Our Story - 34 Years in Business!

The 80’s

In January 1985, Carl Arnold, Carl’s sons John & Steve Arnold, and Jeff Stroman open their first two stores as Professional Cleaners in northeast Indianapolis, and soon takes on a new name – Classic Cleaners.

The 90’s

Throughout the 90’s, Classic Cleaners opens more stores and gains additional capital when Leon Neal buys into the company as a fifth partner in 1990. Leon brought additional dry cleaning technical expertise to the company and was in charge of quality control and wedding gown cleaning & preservation.  In 1993, Classic Cleaners starts its first route, delivering to the north side of Indianapolis and Tim Day joins the company as its sixth partner, serving as Operations Manager responsible for site planning and store construction and mechanical operations.


Classic Cleaners increases locations to include five Carmel locations and one Westfield location. In 2004, Classic Cleaners becomes the first dry cleaner in the Indianapolis area to introduce 24-hour drop-off and pick-up locker service, adding this feature to its new store at the 131st and Hazel Dell location in Carmel. Since then, Classic Cleaners has continued to make this service available at most of its new stores.

From 2006 – 2009, Classic Cleaners remodels its main cleaning facility, expanding its size to accommodate growth.  Classic Cleaners installs a state-of-the-art assembly and bagging system in the laundry & dry cleaning departments. This investment increases productivity, reduces the amount of necessary garment handling and virtually eliminates misplaced garments.


In 2012, Classic Cleaners stopped using perchloroethylene (PERC) and invested in new Eco-friendly SYSTEMK4 dry cleaning machines and dry cleaning fluid.  This conversion to the more Eco-friendly cleaning machinery and fluids resulted in a better cleaning performance and long term energy savings.  The fluid is odor free, dermatologically safe (will not irritate sensitive skin) and it cleans better than PERC.  This transition took place without losing a single day of cleaning and allowed Classic Cleaners to reduce their impact on the environment.  Customer’s whites and colored garments are brighter with this Eco-friendly fluid.

In Summer of 2015, Classic Cleaners purchases an existing structure on Knue Road in the Castleton area with the intention of expanding the plant and corporate office space.  The move of the entire plant and office space was complete in November 2015 and doubled the plant capacity.  The new building allows us to be more energy efficient and provide enhanced services for the customer such as 24 hour drop off and locker service and same day service for items dropped off by 10am!  View the time lapse video of the expansion here.

In Late 2016, Classic Cleaners wins American DryCleaners 56th Annual Best Plant Design Grand Prize for 2017!  America’s No. 1 magazine for drycleaners, American Drycleaner is the definitive source of industry information for plant owners and operators. Designed to help owners run their businesses better, with up-to-the-minute information on industry news, events and trends; expert advice on management, marketing and production; and specifics on the equipment and supplies necessary to run a successful drycleaning business, we were honored to be recognized and featured.


In 2019, Classic Cleaners celebrates 34 years in business.  The company continues to grow it’s footprint with a new retail location servicing the Whitestown and Zionsville communities, and our most recent Carmel location offering the 24/7 Kiosk pick up, while excelling in both technology and service.

Classic Cleaners is one of the most technologically advanced dry cleaning and laundry companies in the Midwest. Even more important, however, is the company’s commitment to VIP-level customer service. Classic Cleaners will offer the Indianapolis area’s best dry cleaning and laundry options for many decades to come.  Currently, Classic Cleaners has a total of 20 locations, as well as six routes serving a large area in Marion, Hendricks, Boone, Hamilton, Johnson and Hancock counties.