Serving the Community for 60 years!

In time for Canada’s 150th, Browns Cleaners is celebrating 60 years in the Ottawa valley. Browns opened in 1957 and immediately became a hub for all new African and Caribbean immigrants looking for community in a new land. Herbert Browns— known as Pops— always made sure to welcome anyone looking for a family. He acted as a stand-in father for at least seven weddings, while his wife Estelle made their wedding dresses.

After 20 years, the Browns family sold the business to the MacGregors. They kept the name to honour what had been built, and continued the legacy of helping those in what ways they could. They’re still a family business, and understand the importance of going that extra mile to care for those who need it.

That’s why Browns partners with the Fairy Godmother of Ottawa, the Snowsuit Fund, and other charities in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Continuing the hospitable legacy Pops began, serving the community.

The MacGregor’s have built the Browns Cleaners business to over 40 locations (under Browns Cleaners and The Drycleaner brands) and city-wide Pick-up and Delivery for free at-home service. Family values, community involvement and hard work have proven successful for Browns. They appreciate the loyalty of their customers over the past many decades, and look forward to another 60 years!

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Flooded? We Can Help

Spring in Ottawa means snow melt and rain. With such a wet week many homes and businesses have found themselves with water coming into the basement. It’s important to clean affected items as soon as possible and as thoroughly as possible to prevent further damage. Mould and fungi begin to grow much faster than you think.

Browns Cleaners has a wide range of flood restoration services, with unrivalled drapery cleaning through Browns Cleaners, a commercial ozone process, and deep cleaning ultrasonic machines.

We offer:

  • Dry cleaning & wet cleaning
  • Drapery & curtain cleaning
  • Blinds cleaning
  • Area rug & tapestry cleaning
  • Bed & table linens cleaning
  • Specialized leather, suede & fur cleaning
  • Shoe & accessories cleaning
  • Stuffed toy & doll cleaning
  • Collectables & antiques cleaning

Floods are devastating, but you can trust Browns Cleaners to get your life back on track— free of water damage.

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Why you go Green when you Choose Browns Cleaners!


When you think about having your clothes professionally cleaned, you always have that thought in the back of your head: is this safe for my clothes, the environment, and me? It’s an age-old question and an important one at that. We at Browns Cleaners are proud of the steps we’ve taken to ensure that our cleaning solvents and processes are safe for you and your family and the environment. Browns Cleaners has always tried to better the community by participating in it. We are proud of our small business roots! As members of the community, we feel it is our duty to do the best we can.

Browns Cleaners work hard to ensure that our employees and customers feel confident that our cleaning process will not harm them or the environment. We use the Green Earth, environmentally friendly cleaning solvents and detergents that not only extend the life of your clothing, but also have a minimal carbon footprint.

Being the largest cleaner in the city, we know the choices we make have an impact. Browns Cleaners is amongst the greener cleaners in the country. It’s not cheap going green, but it’s an important investment to make to ensure that our customers are getting the safest treatment for their clothes. We care very much about people and the community and want our services to reflect this attitude.

Aside from using Green Earth solvents, the only dry cleaning solution that is approved by environment Canada as being environmentally friendly, Browns Cleaners also urges its customers and its employees to recycle. One way they do this is by reusing wire hangers. Customers are urged to bring any wire hangers they have back to the store to be reused. If they are too damaged, they are recycled. Moreover, Browns Cleaners always tries to replace its equipment with energy saving machines.

Why choose Browns Cleaners? We far exceed environmental standards in the professional cleaning industry, and we continue to look for ways in which we can provide superior cleaning in a safe and eco-friendly manner. You can be sure that when you choose us, we have you and your family’s safety in mind with every decision that we make. As Ottawa’s largest professional cleaning company, we understand that you count on us to be safe for you!

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Preserving Timelessness

You want your clothes to last as long as they can, especially when the pieces have sentimental value. This is normally true for pieces such as your wedding dress, but it can be even more emotional when it’s a World War Two heirloom.

It’s likely safe to assume that the last thing a shot down pilot was thinking of as he saved his parachute was it becoming a wedding dress. Landing in occupied France, he had to remove all evidence an American was within reach. However, that is exactly what his silk parachute ended up being when he fell in love with the girl next door to the farm he hid on.

