Drycleaning isn't a suggestion.

Unfortunately, many people take it as one. Sure, they review the care label – and then take the chance with their clothes. If you are unsure, it is always best to ask a dry clean expert. Checking is always a safer option.


For many, the idea of dry cleaning is a little confusing. However as many fashion lovers can attest to , it is actually quite important to have a trusted dry cleaner. They are the team that you can call with a question, run in for a spot clean, and lean on for a major stain moment. While we hate to see a fashion emergency, the Hallak team is happy when we can help.

As a leading New York dry cleaner, Hallak is proud to have been caring for generations of fashion enthusiasts. In fact, the Hallak family is celebrating over 50 years of being a trusted, local dry cleaning business. We are one of the last family-owned and operated couture cleaners in the New York Metro area.

Along with our loyal clientele, there are many designers and boutiques who also consider us their #1 dry cleaner. For us, it goes beyond laundry dry cleaning. It is also about building a relationship. One where you know that you will be receiving the very best in fabric care.

How Dry Cleaning Works

Before anything, let us explain the dry cleaning process. In the most basic of definitions, a dry cleaning solvent is used to remove stains and odors from clothing. Fashion, delicate fabrics, draperies, and other items may require dry cleaning.

Vintage items often are in need of a wet cleaning aka restoration. An older stain may have had time to settle in. Thus, a different approach is needed. Instead of going in a dry cleaning machine, the antique garment will be placed in a water bath. Using a gentle solvent, the garment will be softly agitated. This is a safe way to clean without disturbing the fabric any further.

History of Dry cleaning

In the past, the dry cleaning industry has gotten a pretty bad rep. Early drycleaners did not understand the chemicals they were using and  possibility of any environmental contamination. While this is not to excuse for any potential damage done, it is important to note that these drycleaning facilities did not want to harm the communities they were in. (In the past several decades, many industries and services have faced similar challenges.)

Early dry cleaning facilities date back to the 1800s. Instead of a quality solvent like todays, they used gasoline, kerosene, turpentine and petroleum! Aside from the flammable dangers, imagine the smell left behind. Instead of a dry cleaning machine, they used a tub. Things have certainly evolved over the years.

Unfortunately, PERC became a very popular solvent but without the proper safety precautions. Many of you may already be familiar with the cleaning solvent PERC. In 1988, OSHA began to regulate drycleaners to reduce exposure and contamination (water and soil). In addition, other regulations were put in place to protect the workplace and environment.

Although PERC is still widely in use, it is extremely regulated. The EPA regulates its usage and disposal. We think it’s a perfect time to mention that Hallak Cleaners has won environmental awards. Our dedication to keeping our people AND community safe is our #1 priority.

Dry Cleaning Services Offered

Here are a peek at our specialized services:

Modern Drycleaners

Today’s drycleaning machine can be PERC, Green Earth or another type of dry cleaning solvent. Often, many dry cleaners have a mixture of machines. This allows them to handle the  various garment emergencies that arise. (Special note: Hallak Cleaners was actually the first Green Earth cleaners in NYC.)

Our award-winning facility also has a dry cleaning machine for our innovative hydrocarbon solvent. By offering different cleaning options for clothes, this allows a dry cleaning shop to vary their services.

The modern dry cleaning industry should be much more well-respected as they certainly are happy to follow any regulations for chemicals put in place. Along with the community, these laws also keep their workers safe as well.  While some chemicals remain listed as an irritant, there are now set guidelines on how to handle and work with them.

Why dry cleaning is beneficial?

Certain items require stain removal by use of a drycleaning solvent. Laundry detergent simply won’t cut it. In fact, it may be harmful to the fabric.

When laundered, silk and wool may shrink or distort. And for other garments, drycleaning may prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and change of texture/finish. If you have ever taken the gamble, we are sure you know what we mean. (We have certainly spoken to many customers who have made the attempt as well.)

Before chancing it, please note that some damage may be irreparable. When considering caring for new clothing, it is best to review the care label. Questions? Call one of our team members or speak to your boutique salesperson. Informed decisions lead to less ‘oops’. Find a dry cleaning service that you can trust.

A Garment‘s Journey at Hallak Cleaners

  • Pre-inspection
  • Detailed itemizing
  • Spot treatment
  • Full, professional dry clean
  • Expert hand-finishing
  • Post-inspection
  • Gift-like packaging

Along with dry cleaning, Hallak has also recently introduced a wash-and-fold service for your clothes. For your more casual wear, you may choose to have some items be treated to a lighter touch. However, please know that your clothing will still receive the ‘Hallak’ love. Laundry service still deserves a certain level of TLC. Many of our clients choose this cleaning service for their towels, polo shirts, etc.


Family-owned Dry Cleaner

Mr. Joseph Hallak, Sr., started Hallak Cleaners decades ago. In 1966, he had a dream of providing expert French laundry care for the New York City area.

Today, John-Claude and Joe, Jr. kept their father’s dream alive. In addition to premium drycleaning, it was also important to keep the same standards in regards to customer service. Decades later, your clothing continues to be in the best of hands.

Throughout the years, we have expanded to an award-winning plant and store location in Bergen County. We have added delivery routes as well. While we are still a New York City-based dry cleaner, we simply have included other regions in need of couture clothing care.

Additionally, our dry clean services are ideal for different items including: couture fashion, casual wear, upholstery, window treatments, bed linens, table linens and more.

Interested in our services?

Please feel free to stop by either of our locations (Bergen County and Manhattan). You may also call (212) 832-0750 and speak with one of our customer service representatives.

Complimentary pick-up and delivery in Manhattan, Bergen County, Westchester, Greenwich, Short Hills and the Summer Hampton route. Try Hallak’s app to schedule your pick-up as well.

While you can find drycleaning right in your neighborhood, it is important to find a trusted dry cleaner that can handle those specialty and fine clothes. See why Hallak has been a trusted name for over fifty years. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram.