Thursday, October 12, 2017

An Expert Dry Cleaners Advice on Keeping Clothes Clean

Expert dry cleaners know how to keep your clothes looking sharp! But did you know there are things you can be doing at home too? Read on for tips from the pros.

If you're given a year's worth of dry cleaning services, would you reject it? Of course not. Who would say no to having their favorite clothes taken care of by expert dry cleaners?

But sometimes, things happen. You get busy or when you drop off your clothes at your trusted dry cleaner, they're not open. So what do you do?

Lucky for you, we're sharing our expert advice on how to keep your clothes clean. This is for when you can't go to a dry cleaner or when you simply want to learn how to keep your best garments in tip-top condition.

Get to Know Fibers

Polyester and nylon are machine-washable. Spandex is too. Be careful not to wash with chlorine bleach as this will easily damage all materials. Whenever possible, always air dry instead of machine dry.

With cotton and linen - fibers that are prone to shrinking and fading, you want to wash these in cold water. As with polyester, nylon, and spandex, you want to air dry cotton and linen.

The trickiest fibers to wash are wool, silk, and rayon. Wool can shrink, while silk and rayon have a tendency to bleed color.

The best way to wash wool is handwashing, and sometimes by gentle machine wash. Silk clothing should also be hand washed and never machine-dried.

Learn to Hand Wash

Expert dry cleaners will tell you that even if washing machines have a hand-wash setting, there's no substitute for good old hand washing. You want to hand wash delicates, silk blouses, and wool sweaters. These items retain their color and shape better when hand washed (versus machine washed).

Of course, you should always check the garment's care label. "Dry-clean only" means exactly that and you should never wash it at home. However, if the label says "dry-clean," it just means it's the recommended method but hand washing is (usually) perfectly fine (test a small area with water first).

To wash clothing by hand, you need to choose the right detergent. If you're not sure which one to use, always go for a mild one. Next, fill the sink or a small tub with water.

Add detergent. But don't use too much. Soak the garment in the soapy water.

Use gentle movements and avoid scrubbing actions. The last step is to drain the sink or tub, refill it with clean, cool water, and rinse the garment. You may need to repeat this step until all of the soap is removed.

Practice General Care Tips

You may know how often to take clothes to the dry cleaner. But do you know how to take care of your best duds in between cleanings?

For example, do you know that you should air out suits, coats, and shoes for at least half an hour before storing them in your closet? Or that you shouldn't throw these items over a chair to avoid wrinkles?

If you do, great. Here are other care tips to remember:

  • Avoid leaving clothes near the window. Colors on your clothes can fade when exposed to prolonged sunlight or even closet light.
  • Lotions, sunscreens, and perfumes can fade or stain clothes. Use these carefully, especially during summer.
  • Never store stained or dirty clothes.
  • Avoid mildew by never hanging wet clothes in your closet.
  • Always use breathable cotton bags or even sheets instead of plastic bags to store your clothes.
  • Inform your dry cleaner about salt residues (e.g. winter street salt) on your clothes. Salt can ruin your garments during cleaning.

Machine Wash Like a Pro

At this point, you might think we just don't like washing machines. After all, we've been talking at length about the importance of hand washing certain clothing types.

Here's the thing. Us expert dry cleaners know how convenient washing machines are. But we also know how easy it is to ruin a nice sweater in the dryer or how fast machine washing can ruin a pair of dry-clean-only trousers.

It's easy to mess up. So if you have to use a machine washing, make sure you know what you're really doing. Learn all you can about washing machine cycles, water temperature, and the different types of detergent.

If you want to risk washing dry clean only clothes in a machine, put it on its slowest speed setting. And again, don't use the dryer. Always air dry to avoid exposing the garment to heat or friction.

Treat Stains the Right Way

You know that you should remove stains right away if you don't want your garment to be permanently damaged. But what if you can't get to a dry cleaner right away? Do you just leave that spot alone or do you try to fix it yourself?

Expert dry cleaners will tell you to blot it off as best as you can. And if you want to attempt stain removal, make sure you choose the right type of stain remover. When in doubt, always test a small area of the fabric first so as not to make stain bigger or worse.

If you've done the best you can with stain removal and it's still there, get it to a dry cleaner as soon as possible. Also, don't forget to tell your dry cleaner what type of stain it is. If it's from juice or wine or jam, leftover sugar crystals will caramelize and further destroy your garment. To reiterate, the best thing you can do is blot off (never rub) the excess and wait for the professionals to remove the stain.

