Archives for October 2012

Raw Eggs and Halloween

Every dry cleaner has their favorite Halloween challenge or horror story.
Unfortunately, it’s a night when at least one customer coming home from work is going to ‘get hit’ with raw eggs, shaving cream or some variation of a trick -or -treater’s juvenile idea of funny.

For me, my first Halloween in the business brought a deluge of customers who had been the victim of World Series caliber pitching of raw eggs!  There were trench coats, pants, leather jackets, hats… a whole array of egg stained garments were brought through our doors that year.

Now, I have to tell you, raw eggs are NOT a commonly seen stain in the dry cleaning business.  So I had to stop, mentally break down the stain and think about the best way to proceed before I began any stain removal work. You see, if I had simply started by working with live steam to break up the dried egg – I would have wound up with scrambled eggs, which would have been a double mess to remove!

But such is the life of a dry cleaner.  We have to do far more thinking and testing, and exercise far more patience and spend way more time removing stains than outsiders realize!

This year, if your child comes home wearing an egg or two, and you want some guidance on the best way to deal with raw egg stains (which are albuminous by nature), send me an email, and I’ll be happy to give you some guidance.

Love Your Dress!

Your wedding is over, you are back from a fabulous honeymoon and you wonder – what do I do with my dress now? YOU LOVE IT! Now that the stress and all the hustle and bustle is over, have some fun! Find your favorite photographer, go to the park, the lake or maybe take a train ride. Visit downtown, but do it in your dress! Don’t worry about about keeping it too clean, well within reason, just have fun. You’ve invested a lot in your dress and before you get it cleaned and preserved for the next generation bride, Love Your Dress. Below are some photographs that one of our favorite photographers, (Benjamin Jackson) took of a bride loving her dress, then peek at the before shot of the wrinkly mess and how beautiful it looked at our booth at the Fall Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show.

Laying on the rocks
Our Bride in the lake.Close up of the dress wrinkled from water

Dress after cleaning and pressing