Clean With Confidence At Sarah Lacey
by Hanna Prince
Give your wardrobe a spring refresh with Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning. Hanna Prince went along to discover all Sarah has to offer
When the most treasured items in your wardrobe need sprucing up, you want somebody that you can trust to care for them as you do. That’s where Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning comes in. With decades of experience to draw on and history of caring for priceless wedding dresses, vintage pieces and designer numbers, Sarah prides herself on a uniquely careful and personalised approach.
Sarah’s family have been keeping the people of Haywards Heath looking dapper since the late 19th century, when her great-great-grandmother used to take dirty laundry up to the spring at Barn Cottage Recreation Ground and bring the cleaned clothes back home in a wheelbarrow.
“That’s how the laundry started,” explains Sarah. “My great grandma and grandfather ended up running the Snowdrop Laundry in Petlands Gardens. When my parents took over the family business, my dad decided that people wanted somebody who could take care of all their clothing – a complete valet service, not just dry cleaning. That’s a philosophy we continue here today.”
With state-of-the-art dry cleaning facilities housed beneath the stylish little shop – as well as a clever wet cleaning process on o er for extra delicate items such as sheepskin rugs and couch covers – there are very few fabric items that Sarah can’t bring back to life. Everything from school uniforms, shirts, sheets and bedspreads to haute couture wedding dresses is catered for on site. Small repairs are also offered as part of the price – a service that many cleaners would class as premium.
“Our service is always premium, you see,” Sarah smiles.
With a rise in the number of people interested in sewing and making their own clothing repairs, Sarah’s shop also features an extensive and well-stocked haberdashery. It’s a treasure trove of colourful cottons, quality zips, buttons, bobbins, elastic and name tags. The friendly staff all sew and knit so can offer expert advice to beginners. New to the shop front is a selection of dyes that can be used on synthetics as well as cottons – customers use them to spruce up everything from jeans to towels.
Decorating the pretty window front is a range of tempting little gifts and seasonal decorations, as well as plenty of practical essentials. The shop stocks a shoe care range, complete with insoles, shoe cream and waterproofing treatments. Crucially for when the time comes to pack winter jumpers away until the next cold snap, you’ll also nd an excellent selection of moth killers and moth deterrents.
“The great things about our location is that it’s so easy to park at the front and pop in to stock up on these small essentials,” says Sarah.
Catering for every aspect of fabric maintenance with care and endless experience, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning will make sure your home and wardrobe look sparkling for spring.