They were married within a year, commemorating how they met by using his parachute as her wedding dress. The gown became a symbol of their unique history. However, the silk fell out of repair and needed restoration in order to continue its lifespan.

An American drycleaner approached Browns Cleaners in 2000 to bring the dress back to its former glory. Now, at 70 years old, the gown looks like the day it was made— silk flowing in pristine white as it walked the Wedding Palace Bridal Show in Ottawa on January 16 after nothing more than a cleaning and pressing.

Parachute Dress Front Parachute Dress Back

While you might not have a dress with a fairy tale-like origin, your treasured pieces still deserve the highest-level care. Preservation by a professional cleaner ensures you will keep history alive and be able to return to a special moment, without worrying about tears, stains, or discolouration. And, with Browns using Green Earth cleaners, you can freshen your pieces without worrying about your impact to the environment.

See what Browns can do for your treasures by visiting one of our locations today! For for more about the Wedding Palace Bridal Show, along with more pictures of gowns featured, please check out Jess P’s writeup.

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Who Doesn’t Love Sweater Weather?


If you’re like me the only thing that makes the cold weather worth it are the cute and cozy outfits you get wear. The most comfortable piece of clothing in the world is a sweater! We’ve been lucky here in Ottawa with really great warm weather but we all knew it wasn’t going to last forever. Now with a full blanket of snow on the ground, it’s time to bring out the really warm stuff hiding at the back of your closet.

A lot of people have to continuously buy new sweaters every Winter season. Not because the sweaters look worn but because they feel and smell… different. The main reason why this happens is because your winter clothes have been collecting dust throughout the Spring and Summer months. On top of this, they may have been stored away in a moist space without fresh air. If you notice that some of your favourite sweaters are smelly and musty, here are a couple of steps you can take to get them back in shape and looking great!

  1. Read the Care Label!

    The first step is to throw all of your winter clothing into the wash and give them a proper clean. Read the care instructions following through with this step to make sure your clothes are machine washable. If they are not machine-washable, follow the instructions on the label!

  2. Lavender and Cedar Chips

    The best way to keep your clothes smelling fresh is by placing some lavender or cedar chips in your closet. Some people also use Scented Aroma beads in a bag. These essential oils will diffuse slowly and keep your closet smelling great! Cedar chips are great for fending off moths and other insects. Remember, cedar chips, lavender oils and so on do lose their touch after a while so make sure to replace them or in the case of cedar chips, sand them down using sandpaper occasionally.

  3. Fresh Air

    A quick, easy, and quite effective method to keep your clothes smelling fresh is giving them a good clean and letting them air dry. The fresh air is a chemical-free way to let your clothes breathe! Once dry, make sure to give your garments a quick brush as well to remove any particles such as hair, dirt, dust and so on!

  4. Get Them Professionally Cleaned

    What I find with sweaters and winter clothing in general is that they last the longest out of everything I own in my wardrobe IF I take proper care of them. Having all of your winter clothing professionally cleaned at the onset of the Winter season is a great way to breathe new life into your garments. Professional cleaners will help preserve your clothes so they have a longer shelf-life, helping you save more in the end.

Browns Cleaners will help you get your clothes back in perfect condition. Until January 31st, 2016, you can bring in all of your sweaters to be professionally cleaned at any Browns Cleaners locations and get 30% OFF!

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Tis The Season


Credit: Vladans

Party season is well on its way! We often associate this time of year with winter, but if you’re reading this post in Ottawa, you are definitely counting your blessings this year. Can you believe the amazing weather we’ve been having?! I love the holiday season because spirits are high and you can find hope and kindness at every corner. It’s nice to be surrounded by smiling faces, rosy cheeks, and love. My favourite time of year to take walks is around this time, right when the sky gets dark. There is nothing better than walking by the beautifully lit houses with the crisp winter breeze against your face and your favourite people by your side.

Another amazing lesson I learned about the winter holiday season is just HOW many holidays are celebrated during this time. There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, the Winter Solstice and many more! Even if you don’t celebrate these holidays, you can still enjoy the feelings of love, joy, happiness and family the season brings. It is so heartwarming that at a time where the world is hurting, people, from all cultures and traditions, are sharing in the joy of togetherness and sprinkling some love back into the world.

