We provide extraordinary care for fine
garments & household textiles
Please note that we specialize in the cleaning and
We do NOT clean and renovate pillows that contain
any of the following fills:
The following information applies to pillows that
are 100% down or a combination of down and
You've had them around for years. You've spent countless nights
breaking them in until they felt just right. But now your down and
down/feather bed pillows have become musty, lumpy and flat. They've
also collected germs, dirt, dust, dander (sloughed skin), dust
mites, dust mite feces, mold, mildew, fungus, body oil, hair oil,
perspiration and saliva.
It's time to renovate, renew and refresh those bed pillows. And
White Knight Pillowcare can help.
White Knight Pillowcare is the bed pillow cleaning and
restoration division of RAVE FabriCARE, a fabricare specialist
based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Every year, we clean and restore
thousands of down and down/feather pillows for clients locally and
throughout the USA and Canada.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we can restore your down and
down/feather pillows to factory new
condition -- at a fraction of the cost of a brand
new, high quality pillow.
What does "factory new condition" mean?
Your very own down and down/feathers are cleaned, dedusted,
sanitized and deodorized. Then encased in a brand new, silky
smooth, tightly woven, 300 thread count, downproof, 100% long
staple Egyptian cotton pillow shell with double stitched seams
that's an effective barrier against dust mite allergen transfer and
free of harmful chemicals.
And we can do this in a few days.
Simply drop off your old down and down/feather pillows in the
morning and you could be sleeping on a "brand new" pillow
the next night.
If you're a twice a week pickup and delivery client, we'll have
your pillows back to you in 3 working days. If
you're a once a week pickup and delivery client, we'll have your
pillows back in 7 working days.
Or you can take advantage of our convenient Nationwide
Clean By Mail service if you're not located close to our
facility. We'll turnaround your pillows in 2 working days
Sleep experts recommend that you renovate your down pillows at
least every 1 to 2 years. Or sooner, if required.
In much the same way as you change the oil in your car every
3,000 miles, you should clean, dedust, sanitize and deodorize the
inside fill and replace the outside shell of your down and
down/feather pillows -- as a matter of routine -- every 1 to 2
And to help you keep track of which pillows were cleaned and
when they were cleaned, we'll attach a dated tag to the outside
seam of each pillow we renovate.
First, we'll clean, dedust, sanitize and deodorize the down and
down/feather fill. One pillow at a time. And discard your
original outer pillow shell.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we empty the down and down/feather fill from
your pillow into a specialized cleaning machine. The machine
rotates the down and down/feather fill in a chamber, sifting out
the down and down/feather dust, dust mites, dust mite feces, and
other contaminants. At the same time, the down and down/feather are
exposed to an ultraviolet germicidal light that kills bacteria,
sanitizes and deodorizes the filling, and fluffs up the down and
down/feather clusters. After this process is complete, the down and
down/feather is blown into a brand new, cotton pillow shell.
At this point you may choose to add additional down for extra
support. Or you can reduce the fill to a more comfortable level if
your pillow feels too firm.
In those cases where you ask us to add down for extra support,
we offer the world's finest, large cluster, white 750+ fill power
(loft), hand gathered, Hungarian goose down that's suitable for
your expensive down pillows. Hungarian, Polish and Siberian goose
down is widely considered to be the best in the world.
Alternatively, we can add cheaper European down to your less
expensive down and down/feather pillows.
Finally, we'll insert your own down and
down/feathers into a brand new 100% long staple Egyptian
cotton, 300 thread count, double stitched, white outer pillow
shell that feels as smooth as silk.
