Bed Linen Service (top)

Margaret’s services all our bed linens in-house. We have two classifications of service: (1) Traditional Linen Service and (2) French Hand Laundry™ Service. Our French Hand Laundry™ Service is described in the Specialty Services section of this website.

The Traditional Bed Linen Service includes stain removal, cleaning, hand pressing, minor mending, inspection and packaging. Bed linens are bundled in sets to make changing beds as easy as possible. Packaging on hangers is optional for an additional fee.

Silk and linen sheets must be processed by our French Hand Laundry™ Service, as they require extensive hand finishing. Only cotton and cotton/poly blend linens will be processed by our Traditional Bed Linen Service. We also require that high thread count linens (600+) and highly detailed linens be processed by our French Hand Laundry™ Service, as these sheets also require extensive hand care.

Bed Linen Recommendation Chart

Type of Bed Linen
Recommend French
Requires French
Silk or Linen Blend  
Excess of 600 Thread Count  
Dark Colors
Extensive Detailing
Hem Stitch or Cut Work

Table Linen Service (top)

Almost all table linens require extensive hand pressing and must be processed by our French Hand Laundry™ Specialty Service described in the Specialty Services section of this website. We process only a limited number of table cloths with our Traditional Table Linen Service—specifically, only plain poly or poly blend fabrics. Table cloths with embroidery, hem stitch, cut work or that are made of linen or 100% cotton, must be processed by our French Hand Laundry™ Service.

Packaging Options:

  • The Traditional Table Linen Service delivers your clean tablecloth on a hanger.
  • French Hand Laundry™ Service will deliver your table cloth on a wide hanger layered with white Kraft paper for a minimum amount of creasing or on a roller for a creaseless finish.




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Margaret's Cleaners, Americas Finest Cleaner, and Southern California's Only Certified Couture Cleaner, services all your dry cleaning needs in Southern California, with delivery thoughout San Diego and Orange Counties. We have locations in La Jolla, Del Mar and Newport Beach. Specialists in gown cleaning and pressing, bridal alterations, wedding gown preservation, purse and handbag cleaning, drapery and curtain cleaning, and cleaning your finest household items. In addition, with over 50 years of experience, you can trust Margaret's to clean your finest couture and designer garments.