Another great, and at times daunting, part of the holiday season are all of those party invites sitting in your mailbox (or inbox) right now! I love a great party like the next person, but it gets difficult to keep commitments when there are so many people throwing parties and so little hours in a day! Don’t fret; we’ve created this list especially for you. Here are the top three parties you SHOULD attend this holiday season!

  1. Holiday Work Party

The first reason why you should go? Well, for the free meal and champagne! On a serious note though, attending your company’s holiday party is not really a choice, it’s an expectation! When you don’t show up, you are risking making a bad impression. If you are really dreading your office holiday party, here’s a little bit of encouragement. Going is a great opportunity for you to show commitment, network, do some schmoozing, and get in your boss’s good graces! Plus, every time I’ve gone to an office holiday party, even if I dreaded it beforehand, I ended up having a great time and I’m sure you will too!

  1. Family Party

Your attendance to this one is pretty easy to understand. My most favourite people in the world are my parents and my siblings. Nothing is stronger than the bond of family. This is the season to spend time with the people that matter most and share in the love and joy of family! Plus, when do you ever get the chance to see everybody all at the same time? There’s something exciting about that!

  1. Dinner/Cocktail Party

Second to family, you have your friends. For some people friends are family and there is absolutely no way to separate the two. If you’re lucky, all of your friends will be friends with each other as well and you only have to go to one of these parties. If not, you may have to make room for a couple of dinner parties in your schedule. Remember, the holiday season is really about PEOPLE. Gifts, food, shopping and having champagne is great, but would mean nothing without those closest to you!

Although you won’t have to attend this next party, it’s important you are aware of it! So we’ve listed it as an honourable “fourth” mention!

  1. School Party

This one is for all you moms out there! Most schools have a classroom holiday party right before the winter break when your little ones are off from school for a week or two! Even though you don’t have to be there in person, you do need to do some extra preparation! Baking cupcakes, getting your child an ornament or a small present to give to their teacher, or dressing them up with cute little Santa hats! Find out when your child’s classroom party is and make sure they are prepared as well!

We here at Browns Cleaners want to make the Holidays a little bit sweeter for all of you by making sure your party outfits are clean, crisp and ready to go! We are having a 30% OFF HOLIDAY SPECIAL on all suits and dresses! There’s nothing better than looking spiffy and there’s nothing that says spiffy like a beautifully cleaned suit or dress!


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First SNOW Fall!


A lot of people hate the snow and so do I but it took a particularly long time this year for us to see some white flakes on the ground! There is something serene about waking up to a blanket of snow in the morning. Okay so we didn’t exactly see THAT much snow. There was a lot of green grass still peeking out, but you get the idea! It was really nice to step outside and breathe it all in. It wasn’t too cold, but you could definitely feel that chilly wintery breeze.

I bundled up and stood on my porch and saw the tree branches behind my home layered with white glistening snow. Although I knew this was the beginning of what could potentially be a very cold couple of months, it brought with it a feeling of comfort. There’s something beautiful about the seasons changing. Sometimes they blend right into each other, but with winter, you always know. You can feel it in your bones when the days start to cool and this feeling gets confirmed when you wake up one morning and everything is covered in white!

Mind you, I will probably be eating my words in a couple of weeks. But for now, I’m going to rejoice and appreciate all the good that comes with this cold, cold, season.

Here at Browns Cleaners, we want to make sure you are prepared for the months ahead of you. It’s officially time to grab all of your summer/fall items and store them away and give new life to your sweaters, turtlenecks, vests, and the rest of your winter wardrobe.

The most important task is to make sure your winter coat is looking great! We know, it is pretty easy to neglect your winter stuff, especially because it’s been stored away since spring! But winter is here, the temperatures have dropped, and your cute fall jacket is just not warm enough. You take your winter coat and you notice it doesn’t look as great as it did last winter. In fact, it looks dirty and worn. Your best move is to get it in to get professionally cleaned! Getting it cleaned will breathe new life to your coat and, most importantly, get rid of all the dirt and dust it has collected sitting in the back of your closet for all of these months!

If you have just taken your winter jacket out of the back of your closet, or attic, or basement and realize that it needs a clean, we’ve got a special limited time offer for you! You get 15% OFF when you bring your winter coat to get professionally cleaned at Browns Cleaners. Or, if your coat is still nice and clean, bring in your sweaters and get 30% OFF! Please click on the link for more details!

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