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


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.

Odors


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.

Photo Credit: Michael Owens (Flickr)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Real Bride Spotlight: Shana's West Bloomfield Wedding & Pronovias Gown Cleaning

Real bride Shana, who looked dazzling in her Pronovias wedding gown, was married at Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI. Choosing Janet Davis Cleaners to clean her gown was an easy choice since her mom also used Janet Davis for her gown many years ago. 
What was your wedding date?
December 23, 2016.
What was your wedding location and venue name?
Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI.
Who is the designer of your wedding gown and where did you purchase it?
Purchased from Bridal Couture in Birmingham, MI.
When did you know your gown was "the one"?
The moment I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one.  It was the first day I even looked for a dress, and it is everything that I wanted.
What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory for our wedding is the ceremony.  It was so unique, heartfelt, and custom to us.
Why did you want to get your gown cleaned?
I wanted to have my gown cleaned to save for any future use.  I won’t be selling it.
What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?
Our Officiant created such a personal ceremony, that everyone in the room could feel the love. We had two poems read by each of our families which was amazing because everyone was included in our special moment.
Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners, a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?

After my mom and dad got married, my mom had her dress preserved by Janet Davis.  She recommended me to go there as well for my wedding dress.
Photo Credit Eugen Muntean; Sumblime Moments Photography @ SublimeMoments.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

How Does Dry Cleaning Really Work?

Dry Cleaning Machines
We all want to look our best, and we know that keeping our clothes at their best is a big part of that. If you're considering getting your clothes dry cleaned, it's important to know what you're spending your money on. There are many benefits of getting your clothes dry cleaned by a professional. A dry cleaner will put care and expertise into taking care of your garments. 

Let's learn how:

Understanding The Dry Cleaning Process

Dry cleaning is a process very similar to washing. The most common solvent on our planet is water. A solvent is any substance that is able to dissolve other substances. In this case, dry cleaners use a solvent that disolves dirt, food, oils, and more, that doesn't contain any water since water can damage fabrics such as silk and wool. 

Your clothes will go through the following process:

Tagging And Inspection

Each dry cleaning service has a process of identifying your clothes and keeping them organized. Whether it's small paper tags or labeled hangers, the process is usually similar. Clothes are organized and notes are made about any special requests you may have. Notes are made about existing damage such as tears or missing buttons. Regardless of your individual dry cleaner's process, you can rest assured that your garments go through a rigorous and highly automated process of tracking and organization. If your garment needs special care (removing specific stains from a shirt or putting a double-crease in pant legs) be sure to tell your dry cleaning specialist. This allows them to make the appropriate notes and attach any necessary tags. Once your clothing's cleaning process is complete, it goes through a rigorous quality check. Your garments will be bundled together according to their tags for you to pick up.

Pre-Treatment

Before the dry cleaning begins, your dry cleaner will look for areas that need specific attention such as stains or spots. Collars and cuffs often need particular care. The entire garment is treated and cleaned. However, inspecting it and applying specific soaps can help with spots and stains. If you're not sure what to do for your stained garments, you can help your dry cleaner. You can blot both sides of the stained fabric so that the stain can "bleed off" onto the blotting cloth. Let dry and leave the rest to your dry cleaner.

Dry Cleaning

Now, to the machines themselves. Dry cleaning machines are motor-driven washers, extractors, and dryers all in one. They hold from 20 to 100 pounds of clothing. Most machines contain a rotating, perforated stainless steel basket. In all modern machines, the washer and dryer are in the same machine. A dry cleaning machine is able to remove all of the cleaning solvent in a way that your regular washing machine cannot. As the clothes rotate in the perforated basket, there is a constant flow of clean solvent from the pump and filter system. The next cycle drains and rapidly spins the clothes to expel the solvent and then goes into a dry cycle by circulating warm air through the clothes. Regardless of which solvent or machine your dry cleaner uses, the result ultimately depends upon the degree to which they control their filter, solvent condition, and moisture. For this reason, it's important to work with a true professional whom you trust.

