Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Getting Ready for Guests: Why Your Duvets and Comforters Need Household Dry

As guests arrive for the summer, you want to give them somewhere clean to sleep. Get the deepest clean by taking in these household dry cleaning items.
Do you have guests coming to spend the summer with you? If so, you're not alone! This article claims 100 million Americans will travel this summer!
If your guests are arriving soon, it's time to get your guest space ready for them. This means making sure everything is tidy and clean.
But what about all those duvets and comforters you've had sitting in a closet all year? Does it matter if you clean those before setting them out?
Yes! Keep reading to learn all about why your duvets and comforters are perfect household dry cleaning items.

Particles Accumulate

You have a bunch of duvets and comforters that you don't use very often if you're like lots of other people. These are likely stashed away in some closet or drawer, or even under a bed.
They're not being used, so they'll stay clean? Well, no. Duvets and comforters don't only get dirty from being used.
Particles accumulate in the fabric of those blankets and comforters, even as they sit unused. Dust, dirt, parasites, whatever's floating around in the air. They all accumulate in those blankets.
This means you really should get them cleaned before you set them out for your visitors. While they likely won't cause any damage, your guests will appreciate comforters that they can tell are clean.

That Musty Smell

Duvets and comforters don't smell great when they haven't been used for a while. So your visitors will get the hint that you pulled them out of a closet when they pull those covers up to their chin.
What causes that musty smell? There are a couple things that could be the culprit.
First, humidity. If there's any moisture in the air, or moisture left from the comforters not being 100% dried before they were stored, that can result in a musty smell. You may end up with mold if there's too much moisture involved.
Second, cramped spaces. Believe it or not, your comforters need space. They shouldn't all be stored in one big stack and left to be forgotten until you need them next.
Fabric needs air circulation. If all your duvets and comforters are stored together, or in an area that doesn't allow good airflow, you'll end up with funny smells.
Storing comforters in airy, dry conditions is best.

Cleaning Blankets and Comforters

Okay, so you've determined that you really need to clean your duvets and comforters before your guest arrives. But how should you do it?
You may be tempted to throw a quilt into your washing machine. Blankets, though, shouldn't be treated like regular laundry.
A quilt that's too large for your washing machine may not get properly cleaned. And if the dryer is too small, you run the risk of storing the blanket when it's not entirely dry.
Air drying is fine, but you still want to make sure your household items are totally clean. In order for them to fit in the washer, you may have to visit a laundromat.
To save yourself that hassle, visit a dry cleaner instead.

Why Visit a Dry Cleaner?

While you can wash them at home, it's better to take your blankets and comforters to a dry cleaner. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why.

No Shrinkage

Over time, your comforters may shrink when they're washed in a home machine. If this happens, your beds won't be properly covered anymore.
Shrinkage isn't a concern with dry cleaning. So if you're worried about this, always take your blankets to a dry cleaner.

Less Time and Hassle

When you wash and dry your comforters on your own, the process can really be time-consuming. First, you have to fit the comforter into your washing machine. Then you have to remember to put it in the dryer once it's washed.
If your comforter isn't dried completely, you'll have to run the dryer a second time. Or you'll take the time to hang it up to dry.
This process can really take some time if you're washing more than one comforter. And even if you're only doing one, you may forget what you started and accidentally leave it in the washer for too long.
Ultimately, taking your comforters to be dry cleaned means much less hassle for you. All you'll have to do is take them in and pick them back up.

A More Efficient Way

Dry cleaning effectively removes all particles from comforters and duvets. This may not happen with a typical washing.
And one dry cleaning can last you a long time. You won't have to clean your items as often, which saves you time and money and lets you focus your attention on other things.

Keep Color Safe

If you want to keep the colors on your duvets and comforters bright and true, always use a dry cleaner. It's a color-safe way to clean these items.
Traditional washing may make colors fade over time, as well as add wear to the fabric.

Duvets and Comforters are Perfect Household Dry Cleaning Items

You likely have several items that are perfect candidates for household dry cleaning. If duvets and comforters aren't on that list, it's time they were on there.
Overall, dry cleaning treats your blankets and comforters better while efficiently making them clean and fresh. Choose this cleaning method to make sure your guests feel right at home when they come to visit for the holidays!

