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Restoring an Heirloom Wedding Gown

Your wedding gown is one of the few tangible items from your wedding that you can hold onto for years. Your wedding gown can be shared with your children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews and other family and friends. More often, we are seeing heirloom gowns come in for cleaning and restoration. These are gowns that are more than a few decades old. Whenever someone brings their heirloom gown into us, at Crouse’s Cleaners, I’m in awe of the story it tells of the wedding and that time in the past. It’s an absolute honour to be trusted to restore one of these gowns. Heirloom gowns can be displayed at an anniversary party or a wedding. It seems that more and more they are being worn by daughters, granddaughters and other family members. There are many seamstresses that are talented at altering or recreating a wedding gown so it can be worn again. Some tips to remember if you are considering wearing an heirloom gown: Consult with a reputable dry cleaner to determine if the gown can be cleaned, as far in advance as possible. Restoration will depend on the condition of the gown after years of storage, the fabric content and any…

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The Five Steps to Reading a Care Label

Have you looked at the tag inside your clothes and felt like you were reading another language? Care labels are a great tool to explain the best method for taking care of your clothing. Breaking down what they mean can be tough! Wash Bucket This little bucket with water in it lets you know if you can wash your garment. If there is a number inside the bucket this tells you what temperature you can use. The more dots there are, the higher the temperature you can use. If there’s a hand in the bucket, it means hand wash and if there’s an X over the bucket, it means don’t wash. Dryer Next is how to dry the garment. The more dots in the dryer mean the hotter the dryer can be. If there is a half circle at the top of the box, it means hang to dry and a line in the box means to lay flat to dry. An X through the dryer means, do not dry. I think you can start to see where I’m going with these! Bleach This triangle means it’s safe to bleach. If the triangle is black it means do not use…

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The journey your pants take at the dry cleaners

Do you wonder what happens after you leave your clothes at the dry cleaners? In this post, I’ll take you through the steps your favorite pants will take after you drop them off. Pre-inspection and mark-in After entering your pants into our software system, we inspect them for stains and check pockets. Then we attach a tag, so we know they belong to you! Pre-Treatment We pre-treat any stains at the stain removal board. We have an assortment of stain removal agents used to treat different types of stains from coffee with cream & sugar, to grass stains, to mud or salt rings on the cuffs. Cleaning Next, we check the care label and determine the best cleaning method for your pants. Fabric content, colour, stains, and any trims will impact this decision. At Crouse’s Cleaners, we have three methods to choose from – dry cleaning, wet cleaning or washing. We then put your pants in the appropriate machine for cleaning. Pressing We hang your pants for pressing. Before hanging, we inspect them again to make sure we didn’t miss any stains the first time. Then, they are put on a machine for pre-conditioning. The machine blows steam and then…

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The Top 7 Questions about Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation, Answered!

  Why should I have my wedding dress cleaned and preserved after my wedding day?  The fibres of a wedding gown will yellow and deteriorate over time. Also, stains can cause damage to the fabric. Sometimes these stains are invisible and you may not even know they are there (like champagne!).  How soon after my wedding should I bring in my dress to be cleaned to avoid permanent damage? The sooner the better! The more quickly we can treat any spots or stains the better chance we have at removing them. Also, over time stains can cause damage to the fibres of the gown.  How much does cleaning and preservation of a wedding gown cost? Check out our website for the most current pricing at crousescleaners.com/services/wedding-gowns/. For an exact quote, you can bring in your wedding gown. There is no obligation to leave it! We understand that wedding gown cleaning is an investment. How long will it take to have my wedding gown cleaned? We ask for about 2 weeks for cleaning and preservation. If you are in a hurry, please contact us and we will let you know if we can make special arrangements to have it done in…

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The 5 Steps of Wedding Gown Cleaning and Preservation

Are you wondering about cleaning your wedding gown after your special day? Are you curious what happens to your wedding gown after you drop it off at the dry cleaners? In this post, I’ll take you through the steps of cleaning and preservation of your wedding gown. Pre-Inspection and Mark-In After inputting your wedding gown into our software system, we inspect it for spots, stains and any damage. We look for any lace, beading or trim that will require special attention. Then we attach a tag to identify the gown and so we know it belongs to you! Pre-Treatment Next, we pre-treat any stains by hand. We have an assortment of stain removal agents used to treat different types of stains. Some of the stains we most commonly see are heavy soil of dirt along the hem, wine or make-up along the bodice or body oils on the inside of the bodice. We do a thorough inspection for these and more types of stains. Cleaning After pre-treatment, we check the care label and determine the best cleaning method for your gown. Fabric content and trim typically determine the safest and most effective cleaning method. Some gowns are dry clean only…

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Three Styles of Winter Jackets

Where we live, we spend a lot of time in our winter jacket and we know you want to look great! Do you ever wonder the best method to clean the winter jackets in your closet? Let’s talk about three common styles of winter coats, and the best cleaning method for each one.   Dress Coat Often dress coats are made of wool. Wool is one fabric that is dry clean only. If it goes in your home washing machine it will ‘felt’ or shrink. Unfortunately, once wool shrinks it can never be stretched out again. Typically, the best way to clean a dress coat is by dry cleaning it.   Ski Jacket Your ski jacket is your “go to” on the cold days or when you are out tobogganing with your kids or on the ski hill. They are often filled with a synthetic material. These jackets can easily be washed and dried. However, if you have a dirty collar and cuffs or other stains on the jacket you can’t get out, bring it to Crouse’s Cleaners. We are likely able to get those stains out and will have it looking a lot better! If not, like new.  …

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