Post Spotting

Post-spotting uses professional equipment and experience. This includes using steam, water, air, and vacuuming processes. If the stain contained water to begin with (a wet stain), then it takes water or wet-side spotting agents to remove it. However, if the stain was on the dry side (like grease or nail polish), it takes solvents or dry-side spotting agents to remove it. The dry cleaner will examine your clothes after they're cleaned to see if any stains remain. Then, they will take the appropriate steps to further remove it. A conscientious cleaner will remove the overwhelming majority of soil and stains, but there is always a small percent of very stubborn stains that may not be entirely removed. These reasons can include tannin stains set by heat and time, original dyes, bleaches or sun-faded materials, or foreign dye deposits.

Finishing

This includes pressing, folding, packaging and other finishing touches. The final phase of dry-cleaning operations includes finishing, pressing, steaming, ironing, and making any necessary repairs to restore the garment. This is the least mysterious process since most dry-cleaning stores have their professional finishing equipment in plain view of customers. Once the clothes are cleaned, they are pressed or "finished." This means that steam is applied to soften the garment, the garment is re-shaped through quick drying, steam is removed by air or vacuum, and pressure is applied to the garment. The pressure comes from the head of the pressing machine, while steam is diffused through the bottom. Most machines not only emit steam but can vacuum it out as well.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know how the dry cleaning process works, you know that your stubborn stains and other specific clothing care can be entrusted to your dry cleaner. There are so many stains and issues that people try to take care of at home in their standard washing machines that should, in fact, be taken to a dry cleaner. It's important to know which clothes should be taken to a dry cleaner. Dry cleaners are also experts at taking excellent care of your most delicate and precious pieces. Whether you're getting it ready to wear on your big day or getting your wedding dress ready for display, a dry cleaner is the best way to take care of your most valuable garments.

Detroit's Best Dry Cleaner

Are you looking for the best dry cleaner near you? We treat your garments as if they were our own. Located in Berkley and Bloomfield, we at Janet Davis Dry Cleaners offer complimentary pick up and delivery service. 248-543-0340.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Real Bride Spotlight: Elizabeth's Galia Lahav Wedding Gown Preservation

Elizabeth looked stunning while marrying the love of her life, Roberto, in her beautiful Galia Lahav wedding dress. She was lucky enough to get married in a spot her family has been visiting for 65 years and to have 15 members of Roberto's family travel there from his home country of Venezuela.


What was your wedding date?
Our wedding date was June 25, 2016.  It was my 26th birthday and the 12th year anniversary of my husband’s arrival to the U.S. 
What was your wedding location and venue name?
We had our ceremony and reception at Chippewa Retreat Resort and Spa in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.  The bride’s mother’s side of the family has been going to this location for summer vacation for over 65 years.  It is a tradition that was made extra special in 2016. 
Who is the designer of your wedding gown and where did you purchase it?

Elizabeth’s wedding gown is handmade in Tel Aviv, Israel by the designer Galia Lahav.  Elizabeth wore The Dolce from The Dolce Vita Collection on her wedding day.
When did you know your gown was "the one"?

It is not easy to find Galia Lahav gowns in the states.  I had already fallen in love with these pieces before ever seeing one in real life.  Her designs are so unique and spectacular that my heart was set on wearing one.  Luckily I found out through Instagram that Roma Sposa Altelier in Birmingham, Michigan was hosting a Galia Lahav trunk show.  It was only about a 6-hour drive from me, so my friend and I made the trip so that I could finally see the gowns in person.  I tried on about 7-10 gowns (it was a blur) and each was so beautiful that I could picture myself walking down the aisle in all of them.  But, as soon as I slipped into The Dolce with the lace and pearl accents, looked into the mirror, and then I felt it in my heart that was “the one”.  I didn’t even have to try on another dress for a second time because the choice was so crystal clear.  They put the veil on me and it was a done deal.  

Also something else about the dress is that it was totally one that I did not even want to try on.  Then it ended up being "the one".  After this experience, I always encourage brides-to-be to try on the dress that they don't like on the hanger.
What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?

My absolute favorite memory from our wedding day was looking into Roberto’s eyes and saying the words “I do.”  As we were saying our vows it was thundering, but at the same time a rainbow formed across the sky over the lake.  We did a butterfly release as part of the vows and the whole event was absolutely breathtaking. 
Why did you want to get your gown cleaned and preserved?

First and foremost I wanted to get it cleaned as soon as possible after the wedding because it was worn outdoors.  As much as I would love to wear it again for an anniversary, I have not decided what I am going to do with it yet in the future.  We will have to see what happens as the time comes. 
What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?