Many other items benefit from dry cleaning. Click here to read up on why you should always dry clean your silk clothing items.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Learn How to Repair Clothing to Make Dry Cleaning Easier

[Guest post by Jackie Edwards] People trash about 26 billion pounds of clothing a year. Why? People seem to simply not understand just how much clothing can be reused or repaired. Not only is repairing and reusing clothing and other textiles great for the environment, it can help you see better results with dry cleaning. While dry cleaning isn’t bad for your clothing, if an item is already damaged, worn or torn, you’ll find that it’s harder to see quality results from dry cleaning efforts. Learning how to repair your own clothing by sewing and stitching them back together can help facilitate the dry cleaning experience while also igniting a restored passion and interest in your clothing, accessories and furnishings.

Restore Old Clothing

If you have antique clothing that’s been passed down from centuries of family use, learning how to stitch it up and restore it to its best state will help preserve the quality of the item. Whether it’s a dress, bed linens or even a small pillow case, if you know how to stitch it back together where it might be falling apart, you’ll be able to see a renewed look in its overall appearance and also enjoy the benefits of dry cleaning. Once you’ve sewing it back to its original state, it will be easier to get it dry cleaned in order to prevent moth and insect damage, which is crucial in older, antique clothing items.

Ignite a Passion for Your Furnishings

Whether you’re furnishing your home or styling your own body, learning how to sew your clothing and other household items can ignite a personal passion that yields many health benefits. As you begin to learn more about how to work a sewing machine and all of the benefits it offers you in terms of upcycling old clothing and accessories, restoring antique items in your home and even sprucing up your style year after year, you’ll gain a solid understanding of what it takes to make clothes look nice and presentable. This directly translates into a better dry cleaning experience, as you’ll begin to know exactly what needs to be done in order to get the best result and how often you need to do it.

Get a Flawless Finish

The flawless finish you see from clothes and other household items that are dry cleaned is easier to accomplish if the dry cleaners can easily work with quality pieces that aren’t ripped or damaged. Steaming and pressing clothes in order to yield the crisp, stunning result that comes out of a dry cleaners is much easier if they’re not having to work around unsightly and difficult tears that could worsen with the use dry cleaning techniques. To achieve a flawless look, you’ll want to stitch up any loose ends and repair any holes and then take the piece to a qualified dry cleaner to let them work their magic.

Repairing Clothes, Renewing Interests

Dry cleaning provides a lot of benefits to people looking for extra clean, highly-preserved and well-pressed clothing and household items. Learning how to sew your items back together, however, will ensure you get the result you’re looking for out of dry cleaning and can enjoy your articles for many more years to come.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Dry Cleaning vs Laundry: What Do You Need?

We all know certain fabrics and clothing should be dry cleaned. But when can you get away with laundering? Here's your dry cleaning vs laundry guide.

The average American spends $161 a month on clothing. Over a year, that's around $1700.

If you think about it, your closet has a good chunk of your salary sitting in there. If you have a couple years' worth of clothing in there, that's quite a large investment.

But when you look around your closet, do you see several years' worth of clothing in there? Probably not.

On average, people throw out 81 pounds of clothing every single year! That's a lot of money going into the trash. Often, people discard clothing when it becomes faded, torn, misshapen or got shrunk in the dryer.

Much of this waste could be prevented by dry cleaning. Read on to learn when you should choose dry cleaning vs laundry for your garments.

Look at the Label

The first thing you should do when deciding if you should launder shirts or other items or choose to dry clean is to look at the care label.

The label in the seam of an article of clothing gives you important care instructions about your garment.

If an article of clothing says dry clean only, there is probably a good reason why. Maybe there is a decorative trim that could be damaged in a washing machine or maybe the coloring could become faded or stain other materials.

If you decide to give laundering your dry-clean-only item a try, here are some tips.

Tips For Washing Dry-Clean-Only Clothes

If you want to wash an item that specifies dry-clean-only on the label, take a moment to consider.

If the item has sentimental value or is expensive, your best bet is to pay for dry cleaning. When items become damaged during laundering, it is almost impossible to repair them.

But if you are ready to try, here are some tips.

First, always use cold water and a gentle detergent. Wash the item on its own if you plan to use the washing machine to prevent it from damaging other items in the wash.

Your best choice is to wash the item by hand or use the gentle cycle on your washing machine. This mode on your machine doesn't use as much agitation and wringing.