Wrapping Up

Learning how to take care of your favorite clothes is a must if you want to make them last longer. If you can't take them to a dry cleaner, your best option is to know how to wash different types of fabrics and learning how to hand wash.

You should also practice general care tips such as knowing how to properly store your garments. And if you have to use a washing machine, make sure you don't damage your dry-clean-only clothes by using too much detergent or getting the settings wrong.

For stains, you should try to blot them off as best as you can. And use the right kind of stain remover. Of course, you should bring your stained clothes to a dry cleaner as soon as you can.

Looking for Expert Dry Cleaners?

You've come to the right place. We've been in business since 1938, taking care of people's clothes from the finest designer and couture garments to professional and casual pieces.

We also do wedding gown preservation, cleaning, pressing, and restoration. If you're looking for Detroit's best dry cleaner, look no further than Janet Davis Cleaners.

Questions? Don't hesitate to give us a call at 248-543-0340.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Guide to Wedding Dress Cleaning and Preservation

Such an important item deserves just an important treatment. Follow this guide to choosing a wedding dress cleaning service and preserving your dress.

A recent study shows that people with big, beautiful weddings are happier and have marriages that last longer. And an essential element to the happiest day of your life is your dress. The dress is the centerpiece of a wedding.

The most important gown of your life (unless you plan on winning an Oscar) is your wedding gown. You'll never be photographed or remembered as much in any other dress you wear in your lifetime.

The chances are also high that your wedding dress did cost a fortune. Considering all of these things, why wouldn't you want to preserve and treasure this gown for as long as you both shall live?

With great preservation and fantastic wedding dress cleaning, you can keep your gown in pristine shape forever. Perhaps you'll want to pass it down to a daughter or beloved family member.

The possibilities are endless once the dress is preserved and packaged well. Never fear dry cleaning is here. We've created the ultimate guide to wedding dress cleaning and preservation for you:

Why Wedding Dress Preservation

1. Sentimental Value and Great Options

As mentioned, a wedding dress can hold a day of dreams in its threads. The sentimental value of this dress carries some weight. You married the love of your life in this gown and you'll (ideally) be together forever.

Perhaps you are of the tidy mindset and don't like to have excess items in your home, even if it's your wedding dress. If you are on the fence about the dress, know that you can have it packaged and cleaned and make the decision at a later point.

What's more? Let's say the sentimental value of the dress changes. Perhaps a split does come in your marriage. Having your dress well-preserved with wedding dress cleaning will make for a quick and imminent sale.

Having your expensive dress properly cared for will leave you with options about what to do with your gown.

2. Your Daughter May Want It

You might be surprised how many girls want to use their mother's wedding dresses for their own special day. Being able to connect with the woman who bore her as she moves on into the married chapter of her life may mean a lot to her.

What's important is giving her the option to wear your dress. Keep your dress so she can make the decision if she wants to wear your dress for her wedding day. This woman, for example, did an incredible photo shoot in the gowns that preceded her wedding.

She would have never had the opportunity to have these incredible photos taken if her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother hadn't preserved their dresses.

3. Resale with Wedding Dress Cleaning

Based on the first part of this article and the sentimental heirloom talk, you probably didn't think resale would be a topic here. But resale is a fantastic option for your wedding dress.

You wore the dress for one night and the chances are good that the dress is still in perfect condition. You might have gotten the train dirty from dancing at your reception (if you even wore it) or spilled something on it.

Wine stain? No problem. Leave it to the pros to get rid of anything your dress may have encountered on your big day.

If you don't mind letting go of the sentimental value of this dress, then make like Elsa and "Let it go, Let it go!" However, the only way to sell this dress is by having wedding dress cleaning professionally performed on the dress.

If a new bride has a budget or simply just loves your custom tailored dress and wants it, then she will be happy to pay top dollar for the used dress as long as it looks like new.

4. The Material

Some women keep their dresses not necessarily so their kin can wear it, but so they can use the material to make a new dress. This is a way for your daughter to use the material from your dress and have it made into a new, modern gown or into a new christening gown (that still holds sentimental value).

Transforming a wedding dress can be a costly option, but one that will create an extremely special gown.

