Every cleaner promises it.
And every cleaner claims to meet or exceed the “industry’s highest standards” (whatever that phrase may mean).
But when you ask what those specific standards are, you’re typically met with a blank stare or some general mumbo jumbo.
Truth is, the vast majority of ordinary cleaners pay mere lip service to true quality.
By contrast, a fabricare specialist or true quality cleaner will put their standards in writing. And in detail.
It’s how they hold their fabricare associates accountable. And how their clients, in turn, hold them accountable.
On every order. On every item.
So before you select a cleaner, ask the cleaner for a detailed list of their quality standards. In writing.
You might find their response instructive.
Here are our dry cleaning and shirt laundry quality standards:
So next time you visit or call your cleaners, don’t forget to ask them for a detailed list – in writing – of their quality standards.
If they provide you with a detailed list, compare what they say they do to what they actually do.
And who is best positioned to know what they actually do?
That person is you, of course. After all, you’ve experienced the quality of their product over time.
On the other hand, if they can’t provide you with a detailed list, don’t forget to ask them why not.
“I can honestly say I have tried just about every dry cleaner in the Valley and no one stands up to the care and quality of RAVE. That's why they call themselves "Master Cleaners" because they have proven it over and over.”
“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 appreciate your attention to detail. My shirts are superb - the best I have ever had. I only wish I had used your services from day one. And thanks for taking care of Robert at Turnbull & Asser. He was thrilled.”
“What technique! RAVE FabriCARE are extremely meticulous and responsive, especially Mr. Stu Bloom, the owner. When I recently soiled my dinner suit with cake frosting on the silk-covered lapels and the body of the jacket, and spilled drinks all over, RF restored it to it's former glory, and returned it meticulously packaged in a box with a built-in rack, and with support stuffed under the shoulders so that they wouldn't loose their shape. The suit was perfectly spotless, odorless, and pressed. Couldn't ask for better service! On the strength of this experience, and a conversation with the erudite Mr. Bloom, I am planning on trusting them with all my future suit-cleaning and clothes-storage needs.”
“Quality of workmanship and customer service are unsurpassed with careful attention to details. Another dry cleaner ruined my son's limited edition Tommy Bahama shirt by washing instead of dry cleaning and the embroidery bled and discolored the ivory fabric...RAVE cleaned it up and made it perfectly wearable for him. Accolades to Stu and his crew.”
“I purchased a VERY expensive, gorgeous blue Prada handbag while in Florence this fall. The first day I used it, I was caught in a downpour of Biblical proportions and my handbag was left terribly spotted by rain. One of my favorite things about the bag was the color and now it was basically ruined by water spots. I didn't want the bag dyed black to hide the damage, so I researched high end leather cleaners and found RAVE. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about using RAVE, as there are several negative reviews here and elsewhere. However, there are also an equal amount of positive reviews here and elsewhere. I called RAVE and spoke directly with Stu, the owner, the owner, who was very helpful. He assured me that my handbag could be restored, and said he frequently works on Prada products for clients and the Prada store in Scottsdale. Based on my conversation with Stu, I shipped my bag to RAVE to be repaired. Stu originally told me that it would take 4 to 6 weeks to finish the work. It actually took closer to 10 weeks, but considering it was over both Thanksgiving and Christmas, the delay was understandable. My bag arrived via UPS yesterday and it looks absolutely gorgeous! The color is as fabulous as the day I bought it, and there are no rain spots visible anywhere. I did not feel that the price to do the work was outrageous – I thought it was fair for the amount of work that needed to be done, and for the quality of the end result.”
“Enclosed find the most important suit in my wardrobe. I was married in this suit. As you can see, the cleaners here in Illinois have completely botched the press job on the jacket. I am hoping it can be saved. You are my last hope. Unfortunately, every cleaner where I live has mucked up my 3/2 roll jackets, even when explicitly told not to alter the pressing. This one was, is, the one that matters most. Please do whatever you have to do to save this suit. The trousers have already been cleaned, so they should not require any service. Frankly, after seeing what they did to my jacket, I'm afraid to look at the pants. I will leave the decision on whether to do anything to the trouser up to you. Thanks for whatever help you can provide.”
