In 1911, an ambitious engineer named George Neumark established Illinois Cleaners as a full-service cleaner, launderer and furrier. Illinois Cleaners was a robust cleaning operation serving the suburbs of Chicago until the 1960s.
In the 1960s, the dry cleaning industry entered the “polyester years.” During a period of just four years, the number of dry cleaners plunged from 40,000 to 18,000. It was at this time that the Marberry family seized the opportunity to enter the cleaning business. William Marberry and his four sons acquired many of the leading cleaners in Chicago’s western suburbs. Over the next 30 years, Marberry–Illinois Cleaners experienced healthy growth in retail cleaning and home delivery, becoming the largest cleaner in Illinois.
Marberry Cleaners and Launderers is now a third-generation, family-owned and operated cleaning company with an emphasis on dry cleaning home delivery and commercial laundry accounts. The present owners, John Marberry Jr., John Marberry Sr., David Marberry and Peter Marberry, have a combined 100 years of experience in the laundry industry.
Our overarching goal — and our pledge to you — is to provide customers with a consistent and reliable cleaning service day in and day out. We have partnered with the best suppliers in the cleaning industry to meet these goals and satisfy our customers.
We feel strongly about supporting our fellow local small businesses and we are also active within our industry. Marberry Cleaners always has and always will be “Perc-Free”, we are the original “Green Cleaner”. Two members of our management team hold high industry honors. David Marberry is the Vice President of the Illinois Professional Dry Cleaner and Launderers Association, while Kevin Oster is recognized as a Certified Professional Drycleaner. Marberry Cleaners combines its vast industry knowledge with new technology and equipment to bring our customers the finest cleaning we have ever produced. As part of our quest for excellence we also make trips to the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute in Laurel, MD for industry meetings and training.