The holiday season has ended. There are still spots where rum punch, tomato sauce, mushroom gravy and red wine are flourishing. These spots are on ties, shirts, skirts and sports jackets — places where meatballs and deviled eggs made crash landings Christmas Day, places where Cabernet Sauvignon made splashes on New Year’s Eve. Stephen Hartz can put in the fix. As principal laundry man at Hartz Family Cleaners in Schenectady, he has been cleaning and steaming clothing that people wrinkled and wrecked during the final days of 2012.
Stephen Hartz, co-owner of Hartz Family Cleaners on Union Street in Schenectady uses a machine to press a shirt.
Stephen and Suzanne Hartz, owners of Hartz Family Cleaners, locate a pick-up for a customer on Wednesday morning.
Stephen Hartz presses a pair of slacks on Wednesday.
Stephen Hartz checks on a pair of slacks during the pressing process.
Stephen Hartz uses a clothes iron to touch up a pressed pair of slacks
Stephen Hartz uses a high pressure spot remover to dispatch a pesky stain at Hartz Family Cleaners, which he co-owns with his wife, Suzanne.
Stephen Hartz unloads washers full of shirts to be pressed and starched.
Stephen Hartz, co-owner of Hartz Family Cleaners, removes clothing from a dry cleaning machine in the basement of the business.