“Thank you for the high quality of service that you and your team provide. My shirts and sweaters (high end cotton and cashmere) came back in outstanding condition. I can't say enough about the impeccable nature of your work. And, by the way, I never took the time to thank you for the great work you performed on the rip I had on my Zanella trousers. The reweaving was nearly flawless and the slacks have a renewed life now that they've been repaired.”
“I received my clothing on Monday and I want you to know that I think you do amazing work. My tan suit has been effectively “reborn” and has earned a spot back in my rotation of summer suits. The navy suit is as crisp as I have ever seen it. There remains one spot on the front of the left shoulder (I thought it was my wife's makeup) that I assume was not amenable to you magic but the overall appearance of the suit is still greatly improved. I will readily admit that I thought your prices were just as breathtaking as the quality of our work, but, even still, I feel that you deliver solid value for the money. Thanks again for working your magic on my beloved clothing! I now know first hand why you are so highly regarded on the A Suitable Wardrobe blog!!”
“I received my first cleaning back from RAVE and I am more than impressed. The care in processing and packing each item is impeccable. It's too bad one sweater was stained by my previous cleaners, but that is a valuable lesson learned. I'll be sending more items!”
“You recently cleaned some vintage table linens for me and they were beautifully done and packed. Thank you.”
“Just got my shirts and tuxedo back. Everything was terrific. Very impressed but not surprised given all the great explanations about your processes on your website and great recommendations from others.”
“I will be sending you a Maurice Sedwell suit that is 4 years old and has never been cleaned. After you review the garment, let me know your recommendations . Since you are the artist, I give you license to perform the necessary cleaning. I am interested in your choice of cleaning methods from an educational standpoint. Thanks.”
“I received my gray suit on Friday and I want to thank you for removing the wine stains. The suit looks great. I also want to say I really appreciate the attention to packaging. I expected some steam pressing would be necessary after traveling 3000+ miles, but the suit arrived with basically no wrinkles. Should the need arise I will definitely be using your services again. I have also passed along your firm information to my Neapolitan tailor. They visit NYC five times a year and, until now, didn't have anyone to recommend.”
“….true, you shouldn't take your suit to a dry cleaner too often, but harsh chemicals are only a problem if you're going to a sub par one.... Instead, look for a place like RAVE FabriCARE. Go to their website and see if any of the places around you have the same standards. If not, send off your clothing to them through their (Nationwide) Clean By Mail service. Bad dry cleaning should not be accepted as a fact of life.”
“If you’re too scared to press your jackets at home, like me, you can just send them to RAVE FabriCARE. A local dry cleaner may also be able to do it for you, but you want to find someone who will do the process by hand, rather than machine. The difference may not be worth the money on a cheaper suit jacket or sport coat, but a machine press can really flatten the life out of a high-quality garment.”
“…most dry cleaners are really harsh on suits. If you don't mind paying the extra money, I recommend using RAVE FabriCARE instead. They'll be a bit more expensive – especially with the shipping back and forth – but they're one of the few dry cleaners in the country who really know how to take care of tailored clothing (and most everything else). Possibly worth it if you have something exceptionally well-made and is special to you.”
“Have you tried RAVE FabriCARE? Mail it to them in AZ and they will ship back to your home. Pricey but they do a great job. They definitely know how to sew a shank and iron a great lapel. They remove all jacket buttons before pressing and then re-sew them.”
“For the RAVE Bespoke Service, the jackets come back on wide hangers hung within individual tombstone boxes, stuffed carefully with acid-free tissue that their excellent ironwork is completely undisturbed. They will photograph items on arrival so that there is a reference for the pressing staff. The quality of the ironwork is no less than from a tailor. It's entirely above the standard of a dry cleaner. I can't imagine settling for anything less than this for bespoke clothes, and cross country is still easier than cross Atlantic, which is what I used to do. The last delivery that I got was about an eight foot high stack of such boxes.”