Once it is clean, lay it on a towel to dry if it is a knitted fabric. This will protect the item from becoming misshapen and stretched.

If the garment is woven, you can hang it on a clothes hanger over your bathtub to drip dry.

Understand the Dry Cleaning Process

Dry cleaning involves using a liquid & soap to remove stains from the clothes without any use of water (hence the term dry cleaning).

Then, the clothing tumbled and dried in the same machine. The final step is to either iron or steam the clothing so that they look crisp and wrinkle-free.

The main benefit of dry cleaning clothing is that this method is excellent at removing tough stains and dirt while being extremely gentle.

Dry cleaning makes your clothes last longer because the garments are agitated and wrung out. Plus, dry cleaning preserves the color of the garment so that it doesn't wear out as quickly compared to items that are machine washed.

Dry Cleaning Vs Laundry - How to Decide

Sometimes an article of clothing doesn't say dry clean only but you wonder if maybe you should get it dry cleaned. Or the label may say dry clean only and you feel that it could be laundered at home.

Here are some things to consider when you are deciding how best to clean your garment.

Does your item have any stains or spots that you aren't sure how to deal with? Is your garment made out of silk? Specialty fabrics require delicate handling.

If your item is made from rayon, triacetate or acetate it is prone to shrink in water. This is why dry cleaning is recommended.

Layers or Trim

If your item is a suit jacket, consider the multiple layers. Though the exterior fabric may be washable, the lining and interfacing may not be. For example, the interface that shapes the shoulders may become warped in water and can no longer fit right.

Items that are made or suede or leather or have trims in either of these materials should never be washed with water. Water can strip these materials of their natural oils and ruin the finish.

Pleats and Tucks

Another thing to consider is if your item needs ironing. If you have a skirt with many pleats or tucks, it can take an experienced hand at ironing to get them looking crisp and straight after a tumble dry. Dry cleaners will ensure that the item retains perfectly straight pleats and tucks.

Is the Clothing Colorfast?

One reason why certain garments say dry-clean-only is that the dye in the fabric may transfer to other garments if it becomes wet.

You can test to see if your item is colorfast. This means that the dye will not fade or rinse out when washed with water.

Take a clean cotton swab and wet it with clean water. Rub the swab gently on the inside seam of your article of clothing. If the swab comes away dyed, then you should not wash that item with water.

Bottom Line on Dry Cleaning Vs Laundry

We hope you found this guide on when to choose dry cleaning vs laundry helpful. Although dry cleaning is more expensive than washing your clothes at home, it is often the smartest choice.

Especially if you take into account the replacement cost of a garment that becomes ruined in the wash. And also keep in mind that dry cleaning doesn't wear out your clothes the way a washing machine does.

Still not sure, check out these 10 benefits of professional dry cleaning.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Caring for Your Silk Clothing: Why Dry Cleaning Is Your Best Option

Real silk garments are an investment. That said, let's talk about why dry cleaning is still your best option for maintaining the quality of your silk clothing.

Silk clothing is touchy, expensive, extremely comfortable, and stylish.

That means that you're going to want to take the best care of it that you can.

Cleaning your silks means taking some special care when you're picking a method. Instead of leaving things to chance you should make sure that you have professionals handle it.

If you're wondering why dry cleaning is the best option for cleaning your silks, then let's dive in and we'll help you figure out exactly why it's recommended to let the experts handle it.

First Things First

Real silk clothing will run a pretty high cost.

Unfortunately, it's also a rather delicate material when it comes to cleaning. Sooner or later you'll have to clean it but how you act during the initial spill or other problem has a big effect on how your clothing will end up.

Always blot, never rub. If you spilled something on your silk, then take a cloth and blot it immediately. Rubbing it in will work the spill into your clothing, making it much harder to get out later and will likely remove the color.

Even more fun: silk fibers will chafe if you decide to rub them while they're wet. That can mean permanent damage to your garment's finish.

So your initial reaction to any wet spill should be to blot as much of the liquid up as possible, allow the garment to dry, and then get it cleaned.

Never use a washing machine for silk.

While some people insist the delicate setting will be you really want to run the risk of damaging a garment that costly?

If you don't run a delicate cycle, you're going to end up with clothing that's either shredded or seriously damaged by the time you're done.

Handwashing Silk Clothing

Handwashing your silk clothing is a good way to get them ready, or at least it's better than just using a washing machine.

