dry cleaning-shopYou may think any dry cleaner can handle this important task for you. Not all dry cleaners are created equal.

You want one that has been handling wedding gowns for a long time.  This gives them experience in the many intricacies of gown construction and proper care.  Not all gowns are the same, and each one needs special processing designed for that gown.

First, It is important to realize that 99% of all “dry cleaners” offering wedding gown cleaning do not do the work themselves, they send your gown to a mass production facility. A facility that is geared to production, not perfection. We reclean gowns all the time that are still dirty. Good workmanship takes time and manual attention by skilled eyes.

Ask if they do the work in-house themselves. If they do, ask a few more questions.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners with inexperienced employees who really do all the work.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners who have not developed a wide selection of custom cleaning agents and spotters.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAsk what industry associations they lead within.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners who clean one or two dresses per month as a side sales item to their main business.

sad-smileyOver the years we have seen and have heard many terrible stories from people who have brought a half-ruined dress to us to see if we could salvage it. Here are just a few things we have seen:

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMSilk washed with water and permanently ruined with a crinkle pattern left in the fabric.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMFabrics fibers breaking down from the use of too aggressive cleaning agents. Speed was more important than the time to clean it properly.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMDamage to delicate lace, netting, and beadwork from rough or automated machine handling.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMLoss of sheen, fabric looks dull, unlike the original.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMApplication of too much heat breaking down synthetic fibers in the fabric.

Frankly problems like this happen much too frequently. Unfortunately, we see them after the damage has been done.

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners is different.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe design a method to handle and care for the unique needs of each gown.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe draw from over 30+ years of experience in handling all types of gowns.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe evaluate any spotting and map a plan properly remove any spots, seen or unseen, from the fabric over our multi-step process.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMEach gown is hand pressed to optimize the appearance and prevent damage to the gown.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAll clients inspect our work before the final step of sealing package to preserve the gown.

Relax and let us sweat the details.

 

Wedding dress on bodice form

dry cleaning-shop

You may think any dry cleaner can handle this important task for you. Not all dry cleaners are created equal.

You want one that has been handling wedding gowns for a long time.  This gives them experience in the many intricacies of gown construction and proper care.  Not all gowns are the same, and each one needs special processing designed for that gown.

First, It is important to realize that 99% of all “dry cleaners” offering wedding gown cleaning do not do the work themselves, they send your gown to a mass production facility. A facility that is geared to production, not perfection. We reclean gowns all the time that are still dirty. Good workmanship takes time and manual attention by skilled eyes.

Ask if they do the work in-house themselves. If they do, ask a few more questions.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners with inexperienced employees who really do all the work.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners who have not developed a wide selection of custom cleaning agents and spotters.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAsk what industry associations they lead within.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAvoid cleaners who clean one or two dresses per month as a side sales item to their main business.

sad-smileyOver the years we have seen and have heard many terrible stories from people who have brought a half-ruined dress to us to see if we could salvage it. Here are just a few things we have seen:

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMSilk washed with water and permanently ruined with a crinkle pattern left in the fabric.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMFabrics fibers breaking down from the use of too aggressive cleaning agents. Speed was more important than the time to clean it properly.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMDamage to delicate lace, netting, and beadwork from rough or automated machine handling.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMLoss of sheen, fabric looks dull, unlike the original.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMApplication of too much heat breaking down synthetic fibers in the fabric.

Frankly problems like this happen much too frequently. Unfortunately, we see them after the damage has been done.

Chicago Wedding Dress Cleaners are different.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe design a method to handle and care for the unique needs of each gown.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe draw from over 30+ years of experience in handling all types of gowns.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMWe evaluate any spotting and map a plan properly remove any spots, seen or unseen, from the fabric over our multi-step process.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMEach gown is hand pressed to optimize the appearance and prevent damage to the gown.

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 4.04.32 AMAll clients inspect our work before the final step of sealing package to preserve the gown.

Relax and let us sweat the details.

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Steve and Sue, Hosts of the Radio Wedding Expo Show.

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