What's more, our 100% long staple, Egyptian cotton, 300 thread
count pillow shells are certified to be:
After the down and down/feather fill has been cleaned and
inserted into our 300 thread count pillow shells, your pillows will
be hypoallergenic and suitable for use by those who are chemically
When you're making a decision as to whether you should add down
to a pillow (or even remove down from a pillow), you should
consider two factors:
To assist you with your decision as to the "right" level of
support in each of your pillows, you may wish to consider the
following fill weights as a guide for 100% down
20" x 26"
20" x 30"
20" x 36"
PLEASE NOTE: These weights apply to pillows
that are down only. These weights do NOT apply to down/feather
How do you know whether soft, medium or firm is
appropriate for you?
Consider this guide:
Using these fill weights as a guide makes your decision easier.
Just ask us to "adjust" your pillows to the weights specified.
For example, if you were to send us four queen sized down
pillows and you wished to maintain a medium fill (22 ounces) on two
and a firm fill (26 ounces) on the remaining two, simply make that
request when completing your Service Order Form (see Procedure
We only use the world's finest Hungarian down. Our Hungarian
down is large cluster, white, 750+ fill power (loft), hand
gathered, goose down.
Our source raises their geese on farms for the sole purpose of
harvesting the down. The down is hand harvested from mature birds
during the natural molting process in a manner that is veterinary
certified to cause no injury to the birds.
Typically, the fill used in many down pillows manufactured
today, particularly those made in China, is a by-product of the
meat industry. The down is machine harvested from young birds. The
result is cheap, inferior, small cluster, low loft down.
Once our Hungarian down is harvested, it's washed and rinsed
repeatedly until it's hypoallergenic and meets the stringent
sanitary requirements of German regulatory authorities governing
all down products sold in Germany.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we guarantee that the down
and down/feathers taken from your original pillows will be
the same down and down/feathers returned to
you in your renovated pillows.
We can make this guarantee because we are recognized as one of
the nation's premier cleaners. Our national reputation has been
built on trust. So we'd never compromise that
trust by substituting or diluting your high quality down with
cheap, inferior, refurbished or used down.
Unlike ordinary cleaners, we've got everything to loose and
nothing to gain.
Our Hungarian down is another important difference between RAVE
FabriCARE and ordinary cleaners. Should you wish to add some down
to your pillows for additional support, you're likely to end up
with cheap, small cluster goose down, small cluster duck down,
turkey and/or chicken feathers. Even if you were charged for the
"highest quality European goose down and feathers" (a fancy
sounding statement that means absolutely nothing!)
It seems that most ordinary cleaners figure that what you can't
see or can't understand you can't know. And this is particularly
true when it comes to pillow restoration.
Our prices for 100% down fill pillows are as follows:
Our prices for down/feather combination pillows (e.g., 80%
down/20% feathers; 80% feathers/20% down) are as follows:
Should you choose to add down to any pillow in order to provide
additional support, we'll add the finest, large cluster, white,
750+ fill power (loft), hand gathered Hungarian goose down for
$9.00 per ounce.
If the quality of the down in your pillows is such that
you don't require Hungarian down, we can also supply and use
cheaper small cluster European down for $4.50 per ounce.
There is no sales tax on drycleaning and related services
Why are our 100% long staple Egyptian cotton pillow shells
superior to that offered by any other pillow cleaning service in
For four primary reasons...
Our pillow shells have been tested by the International
Down and Feather Testing Laboratory and Institute (Salt Lake City,
Utah) and certified to be downproof.
Why is this certification important?
It's your only assurance that the down and/or
feathers won't leak through the pillow shell over time.
By contrast, you could take or send your pillows to an ordinary
cleaner. At best, they'll use a 180 thread count pillow shell
(possibly 200, if you're really lucky) that'll feel like cardboard
and crackle in your ear like crumpled paper.
