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Luxurious, distinctive European and American bed and table linens – antique, vintage, or modern – are costly and can be easily ruined. Accordingly, they require great care in cleaning and hand finishing — skills that the average dry cleaner is unlikely to possess.
RAVE French Laundry LinenCARE is the fine bed and table linens division of RAVE FabriCARE, a fabricare specialist based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we recognize that your fine bed and table linens deserve the same level of care we provide for your bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments.
For almost 30 years, we have specialized in high thread count bed and table linens from Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and the USA.
By the likes of Anichini, Bonjour, Cotti Maryanne, Dia, Frette, Gish, Kreiss, Leron, Matouk, SDH/Legna, Sferra Bros, Signoria, St. Geneve and Yves Delorme. Especially those with appliques, crocheting, cutwork, embroidery, hem stitching, lace inlay, quilting, scalloped edges and other unusual nuances.
Now residents of the USA and Canada who are looking for extraordinary care for fine bed and table linens no longer have to send their fine bed and table linens to your local “bang and hang” dry cleaner and laundry.
RAVE French Laundry LinenCARE has the old world techniques and new world technology necessary to gently restore your precious fabrics to their original beauty.
Using a combination of delicate dry cleaning, wet cleaning, hand washing, blocking and/or restoration techniques to remove anything from perspiration, body oils, bodily secretions and lotions, creams and cosmetics on bed linens to food fats, beverage spills, wine spills and candle wax on table linens.
Even old, oxidized yellow stains (in most cases). And discoloration caused by age or improper storage (in most cases).
What’s more, we do all this with obsessive attention to detail and a commitment to delivering best of class bed and table linen care. And we do this without brushing, bleaching, boiling and baking the life out of your investment linens.
At RAVE French Laundry LinenCARE, our modern fabricare facility and specialized equipment are truly state-of-the-art.
Of course, best of class linen care cannot be delivered by facilities and equipment alone.
That’s why we operate the most labor intensive french laundry in the country with skilled artisans at every step of the linen care process.
Our labor- and time-intensive approach to caring for your fine bed and table linens is just one reason why our french laundry service is unmatched by any dry cleaner or laundry in Arizona and by few in the USA.
What’s more, our french laundry service is completely green.
All dry cleaning fluids and detergents and all wet cleaning detergents used in our dry cleaning and wet cleaning operations are environmentally benign or biodegradable.
By the way, there are technical reasons why we refrain from using the term “organic” — a term that amounts to nothing more than green washing when used by the overwhelming majority of dry cleaners and laundries.
Truth be told, any ordinary cleaner can “clean and press” bed and table linens. In a few hours.
But there’s much more to crafting extraordinary linens than jamming them in a washer, injecting hot water and harsh, caustic, industrial grade detergents, and running them through Mangle ironers like bathroom tissue through a Charmin factory.
Or, even worse, farming out your fine linens to some unknown, wholesale laundry that processes linens in bulk for Motel 6 and Best Western.
This is the factory approach to cheap, fabric destroying linen laundry.
We start by examining each item for soil, oil-based stains and water-based stains. And assessing the item’s age, fabric content, construction and condition including damage or defects.
After pre-spotting, we soak your fine linens in our dermatologically-friendly, fabric gentle dry cleaning fluid. This is the only way to safely and gently dissolve oil-based stains – such as body oils, creams and lotions, and other grease deposits – without scrubbing your fine linens with nylon brushes.
This is also the only way to ensure that, when your fine linens are finally hand ironed, those body oils and grease deposits don’t transform or oxidize through heat into difficult-to-remove yellow stains.
And the dry clean fluid we use?
The same type of fluid – siloxane – that we use for dry clean only bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments.
Fact is, our dry clean fluid is so gentle it’s used as a base ingredient in many personal care products you drip into your eyes and apply to your skin on a daily basis. Such as shampoos, antiperspirants, deodorants and moisturizing creams.
So gentle you can wash your face and hands in it.
Next, we soak your fine linens in special solutions to relax the fibers. And release soil and water-based stains. For a minimum of 8 to12 hours.
Why is soaking critical to the care of high thread count linens?
Because soaking reduces the wear and tear on these heirloom textiles that would result from the use of conventional washing techniques (aka the scrubbing/hot water/industrial detergent/bleach method).
Here’s some background…
The tightness of the weave and the thickness of the fibers in high thread count linens requires an increase in the time it takes for the water and detergents to penetrate the fibers and release the soils and water-based stains.
In addition, the sensitivity of high thread count linens to bleaches and high temperatures requires the elimination of all bleaches and a lowering of wash temperatures.
Unfortunately, the removal of soil, oil-based stains and water-based stains using conventional commercial washing techniques requires an extended wash cycle, coupled with the use of aggressive detergents, bleaches and hot water.
All no no’s, in our opinion.
And the net result of these conventional washing techniques? An acceleration in the wear and tear on your fine bed and table linens.
Now you know why soaking is critical.
