RAVE FabriCARE'S True Quality Cleaning Blog

Straight talk about caring for your fine garments, household tetiles and accessories
from experts who call things like it is. In plain English.

Month: May 2017

Cleaning fine bed and table linens in the metro Phoenix area and beyond
Written by: Stu Bloom

Luxurious, distinctive European and American bed and table linens – antique, vintage, or modern – are costly and can be easily ruined if mishandled in the cleaning process.

Fact is, these linens demand a level of care that shouldn’t involve merely tossing them into a washer with hot water, caustic detergents and bleaches, tumbling in a dryer and folding.

This blog post is not a “how to” guide for washing, drying and folding your fine bed and table linens. The internet is awash in such guides.

Rather, this blog post is intended to address various issues faced by the owners of fine bed and table linens for whom home laundry results rarely meet expectations.

This blog post also introduces readers to the processes that should be followed by specialized french laundries who clean and restore fine bed and table linens.

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Summer’s here. Keeping those white, dry clean only garments brilliantly white.
Written by: Stu Bloom

The color white is truly timeless. White is classic, sophisticated, distinctive, versatile and soothing. All at the same time.

To put it bluntly, white – with all it’s countless variations in hues and intensity – is simply brilliant.

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to bring out those white cottons and linens from their winter hibernation.

But you’re anxious. Your dry cleaned whites probably look yellow, gray and dingy.

Don’t despair. It’s not your fault that ordinary cleaners have abandoned all quality standards in their never-ending quest to “produce” a garment ever more cheaper and faster.

In this post, we explain why your fine white, dry clean only garments turn yellow, gray and dingy. And what you can do about it.

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Fire and water damage: what to do in a disaster situation
Written by: Stu Bloom

A fire and/or water disaster – natural or otherwise – can occur at any time.

Before you turn over your fine garments, household textiles (such as bed and table linens, bedspreads, coverlets, comforters, cushion covers, draperies and area rugs) and accessories (such as handbags, purses, wallets, shoes and boots) to a dry cleaner for restoration, there’s much that you can do – and not do – to mitigate further damage.

In this post, we identify many of those “do’s” and “don’ts”.

The most important “don’t” pertains to your selection of a restoration dry cleaner.

If you have a significant investment in bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments, household textiles and accessories, it’s critical to understand the difference between an ordinary restoration dry cleaner and a true quality restoration dry cleaner.

It’s even more important to understand your rights under your insurance policy, particularly your right to choose your restoration dry cleaner without being “steered” or “prodded” — against your better judgement — to the restoration dry cleaner “selected” or “recommended” by the insurance company, agent or adjuster.

In this post, we explain your right to choose and why you should forcibly exercise that right.

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