The Cleaning Process

Wedding dress cleaning may take some time. Good cleaners need up to twelve weeks. While cleaning prices can vary, find an expert in wedding dress cleaning and your money will be well spent.

From the time you take the gown off on your wedding night, try to store it in a cool dark, dry place. If you want to leave it out for a few days to show it off, handle it with cotton gloves to keep oils from your skin off it, and hang it on a non-padded hanger. Remember that direct sunlight over time will age garments more quickly

Once it's at the cleaner of your choice, here's what will happen:

Inspect and Test

Your professional cleaner will inspect your entire wedding dress and look for any stains or damage to the gown. Wedding dress cleaning pros are very thorough. They will also look for any tailoring or lace that has come undone.

Wedding dress cleaning usually entails tests on the areas that need special cleaning to figure out exactly how to clean the stain. Stains are not created equal and will be treated differently.

Stain Treatment and Cleaning

The professional will then spot clean any stains on the gown. They can remove most anything from wine to dirt around the hem. They will use a wet cleaning machine or a dry cleaning machine depending on the material. Once the dress is clean it's ready for packaging.

Wrap It Up

Once the dress is in mint condition they will wrap the dress in acid-free tissue paper and package it in a sealed, yet breathable box for optimal preservation. Vacuum wrapping isn't recommended as it can trap moisture inside.

Your Day, Your Dress

Deciding on whether you should preserve and have wedding dress cleaning done on your gown doesn't have to be a hard decision. Just do it. You'll be glad you did and you can make any serious decisions on the gown later.

When you are ready for the ultimate wedding dress preservation for a fantastic price contact us today!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Secret to Finding the Best Dry Cleaners

Finding the best dry cleaners is vital to maintaining the quality of a wardrobe. Here's how you know a dry cleaner cares about your clothes as much as you do.

Do you want your clothes to last as long as possible?

Of course, you do! Quality clothes are expensive. But, many people don't realize that buying quality clothing is an investment. 

Just like you spend time maintaining your car or maintaining your furniture, so too should you spend time maintaining clothes. 

And the best way to maintain quality clothes is to take them to the dry cleaner. 

But, not all dry cleaners are created equal. So how do you find the best ones?

Keep reading to learn the secret to finding the best dry cleaner (Hint: There's more than one!)

Consider Your Wants and Needs 

Before you begin your search for the best dry cleaners, you first need to think about your own wants and needs. 

Make a list of requirements that you can't do without. You can create this list by asking yourself some questions:

  • Do I need the dry cleaners to be within walking distance?
  • Does the cleaner need to be eco-conscious?
  • What's my budget?
  • Do I need pickup and delivery service?

Budget and time play a huge role in picking the best dry cleaners. Make sure to consider these factors before narrowing down your options.

Find Out Where the Actual Cleaning is Done 

Dry cleaning stores fall into two categories: ones that do the cleaning in their own facility and ones that ship the dry cleaning to a 3rd party company

A dry cleaning company that has one central plant along with several satellite stores, also known as drop or dry stores, can more closely monitor quality, ensuring you look your best.

The stores that do cleaning on site are known as package stores. These stores own their own equipment as well. With an operation that has several package stores, there is less oversight ensuring that quality standards are consistently met.

The other type of dry cleaners don't have their own facility and send all of your items to a third party for processing. With this arrangement, the person you interact with has no say over the outcome of the final product.

Ask About Solvents 

In order to select the best dry cleaners, it's also very important to ask about solvents.

Some solvents are more environmentally-friendly than others. There is also the consideration of the cleaning power of the various solvents. The best cleaners utilize multiple cleaning solvents, and will do so responsibly.

Also, some dry cleaners use their cleaning fluids more than once. This means that dirt from previous loads could get deposited into your load. This is true for many discount cleaners. It's too expensive for them to run the distillation machine on all of the solvent after each load. They will instead send a fraction to be distilled (separated from the impurities) and the rest (including all of the dirt) will go back to the tank to be used on the next load.

You should only work with dry cleaners who use freshly distilled or freshly purified loads for every wash cycle.

Ask About Equipment 

Pressing is what gives clothes that professional, crisp look.

But, there are two ways to press clothing. And one way produces significantly better results than the other.

Clothing can either be pressed by hand or by a machine. Machine pressing involves blowing hot steam through a garment to smooth out wrinkles. Hand pressing takes a long time and can be very expensive.