There are two caveats:

  1. Handwashing silk is time-consuming and takes practice to get right
  2. If your clothing has a "dry clean only" label then you don't want to risk it

The "dry clean only" label is rather common for high-end garments. It means that the material needs some special care that should really only be applied by a professional.

If you're insistent on handwashing a garment and it has a "dry clean" label instead of recommending it only be washed by a professional then you'll need some gentle soap and a sink or other basin of water.

Use cold water when you're washing silk. The fabric can shrink and cold water will be the best way to avoid problems.

In any case, do a water test beforehand. Place a bit of water in an inside area of the garment, where it won't be visible, to make sure that it doesn't leave a mark or harm the fabric in any way.

When hand washing silk, do not treat individual spots. Instead, agitate the garment and the entire bucket of water.

Since silk chafes when wet, you can end up lightening the area where you're cleaning when you decide to rub out just one spot.

It's not ideal but it can be done.

The Advantages of Dry Cleaning Silk

Dry cleaning is the best way to get your delicate silk garments clean.

Not only will you save time and possible damage, but most dry cleaners are also insured in case something does happen.

That's more than you can guarantee at home when you're cleaning your silk. If you damage a garment worth several hundred dollars then you're usually out of luck.

Making sure your investment is protected is important.

Of course, many of us have favorite garments as well. Insurance isn't the only thing necessary to help you feel safe. The sentimental value of a great shirt or pair of pants that's been with you for years can be worth far more than the insurance payout.

So, just any old dry cleaner isn't going to do it. Instead, spend some time making sure that you find the best local dry cleaner around. A good dry cleaner who will work with you and can be trusted with even your most valuable clothing can take time to find.

It will be well worth it in the end, however.

More than anything else, however, dry cleaning is convenient. You'll know that your clothing is in professional hands and all you need to do is drop off and pick up the clothing in question.

It can also be quite affordable. While many people will go out of their way to save a buck, you need to ask yourself what your time is worth before getting out the bucket and soap.

A great dry cleaner will even offer you pick up and drop off services at a small fee.

That eliminates the need to run out to the shop.

Let the Professionals Handle Your Silk

Dry cleaning isn't a simple process. There's a reason that it has become an absolutely enormous industry over the years. While there's been some shrinkage lately, it's still a $9 billion industry.

Take it from us: professional care for your garments is still in fashion. You may not be wearing a suit to work every single day, but if you're investing in silk clothing then you'll want them to look their best.

Dry cleaning is, without a doubt, the best way to make sure your silk clothing lasts for as long as possible. No matter what happens to it while you're wearing it.

Can you really afford not to let a professional cleaning service take care of it?

Protect your investment, save yourself some time, and contact your local dry cleaner for the best results.

To do anything else is foolhardy at best.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Top 10 Benefits of Professional Dry Cleaning

Think dry cleaning is a waste of time and money? Think again! Read on to learn about the top ten benefits of professional dry cleaning.

Do you hate doing laundry? If so, you're not alone. Just over 15 percent of Americans consider laundry to be their least favorite household chore.

While you may be able to bring yourself to throw in a load of clothes from time to time, you probably have pieces of clothing that you avoid wearing altogether because you don't want to deal with the special steps you have to take to keep it clean.

If you're in this boat, a professional dry cleaner can help you maintain your favorite clothes while saving you a ton of time and effort.

Read on to learn more about some of the other benefits of professional dry cleaning.

What is Dry Cleaning?

You've surely heard of dry cleaning before, but do you actually know what it is and how it works? What makes it so special?

Dry cleaning is a cleaning process that doesn't use water or a regular washing machine. Instead, it relies on other special liquids and a unique dry cleaning machine that get out stains and odors without damaging the fabric.

Water can be very hard on certain types of fabrics, especially silk, leather, and wool. A regular washing machine can also damage items that have sequins, lace, buttons, or other delicate decorations.

Dry cleaning machines circulate solvents that gently remove tough stains. They also contain filters that trap impurities and prevent them from spreading over the fabric.

Benefits of Professional Dry Cleaning

There are lots of reasons to invest in a professional dry cleaning service. Ten of the greatest benefits include:

1. Protect Delicate Items

Dry cleaning is great for keeping delicate items looking their best for as long as possible. If you're tired of dealing with snagged lace or pilling blouses, get your clothes to a dry cleaner as soon as you can.

