To find something as special as Maggie Ramsey’s “solo dress”, you’d have to fly to Europe.
Only Irish dancers who have won first prize in certain levels of dance competition are privileged to wear one like it, we learned.
The challenge of cleaning this three-year old red Irish dance dress, made by Elevation Design, had to do with its elaborate ornamentation. The garment is decorated with everything from metal flakes to sequins (four different kinds), and has an under layer made of red and silver snakeskin.
The Ramsey dress seemed to combine a number of the toughest challenges dry cleaning technicians face:
- Red dyes tend to be less stable, with red garments likely to lose vibrancy faster than other colors.
- Sequins often melt with heat, so even steam-cleaning posed risks.
- There is no one method that is safe for all the different types of fabric used in that one dress – a normal dry cleaning label from the International Association for Textile Care Labeling couldn’t begin to cover all the different parts of Maggie’s solo dress.
But, by carefully combining different tools and techniques developed over decades of specialized dry cleaning
experience in Indiana, including compressed air, specialized brushes, steam guns, new combinations of stain-fighting solutions and more, Classic Cleaners professionals were able to create the beautiful result pictured here.
Maggie’s mom gave us permission to share her e-mail note:
I can’t thank you enough for the excellent care you took in cleaning my daughter’s Irish Dance Solo Dress. It is beautiful! I have sent a message to all the other Irish Dance families at our academy about our wonderful experience and great the dress turned out. If they are thinking of purchasing a used solo dress that needs cleaning or have never had their solo dress steam cleaned, they should really contact you at the Bash location Classic Cleaners. We were very pleased with our experience.
My daughter’s name is Maggie Ramsey and she is with the Richens/Timan Academy of Indiana located at Washington Square Mall….Thank you so much.
With a testimonial like that, it feels as if Classic Cleaners has won the prize!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team