Commenting about mistakes, well-known author and sales trainer Zig Ziglar had this advice: “Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes. The rest of us have to BE other people!”Of course we know everyone makes mistakes. But since the professionals at Classic Cleaners work hard to remain the best dry cleaners in Indy, we don’t want our customers to be making garment care mistakes other people learn from!
Knowing that wedding gown restoration is a specialty at Classic Cleaners, a customer brought us a dress in hopes it could be restored. Unfortunately, too much time had passed; too much damage had been done. As you can see from the photo, the sleeves of the dress had already deteriorated and were starting to come apart. Mildew had rotted the front area of the garment. We needed to break the bad news to the owner that, while it was possible that the original color of her dress might be restored, the fabric would not hold up under total stain removal treatment.
What “O.P.M.” lessons can be learned from her story?
Never put away a garment with stains (even if you suspect something might have been spilled on it).
Exposure to any of these can set the stains in and cause deterioration of the fabric:
- The warmth of a closet or car trunk (especially when the garment is in a plastic bag!)
- The atmosphere
- The wrong combination of chemicals
Always tell your dry cleaning professional if there has been a spill, even if there’s no sign of a stain. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to recall the important information your dry cleaner needs to treat your garment.
While the wedding gown could not be fully restored for wear, the technicians at Classic Cleaners were able to gently clean the gown and preserve it in one of our archival wedding gown boxes.
(See, Zig? We’re offering our Classic Cleaners customers every O.P.M. opportunity to learn about garment care the easy way!)
Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team