It's best to choose a dry cleaner who pre-treats your clothing with machine presses, then finishes by hand. This hybid model gives the best overall final quality.

Damage Compensation 

Even the best dry cleaners make mistakes. 

It's rare, but clothing can get damaged during the dry cleaning process. However, most dry cleaners only offer you a mulitple of the cleaning price paid.

If  the cleaning charge is $2, you may only be offered $20 for a damaged item. Full service establishments will offer you full price for newer items and a bit less for older or more worn items.

Pro Tip: Make sure to clean out the pockets before dropping off items. Most cleaners won't be held liable for damaged goods that are left inside pockets.

Flexible Business Hours 

Most of us work 9-5 jobs. Unfortunately, so do many dry cleaners.

If your boss is going to throw a fit about you leaving during the day to pick up your dry cleaning, make sure you pick a store that's open on weekends or late nights.

Alternativley, look for a dry cleaners that will pickup and deliver your cleaning for free while you are at work.

Word of Mouth 

News travels fast, both good and bad.

Make sure to ask your friends and your colleagues for recommendations.

They have nothing to gain or lose by offering you advice, so often times their input is the most valuable. Or, if you know someone in your neighborhood or friend circle who's always sharply-dressed, ask them as well.

You should also check online reviews on both the company's site and on review sites like The Knot.

Certificates and Affiliations

Likely, the counter attendant doesn't have any special certification. But, you can ask them if anyone in the store does.

There are all kinds of affiliations dry cleaners can hold: Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, or affiliations with the International Fabricare

Institute or the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute.

Observe the Counter Clerk 

Of course, the counter clerk shouldn't be overlooked.

Although they're likely not the ones doing the cleaning, they still should be professional. A quality counter clerk will inspect your garments carefully and ask about any stains that need special attention.

If the counter clerk shows indifference when you walk in, it could be a bad sign for the rest of what's to come.

Extra Perks 

When searching for the best dry cleaners, don't forget to ask about extra perks as well.

Dry cleaners that offer tailoring or alterations can be a huge bonus!

Put Their Skills to the Test 

Once you've found a dry cleaner who meets your needs, it's time to put their skills to the test.

But, don't bring in your whole work wardrobe all at once or a specialty item like a wedding dress. 

Instead, bring in one item that you don't really care about as a trial run. It's a good idea to pick one that has a stain or that could use some extra love.

If they do a good job with this item, then you can start bringing in your regular wardrobe.

Finding the Best Dry Cleaners: Wrap Up 

We hope this guide helps you select the best dry cleaners in your area.

Please let us know how your search turns out. If you have any questions about treating specific clothing items, please drop a comment below.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

How Often Should Certain Items Go To The Dry Cleaner?

Save your clothes, house linens and money by reading this post! We're revealing how often certain items should go to the dry cleaner in this post.
dry cleaners shirts dresses suits comforters sheets

You see it every time you look at the label in your favorite suit, or the tag on your fancy throw pillow.

Those three little words that immediately make you clutch your wallet and cringe: "Dry clean only."

But we have some great news for you. Not every dry-clean-only item needs to be professionally cleaned after each use. In fact, some can even go months without going to the dry cleaner.

But how do you know what needs to be cleaned after one use, and what can wait?

Let's break it down, item by item, to see how often they should actually go to the dry cleaner.

Clothing

Let's start with common pieces of clothing.

Button-down shirts and blouses

Because shirts and blouses fit close against your skin, they absorb your sweat more than, say, a pair of pants or a jacket. That means they require regular trips to the dry cleaner.

We recommend having them cleaned after one to two wears.

Day dresses

Most dresses fit close to your skin, so they absorb sweat and body odors in much the same way shirts and blouses do.

Our recommendation is to take your day dresses to the dry cleaner every one to two wears.

Formal wear

Your formal ensembles need to look their best each and every time you put them on. Having your gowns and tuxes professionally cleaned regularly helps ensure your outfit looks amazing.

Formal clothes also tend to be made from more fragile material than other articles of clothing, so they require cleaning more often.

Therefore, we recommend having your evening wear dry cleaned after one to two wears.

Sweaters

Sweaters are typically worn with another shirt underneath, so they don't directly touch your skin. That means you can go a few more wears between cleanings, which will also help the sweater last a little longer overall.

Unless something spills on it, it smells like smoke, or you wear it without an undershirt, we recommend dry cleaning every three wears.