Dry cleaning also helps you preserve these items so that they last longer. You may have to pay more money to get them cleaned, but you'll also have to replace them less frequently.

2. Save Time

Do you find yourself putting off laundry on a regular basis because it takes up too much of your time? What if you could delegate that task to someone else?

Dry cleaning your clothes can help you save a ton of time and be more productive.

There are even dry cleaning services that will pick up and drop off your clothes for you. That way, you don't even have to worry about fitting a trip to the cleaners into your schedule.

3. Get Rid of Stubborn Stains and Odors

How many times have you thrown a piece of clothing out (or downgraded it to the job of homemade dishrag) because it was stained or smelly?

Before you toss out that expensive top, take it to a dry cleaner to see whether or not they can salvage it. More often than not, a professional cleaner has the skills to eliminate stubborn stains or long-lasting odors.

4. Easily Clean Large Items

Dry cleaners aren't just for clothing.

They can also clean large items that don't fit into a regular washing machine, such as drapes, slipcovers, comforters, and area rugs.

5. Get the Job Done Right the First Time

Have you ever tried to get a stain out yourself and made it worse? Instead of potentially ruining your favorite items, it's typically best to take them to a professional.

You'll be able to rest easy knowing that the job will get done right the first time. You'll also avoid wasting money and time guessing at how to get rid of a stain or odor.

6. Free Up Closet Space

Some dry cleaners offer clothing storage in addition to cleaning services. If you don't have space for certain items like a wedding or prom dress but don't want to part with it, a dry cleaner might be able to keep it safe for you.

7. Restore Old Clothing

If you have an antique clothing item, a dry cleaner can help restore it so it can remain in your family. Some dry cleaners can also add unique touches to personalize and revitalize an old item.

8. Alter Damaged Clothing

Dry cleaners also can take care of minor repairs like re-fastening loose buttons or sewing on new ones and repairing broken zippers. If you don't want to deal with taking your damaged clothing to a tailor (or trying to repair it yourself), ask your dry cleaner if they can help.

9. Protect Clothing from Moths and Other Pests

There are a couple of ways that a professional dry cleaner can protect your clothing from moths and pests.

First, in order to prevent moth and insect damage, your clothing needs to be clean. Moths and other insects can cause indirect damage by feeding on perspiration or spilled food.

Many dry cleaners also offer mothproofing services to help you protect clothing and other items before they go into storage. These services are highly effective, and they don't leave behind unpleasant smells as mothballs do.

10. Get a Flawless Finish

What's worse than washing your clothes and scrubbing stains? Folding, hanging, and ironing those clothes once they've been cleaned.

If you have no desire to spending time making sure your clothes are pressed, steamed, and properly folded, take them to a dry cleaner. They will fold, press, and steam them so that they're ready to wear right when you need them.

All that's left for you to do is to put them in drawers or hang them up until you're ready to wear them.

Want to Learn More?

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to make professional dry cleaning a priority.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of dry cleaning? How about tips on how to better maintain your clothing in between cleanings?

Whatever you want to learn about professional dry cleaning, we've got the answers. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you never miss out on essential information!

If you have specific questions or want to try out our dry cleaning services, feel free to contact us today.

Friday, October 19, 2018

10 Things Your Bloomfield Dry Cleaner Wish You Knew

Before you drop off the next load of dry cleaning to your favorite Bloomfield dry cleaner, read this article! Inside, you'll find some helpful tips that your dry cleaner wishes you knew.

Are you famous for dropping food onto your clothes at every meal? Are you tired of trying to remove tough stains by yourself? If your clothes are starting to get ruined, you might want to invest in a professional dry cleaning.

There are more than 30,000 dry cleaners across America, processing millions of pieces of clothing per year. Before you take your next load of dry cleaning to your local Bloomfield dry cleaner, check out this article! We'll give you some helpful hints to help you keep your clothing looking beautiful.

1. Time Plus Stains Equals Ruined Clothing

If you've got a wine stain on your woolen sweater, take it to the dry cleaner immediately. Dry cleaners can get out a lot of stains but they can't reverse the flow of time. Wool and cotton are so absorbent that they trap stains below the surface of the fabric.

Wine stains, mustard stains, and oil stains will set in a matter of hours. One of the signs that you have an oil stain is that you'll notice a weird yellow color on your clothing. Oil stains can occur while you're cooking, but most people don't even notice.

Dry cleaners can do a lot of great things with a little bit of time and a few chemicals, but we do see a lot of clothing that could have been saved.

2. We Can Do Wedding Dress Preservation

Not every dry cleaner can do this, but we've been in business since 1938 and we've still got a few tricks up our sleeve. Allowing Janet Davis Cleaners to help you preserve your wedding dress start at $295, and you'll have a keepsake to pass down to your daughter.

The worst thing you can do to a wedding dress is hang it up in a plastic bag. Plastic bags are terrible for long-term dress storage. The second worst thing you can do is store it in the attic. Women who store their wedding dresses in the attic usually find yellow stains that weren't there originally.

Preserving your wedding dress is also a great option if you end up selling it. Many buyers look for dresses that headed to the dry cleaners right after the wedding.

3. Beware of At-Home Dry Cleaning

While you might think that you're saving money, doing your own "dry cleaning" at home is a recipe for disaster. You're basically spraying stain remover onto your clothing and tumble drying it in the dryer. Real dry cleaners work with very strong chemicals -- and sometimes water -- to remove deep stains.

Unfortunately, you're not going to get the same quality at home. It's worth it to bring your coats, suits, shirts, and pants to your local Bloomfield dry cleaner. We cover all of Southeast Michigan and deliver throughout Wayne and Oakland Counties.

If you're looking for professional-level dry cleaning, stop by and see what we can do for you. We can clean designer and couture garments that should never see the inside of your dryer!

4. We Handle Comforters and Rugs

While you're spring cleaning, why not drop off your bed quilts and rugs? We can handle large comforters and tablecloths any time of year. People who live with pets or who smoke should try to dry clean their linens at least twice per year.

If you have allergies, you might also want to get into the habit of cleaning your comforters and rugs. Once you've installed an eco-friendly heating and cooling system in your home, you will want to deep clean your rugs and get your linens thoroughly disinfected and dry cleaned.

We have locations in Berkley, near Royal Oak; and Bloomfield, near Birmingham. Take the time to dry clean your rugs, bed linens and tablecloths before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They may not have a lot of staining, but it's nice to perk up the home before the holidays.

If you own a rental home, bring everything to us before you open the property for the season. If you have several properties, call us so that we can give you an estimate of how long all the linens will take to clean.

5. We Can Help You Extend the Life of Your Button-Down Shirt or Suit

Most button-down men's shirts are made to be worn about once per week for a year. If you have dress shirts that are older than that, don't be surprised if you see wear and tear on the collars and cuffs.

Dry cleaning doesn't agitate your clothing as a washing machine does, so we help extend the life of your shirts. We can also help you remove stains and get a good strong crease into your shirts.

Men's dress shirts often have buttons that break, so we offer a button guarantee. We will sew on a button wherever it's needed, but if we forget to fix a button we'll fix the broken button and clean two more of your shirts for free.

Suits are the same as dress shirts: they need to be dry cleaned regularly in order to last. Good suits are hard to find, so come to us and we'll keep you looking great!

A Few Great Reasons to Try Your Local Bloomfield Dry Cleaners

You should know that we're committed to serving you and to make a difference in our community. All of our staff members receive ongoing training about fabric care and we use the latest, most eco-friendly dry cleaning methods.

We can also come directly to your home or office to pick up your dry cleaning. We have more than 70 years of experience and can handle couture garments and wedding dresses. We're members of the Association of Wedding Gowns Specialists and care deeply about preserving your wedding day memories.

If you have any questions, give us a call. We offer rug and pillow cleaning, leather and suede cleaning, dry cleaning delivery, and online payment options. You can also contact us by email and let us know what you need to have done for your home.

We're the most experienced Bloomfield dry cleaner and we love our customers. Looking forward to talking with you!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Is it Safe to Take Your Wedding Dress to the Dry Cleaners?

Your wedding dress is a precious garment full of memories, so it's understandable for you to be skeptical bringing your dress to the dry cleaners. Take a look at why you can trust us for professional wedding dress cleaning.

You found the perfect dress, the perfect partner, and had the perfect wedding. Congratulations! Now what do you do with your investment, we mean your gown?

You preserve it. This means getting it dry cleaned and in some instances, framed or pressed.

