Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Secret to Finding the Best Dry Cleaners

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 on my way to work?
  • Does the cleaner need to be eco-conscious?
  • What's my budget?
  • Do I want 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 plant 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.


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 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.


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


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 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.


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.

Are you interested in trying out our top rated dry cleaning services?

We're open for YOUR business!

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

We do provide complimentary delivery and pickup services, so do not hesitate to ask us about these amazing offers.

Call us now for more information on all of our services!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Real Bride Spotlight: Aja's Rochester Wedding & Gown Preservation

Real Bride Aja, who look absolutely radiant, married her husband in a Tara Keely wedding dress. The Royal Park, in Rochester, served as the backdrop as they not only married each other, but also two different cultures and religions. 

What was your wedding date?
May 7, 2016

What was your wedding location and venue name?
Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan

Who is the designer of your wedding gown and where did you purchase it?
Tara Keely 2500, purchased at The Gown Shop in Ann Arbor, MI

When did you know your gown was "the one"?
The first time I went wedding dress shopping, I left with a hunch this might be my dress, but I wanted to try on some other styles just to be sure. I went to a few more appointments, but I couldn't stop thinking about this dress and comparing others to it!

What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
It is so hard to pick just one moment! One of the best was when we were in the center of all our family members doing a Serbian circle dance, which is my family's tradition. My husband's family had joined in even though they had never been taught, and before I knew it, one of my cousins had brought out a big Serbian drum to beat in time to the music. Then he had my husband stand up on the drum, while another cousin then picked my husband up onto his shoulders! We were all laughing and dancing and it was such a beautiful moment of our cultures and families coming together. And so much fun!
Why did you want to get your gown cleaned and preserved?
I don't have any specific plans for my dress (although it would be special if I or another family member had a chance to wear it in the future), but I loved it so much that I wanted to make sure it was kept in beautiful condition, whether for future use or just good memories.

What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?
As I alluded to above, my husband and I come from different backgrounds. My family is Serbian and my husband is Jewish. Neither of us was interested in converting, nor did we want to miss out on the special wedding traditions from our respective backgrounds. We were lucky enough to have both a Serbian Orthodox priest and rabbi co-officiate our marriage, making the entire ceremony feel extra special. But I also loved walking out at the end to cheers from our family and friends!

Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners, a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
It was important to me that my beautiful dress be cleaned and preserved by qualified professionals. I treasure it and would only trust it to the best!

Photos by Nicole Anderson of Sorella Muse Photography 

Friday, April 28, 2017

How Dry Cleaning Can Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Everyone wants their favorite clothes to last as long as possible. Read this article to learn how dry cleaning can make your clothes last longer.

Many of us do not have the time to deal with laundry.

Demanding jobs make it harder to find time for both chores around the house and time spent with your friends with the family.

Besides, who wants to spend its free time sorting laundry, scrubbing clothes, getting rid of stains, and ironing shirts?

Certain fabrics do not go on well with high temperatures and detergents.

While we all know that frequent washing does create some damage to our clothes, few know that there is an alternative that saves us time and adds years to them: dry cleaning.

If you are looking for a time-saving option that will add years to your clothes, read on.

We created a small guide on how dry cleaning works and how it can preserve the quality of your favorite clothes for years to come by.

How dry cleaning works

As you already assumed dry cleaning does not involve water.

Nevertheless, it uses another liquid, a nonwater-based solvent that has the unique property of dissolving oil and dirt from your clothes without being harsh on the fabric.

Dry cleaning has been around since 1885. Since then, the methods were improved, becoming more and more efficient at eliminating stains and preserving the fabric.

A dry cleaning machine works in principle much like a front loading washing machine, except that it uses a nonwater-based solvent (there are several to choose from, each having slightly different qualities). Water is a very harsh solvent whereas the solvents that most professional dry cleaners use are very gentle.

How dry cleaning adds years to your clothes

Here comes the good part. Some fabrics swell when exposed to water in the washing machine. Once these fibers are swolen, the heat and mechanical action of the washing cycle can permanently damage the fibers. None of this happens when you use dry cleaning.

Imagine how many tears a washing machine would cause to your favorite dress or suit. Let's not even mention what happens when you wash sensitive fabrics regularly.

You always have to sort your laundry by color because you know the color will come out, and over time, your favorite clothes start looking bleak.

Not only do you save time by not sorting you laundry each time, but you also preserve the quality of your clothes.

What about tough stains?

Usually, the non-water solvent goes deeply into the fabric, dissolving any stains and getting rid of doors.

If the stains persist, a professional will have a number of cleaning agents to safely remove these difficult stains.

The end result

After the dry cleaning process is over and all the stains and the odors are removed, the finishing process comes next.

Special equipment gives garments a “like new” look by getting rid of the wrinkles on the fabric.You won't have to iron your clothes either.

It also comes wrapped in plastic so you will not have to worry about creating any damage to the clothes while getting them from one place to another.


Neckties are made out of delicate fabrics that do not get along with regular washing. The most used fabric for neckties is silk, which makes the washing process harder since you cannot scrub the stains away from your necktie without creating wrinkles or discoloration.

The necktie is one of the most important elements in a suit, so you cannot really hide a stain or a wrinkled tie without standing out for the wrong reason.

Professional dry cleaning and ironing will take care of both cleanliness and smoothness, giving you a great-looking fabric.


Sometimes unpleasant smells get into your favorite clothes. It seems like nothing we do gets rid of it.

When this happens, the solution is removing the door in a dry cleaner where special treatments are performed.

The ozone treatment used in dry cleaners works by provoking oxidation, which leads to the disappearance of the unpleasant smell.

Your clothes will smell like new again.

Wedding Gowns

Either a bride receives the dress from her mother or she wants to keep it as a memory for one of the most important days of her life.

Dry cleaning is the perfect solution that both cleans and preserves the beauty of the fabric for a long time.

Since the wedding gown is so important for a bride, it only makes sense that after the wedding is over, that the gown should be cleaned and kept as a memory. Some may even want to pass the wedding dress to the next generation.

Since cleaning and preserving a wedding gown is quite difficult, especially if you want to keep it looking as new, some dry cleaners can store your wedding dress in a controlled environment which will keep it looking brand new for years to come.

Does your favorite piece of clothing have a loose or a missing button?

Maybe it has been a while since you thought of repairing a missing button. In the meantime, you may have lost it already.

If so, you should take it to a dry cleaner that can sew the button back on, no matter if you lost the bottom or not. A dry cleaner will either have a matching button or can provide a new, similar, set.

Wrapping up

Sometimes you do not have the time nor the energy to deal with your laundry. Additionally, your favorite clothes need extra care to preserve their color and fabric.

Sorting the clothes by color, ironing and drying them also takes hours from your time that could be otherwise spent doing something you actually enjoy.

Wrong detergents and hot water can create a lot of damage to your clothing and shorten their wear span.

If you would like to find more information about how you can make your clothes look brand new for longer, do not hesitate to check our blog.

We also provide dry cleaning services in Bloomfield, Birmingham, Northville, and Royal Oak in Michigan.

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