more detailed instruction coming soon ***
All information included here is to help you in
addition to the advice of a professional cleaner.
I am not legally
liable, and cannot be held responsible for any comments made
Silk Garments and tailored garments
Dry clean only unless otherwise advised. best not to leave liquid
stains to sit until dry. Most will stand up to being wiped or squeezed
clean with a damp NOT WET for accidents - but never rub vigorously
as you may damage the fabric . If you do accidentally shrink your
garment in an water accident you may be able to stretch it back
carefully with an iron - if you are unsure ask an expert cleaner
or maybe we can do it for you.
Dry clean Sprays
Always test on an area that is not noticeable as
you may get a circle which looks worse than the original stain.
Make sure you use spray in a ventilated area - especially the brands
that turn to powder (shake outside ). It is best to have a towel
placed under your garment to soak up any excess spray.
After finding out that costumes for the stage used to be cleaned
with Vodka . I tested cleaning with alcohol from the pharmacy on
some garments and found it more affective than water in some cases
as it evaporates quickly. I found it useful when cleaning a bridal
dress for a client in an emergency.
Pre-washed / Pre-shrunk fabrics
We can do this for some fabrics - mainly knits useful
for heavy wear garments you want to throw in the machine. On some
fabrics it may change the handle we always test first there is
a time charge for this.
Always seek out 'personal' recommendations for dry cleaners.
Some bridal stores get kick backs for their referrals to dry
cleaners and there are strangers on the web/networking who refer
you to their own family business. Be sure to check it after its
done. A high price does not guarantee a good job. I know of a
cleaner that charges $150 and did a useless job - my local cleaner
charges $30 for instance. If you plan to wear the dress a second
time and are on a time limit ensure you do leave enough time
to take it to a second place if the first cleaner screws up.
Storing the cleaned dress before the second wedding:
Plan where to store it when you get it home (eg. in mum's spare
room ). Find out how they are bagging it - you may have to open
it out to stop creasing. you may have to take the dress off the
hanging hooks and lay it open and flat.
Please make sure you find out how your stones are glued on and
clean appropriately ( which might be hand washing - if the fabric
is hand washable) A lot of designers are using E 600 glue which
is labeled DO NOT dry clean and happily telling their clients
I was advised this glue was dry clean safe by all my suppliers
and other costumier colleagues.
Jan 05 = here are some basic test comparisons...
1 - the e600 glued stones (large and small) fell off after only
the second dry clean in perchloroethylene
2 - the Swarovski & cheap brand hot fix /glue backs stayed
fast (large and small size)
Both glue and hot fix stay on with warm wash - also I have been
advised that the USA swim teams who swim have no problem with either
glue methods. more tests will be posted here .... meanwhile please
advise your ballroom students to check the glue used on their dresses
before dry cleaning. and certainly forward this on to anyone that
may have done similar tests / reports / or let me know about anyone
who had updated or more extensive advice.