This hardness is due to the fact that these 180/200 thread count
pillow shells are not down-proof in and of
themselves. Instead, they must be heavily sized (or
starched) to prevent the down and down/feathers from leaking
through the pillow shell. Of course, when the sizing begins to
break down with use, the down and down/feathers will quickly
Our pillow shells have been tested by the
IBT, Reference Laboratory (Lenexa, Kansas) and
certified to be an effective barrier against dust mite allergen
Because, if you're allergic to dust mites and dust mite
droppings -- and over 20 millions Americans are -- you can minimize
contact with dust mite allergens by encasing your down and
down/feathers in a dust mite-proof pillow shell. It's been
estimated that 10% of the weight of a 6 year old pillow is due to
dust mites and their droppings. Dust mite allergens have been
proven to be important triggers in asthma attacks, hayfever
irritated sinuses and sneezing attacks.
You see, dust mites are attracted to your bedding and pillows
because they live off the skin cells that we all shed each
The problem is that as you sleep, your skin sloughs off and
works its way down into your bed, and particularly into your
pillows. If the air in your room is even mildly humid, the dust
mites in your bed and pillows grow into large colonies. And even if
you live in a dry climate such as Arizona, your own body creates
humidity as you breathe and perspire.
Believe it or not, there can be as many as 30,000 of these
microscopic creatures in one ounce of dust!
Dust mites are found all over the home, but the biggest problem
is your bed, and particularly your pillows. Trying to kill the dust
mites through hot water washing will only have a limited effect,
because the dust mites feces that trigger
allergies or asthma-like symptoms will still exist in high
concentrations inside your bed and
inside your pillows.
Studies have shown that pillow shells that are allergen barriers
are very effective at reducing dust mite allergens. Pillow
shells that are allergen barriers serve two purposes:
They keep any existing dust mites and dust mite
feces trapped inside the pillow shell, so you won't be exposed to
RAVE FabriCARE can eliminate these existing dust mites
and dust mite droppings by thoroughly cleaning, dedusting,
sanitizing and deodorizing the down inside your pillows.
They prevent any new dust mites from getting
into your pillow shell, so you won't be exposed to them.
RAVE FabriCARE can eliminate these new dust mites, and
the resultant dust mite droppings, by encasing your down
in a pillow shell that's certified to be an effective barrier to
dust mite allergen transfer.
For many years, people with allergies and asthma have been
encouraged to avoid down pillows because they were
thought to aggravate allergies more than the synthetic
alternatives (often incorrectly referred to as "down alternative"
or "hypoallergenic" pillows).
That's always been the conventional wisdom. But that's changing
now that many recent studies have shown that more
dust mite allergens can be found in synthetic pillows than
in down and/or feather pillows.
A Wall Street Journal article (July 27, 2007) that compared the
relative quality of different brands of synthetic pillows stated
that nearly 20 million people are allergic to dust mites and dust
mite droppings, and those creatures thrive in synthetic
filling as well as in down.
Our pillow shells have been tested by TESTEX, the world-renowned
Swiss Textile Testing Institute (Zurich, Switzerland), and
certified to meet or exceed Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the
international standard for certifying that a textile is free of
harmful chemical substances.
Why is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification
Because textile products, such as pillow shells, are the result
of a complex series of manufacturing processes, during which an
extremely diverse range of chemicals are used. Some of these
chemicals are hazardous to humans and to the environment. Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 specifies the allowable levels in textiles of defined
substances known to be a health risk to humans such as
formaldehyde, heavy metals, bleaching agents and other harmful
Accordingly, the "Confidence in Textiles/Tested for harmful
substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100" mark is not a
quality label per se, but relates only to the as-produced-state of
Our pillow shells are so tightly woven (300 threads per
square inch), they're silky soft. They have such a small pore size
(opening between the threads) that dust mites and their wastes
cannot penetrate, yet air and moisture can easily pass through for
Shipping your pillows to us from anywhere in the USA or Canada
is so easy.
For full details on shipping your pillows to us, please check on
Clean By Mail link.
When you click on this link you will be asked to print out the
Form and the Inventory of Items
Please use the Inventory of Items Sent to provide specific
instructions for each pillow. To aid us in relating the specific
instructions to each pillow, please number your pillows #1, #2, #3,
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