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At RAVE FabriCARE, we understand the delicate nature of antique and museum pieces. We respect their value to you. And we’ll do our very best to safeguard them.
Cleaning an antique or museum piece is a skillful process that involves great thought and care at every stage of the cleaning and finishing process.
The guiding principle should always be “Do No Harm”.
At RAVE FabriCARE, our strength is our personalized advisory service. When you bring or send in an antique or museum piece to us, a knowledgeable Fabricare Consultant will:
Specifically, we will discuss the problems and/or conditions of use, storage or manufacture that may limit whether such items can be safely cleaned and yield satisfactory results.
At the very least, the following potential problems and/or conditions require careful examination:
May peel, separate, dissolve, lose color, fall off due to loose, broken or rotted threads. If glued on, the glue may dissolve in either an aqueous solution or in dry cleaning fluid.
May be discolored, stained, or deteriorated due to age. If glued on, the color may change. If the item is a garment trimmed with lace, the lace may have to be separated from the garment, independently cleaned, and then reattached after the rest of the garment has been cleaned.
May be badly soiled, scuffed, frayed, torn or glued. Soil removal may be limited.
May be discolored, worn, frayed, torn, or stained.
May be stained from food or beverage, perspiration (can be invisible and turn yellow or brown in processing), dye bleed, or rust from metal components (buttons, hooks, zippers, etc.)
Bows, buttons, buckles, flowers, appliques, rhinestones and other ornamental attachments may separate or discolor. If trim is glued on, the glue may dissolve. Trims might have to be removed and then reattached after the rest of the garment has been cleaned.
Scuffing, pulls and snags; yarn slippage; crushed nap; yellowing due to age, exposure to light (natural and artificial) or improper storage in appropriate climate conditions and/or acidic storage materials; stained and soiled; worn necklines, cuffs and hems; insect damage; dry rot and tears. Weakened or rotted fabric may tear. Unstable dyes may bleed.
The catchword on any antique or museum piece is test, test and test again before proceeding with any cleaning process.
Cleaning an heirloom, antique and museum piece is a skillful process that involves great thought and care at every stage of the cleaning and finishing process. It also involves potential risk. So it’s important to understand the potential risks involved before proceeding.
Especially if the pieces have been contaminated by fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, mildew and/or humidity as a result of a fire or flood.
When you’ve been entrusted with maintaining and preserving the integrity of a precious and valuable textile, you can trust the experts at RAVE FabriCARE for an informed consultation and care at every stage of the cleaning and finishing process should you decide to proceed.
“The clothes come out looking like new and, in some cases, better than new. Antique Italian silk dresses are beautifully cleaned and renewed. Worth every penny spent here! Handbag repair is excellent also.”
“RAVE FabriCARE has done the impossible with my once gorgeous white Armani linen sundress and my very best white shirts, all of which had turned grey or yellow after too many trips to franchised cleaners. RAVE made them look better than new. They returned bright white, and properly stuffed with tissue. RAVE can remove any stain; they removed a huge ink spot from a Bottega Venata purse, matching the dye perfectly. They just restored a military uniform that was 125 years old. Magnificent job. Have you spilled red wine down the front of your very favorite dress? If you answered “yes”, this is the place for you. RAVE was recommended to me by the manager of the local Ralph Lauren store; they have “trying on” stains removed from their couture clothing at RAVE. People from all over the country send their clothes to RAVE, and RAVE returns them so perfectly packed that they are wrinkle free, even going so far as Paris. A little pricer than the chain cleaners, but well worth it. Professional and courteous staff, and cleaning is always ready on time. A really superlative establishment.”
“The work you have done with Admiral Nimitz' uniform is beyond belief, a miracle. The entire community will be delighted to see how you restored the uniform. The uniform was a gift to the school from the Admiral's wife, Catherine Vance Freeman. Thank you on behalf of all involved with Nimitz Middle School.”