“Non-billionaires may not be able to afford sending everything to RAVE every time, but for suits and jackets the added expense is worth the peace of mind. Your garment will come back spotless, professionally pressed, and often seemingly in better condition than it was upon being shipped to them in the first place. Contrast this with just about any neighborhood cleaner in the United States, in which you stand a roughly 50:50 chance of having a suit machine-pressed into unrecognizable shape. It's cheaper, but is saving a few bucks worth a complete dice roll on the longevity of your item?”
“... I just received some items back from RAVE FabriCARE, one suit and two pairs of my wife's white pants. First, what packaging. Each item was carefully padded and wrapped, the sleeves stuffed, and the lapel not crushed. The suit fabric looked and felt new. Even better, my wife's whites were restored. Both had become dingy and gray from other dry cleaners. She was ready to donate them but we decided to give Stu a try. Everything is just perfect. I almost don't want to wear the suit just so I don't wrinkle the pants. It's a little pricy but I highly recommend RAVE FabriCARE. I only wish I could afford this more often.”
“As soon as you enter, you realize this is no ordinary dry cleaner. If you have a chance to chat with the owner, Stu Bloom, you realize this man is passionate about dry cleaning. I've been going to RAVE for the past year, and hands down, they are the best cleaners I have ever used. There knowledge and expertise regarding the cleaning process and their attention to detail is extraordinary. My garments look better than new when I pick them up. You will pay more than your average cleaner here, but if you're a stickler for quality, it's worth it.”
“This is simply the best cleaner in the nation. Those looking for an inexpensive cleaner, be warned. RAVE is pricy, but worth every dollar spent. I wear suits and sport coats on a daily basis and have had horrible experiences with different cleaners. Issues from cracked buttons, to them not pressing the jacket correctly, I was fed up. I met Stu at my place of employment (they offer free pick up and delivery at my place of employment) and told me about his establishment. I decided to give him a try. Well, a week later I spilled expresso on my trousers. I tried my local cleaners but they were unable to get a simple coffee stain out. I finally tried RAVE and sent my whole suit to be cleaned, and it came back a week later looking like new. The lapels are hand pressed giving it that rolled factor (there is nothing worse than a suit with lapels that have no life). For those that have had a suit made, bespoke or MTM, you understand the importance of a lapel brimmed with life. I've also had a wonderful 3 button roll sport coat (3 button coat that looks like a 2 button) cleaned and was pleased when it came back pressed to accommodate the roll. I love the fact that RAVE will take the buttons off and have your coat cleaned and then sew them back on. No more cracked horn buttons!! Yes!! Lastly RAVE is a miracle worker when it comes to white shirts. The shirt RAVE cleaned was my first custom shirt ever by Zegna. It had obvious signs of wear, many launderings, and god awful yellow armpit stains. RAVE was able to make the shirt look brand new! In conclusion, if you're looking for a "cheap" cleaner, RAVE is not the cleaner for you. But remember, you get what you pay for. RAVE FabriCARE is worth every penny. And on a final note, RAVE is used by Saville Row tailors. If the best suit makers in the world use RAVE, then you know RAVE is simply the best.”
“Stu at RAVE is an old school artisan who understands stains and cloth. His business is quality hand cleaning of garments, not tubs of shirts at $2.49 on a hanger. I priced out Jeeves in NYC for some Hermes scarves that needed help. Stu did a better job at half the price. I do not live in Arizona so our transaction took place completely thru email and UPS. The scarves were returned on a tissue covered board - a real presentation. Just perfect. He saved one I thought was lost and brightened the color a good bit. I can only imagine how dresses come out. I am about to try an ochre silk covered with breading from the 40s. If you have good clothing this is a way to help them last longer. If you have an ugly spot, he can probably find something to remove it and not hurt the cloth. A fine place all round.”