Cleaning and restoring garments: A Dairy-Saturated Suit Used in a Commercial
By: Stu Bloom
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In 2012, Put This On, released a series of videos covering various aspects of men’s wear and styling. The series was sponsored by Lifeway Kefir, a cultured, probiotic dairy product available throughout the USA.
In a web commercial for the series, Jesse Thorn pours 3 bottles of Lifeway Kefir over his head, saturating a black pin stripe Dolce & Gabbana suit in the process.
As Jesse explains in a blog post on Put This On, he decided to send the suit to RAVE FabriCARE for restoration to like new. About a week and a half later, the suit arrived in Arizona wrapped in a plastic bag.
Not only was the suit covered in kefir — inside and out — but it was now covered in mold and fungus and smelled putrid — the result of a combination of non-refrigerated dairy product, heat and time.
We immediately went to work. About 2 weeks later, we shipped it back to New York — spotless, perfectly hand ironed and odor free.
And their reaction to the results?
[ctt template=”3″ link=”haV8B” via=”no” ]The complete restoration of a dairy product-saturated, moldy, putrid smelling suit to “like new” @ravefabricare @ JesseThorn @putthison[/ctt]
Holly cow, Jesse! It looks better than it did before we ruined it!
The results of the transformation can be seen in the following BEFORE and AFTER photographs:
For even more BEFORE and AFTER photographs on the transformation of this suit, please view our slide show below:
To view this slide show on a full screen, hit the X button with the arrow tips.
For another dramatic example of the restoration of a suit, take a look at our blog post on the restoration of Fleet Admiral Nimitz’s World War II white summer uniform.
What’s been your experience cleaning and/or restoring garments, household textiles and/or accessories contaminated by mold? Please share your comments below.
Photo credit: putthison.com/Jesse Thorn and ravefabricare.com/Stu Bloom
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