Dry cleaners cash in on messy winter

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Finally most of the snow has melted away.  But as it disappears we’re left with dirt, trash, and newspapers that were once hidden in piles of snow.  NewsChannel 15 uncovered a business you may not expect is cashing in on all of the salt, dirt, and grime.

If you’ve been out and about, chances are you’ve seen all of this for yourself.  It’s easy to see how people are picking up road salt and grime on their pant legs and jackets.  Something that’s keeping one business especially busy.

“Probably has been the busiest week that we’ve had since Christmas,” President of Peerless Cleaners Steve Grashoff said.

President of Peerless Cleaners Steve Grashoff says his employees have been pressing in the overtime.  On Thursday he says they ran full production from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“That is very uncommon.  Normally we would be done by 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.”

Winter has been a mess, and Grashoff says he has seen pant legs and coats that can prove it.

“A lot of things that have slush and the winter left on them.  With our process it’s easy to get it cleaned and back to normal condition.”

Weather has been a hot topic of conversation at their counters.  Grashoff says he can already see a change in some customer’s moods now that spring is here.

“People seem to be positive.  Today we may get near 60 degrees and start to see some things getting back to normal.”

City officials have had street cleaners out in some areas and will continue to.  In case you’re curious, the Great American Cleanup is Saturday, May 17th.  This is the nation’s largest community improvement program that Fort Wayne has participated in for over 20 years. If you want to be a part of it, you have to register by Monday, April 14th.  

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