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September’s Spot Light Business

September’s Spot Light Business


Your favorite dress shirt needs a button, and keeping up with all of the  cleaning and mending while working two jobs is  complicated at best. This is when it is time to call in the professionals.

Ruth Lynch, owner of New Method Cleaners, sees the dry cleaning business as ever-changing, but still about customer service. In the not-so-distant past, dry cleaning regarded specific garments that couldn’t be cleaned at home. While that is still the case, New Method Cleaners is more than that. Lynch and her staff also care for the missing buttons, faded color of an heirloom wedding dress, worn out zippers, and the list goes on.

Compared to the past, the trend in clothes is more casual, there is more “down dress,” Lynch said. Jeans are still laundered and New Method Cleaners is doing more heavy starch treatment, called “cowboy jeans.” Suits are also seen less frequently. Much of the change is a reflection on society’s lower expectation in formal and professional appearance. The days of office workers required to wear collared shirts and ties, even a sport coat are fading as well.

What isn’t fading is the need to have uniforms cleaned and serviced, wedding dresses prepared for the big day and formal dresses cleaned. It is the motto of New Method Cleaners to help the daily workforce look their very best.

New Method Cleaners has been serving the Sterling community for nearly 60 years from the same location. Harold Wyman owned the business in 1954, and later sold it to Harry Held. Held sold it to Charles (Chuck) and Ruth Lynch on Feb. 1, 1993. Ruth has continued the business since her husband Chuck’s death in 2009.

New Method Cleaners, located at 110 Hamilton St., Sterling, is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Drive-up service is always available.

The process that lead the Lynches to purchase New Method Cleaners is not a straight path, she said. In some ways, it is no different than what people face today 19 years later. When the economy takes away your line of work, consider starting your own.

She said she and her husband knew nothing about dry cleaning when they were offered the business. Chuck had just finished 36 1/2 years working with the North Sterling Irrigation Company. Ruth describes the dry cleaning opportunity as divine intervention. Chuck had been unemployed for six months, and they were facing losing their home. They were offered to live in a house at the North Sterling Reservoir for six months, at no cost. She recalls that time as a blessing of having natural beauty and nearby lakefront view just outside their door.

When they decided to purchase the business, details came together then as well, including purchasing a home in Sterling.

Some of the services offered include alterations, sweaters, leather, wedding dress preservation, comforters, shirt laundering, drapes and sleeping  bags. They also offer pillow cleaning service during June. The service includes cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing of feather, foam and down pillows, and a choice of new ticking (cover material). New Method Cleaners also has a drop-off service. Clothes can be taken to the Blossom Hollow in Akron or the Clothes Hamper in Sidney, Neb., and they will be picked up, cleaned and returned each week.

New Method Cleaners has been a member of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce since 1993, and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fabricare Association, Drycleaning and Laundry Institute and International Textile Analysis Laboratory.

In June 1998, New Method Cleaners was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Bob Schaffer for business excellence and commitment to public service. In that same year, they became involved in the “Coats for Kids,” winter coat drive. Since 2009, the effort was renamed the “Chuck Lynch Memorial Coats for Kids” drive.

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