Dress pants and skirts

If you wear your pants and skirts mostly indoors in a clean environment - and you don't spill anything on them - you can get away with wearing them a few times between cleanings.

Be sure to change out of your skirt or pair of pants as soon as you get home. Hang them up immediately to air them out and to allow the wrinkles to fall.

If you do all that, we recommend dry cleaning them every three wears.

Business suits

Because you wear a dress shirt or blouse under your suit jacket, it tends not to require a trip to dry cleaner as often as other articles of clothing. But be sure to check the areas of the jacket that get dirty more quickly, like the collar, sleeve hems, and elbows.

We recommend taking your business suits to the dry cleaners every three to five wears.

Note: If your suit's skirt or pants seem to need cleaning more often than the jacket, you'll need to get the entire suit dry cleaned at the same time. This helps prevent irregular or uneven fading between pieces. Alternatively, we recommend purchasing two sets of pants for each suit jacket and cleaning all 3 pieces together.

Outdoor jackets/coats

Outerwear is worn over all other articles of clothing, so it's not going to absorb sweat or body odors as much as, say, shirts and blouses. Also, you tend to only wear your coat for short periods of time, and not all day like you would with other articles of clothing.

Therefore, unless your outerwear gets stained or dirty, or starts to smell musty, we recommend having it professionally cleaned just once a year.

Linens

Now let's review when you should take household linens to the dry cleaner.

Throw pillows

How often you dry clean your throw pillows really depends on usage. If the pillows are just for decoration, and you hardly use them, you can get away with cleaning them once or twice a year.

But if you tend to lean on them while watching TV or reading in bed, you'll want to send them to the dry cleaner when you notice marks or stains that you can't get out by spot-cleaning.

Generally speaking, if your throw pillows aren't getting much use, we recommend dry cleaning them once every six months. To prevent dust and dirt from building up between cleanings, vacuum your throw pillows regularly.

Comforters, duvet covers, and bedspreads

While you should be washing your sheets at least once a week, your bedspread is a different story. Because it lives on top of your sheets, and therefore rarely touches your body, you can get away with sending it to the cleaners much less often.

In between cleanings, consider vacuuming your blankets or airing them out on a porch railing or clothesline. This will help remove dust and keep them nice and fresh.

We recommend dry cleaning your comforters, duvet covers, and bedspreads once every six months.

Note: If you have pets who sleep on top of the bed, or kids who like to play or jump on the bed with their dirty feet, you'll want to consider having the affected linens dry cleaned more often than what we're recommending.

Curtains

Curtains just hang over your windows and don't really get dirty, so you don't have to clean them, right?

Wrong!

Curtains are exposed to dust, dirt, and odors, which can deteriorate their appearance over time if you don't properly care for them. So they may not have to be cleaned very often, but they definitely need to be cleaned.

We recommend having your curtains dry cleaned once a year.

Other things to consider before taking things to the dry cleaner

Our recommendations for how often you should take something to the dry cleaner are not set in stone.

Here are some other factors to consider:

  • Fabric: Wool is a sturdy fabric, so items made of wool may not need to be cleaned as often as items made of more delicate fabrics like silk or cashmere. 
  • Spot-treating: You don't necessarily have to rush your item off to the dry cleaner for one little smudge. Try spot-treating it at home first to see if that removes the stain.
  • Weather: If it's hot and muggy, and you're sweating more than usual, your clothing may need to be cleaned more often than when you're in colder climates. 
  • Environment: Do you ride the subway to work? Do you walk several blocks from the bus stop to your office each day? You'll probably want to dry clean your clothing more often if you live and work in an environment where you tend to get a little dirtier.

Let us help you!

Ready to have your clothing or linens professionally cleaned? Contact us today!