After soaking, we gently launder your fine linens – very briefly – in specialized, computer-controlled wet cleaning machines, where microprocessors control water temperature, cylinder speeds, mechanical action and moisture removal to exacting specifications.
We rinse your fine linens multiple times in cold water to ensure that they’re free from irritating chemical residues.
Finally, we iron your fine linens to perfection, paying particular attention to appliques, crocheting, cutwork, embroidery, hem stitching, lace inlay, quilting, scalloped edges and other unusual nuances.
As a matter of routine, we don’t starch fine bed and table linens. Ever.
There are many reasons not to starch:
Another reason is that many bed and table linens are pressed when slightly damp. This ensures a smooth, slightly crisp feel to the fabric reminiscent of a “light starch” look and feel.
On the other hand, if you insist, we’ll be happy to accommodate your request for light starch.
Any request for medium starch will necessitate a discussion.
Any request for heavy starch will be respectfully declined as we cannot be party to accelerating a decline in the useful life of your fine bed and table linens.
Matelasse coverlets and lace tablecloths often require a wet cleaning as part of the restoration and cleaning process. These items can shrink up to 10 percent when wet cleaned.
At RAVE French Laundry LinenCARE, we measure every matelasse coverlet and lace tablecloth prior to any work being performed. After cleaning, we block (or reshape) them to those original measurements using.
This brings us to another point: one way to assess a french laundry’s technical capabilities is to call and ask them if they have the skills and specialized equipment necessary to whiten and/or block a matelasse coverlet that has yellowed and/or shrunk due to improper cleaning.
Ask the question.
Then assess their response.
Bed linens can be returned hung lengthwise on 18″ tube hangers. Or hand folded on a blue acid-free board (with a minimum of folds).
Table linens can be returned hung lengthwise on 18″ tube hangers. Or hand folded on a blue acid-free board (with a minimum of folds). Or rolled on a reusable, acid-free roller for a creaseless presentation.
Table napkins, placemats and coasters can be returned flat on a blue acid-free board (with no folds). Or hand folded over a small tube hanger (with a maximum of one fold). This allows you to create your own designer folds when setting your table.
When packaging your linens we only use white acid-free tissue, blue acid-free board, tube hangers covered with white acid-free tissue, and white acid-free rollers. All these packaging products are designed to preserve your linens over the short and long term.
Curious about how our french laundry compares to others?
That’s difficult to assess.
If you were to conduct an internet search, you’ll find that very dry cleaners or laundries provide accurate, written information that would allow you to make such an informed assessment. And even if you were to call for information, they’ll often cite “trade secrets” as an excuse for their short, cryptic answers.
The best alternative is to assess how our process compares to the process recommended by high-end bed and table linen manufacturers.
Almost all manufacturers of high-end bed and table linens have a section of their websites dedicated to caring for their fine bed and table linens. For example, consider the care instructions offered by Anichini and Sferra Bros.
Our nationwide clean by mail prices are identical to the prices you would pay if you were a local in-store client or a local pickup and delivery client.
Unlike ordinary cleaners, we do not add a 3% to 6% “environmental surcharge” to each service order (nothing more than a sham device intended to extract additional revenue).
There is no sales tax on dry cleaning and related services in Arizona.
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Sleeping on freshly laundered, perfectly hand finished bed linens is one of life’s little luxuries… the ultimate bedtime indulgence.
Dining on table linens that have been cleaned and hand finished to perfection is a must for any table setting — casual or formal.
In this age of highly automated, mechanized, price-oriented, fast turnaround, sub-contracted “cleaning and pressing” services for bed and table linens, our approach to caring for your fine bed and table linens might seem a little old fashioned. But that’s ok with us. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you live in the metro Phoenix area (including Ahwatukee, Arcadia, Carefree, Central, Chandler, Gilbert, Paradise Valley or Scottsdale) or anywhere else in the USA or Canada, you can trust RAVE French Laundry LinenCARE to keep your fine bed and table linens looking and feeling their best for years to come.
Check back soon for a link to our new, expanded website – www.RaveFrenchLaundryLinenCare.com – a website devoted solely to the care of fine bed and table linens.
It’ll address everything you ever wanted to know about the restoration, cleaning, finishing and storage of fine bed and table linens and more.
“I have been a client of RAVE FabriCARE for approximately 17 years. They are the only dry cleaning service I trust for my designer clothes, accessories, household textiles, etc. The staff is friendly and professional. Stu and his team always "go that extra mile." That's why I give them such high marks. They're the best in the business.”
“I continue to be amazed by the condition that my shirts and other dry cleaning is returned to me. Wow. This is the time I actually wanted to leave my shirts folded! And the table linen was the softest I've ever felt it – I didn't know linen could get this soft. Gosh, I wish you were local!!”
“Thank you very much....I was very pleased with how my vintage tablecloth turned out, didn't expect the stains to come out. Thank you again for your great customer service!”
“You recently cleaned some vintage table linens for me and they were beautifully done and packed. Thank you.”