Monthly Archives: October 2009

What’s so dry about dry cleaning?

Dry cleaning isn’t alchemy. There’s no magical dry cleaning box filled with dry cleaning rays to clean clothes. If only! Dry cleaning is a sophisticated process to cleanse garments and textiles with solvents that contain very little water … hence the term ‘dry.’
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Dry cleaning machines are similar to washing machines. A large tumbling basket facilitates the cleaning process. Garments are placed in this basket, which is partially filled with solvent, and tumbled to drop through the solvent. This agitation and the flushing action of the solvent do most of the cleaning.
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The solvents most widely used are perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon. The most common solution is about 98% pure solvent, 1% water, and 1% sizings and detergents. What you really have to watch out for are impurities. If the solution is not distilled and cleansed properly, you may wind up cleaning with a solution containing OPB (other people’s bacteria). Gross!
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Ever get back clothes that smell like chemicals?
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Slightly dingy?
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Remaining residue?
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Might be time to find a new cleaner that knows how to maintain their cleaning solution!
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Wayne Edelman, Meurice President, showing his girls how dry cleaning works

Wayne Edelman, Meurice President, showing his girls the dry cleaning process

Follow us on Twitter, get $10 off cleaning

That’s right. Follow us on Twitter, and we’ll send you one of these:

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Follow us @clothesdr, and get a gift card toward cleaning.

Follow us @clothesdr, and get a gift card toward cleaning.

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Here’s how it works:

Find Meurice Garment Care on Twitter — @clothesdr

Add us to the profiles you’re following

And post this exact message:

Follow us and RT this message to receive a $10 gift card toward any cleaning service: —–

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And that’s it. We’ll DM you to request your mailing address so we can send out the physical gift card. Of course, the real reward is pampering your clothes with the absolute best in garment care. Promotion runs through October 31st. One card per household, of course.

Looking forward to your tweets, New York!

Announcing sweater weather savings

The leaves are changing, the snowbirds have decamped to Florida – maybe you’ve even been out with the kids to pick apples or pumpkins.

No doubt about it, sweater weather is here (today even feels a little like double-sweater weather to us). We know you’ve got more style than these guys, but trust us – you’ll look even better if you bring us your knits when you take them out for the first time this season.

Meurice’s wardrobe pros will gently cleanse your threads using our unique, EPA-preferred cleaning processes. We’ll remove any pills and return your knitwear fresh, soft and inviting. Of course, you never have to worry about discoloration or shrinkage.

Best of all – through October 31st, save 20 percent on any knitwear cleaning, including scarves, hats and gloves.

Give us a ring at 800.240.3377 and we’ll even pick up and deliver, gratis. We promise we’ll make it easy for you to dive (enthusiastically) into sweater weather.

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Save on all knitwear cleaning through Oct. 31

Save on all knitwear cleaning through Oct. 31

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And don’t forget: if you need a little extra closet space for your fresh autumn threads (in the city, who doesn’t?) Meurice has plenty of space in our climate and humidity controlled vaults.

Saved by Meurice? Classic pair of Louboutins

Providing complete garment care can be a challenge.

But, we didn’t build our name by turning down the hard jobs. Here’s a before shot from a pair of Louboutin pumps brought to us for reconditioning. Shoe repair is a delicate art at best, and matching the signature Louboutin red soles is outside many cleaners’ realm. Fortunately, our cobblers are up to to the task. Check back next Tuesday to see the finished pair of shoes!

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Before shoe repair

Before shoe repair

Another wedding gown saved by Meurice

Wedding Gowns are some of our favorite pieces to take in here at Meurice. We know they’re not just another dress — and it’s exciting to see a restoration reclaim a treasured heirloom.

As it turns out, we’re not the only ones thrilled to see a wedding dress restored. Rachel, a recent New York bride, shared her Meurice story over the weekend. Recently, Rachel brought us her mother’s 30-year-old wedding dress, which had faded to a “nice shade of brown”. We were thrilled to see the gown cleaned and brightened to its former glory, and we’re even more gratified to see the review she posted on New York Magazine’s web site.

Click here to see her review: My Cleaner, My Tailor, My New Friends

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New review of Meurice Garment Care wedding gown restoration

New review of Meurice Garment Care wedding gown restoration

How to clean stinky boat shoes

We love the look of boat shoes, but after a long, hot summer, they can get a touch ripe.

.Before you put your Sperry away for the winter, freshen them up! Smelly boat shoes aren’t nearly as difficult to clean as you might think. How to clean leather boat shoes? Just stick them in the washing machine, preferably in a mesh bag to keep them from bouncing around and getting torn up. If your boat shoes are a little long in the tooth, you might be concerned about their stitching. In that case, forgo the agitation of the washing machine and launder them by hand. Another simple trick — pop your boat shoes in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria.

And of course, if your shoes are in need of professional cleaning, see one of our leather-and-suede consultants. Not in New York? No problem — we clean and ship worldwide!

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Stinky boat shoes? Relax, they're a snap to clean

Stinky boat shoes? Relax, they’re a snap to clean