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.

About Our Blog

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.

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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How to select a quality dry cleaner: The old standards don’t cut it anymore

Every dry cleaner swears that they're a true quality cleaner. There's a far better way to select a true quality cleaner than those verbal reassurances.
By: Stu Bloom

In the past, consumers chose their dry cleaner on the basis of convenience, price and some vague verbal reassurances from the manager or customer service representative that the cleaner was, indeed, a “quality dry cleaner.”

In this age of hyperbolic claims, there has to be a better way. And there is.

In this post, I suggest that a far better approach is to

(1) review a checklist of specific, written practices — practices that, when viewed as a cohesive whole, constitutes true quality cleaning,

(2) compare those specific, written practices to the practices of any other dry cleaner you’re considering, and

(3) hold the dry cleaner accountable for meeting your expectations based on those specific, written practices.

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Removing odors from new, used and vintage leather garments & accessories

Removing smells and odors from new, used or vintage leather garments and accessories using a myriad of home remedies rarely produces satisfactory results
By: Stu Bloom

Leather soaks up smells and odors like a sponge.

The smells and odors in brand new leather garments (handbags, purses, backpacks, etc.) or accessories (shoes, boots, etc.) typically comes from the leather tanning process.

The smells and odors in used and vintage leather garments (handbags, purses, backpacks, etc.) or accessories (shoes, boots, etc.) can come from a variety of sources such as food, mildew, mold, perfume, perspiration and smoke. 

In this post, I’ll discuss some of the options available to remove odors and smells in new, used and vintage leather garments and accessories.

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The notion of airing out your dry cleaned garments & household textiles is absurd

You might be smelling dry cleaning solvent or fluid. But it's more likely that you're smelling the accumulated filth in your dry cleaner's solvent or fluid.
By: Stu Bloom

You’ve heard the “advice” countless times before: air out your dry cleaned garments and household textiles before bringing them into your home.

In this post, I’ll tell you why that conventional notion makes no sense whatsoever and what you can do to avoid the prospect of having to air out your garments and household textiles.

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New players are always promising to revolutionize the dry cleaning industry

Dig a little deeper and you'll soon recognize that most of these "new" ideas have been around for quite a while and at there's nothing new to be found.
By: Stu Bloom

Every new entrant into the dry cleaning market place will enthusiastically tell you all about their plans to “revolutionize” the industry. 

They’re always full of “new” ideas that, they believe, will turn the dry cleaning business on it’s proverbial head and generate wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

More specifically, they’ll tell you that they’ve developed a “new concept” — a better mouse trap. And that everything will be “different” and “better”.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll soon recognize that most of these “new” ideas have been around for quite a while and that there’s nothing new to be found.

Fact is, the only thing “new” about their concept is the glitzy marketing package that surrounds the very ordinary product they deliver.

In this post, I use Procter & Gamble’s franchised operation, Tide Dry Cleaners, to illustrate my point.

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