Monthly Archives: April 2010

Get the Ugg out — spring cleaning for your Uggs

Yes, it’s that time again. Spring is in the air. The birds are chirping, the trees are blossuming, and it’s finally too warm outside to wear your Uggs any longer.

Don’t put those shearling booties away, just yet, though. Chances are this winter they were exposed to some of the worst NYC has to offer — from salt and sand to perspiration. Did you know that these stains will set deeply if left untreated over the summer? Don’t worry, Meurice can clean your Uggs to like-new condition. We’ve had great results cleaning Uggs in the past and now is definitely the time to do it.

Give Meurice a call at 800.240.3377 or email us at info@garmentcare.com today. We’ll even pick up and deliver your Uggs for free.

Expect your freshly cleaned Uggs to come back clean as new

Expect your freshly cleaned Uggs to come back clean as new

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Meurice Service During Potential Doorman Strike

Hello Meurice’rs,

As you’ve no doubt heard, the NYC doorman union, Local 32BJ, plans to strike on Thursday, baring an 11th hour negotiation breakthrough.

We at Meurice respect the doormen in their negotiations. That said, our responsibility is to our clients and we pledge to do everything in our power to avoid disrupting your service.

If a doorman strike does take place, we’ll extend our pickup and delivery hours through 10pm. Of course, we will do our best to accommodate special requests. The entire team will be available to ensure we don’t have to skip a single stop. If you want a pickup, we’ll make it. And if you need your garments delivered, we’ll make sure you get them.

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Photo: newyorkfirst.com

Photo: newyorkfirst.com

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We’re still hopeful each side can come to terms. Heading off a strike is in everyone’s best interest. But, if the strike can’t be avoided, we’re prepared.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Keep Clean,

Wayne Edelman

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Ten Things Your Cleaner Wishes You Knew

What’s worse than a stain? Well, lots of things. But when you’re the victim of an accidental spill, most of us want instant gratification.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that careless garment triage can actually make the situation far worse. By the same token, it’s easy to inadvertently shorten the lifespan of your wardrobe through improper storage or routine cleaning.  Hey, you buy only the best. You want your clothes to last.

Blot, don't rub, that red wine stain. Photo from ocdrycleaner.com

Blot, don’t rub, that red wine stain. Photo from ocdrycleaner.com

Here are some simple tips to help ensure your cleaner will be able to return your clothing to like-new condition.

1). The number one rule all cleaners try to beat into their clients: Always blot or soak a spill from fabric. Rubbing can damage textile and remove the dye. Once that kind of damage sets in, it’s very difficult to reverse.

2). Bring your garments in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after a stain occurs. Stains left too long can become permanent and damage the fabric.

3). Protect your clothing from perfumes, lotions, antiperspirants and hair products. Many of these solutions contain alcohol and will damage some dyes. These “invisible stains” often appear after being exposed to the cleaning process.

4). Protect garments, especially silks, from excessive body perspiration. Body salts can weaken fibers and cause dyes to discolor.

5). Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will also weaken fibers and discolor areas of the garment.

6). Never press stained or soiled clothing, as the heat can set stains.

7). Point out stains on your garment or discuss concerns with our customer service personnel. The more we know about a stain, the better we can treat it.

.8). Have matching coordinates cleaned together so the colors will remain consistent.

9). Never store leather or fur in plastic packaging. Animal hides need to breathe to maintain their appearance.

10). Be selective when you choose a dry cleaner. Many people shop cleaners based on price… this can actually be a costly mistake. Fine cleaners process garments by hand, and take care to ensure the job is done thoroughly. Cheap cleaners often let the machines do the work and return clothing without inspecting it. Remember… once a favorite garment is damaged, it’s not always possible to repair.

Recommend Meurice and we’ll enter you in our May 10th iPad giveaway!

There’s a certain pride in this town that comes with finding the best anything – from a hole-in-the-wall restaurant to a fantastic contractor. 

Please, don’t think of Meurice as a best-kept secret. We’d rather have you tell all your friends from the rooftop! Just to keep referrals interesting, we’re going to give away a brand new Apple iPad on May 10th. The lucky winner will either be a new client referred by a friend, or an existing client who did the referring. Each new referral is another chance to win. ..

It’s our gesture of appreciation for all the friends of friends we’ve received over the years.

So, the next time a pal needs a good cleaner, keep us in mind. Even if you don’t win our iPad, at least we’ll give your wardrobe the loving it deserves.
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Keep Clean,

Wayne Edelman

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Official rules: iPad giveaway runs through May 10, 2010. Winner will be notified via email and must collect iPad in person. One entry shall be submitted for each new client referred to Meurice and each time an existing client refers a new client.

Saved by Meurice — red Stuart Weitzman pumps

Just a quick little post on another pair of elegant shoes saved by our expert shoe repair technician, Santiago. These textile pumps had grease stains from a pothole splash. Santiago was able to remove the stains and the shoes turned out as good as new.

This shot here shows both shoes after just one had been cleaned — as you can see, all of the stain traces have been removed, and our client gets back a very wearable pair of shoes.

Before and after shots on cleaned and reconditioned Stuart Weitzman pumps

Before and after shots on cleaned and reconditioned Stuart Weitzman pumps