We offer free pickup and delivery service, because we know how busy you are.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Real Bride Spotlight: Angela & Jesse's Duke Wedding

I met Jesse at Duke University when we were in our junior year of college in biochemistry. While applying for medical schools, we found ourselves in the position where we would be long distance for the next four years. Jesse ended up staying at Duke for medical school, while I went to Loyola University in Chicago. We got engaged at Duke, and we knew that we wanted to get married in the Duke Gardens. It was quite an experience planning a North Carolina wedding from Chicago, but teamwork made the perfect day come true.
What was your wedding date?
May 6, 2017
What was your wedding location and venue name?
The ceremony was at the Duke Gardens in Durham, NC and the reception was at 21c Museum Hotel Durham.
Who is the designer of your wedding gown and where did you purchase it?
It’s Allure Bridals, Style 9350 purchased at Weddings 826 in Chicago, IL.
When did you know your gown was "the one"?
The dress caught my eye because of the beautiful beading and intricate lacework. The dress made me feel so beautiful that I knew it was the one I wanted to wear for my future husband on the most memorable day of our lives.
What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
We did not do a first look before the ceremony, so seeing my husband’s face when he saw me walking down the aisle was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.
What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?
We wrote our entire ceremony, and asked one of our best friends to officiate it. He told the best stories about us, and the ceremony was completely personal. We also walked down the aisle together as a married couple to the theme song from Up, the movie! Additionally, having our friends and family come from across the US and also from China made us feel so loved.
Why did you want to get your gown cleaned?
We haven’t decided what our plans are with the dress, but we both loved my dress so much that we knew we definitely wanted it cleaned first and foremost.
Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners, a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
I wanted someone who specialized in wedding gowns since my gown has so many details, when I found Janet Davis Cleaners and realized I drove by it every day on my way to work, the choice was easy!

Photographer: L'Amour Foto at http://lamourfoto.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

3 Tips to Choose the Best Wedding Gown Fabrics For Your Special Day

If you're a bride-to-be, you may currently be in the process of finding your wedding dress. We're giving you 3 tips for selecting the best wedding gown fabrics!
3 Tips to Choose the Best Wedding Gown Fabrics For Your Special Day

Finding your wedding dress is one of the best parts of planning your wedding. But there are many factors to consider when choosing the dress of your dreams. Fabric is one of them, but how do you choose from dozens upon dozens of wedding gown fabrics?

It may seem like fabric is a small and insignificant part of your wedding dress. But the truth is that fabric is an essential detail that can make or break the way a dress looks on you.

In 10 or 20 years, you want to look back on your wedding dress and still love it as much as you did the day you got married. Unfortunately, many women fall out of love with their wedding dresses years later.

But you don't have to!

Here are 3 of the best tips to help you choose the best wedding gown fabric so you can love your gown for years to come!

1. Pick a Style that Complements Your Figure

There's an endless variety of wedding gown designs, and choosing one is its own challenge! But before you can choose the best fabric, you have to decide on what kind of design you want for your wedding dress.

The foundation of your wedding dress should complement your figure. Not every dress works for every figure. So, pay attention to which dresses will flatter your figure.

Curves & Big Busts

Apple-shaped and pear-shaped figures look best in gowns that flare and flow from the waist. Ball gowns and A-Line dresses work great with curvier or plus-size figures.

Mermaid or trumpet style dresses are best at complementing curves. These styles look especially great on women with wider hips. Many of these dresses come strapless, which is ideal for women with larger busts.

Square Bodies & Small Busts

Many women with square figures tend to feel like their options in dresses are limited. But this couldn't be farther from the truth!

A-Line gowns can make any women, of any size, feel like a princess for one day. But you can rock an A-Line dress or ballroom gown better than most! An A-Line or ballroom gown are fuller and will create the illusion of a curvier figure.

Petite Figures

Petite figures look best in column or sheath dresses. These dresses don't flare like A-Line, ballroom, or mermaid gowns.

A column dress will make you look taller and will show off your slim physique! Plus, you have more leeway in using softer fabrics.

2. Understand Fabrics According to Style

Once you decide on the perfect design for your wedding dress, it's time to focus on fabric.

The base of your dress will be made with common wedding gown fabrics like silk, polyester, rayon, or acetate. Then, your dress will be woven with fabric finishes like satin, charmeuse, chiffon or organza to truly complete its look.

Fabrics for Mermaid, Trumpet, & Column Dresses

Heavier and more durable wedding gown fabrics are necessary for complex designs. This is especially the case for a mermaid, trumpet, or any dress that has an intricate cut.

Silk is easily the most desired wedding gown fabric of them all. It's a natural fiber that's been around for thousands of years. Silk is equally durable as it is beautiful.

Rayon is a classic alternative to silk. It's a fabric finish that will show off curvy silhouettes without breaking the budget.

Satin is smooth and glossy and works with every body type! Because it's a heavier fabric finish, it's best for winter or autumn weddings.

