Jerry Leeds, Fashion Award Cleaners' owner, has been in the dry-cleaning biz nearly 40 years and is one of the city's go-to guys for tricky cleaning jobs. The one thing that Fashion Award can do that arguably few -- if any -- other cleaners can do is remove the smoke smell from clothing in an ozone chamber. The ozone room looks like any other well-sealed room, but it's hooked up to a sort of life-support machine that constantly sucks the air out of the room, purifies it, and then puts it back so that, over a 24-hour period, the smell of the smoke (and even the mildew-y smell of water damage on, say, draperies soaked from a flood) is mitigated. Inside the room, there is also a hepa-filter that further purifies the air. Fashion Award's manager, Henry Ortiz, says you can expect 98.9-percent success in removing noxious smells. Items are first dry-cleaned before going into the chamber and, afterwards, they're finished, steamed, and pressed. The cost is variable, and is in addition to the fee for the dry cleaning. 2205 Broadway btw. 78th & 79th Sts., 212-289-5623; fashionaward.com (This article originally appeared in the 5/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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