Dry cleaners diversifies to make hundreds of face masks
As an essential service, Dirty Laundry dry cleaners in Droylsden has remained open throughout lockdown, although owner Richard Livesey says business has fallen by 80-90 per cent.
“Most of our dry-cleaning business comes from work suits, wedding outfits and women’s dresses for special occasions, but people weren’t wearing those things during lockdown,” he said.
Thankfully, Richard says things have picked up in recent weeks, with one item in particular flying off the shelves after a slow start.
“We also do alterations and our seamstress, Angela, has made face masks,” Richard explained.
“Initially, we made 200 and must have sold three in the first 10 days. But since it was announced they will be mandatory on public transport, sales have gone through the roof.
“Business has also picked up slightly over the past few weeks since lockdown was eased. We’ve been doing a lot of curtains, more so than before lockdown, which I think is down to people doing DIY projects.”
Dirty Laundry, at 70 Market Street, is open 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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