The Evaluation Process before Cleaning:

With over 65 years of experience in business as textile conservation cleaning specialists, we offer several cleaning methods to each garment we process. In order to determine which type of cleaning method or combination of methods are possible, we first begin with a complete inspection of the gown.

We start by completing a condition report form of questions that each bride is asked during consultation such as the wedding date, food and beverage menu, day of environment and weather conditions as well as, if the bride wore make up, deodorant, perfume, body lotion or tanning lotion. These answers help us determine what exposures are possible and what types of pretreating agents may be used in preparation before cleaning. If these types of stains are left untreated, they may oxidize or cause fabric deterioration over time. The condition report form also includes information on the gown designer or manufacture, size, measurements, fabric content, weave, construction and composition, sizing and optical brightener stability. Embellishments such as beads, sequins, fancy trimmings and other forms of applications are tested and documented for their type, position and stability on the gown.

The Recommendation of the Cleaning and Handling:

After the evaluation is complete, we recommend the type of cleaning and handling that is best for the garment. Since we offer stoddard, hydrocarbon and synthetic solvents in the dry-cleaning process, we can choose the best method and handling that fits your garment needs and, we are able to guarantee that there will not be any damage to trims, beads or sequins.

We also offer wet-cleaning and restoration services that are, in some cases, advantageous to even newer gowns. In wet-cleaning, we use a neutral synthetic detergent that is used in most international museums. In some cases there are risks in wet-cleaning such as shrinkage, loss of sizing and fabric deterioration. Before any wet-cleaning is started, our laboratory provides test cleaning on a fabric swatch (at no charge) so that the customer can see what the damages or benefits might be before the investment is made. If damages were anticipated, a waiver would need to be signed by the customer.