Polyester, rayon, and nylon are more cost-effective options for base fabrics. They're durable and easy-to-clean but aren't as fine as silk. They can, however, be woven with elegant fabric finishes, like satin or taffeta.

Faille is a fabric finish that's also derived from silk. It's softly-woven that finishes with a subtle ribbed texture. Its durability makes it a great option for column dresses.

Duchesse satin is a woven blend of silk and polyester that finishes like satin.

Taffeta is another fabric finish that's heavily sought-after.

Both taffeta and Duchesse satin are soft, heavy, and durable.

Lightweight Fabrics for A-Line & Ball Gowns

The majority of dresses are made of polyester, nylon, rayon, or some other form of synthetic fabric. In some cases, you may come across gowns made of silk, but they'll cost more.

If you're choosing an A-Line or ball gown, you want to focus on lightweight fabrics. Your fabric finishes should also be lightweight. These lightweight fabrics and fabric finishes will pull your dress together entirely.

Tulle is probably on your mind if your dream wedding dress has always been a classic ballroom gown. Tulle is a netting fabric finish that's typically made from nylon, polyester, or cotton. It's perfect for ballroom gowns when layered and woven with silk.

Charmeuse is a silky fabric that's simple, lightweight, and structured. It works great for both tighter and looser fits.

Chiffon is another lightweight fabric finish that's derived from silk. It's sheer and fine with a soft, translucent, and draped finish. It's a timeless fabric that's simply elegant.

Organza is sheer and delicate like chiffon. Chiffon is a perfect fabric finish for draped dresses. But the firmer structure of organza makes it better for tighter fitting gowns.

Rules of Thumb for Choosing Fabrics

  • The more complex the design, the stronger the fabric must be
  • The more simple your design, the softer your fabric can be
  • Fabric and fabric finishes are not the same
  • Heavier fabrics for fall and winter weddings. Lighter fabrics in the summer

3. Finish Off Your Dress with Detailed Fabrics

Once you've chosen the best wedding gown fabrics, it's time to focus on the details of your dress. (This part is fun!)

Lace

Lace is a timeless wedding gown fabric that works for every style! It's a fabric that works for chic, bohemian, elegant, and vintage styled dresses alike.

Lace comes in a plethora of styles and textures. The texture and style of lace you choose will depend on how your dress's neckline is cut. It will also depend on how detailed you want your dress to be.

You may consider Venetian, Alençon, or Chantilly lace for detailed gowns. In any case, you want an embroidered lace if you're aiming for intricate detail.

Brocade, eyelet, and knitted lace are simpler than their embroidered counterparts. Nonetheless, they're the perfect touch of femininity and elegance!

Lustrous Fabrics

A crêpe georgette fabric can give a draped dress the perfect finish. This fabric is translucent, lightweight, and playful. It looks great, whether your wedding dress is bohemian or vintage.

If you're going for a crisp and lustrous look, try dupioni silk or shantung silk. Both dupioni and shantung silk are shiny on the surface. But dupioni has a more textured finish than shantung.

Tulle

As previously mentioned, tulle is a classic choice in wedding gown fabrics. Tulle is also great for playing up a shorter dress that falls at the knees or ankles!

Tulle is the traditional wedding veil fabric. But if you'd like a more dramatic look for your veil, try point d'esprit fabric or chiffon.

Choose from the Finest Wedding Gown Fabrics!

Picking the perfect wedding gown fabric is difficult. There are so many varieties to choose from, and it's hard to know which ones will work best for your dream dress.

You'll devote a lot of time and money searching through and trying wedding gown fabrics. So, it's vital that you preserve the look of your fabric before and after your wedding.

Consult with an expert dry cleaner who understands wedding gown fabrics. An expert wedding dress dry cleaner will preserve the beauty of your gown for your wedding day - and years to come!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

9 Facts You Need To Know About Dry Cleaning Your Menswear

Dry cleaning your clothes has several benefits, such as saving you time and improving your attire. Here are 9 facts to remember when dropping off your menswear.

Dry CleaningAre piles of dirty laundry sitting untouched to your left and right?

Do you even have time in your busy schedule to make your clothes smell fresh and clean every few days?

Alas, us here at Janet Davis Cleaners have some facts about dry cleaning that will ease your toughest laundry woes!

9 Facts You Need To Know About Dry Cleaning Your Menswear

1. Take Your Suit To The Dry Cleaners When It's Dirty

Choosing dry cleaning over at home washing your menswear will keep your expensive suits in perfect condition.

