Dry cleaning advice

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  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    It may sound stange to ask such a futile question ,but is it worth finding a real and experienced dry cleaner than using big franchised outlets?
    I do find my suits ageing quickly after being cleaned by some in-towns shops...
    Is there a massive different in the cleaning process and products used between dry-cleaners?
    Could you give some advice as i havea Brioni and a Kiton to be cleaned and i'm not sure of the standards of the franchised outlets?
     
  2. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    It DEFINITELY makes sense to find a quality cleaner. Where are you located? If there isn't a local shop that's good, perhaps you can send your Brioni and Kiton to a quality cleaner once a year or so.
     
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    lasbar Senior member

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    To be honest ,i do think like in every trade ,some artisan dry- cleaners maybe are using less abrasive technics than the franchised outlets...
    I'm ready to pay a premium price to have my premium suits cleaned properly without being burned to the cord by chemicals..
    i do live in the south-east of England but i'm going often to London...
     
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    One excellent way to find a quality cleaner is to ask a high-end menswear shop for a recommendation.

    Others here can surely make suggestions about where to send your suits in London.
     
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    I'm going to ask Brioni but if anybody from London has the knowledge of a great dry-cleaner,please give me the address...
     
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    German GQ actually published a list of good dry cleaners in big German cities. Maybe the only useful information they ever published. Maybe the UK GQ did something similar and with a little research... it's definetly worth it!
     
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    German GQ actually published a list of good dry cleaners in big German cities. Maybe the only useful information they ever published.

    Hahahahahaha.

    Jon.
     
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    lasbar, i agree with you too, if you have a brioni or kiton, please wait until you find a verified quality dry cleaner.

    most cleaners i been to, franchise or mom&pop ones , usually some of my wool pants come back a bit 'crispy'
    i found out from here , they do use a certain chemical that dries up the wool (takes away the natural oils of the wool)
     
  9. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    The problem is that i do not have a clue about the making ofa good dry-cleaner.compared to a bad one..
    Are they using different chemicals,differents dry-cleaning technics?
    I could't recognize one good one if he slapped me in the face....
    Any dry-cleaning specialist?
    i can ask Brioni but do they have a clue themselves or are they going to give the address of the cousin of the manager?
     
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    The problem is that i do not have a clue about the making ofa good dry-cleaner.compared to a bad one..
    Are they using different chemicals,differents dry-cleaning technics?
    I could't recognize one good one if he slapped me in the face....
    Any dry-cleaning specialist?
    i can ask Brioni but do they have a clue themselves or are they going to give the address of the cousin of the manager?


    It starts with the difference of care they apply. If you don't mind having all your (kiton) buttons smashed and all edges shined in one dry cleaning session go to any old dry cleaner. If you do mind, you will have to make the efford to find a good one.
     
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    The problem is that i do not have a clue about the making ofa good dry-cleaner.compared to a bad one..
    Are they using different chemicals,differents dry-cleaning technics?
    I could't recognize one good one if he slapped me in the face....
    Any dry-cleaning specialist?
    i can ask Brioni but do they have a clue themselves or are they going to give the address of the cousin of the manager?


    I'm sure Brioni has a cleaner they actually use, so I wouldn't worry that they'll send you to someone lousy. Besides, you can ask at Kiton, too, and cross check the lists.
     
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    I do mind a lot not being into masochism!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will go on the net tonight fishing for information during my glorious nightshift...
    We must have some kind of artisan guild in London with the Queen tag on them!!!!1[​IMG]
     
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    Maybe one of the Savile Row tailors can point you in the right direction. The staff at Henry James is very helpfull with all sorts things...
     
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    On a related note, my drycleaner (no idea if he is any good, nor do I have a clue what makes a good drycleaner) started advertising "Organic drycleaning" Does anyone have any idea what this means?

    Some of the more seasoned SFers should have some some advice . . .
     
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    Organic dry cleaning? Is he employing hundreds of Chinese children in his workshop scrubbing your clothes?
     

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