About Us

Our proud history

We have been established in the North East since the early part of the twentieth century, trading as Cooperative Launderers, offering a collection and delivery service by horse and cart. In the 1930s we moved on from horse and cart to motor vans.

With the onset of dry cleaning in the late 1940s, a domestic service was offered on the high street with shops trading as Cooperative Cleaners.

In 1989, Cooperative Laundries and Cooperative Cleaners were acquired by Sunlight Service Group – now Berendsen UK Ltd.

In 2016, Berendsen chose to withdraw from its North East-based domestic dry cleaning and laundry shops business – then operating as Sunlight Dry Cleaners – to focus on its industrial textile and rental services.

Snowdrift Dry Cleaners Ltd was delighted to step in and continue the next stage in the business’s development, taking over the remaining eight Sunlight branches and rebranding them as Sunlite.

Sunlite today

Today, the Snowdrift team are committed to Sunlite continuing to be the premier dry cleaner in Tyneside and Wearside. You can find a full list of shop and agent locations in the Branch Locator section of this website.

Our history and unrivalled experience make us the most popular choice for a trusted dry cleaning and laundry service in the North East.

We unequivocally offer you the Sunlite “Guarantee of Satisfaction”.