Did you know that nestled in the heart of Suffolk's historic district is a drycleaner with a legcy of excellence? Through the years, many businesses have lost experienced, trained people to time and technology, but Master Cleaners is a fourth generation dry cleaner that is still going strong.
Since the 1930's, the Latta family has been serving the community's drycleaning, laundering, and alteration needs. Master Cleaners came into the Latta's possession in the 1980's, and has continued their family's legacy of excellence. After serving in World War II, Jim Latta, a second-generation drycleaner, received his formal training from the renowned "National Institute of Cleaning and Dyeing" back in 1950. In order to graduate, he had to have a working knowledge of fabrics and garment construction, how dyes were made, and how to dye - in short, he became a true craftsman.
It is upon this heritage that Ricki was able to build. He grew up in the drycleaning industry, just like his father Jim. He helped his dad install equipment and learned first hand the art and craft of drycleaning. After high school, Ricki went to work at Newport News Shipbuilding where he built upon what his father had taught him about mechanics and learned many different skills which would later help him when he returned to the drycleaning industry.
In 1988, Ricki left the shipyard and came to work with his father at Master Cleaners. He took over role of CEO, and has worked with and trained what we believe to be some of the best employees in the drycleaning industry. His insistance on quality and integrity, combined with his knowledge of drycleaning, management, and mechanics have transformed Master Cleaners into what it is today - a legacy of excellence.
Many cleaners are first-generation people who bought into the drycleaning industry looking for an investment. Most do not last long because it is very hard, hot work. The Lattas have been around long enough to remember when many of today's fabrics were first introduced to the market, giving them extensive knowledge about how to serve their customers' needs. Master Cleaners has been looking after generations of people from births to proms, weddings to funerals. They firmly believe in taking care of their customers clothing needs.
Good Dry Cleaning requires much more than the ability to punch buttons and squirt chemicals on someone's garment. It requires many years of experience and training.
A good Dry Cleaner must pay attention to detail and know how to identify many different types of stains and fabrics to choose the correct chemicals to remove the stains without damaging the fabric or the color.
At Master Cleaners, we have four generations of Dry Cleaning experience and training at work each time a garment is processed.
With 2 convenient locations and FREE Pickup and Delivery Service, there is no excuse not to have professionally laundered and pressed dress shirts hanging in your closet when you need them.
Our well trained staff knows how to give you what you want while maintaining the manufacturers recommendations
Blankets, comforters, throw pillows, wall hangings, etc., we have just the right size equipment needed to get your items cleaned and looking good.
No matter how old these may be, let our family put life back into your family's heirlooms. Ask us how to restore and take care of those family treasures!
We employ a seamstress available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for custom fittings. Just stop by any of those mornings or call ahead and schedule an appointment. It doesn't matter how large or small the job may be, she is here to help you.
We are here to help with all kinds of needs
- We fix holes.
- Sew on buttons.
- Replace zippers.
- Shorten pants, dresses, skirts, etc.
- Re-sew seams.
- And much more...
Why pay more for the same service? At Master Cleaners, we can handle many different types of alterations. We custom tailor items such as ornate weddding and prom gowns as well as tuxes and dress shirts. Our seamstress has over 40 years of experience sewing and altering clothes. Let us help you look and feel your best with custom altered clothes.
From the ornate and fancy to the plain and simple, our family has cleaned and restored gowns dating as far back as the 1800s.
At Master Cleaners, our family and staff are trained in a wide variety of techniques and skills used to gently remove stains from many different types of fabrics and garments. Let us help you preserve the memories and not the stains!
We clean many different specialty items such as mascots, designer pocket books, stuffed animals and more!
If you have an item that you would like to be cleaned, just ask one of our staff members.
Fire and Water Damage Restoration:
We hope, and pray, that you never have to go through a tragedy such as a house fire or flood. However, we also know that disasters do occur.
If, you are the victim of fire or water damage, we can help.
We have many years of experience dealing with both customers and insurance companies in order to clean and restore damaged garments.