Lauren Walter

Co-owner/Manager, Liberto’s Cleaners

Cheryl Gerber

Why do you do what you do? I really enjoy my job, but I also want to carry on what my great-grandparents started in 1932 as Italian immigrants. One of the things that makes New Orleans special is the amount of family-run businesses.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Clothes are history, and I love being able to help preserve them. I’ve restored a World War II wedding dress made from a parachute and a Korean War Marine formal uniform.

What would you do if you didn’t do this? I danced for 25 years, so I’d probably be a Pilates teacher.

What cleaning advice would you give someone? Never use Oxiclean; it’s harsher than bleach on your clothes!

Anything else? If your clothes are being eaten by moths, it’s probably because they have some sugar stains on them that you can’t see.

Tell us a trade secret? Grease stains and make-up are easy to get out if you know what you’re doing.

What’s the hardest thing to clean? Stains are either oil- or water-based; if someone has tried to clean a stain the wrong way, then it’s a really tough job to put it right.

How do you relax? As a family we love to get outdoors. Put me on a boat in the swamp to fish or on a bike on the levee and I’m happy.

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