RAVE FabriCARE's True Quality Cleaning Blog

Straight talk about caring for your fine garments, household textiles and accessories
from experts who call things like it is. In plain English.

Cleaning and restoring sports memorabilia: Major League Baseball uniforms

RAVE FabriCARE entrusted to clean and restore three Major League Baseball jackets circa 1978 to 1988
By: Stu Bloom

Ron Davis is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 5 different teams from 1978 to 1988.

In 2011, Davis discovered that rats had eaten through his 30 year old equipment bag and had nested amongst the 3 MLB jackets in the bag.

This blog post focuses on the transformation of these heavily-stained jackets and 1 equipment bag.

Enjoy the game. Oops, I mean enjoy the transformation.


Don’t dry clean your handbag, purse, wallet or backpack. Ever.

Cleaning a leather or leather trimmed handbag in a dry cleaning machine is a disaster in the making
By: Stu Bloom

High-end handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should always be hand cleaned.

High-end handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks should never be dry cleaned in a dry cleaning machine, irrespective of the type of dry cleaning machine or the type of dry cleaning solvent used.

Now, there are some dry cleaners who will tell you that they have a “special” dry cleaning machine that uses a “special” dry cleaning solvent. And to reinforce their argument, they’ll tell you that they clean leather and suede garments in that machine and with that solvent all the time.

Don’t buy that line.

In this blog post, we provide you with an example of the disaster that awaits you.


Cleaning and restoring military memorabilia: Nimitz’s WW II uniform

RAVE FabriCARE entrusted with the restoration of the summer uniform worn by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
By: Stu Bloom

Cleaning and restoring military memorabilia requires the application of skill, judgement and process.

In 2011, RAVE FabriCARE was entrusted to restore Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s white summer uniform to as close to original condition as possible. In the photo accompanying this blog post, Fleet Admiral Nimitz is wearing that summer uniform. In the photo, President Roosevelt and General McArthur are seated to his left.

This blog post demonstrates how the application of skill, judgement and process can transform the condition of a military uniform from poor to extraordinary.


Cleaning and restoring exhibition-quality garments for a museum

RAVE FabriCARE entrusted with the restoration of a 1930's suit for the Phoenix Art Museum
By: Stu Bloom

The Phoenix Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of American and European couture garments and accessories in the nation.

The museum’s 2007 exhibit, entitled “Autovotivated”, featured a new acquisition: a men’s two piece, off-white, wool and cotton blend suit from the early to mid 1930’s.

The suit required extensive restoration.

This blog post demonstrates the results that can be achieved with the application of the right blend of skills, judgement and restoration techniques to a museum-quality garment. Or any other vintage or heirloom piece, for that matter.


Like new & gently used, high-end garments & accessories: Post-purchase cleaning

What you need to know about cleaning like new or gently used, high-end garments and accessories acquired from non-traditional sources
By: Stu Bloom

When you think of purchasing a fine garment or accessory, you might typically think of a traditional, high-end department store or boutique located in a particular geographic area, in a particular street or in a particular shopping mall. In addition to these brick and mortar locations, these stores or boutiques typical offer an online option as well.

With the normalization of the “sharing economy”, the number of non-traditional sources of high-end garments and accessories has mushroomed.

In this post, I highlight some of the non-traditional sources of like new and gently used garments and accessories, identify the more common issues you might encounter after you’ve purchased that garment or accessory, and suggest an approach to restoring that garment or accessory to as close to pristine condition as possible.


Cleaning and restoring vintage garments: What you need to know

What you need to know before you acquire a vintage garment and before you wear it for the first time
By: Stu Bloom

So you just purchased a gem of a vintage garment or retrieved one from the far reaches of a close relative or friend’s closet.


However, it’s more than likely that that vintage garment has not been properly cleaned and/or properly stored over the years.

In this post, I highlight some of the more common issues you might encounter when considering the purchase of a vintage garment and how those issues might impact the cleaning and restoration of that vintage garment prior to wearing it for the first time.


Non-iron shirts: A Frankenstein textile technology that’s well past it’s “use by” date

Nothing beats the look and feel of a professionally laundered, hand ironed, must-iron, 100% cotton shirt
By: Stu Bloom

The term “non-iron shirt” is an oxymoron. Whether you call them non-iron, wrinkle-free or wrinkle-resistant, these shirts still require hand ironing to look truly professional.

Now I know that there will be those who say that they just wash them and either hang dry them or toss them in a dryer and they “come out just fine.” But I’ve yet to see a non-iron shirt that’s processed in this fashion that looks like it’s been professionally hand ironed.

Like Frankenstein, the scientist who created a man-made monster who eventually turns on him and destroys him, non-iron shirts have many unexpected negative consequences.

In this post, I’ll discuss the pros and cons of “non-iron” shirts. After you’ve read the post, you might just reconsider your commitment to these Frankenstein monstrosities.


The Definitive Guide To Borrowing A Garment Or Outfit From A Friend

Tips for borrowing a garment or outfit from a friend that won’t ruin your friendship
By: Stu Bloom

The process of borrowing a garment or outfit from a friend and then returning it in pristine condition can either cement a friendship, strain it or ruin it. If you are the borrower, there are a number of “rules” you can follow that’ll single you out as a thoughtful, responsible borrower.

In this blog post, you’ll get tips that’ll guide you along the path to becoming that thoughtful, responsible borrower. And ensuring that, the next time you look to borrow a garment or outfit from that friend, your request will probably be viewed favorably.

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