The ceremony was held at a place that is very sacred place to my family.  I as well as many of the guests have fond memories of years of joyous activities that took place literally right there, especially those of my late father, grandmother, and grandfather.  My husband came to this country alone from Venezuela.  Although it is very difficult to get out of the country, we got to experience this beautiful day with about 15 members of his family who made the treacherous journey to celebrate with us.  That was extremely special.  Being surrounded by our closest friends and family, who had traveled near and far, in such a sacred place was what made the wedding ceremony extra special.  In addition, all of my vendors, flowers, photography, sound and light, were so amazing and professional that I can’t thank them enough for coming together and making everything perfect.  The person that deserves the most thanks for making my ceremony feel extra special goes out to my mother, Jane.  She did it all and our wedding wouldn’t have been possible without my superstar mom. 
Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners, a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?

I decided to get my gown clean by Janet Davis Cleaners because Roma Sposa recommended their services to me when the dress was purchased.  In addition the fact that Janet Davis Cleaners is a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists put my mind at ease, as they would be handling my most treasured garment.  Finally, I had to fill out my paperwork and billing information remotely because I live in Chicago.  Janet Davis’s customer service, client relationship, and overall friendliness are beyond superb standards.  I am glad that I chose this company to clean and preserve my precious wedding gown.   

All images are copyright of Laura Ivanova.
instagram: @lauraivanova

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Which Clothes Have to Go To The Dry Cleaners

Dry cleaning rack of clean clothes
We all have clothing that makes us look and feel good; however, so many of us fail to effectively care for our garments.

Sometimes placing an item in a washing machine just isn't enough, as some clothes require some TLC to ensure they maintain their color, shape, and quality.

So, to make sure your clothing remains in great condition, we are identifying the fabrics you need to take to the dry cleaners.

Stained Clothing

If you have a troublesome stain that refuses to come out in a washing machine, you should consider taking the garment to a dry cleaner.

Many people often throw away a piece of clothing following a clothing disaster, because it may have a stain that just won't budge.

Fortunately, professional dry cleaners will have the tools and knowledge to say goodbye to that pesky mark once and for all.

Many stains are often placed into two categories:
  • Solvent soluble stains
  • Water soluble stains
Unlike most people, a dry cleaner will know that different stains will require different treatments, which only they are trained to administer on clothing.

So, avoid using an over-the-counter all-purpose cleaner or a home remedy, which could cause a fabric more harm than good.

Wrinkled Garments

There is nothing worse than falling head over heels in love with an outfit, wearing and washing it once, only for it to be covered in wrinkles once it is dry.

However, do not despair, because a dry cleaner offers special pressing equipment to ensure a garment is crease-free, so it will look and feel as good as new as soon as you put it on.

There are so many benefits of a dry cleaning service - but the biggest one is the fact you don't have to spend hours standing in front of the ironing board to no avail.

Household Textiles

Dry cleaners not only ensure clothing can appear as good as new, but they can also clean a variety of household textiles, too.

As you are probably already aware, household textiles can be difficult to clean, as bulky curtains, rugs or upholstery cannot fit into a washing machine.

So, don't give up on your textiles just because they are looking a little worn, and take them along to a professional dry cleaner who has the machinery to restore the items to their former glory.

Delicate Fabrics

Washing delicate fabrics can be a little daunting. It can be so easy to destroy materials such as silk or rayon.

It can be even more overwhelming when you are faced with rather unusual garments made from angora, seersucker or faille, too.

Many people might be tempted to throw unusual fabrics in with the rest of their clothing into a washing machine, as they are unaware that the materials might be destroyed, depending on the cleaning process.

So, do not leave it to chance, and take the delicate fabric to a reputable dry cleaner, who will have a greater understanding of how to wash unusual materials.

Neckties

A necktie is the focal point of a suit. If it has gravy stains or other unsightly marks, you will stand out at a formal event or business meeting for all the wrong reasons.

Most neckties are made from delicate fabrics, such as silk, so require extra special care to ensure they look as good as new.

Avoid placing a dirty or worn tie in the washing machine or back on the tie rack.

Take the delicate tie along to an experienced dry cleaner who can ensure you stand out for all the right reasons when you next wear it.