Is that safe? If you spend thousands or even hundreds on your gown, you may wonder if it's safe to take it the dry cleaners.

Rest assured that it is, as long as you go to a high-quality establishment. In fact, you should have it cleaned before storing it. Any sweat or minor body oils that got on the dress will break down the fabric over time.

Learn the questions to ask before you hand over your beautiful gown below.

Wedding Gown Cleaning

The human body emits oils. It's why museums don't let people touch things and why you can see damage in things like Buddha statues from people rubbing its belly.

If our finger oils are powerful enough to break down metal over time, the fabric doesn't stand a chance.

Sweat will yellow the fabric over time, along with the oils that your skin naturally produces. The two together leads to unsightly spots and discoloring.

Getting your wedding gown cleaned after your ceremony stops that process in its tracks.

Questions to Ask the Dry Cleaners

Now that you know you need to take your wedding dress in, how do you find the right dry cleaner?

You can go to your normal location and ask the following questions.

1. Do You Offer a Guarantee?

If the dry cleaners have experience in cleaning wedding dresses, they'll offer a guarantee.

Most of the time it's against the yellowing of fabric. They should cover any fabric yellowing for the next fifty, if not 100, years of the dress.

2. Show me the Proof!

Hopefully, you'll ask nicer than this, but it's not uncommon for a high-quality establishment to have picture evidence. They've likely seen some bad stains or dirty dresses in their day, so ask if they took before and after shots.

Not every establishment does this, but if you find one that does, take comfort. This means they care about their work and they're willing to put their name on it.

3. Can you Treat Different Fabrics?

With the rise of technology, we're seeing different fabrics in wedding dresses than we did even ten years ago. Some locations aren't equipped to treat all types of fabric.

Ask the employees if they're educated on new fabrics. Do they understand how to keep the color but get the stain out?

Each fabric has its own challenges, so don't be afraid to search for that materials tag!

4. What About Preservation?

When you have your wedding dress cleaned, it's unlikely you hang it by a hanger in your closet. You either have it boxed up to display or store it delicately.

Your dry cleaners should offer storage options. Do they have a box they'll put it in for display? How will they give your dress back to you?

If they don't do any preservation, take off the basic plastic cover when you get home. Instead of protecting your dress, like you'd think, the plastic can cause your dress to age faster.

As an added note, never hang your wedding dress by its shoulders. Use the hanger straps inside the dress. They're sewn into a seam and are less delicate, read they can hold more weight.

The average wedding dress is three pounds, so don't underestimate the damage on the shoulders over time.

6. Do You Have References?

It's likely that you found your wedding dress dry cleaner through a friend. Since they directed you to this establishment, it's clear they had a good experience.

However, if you're the first to get married or don't live near your friends, you need to check their work.

In the internet age, we have 24/7 access to references, via online reviews. If someone's wedding dress got damaged, you'll know.

People who have bad experiences are more likely to write reviews. If they do have a bad review, how did the company respond to it?

If they took responsibility and made efforts to contact the person for reparations, don't write them off entirely.

If they shot back with blame to the review writer, that's a red flag. You want someone that stands behind their services, not someone who'll blindly defend them.

7. Do You Have Multiple Cleaning Options?

Not every dress is created equally. Not every stain is created equally. Why would one cleaning method treat everything equally?

The best dry cleaners utilize multiple cleaning methods. DF-2000, Professional Wet Cleaning, Sensene, Intense, and even traditional Perchloroethylene (used responsibly) are some of the options available.

Look for a professional that uses at least two cleaning options. With three or more cleaning options, almost every material, and every spot or stain can be safely cleaned.

8. Do You Have Fixed Prices?

The costs of getting a wedding dress dry cleaned are higher than those of a regular dress. Why? It's more work, the fabric is more sensitive, and there are more details.

Some dry cleaners charge a flat price, while others will charge on the intricacy of the dress. Both are normal.

We'd even argue that charging more for more complex dresses is better. You want them to put as much TLC into your dress as they can muster.

Even if you have to pay a little extra.

Finding the Right Dry Cleaners

You may have to go to a few places or call a few friends before you find trustworthy dry cleaners. If you check out a place, look at the people picking up or dropping off.

Are they well dressed? Do they look happy? Do they have an obvious relationship with the employees? Those are all good signs.

Do your homework and read the Google reviews, then visit a trusted and highly rated business.

Your gown deserves it!