After all, even if you won't be wearing them too often, they still need to be kept in pristine shape for special occasions.

How awful would it be if you check the back of your closet for your favorite gray sport coat and find coffee stains on the sleeve!

Take your items to get a dry cleaning whenever you accidentally spill something on it to get the stain out as soon as possible.

2. Preserve Your Suit When You Aren't Wearing It

This may come as no surprise, but taking good care of your menswear can eliminate how often you need to take it to the dry cleaners.

Some people prefer to take their suits in once a week, while others limit themselves to only twice a year.

Once you pack away your suit after a trip to the dry cleaners, you will be happy to bring it out again knowing it has recently been freshly cleaned!

Do yourself a favor and take your suit to the dry cleaners if it has some foul odors, too.

3. Dry Cleaning Your Suit Improves Your Look

Ever walk down the street and find a sharp looking businessman wearing an expensive suit, only to find wrinkles galore?

You won't be looking like him if you take your suit down to the dry cleaners every month or so, depending on how often you wear it.

According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, studies have shown that wearing a suit can improve a man's confidence and lead to high levels of testosterone.

Clothing can influence not only how you look on the outside, but how you feel on the inside so keep your suit in it's best condition so you can nail your next business deal.

Consider dry cleaning your suits before big meetings, too, so you can confidently take on the day without worrying about how you look!

4. Do Your Research On The Best Local Dry Cleaners

It seems as if a new dry cleaning store opens around the corner each year, but the ones that have been in business for the longest are usually the best.

New to an unfamiliar area?

Check on Facebook for reviews on what dry cleaners the locals keep going to.

People love reading peer reviews, and more likely to consider going somewhere that has positive feedback!

5. Take Care Of Your Suit In-Between Cleanings

Maintaining the best shape for your suit starts with how you treat it when it's not at the dry cleaners.

Here are some important steps to take in order to protect your menswear from any unwanted damages:
  1. Invest in a steamer to lightly extract any wrinkles from your suit
  2. Protect it by covering your suit in a garment bag
  3. Change from one suit to the next on a regular basis so you aren't wearing out one suit too badly

6. Always Hang Your Suits Away From Pets and Kids

One of the most common problems we see as dry cleaners is when people neglect to keep pets and children away from their suits.

It's important to hang your suits up on wooden hangers, but consider placing your suits in high areas where your dog is not likely to jump up and drool all over it.

If these issues do happen, you can take your suit into any of our Detroit dry cleaners for the best professional care.

Our certified master dry cleaners will make your suits look shiny and new again, so you can forget about the unfortunate mishaps that brought you in to see us!

7. Spot Treat At Home

Make sure you always brush off dust, dirt, and food particles from your suits whenever you have one on.

Gently blot the stain to get any light marks off your suit as soon as possible to prevent harsh stains from forming.

This process of spot treating will help further preserve the quality of your suit in preparation for storage or for the dry cleaners.

8. You May Be Thinking: What Happens To Your Suit At The Dry Cleaners?

Here is a comprehensive breakdown of what happens to your favorite suit once you drop it off at the dry cleaners:
  1. The item is tagged
  2. The item is sorted based on its color (dark, light or white) and need: does it need to be pressed, washed, dry cleaned or altered?
  3. The item is ready for cleaning and is sent on its way to being appropriately taken care of
  4. After cleaning, your item will be steamed or pressed
  5. Your items will be assembled back together and will be ready for pick up

9. Point Out Stains To Your Dry Cleaning Service

This is an imperative step in the dry cleaning process.

If you don't point out stains to the person taking care of your suit, your suit may not receive the best possible treatment.
  • Dry cleaners are able to see the tougher stains and pointing them out will make sure that they are handled correctly.
  • Building trust between you and your dry cleaning provider is important to have the best experience when cleaning your beloved clothes.
Always feel free to talk to your dry cleaning professionals about any questions or concerns you may have before, during, and even after your experience.

They want to continue to have you as a client, so fostering a great relationship is pertinent to the ultimate customer service.

Wrapping Up

Protecting your favorite suits doesn't have to be a pain!

Let the professionals handle your well-loved clothes. It's our passion.

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Feel free to stop by at one of our many locations in Bloomfield, Northville, Royal Oak, or Birmingham today!

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