RAVE FabriCARE's True Quality Cleaning Blog

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

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Our blog posts explore a wide range of issues associated with caring for your fine garments, household textiles and accessories. I hope you'll join us along this journey.

Your fine garments, household textiles and accessories will love you for that.

Fine garment care: It’s not solely about the dry cleaning machine or solvent

There's so much more to true quality cleaning than machines and solvents. Fact is, dry cleaning machines and dry cleaning solvents or fluids are just two of the many parts to the entire garment care process.
By: Stu Bloom

Dry cleaners are quick to tell you all about their “great” dry cleaning machine and their “great” dry cleaning solvent or fluid.

The implication is that true quality cleaning is all about machines and solvents or fluids.

That’s a false and misleading premise.

Truth is, true quality garment care is the result of the integration of the right dry cleaning machines and right solvents or fluids into a garment care process that involves an entire chain of specific tasks. Independent of the process, the dry cleaning machine and the solvent or fluid are worthless.

In this post, I explain why it’s important to understand your dry cleaner’s process instead of focusing solely on the brand of the dry cleaning machine or the generic type of solvent or fluid used.

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Fine garment care can tolerate no shortcuts. Nothing takes just a second.

We often hear the refrain that a particular task will “only take a second.” The refrain is, at best, dismissive of our time and, at worst, dismissive of the value of our work.
By: Stu Bloom

At RAVE FabriCARE, we frequently refuse to accommodate requests accompanied by the refrain that “it’ll will only take a second.”

Fact is, nothing takes a second. Quality work can’t be rushed. Everything worth doing right, takes time. If we aren’t afforded the time to do it right, we ain’t doing it.

In this post, I provide examples of requests that are typically accompanied by the refrain that “it’ll will only take a second” and explain why a true quality cleaner should not — barring very unusual circumstances — accede to such requests.

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Changing the exterior color of your leather handbags, purses and backpacks

When you're considering restoring a handbag, purse or backpack, you might want to consider changing the color
By: Stu Bloom

Handbags, purses and backpacks that are in relatively poor condition may not respond favorably to cleaning & conditioning alone. Quite often, the only way to transform the accessory is to recolor or repaint it after cleaning and conditioning.

If the handbag, purse and backpack requires recoloring, many clients elect to retain the original color.

But there may be another option: Depending on certain elements associated with the construction of the handbag, purse or backpack, you may be able to create a one-of-a-kind accessory by changing the exterior color of your handbag, purse or backpack.

In this post, we illustrate the recoloring opportunities by showing you the results we achieved on a beaten up, dirty olive Balenciaga handbag that was recolored gray.

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“Highly amazing dry cleaning services” and other bullcrap

A dry cleaner's website and blog posts should primarily educate and inform. So, ignore those websites and blog posts that can only be charitably described as bullcrap.
By: Stu Bloom

Many dry cleaners have been led to believe that it’s critical to add blog posts to their websites in order to “engage with a wider audience.” This has led to a proliferation of blog posts on dry cleaner websites that can best be described as bullcrap.

In this post, I identify some of the common threads that run through these blog posts and provide an example of a blog post that’s sure to provide you with a hearty chuckle.

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Dark colored shirts: Launder & machine press or dry clean & hand iron?

Think carefully before allowing your dry cleaner to launder and machine press your dark colored cotton shirts
By: Stu Bloom

In this post, we explain why you should never allow your dry cleaner to launder and machine press your dark colored cotton shirts. We also explain why dark colored cotton shirts should always be dry cleaned in a very gentle dry cleaning fluid and then hand ironed.

We illustrate our position by showing you pictures of some dark colored Prada shirts that were laundered and machine pressed. We then present the results that we achieved by dry cleaning these same shirts in a very gentle dry cleaning fluid and then hand ironing them.

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Why “organic dry cleaners” are burying their claims and trade names

When almost every dry cleaner claims to be an "Organic Cleaner" and when "Organic Cleaning" is being outed as a con, dry cleaners are changing their game plans
By: Stu Bloom

I’ve recently noticed a new trend in the dry cleaning industry: Dry cleaners who’ve spent years trumpeting themselves as “Organic Dry Cleaners” are moving away from that claim and/or that trade name.

Whether the term is “organic” or any of it’s substitutes — enviromentally-friendly, eco-friendly, non-toxic, green, natural, etc. — these words mean absolutely nothing. 

Fact is, the use of the term “Organic Cleaners” is nothing more than a con on an uninformed and gullible public.

In this post, I discuss why “Organic Cleaning” is a con and why dry cleaners who’ve spent years trumpeting themselves as “Organic Dry Cleaners” are moving away from that claim and/or that trade name.

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1988- 2018: RAVE FabriCARE celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary


By: Stu Bloom

RAVE FabriCARE is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.

It all started in a small 1,800 square foot retail center in 1988.

In this post, I explore the genesis of the idea to start a fabricare business and how the vision of extraordinary care for fine garments, household textiles and accessories has guided our every action for over 30 years.

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RAVE FabriCARE: The best online resource for cleaning questions

Derek Guy believes that our Position Papers and White Papers constitute the best online resource for questions and answers about garment care
By: Stu Bloom

Derek Guy writes one of the best blogs on men’s clothing (DieWorkWear.com). So much so, that the readers of PermanentStyle.com, a blog that receives up to 500,000 page views a month, voted the Die Work Wear blog Best Media for 2017. The Best Media category includes newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and Instagram accounts — worldwide.

In a recent post, Derek Guy states the following:

The blessing and curse of the internet is that anyone can put up information. That’s why online guides on how to clean clothes are often so spotty – recycled wives tales and anecdotal evidence are thrown around to justify some cleaning method. Often times, you don’t know who’s writing the guide and how they know what they know.

He then proceeds to name RAVE FabriCARE’s website as the “Best Online Resource For Cleaning Questions.”

If you’re looking for answers to your questions about garment care, we invite you to explore our Position Papers, White Papers and Ebooks.

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