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.   

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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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What Everybody Ought to Know About Lignin and Wedding Gown Preservation



I've said in the past that the paperboard boxes used in our wedding gown preservation process are lignin-free and acid-free, but what does this really mean?

Sally Conant, the Director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists puts it this way, "Lignin is a naturally occurring substance in trees and other plants.  It is acidic.  When paper or paperboard is made from wood pulp, more acid is added to the mix to facilitate the paper-making process.  A neutralizer can be added to the mix to bring the pH to neutral, but the neutralizer is water-soluble, and the paper or paperboard can re-acidify if it gets wet or is stored in a damp area.  Acid-free means all acidic content has been removed from the mix, and the final product cannot re-acidify because it contained no acid from the beginning."

Put another way, pH neutral boxes (not what we use) can re-acidify due to moisture in the air or contact with water. Acid-free paperboard boxes cannot acidify on their own because they contain no acids. Why is this important to preserving your wedding gown? Acidic preservation chests will cause your dress to yellow over time. Acid-free chests are one tool we use to properly preserve your wedding dress in order to stand the test of time.

Photo Credit: Dallas Krentzel (flickr)


Friday, November 22, 2013

Janet Davis Cleaners named a Top Dry Cleaner in Metro-Detroit

We're proud to share that we were named in the 2014 StyleLine Editors Choice Metro Detroit Shopping & Services Guide as one the best dry cleaners in Metro-Detroit for the 3rd year in a row! We'd like to thank all of our customers (past & present) for helping us to make this possible.


 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 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How To Keeps Your Whites from Turning Dingy & Grey in the Laundry

Wearing white - how to keep whites white when doing laundry
Keeping your whites white when doing laundry at home can be a real challenge. I'm going to help dispel some myths and give some useful tips to keep your white garments looking their best!

Sort loads by color. Darks, lights, and whites. By washing white items alone in the laundry, you will prevent other colors from bleeding onto your precious whites. Slowly over time, when you mix loads, those other colors will bleed onto the whites and turn them into a dingy grey color. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure here.

Use warm water and detergent in each load. Modern laundry detergents have enzymes in them that work best in warm water. Let the washing machine do its job in keeping your clothes clean, bright and white.

Don't put a garment with a stain on it into the dryer. The heat will set the stain, sometimes permanently. Take a quick look at each item before you throw it into the dryer.

Pre-treat spots and stains you don't think will come out on their own.

Never use chlorine bleach on your whites. Actually, never use chlorine bleach on any clothes. It turns white items yellow (it can actually burn the fibers) and it turns dark items white. Instead use oxyclean. If yellow or light brown stains remain after washing, do an oxyclean soak (follow the directions on the package). We soak a few white items every day to keep them looking great.

Wash your whites before they are heavily soiled. It's much easier to remove a little bit of dirt each time you clean than it is to remove a lot ground in dirt all at once.

If you follow all of these tips, you will keep your whites looking great for a long time. Unfortunately  some things will slowly turn grey no matter what you do. This is because they weren't white to begin with. Clothing manufacturers sometimes use optical brighteners to make some things look white. It's basically a trick to the human eye because the optical brighteners wash out over time and the garments return to their natural color - usually a dingy white. We use a commercial wet cleaning system that has optical brighteners built in which keeps them from washing out in the first place

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pressing or Steaming Your Wedding Dress


Wedding Dress Steaming or Pressing
Do you need to have your wedding gown steamed or pressed before your wedding? The answer is probably not.

If you purchased your gown and had your alterations done at the same place, chances are they pressed or steamed the gown for you before you picked it up. Regardless of how you acquired your dress, ask your seamstress to be sure.

If you need to travel with your dress before the wedding, you will want to steam and or press your dress at your destination before your wedding day.

Quick Fixes for Pesky Wrinkles

To relax most wrinkles hang your gown on the bathroom door, turn the shower to hot, close the door, and let the shower run until the room is filled with steam. Don’t let the water from the shower reach your dress.

Invest in a portable hand steamer you can use whenever you travel. Guard against spotting water-sensitive fabrics such as silk by wrapping the head of the steamer in a small towel. Some hotels provide hand steamers for guest use in each room.

Professional Pressing

Of course, the easiest solution to the wrinkle problem is to have your gown professionally pressed once you arrive at your destination.Try visiting www.WeddingGownSpecialists.com/locator.htm for a recommendation of a professional cleaner in your destination city. It's best to arrange this a month or so before you plan to arrive.

Photo Credit: Sean MacEntee