Month: May 2017
In June 2017, dry cleaners from all around the USA, Canada and beyond will descend on the Las Vegas for the Clean Show, a biennial trade exposition showcasing the latest in equipment, technologies and services.
They’ll all be searching for the holy grail: how to push more and more pieces of fabric (aka your fine garments and household textiles) faster and faster through their production facility using a mix of low skilled labor and highly automated equipment.
The problem for all these dry cleaners is that they’ll continue to face that same recurring dilemma — year in, year out — no matter how many Clean Shows they attend and no matter how many labor saving machines they buy.
In this post, I posit that success in the dry cleaning business isn’t a function of the number of trade shows they attend or the number of labor saving machines they install.
The answer is to say no to being average. That the answer is to stand for something instead of standing for nothing.
Luxurious, distinctive European and American bed and table linens – antique, vintage, or modern – are costly and can be easily ruined if mishandled in the cleaning process.
Fact is, these linens demand a level of care that shouldn’t involve merely tossing them into a washer with hot water, caustic detergents and bleaches, tumbling in a dryer and folding.
This blog post is not a “how to” guide for washing, drying and folding your fine bed and table linens. The internet is awash in such guides.
Rather, this blog post is intended to address various issues faced by the owners of fine bed and table linens for whom home laundry results rarely meet expectations.
This blog post also introduces readers to the processes that should be followed by specialized french laundries who clean and restore fine bed and table linens.
The color white is truly timeless. White is classic, sophisticated, distinctive, versatile and soothing. All at the same time.
To put it bluntly, white – with all it’s countless variations in hues and intensity – is simply brilliant.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to bring out those white cottons and linens from their winter hibernation.
But you’re anxious. Your dry cleaned whites probably look yellow, gray and dingy.
Don’t despair. It’s not your fault that ordinary cleaners have abandoned all quality standards in their never-ending quest to “produce” a garment ever more cheaper and faster.
In this post, we explain why your fine white, dry clean only garments turn yellow, gray and dingy. And what you can do about it.
A fire and/or water disaster – natural or otherwise – can occur at any time.
Before you turn over your fine garments, household textiles (such as bed and table linens, bedspreads, coverlets, comforters, cushion covers, draperies and area rugs) and accessories (such as handbags, purses, wallets, shoes and boots) to a dry cleaner for restoration, there’s much that you can do – and not do – to mitigate further damage.
In this post, we identify many of those “do’s” and “don’ts”.
The most important “don’t” pertains to your selection of a restoration dry cleaner.
If you have a significant investment in bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments, household textiles and accessories, it’s critical to understand the difference between an ordinary restoration dry cleaner and a true quality restoration dry cleaner.
It’s even more important to understand your rights under your insurance policy, particularly your right to choose your restoration dry cleaner without being “steered” or “prodded” — against your better judgement — to the restoration dry cleaner “selected” or “recommended” by the insurance company, agent or adjuster.
In this post, we explain your right to choose and why you should forcibly exercise that right.