Poor Smelling Clothing

Does your favorite sweater have a smell that will not disappear, no matter how much you wash it?
If so, you should take the poor-smelling clothing or textile to a dry cleaner, as some can provide odor removal treatments using an ozone generator.

Many people often use the ozone services following a flood or fire, because it provides a contact between the odor and the ozone, leading to the occurrence or oxidation that releases oxygen and causes the odor to disappear once and for all.

Wedding Gowns

A wedding dress is often the focal point of a big day.

The gown makes a bride feel exceptionally beautiful, so it makes sense she would want to care for the dress as much as possible once the big day is over.

Professional dry cleaners can therefore effectively clean and care for the gown, so it looks as beautiful as it appeared on the day the bride wore it.

In fact, some dry cleaners can provide a wedding dress preservation service, which offers professional storage for a gown.

The bride can, therefore, pass on her beautiful wedding dress to her daughter, which she can wear when the time comes for her to say "I do".

Leather & Suede

Unless you are an experienced professional, suede and leather is almost impossible to clean by yourself.

In fact, it is often so tough that some dry cleaners may not provide the service in-house.

They may send the materials to a specialized dry cleaner who uses unique techniques to successfully clean the fabrics.

Broken Buttons

We all have a buttonless item of clothing hanging in our wardrobe.

You probably tell yourself you will fix it at some point, but never do. Or, by the time you do decide to fix it, you have lost the button.

If this sounds like you, grab the garment and take it along to a dry cleaner, who can sew on loose or new buttons, so you can continue to enjoy the outfit.

Alterations

Have you got an item that no longer fits you?

You might be tempted to throw it straight into the bin or at the back of your wardrobe, but don't.
Whether it is too big or small, too long or too short, an expert dry cleaner can provide an alteration service to ensure it fits you like a glove.

Why Visit a Dry Cleaners?

A professional dry cleaner can ensure you never have to say goodbye to your favorite clothing or textiles.

You can, therefore, preserve the life of a fabric, ensuring it retains its shape, color, and quality, so you can enjoy the garment for many years to come.

 Detroit's Best Dry Cleaners in Store or At Your Door
Professional Dry Cleaners and Shirt Laundry
Are you looking for a new dry cleaners? Are you looking for a dry cleaners that won't ruin your clothes and who returns your clothes ready to wear? We're in Berkley (near Royal Oak, MI) and Bloomfield (near Birmingham, MI). Also, ask up about our complimentary dry cleaning pickup & delivery service. 248-543-0340 

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

Bride Brittany took her gown to Janet Davis Cleaners to have her gown cleaned and preserved after her beautiful wedding at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI in her Ines di Santo wedding dress to her lucky husband.

What was your wedding date?
August 13th, 2016.

What was your wedding location and venue name?
Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI

Who is the designer of your wedding gown and where did you purchase it?
I purchased my wedding gown from Roma Sposa in Birmingham, MI and the designer of my gown was Ines Di Santo. 

When did you know your gown was "the one"?
I went to try on wedding gowns twice at Roma Sposa. The first time I went I loved two different Ines Di Santo gowns and could not decide how to chose between the two. I went back to Roma Sposa at a later date for an Ines Di Santo trunk show and when I walked towards the back to begin to look at all the gowns I saw a new Ines Di Santo gown on a mannequin and I knew I had to try it on. When I opened the curtain to show my mom she started to cry and I knew right then this was my wedding dress. 



What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
My absolute favorite memory from my wedding day was walking down the aisle towards my soon-to-be husband. After dating for 9 years and dreaming about this day for so long it was hard to believe that the happiest day of my life was here. 

Why did you want to get your gown cleaned and preserved?
I wanted to get my gown cleaned and preserved because it was such a special part of my wedding day and I hope one day to have a daughter that I can share all the memories of this day with, including my wedding dress.
What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?
Our ceremony felt extra special when we exchanged our vows to one another. We had both been working on writing them for quite some time before our big day and being able to share them with one another on this day made for a very special moment.
Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners, a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
I decided to get my wedding gown cleaned by Janet Davis Cleaners because I had spoken with my sales associate at Roma Sposa and inquired about where she recommended for cleaning and preserving of my gown. She reassured me multiple times that my gown would be in great hands at Janet Davis Cleaners. I was also able to view my gown before it got placed in the preservation box and it made me feel very comfortable with my decision. 
Photo Credit: Arising Images Michigan Wedding Photographers