Monthly Archives: October 2010

FROM THE VAULT! A look back at an old ad for a historic washing machine

This little gem was found in our vault of garment care history. Notice the clear tagline that its the man who knows how to judge quality and the women who buys wisely from the knowledge of the man. Oh have things changed.

vintage washer ad

Clean and protect your patio furniture cushions for the winter

Its that time of the year. The temperatures are dropping, theres more rain than sun. Soon your patio or terrace will become more of a place to store your bicycle than a place of relaxation. Now is when you need to think about cleaning and storing your patio furniture cushions. You dont want to bring them in the home because they are filthy and you can’t just leave them outside or they will rot. The best solution is to bring them to us for a thorough cleaning before you store them. A customer with very nice all white patio cushions had recently brought them in for some care. The results speak for themselves.

You can see the extensive mold and algae that has grown from heat and moisture, yuck! That’s no way to store your cushions.

dirty cushions 2

Here are the cushions after they have been cleaned and specially treated to repel water and stains. This is the proper way to store patio furniture cushions for the season.

cleaned cushions 2

clean cushion 3

Regular cleansing of your cushions is the best way to protect your investment so you can enjoy them for years to come. There is no party killer worse than moldy & smelly patio cushions.  Maurice makes it incredibly easy for you to care for your cushions by offering free pickup as well.

Garment Of The Day, Alexander Wang Handbag Restoration

This week we had the pleasure of showing some Garment Care love to this gorgeous green leather Alexander Wang handbag in dire need of a restoration. As you can see from the before and after shots, the results were pretty dramatic.

Before

Dirty Alexander Wang Bag

Dirty alexander wang bag 2

dirty alexander wang bag 3

After

restored alexander wang

restored alexander wang bag

restored alexander wang bag 3

clean alexander wang bag5

How We Clean and Restore a Designer Leather Handbag The Right Way

Its 2am on a Saturday night at the Gansevoort. Your having a blast with your girlfriends, maybe a little to much fun. You spill a drink on your Jimmy Choo, you drop your Prada in a puddle, you set your Hermès on an icky seat. These are the realities of being fabulous in New York.  For those that are fashion conscious in this city, accidents are bound to happen to your designer handbags. A great handbag is an investment to your style and social life and needs to be cared for. Luckily there are trained experts who can clean and restore your designer handbag the right way.

For those minor day to day stains that happen, a great emergency spot clean technique is to use some baby wipes. Baby wipes are a fantastic way to lift up drips and spots and help to ensure they don’t eventually set in.  For those stains that can’t be blotted off or areas that have serious wear and tear to the material, it may take a lot of work to get it back to its original glory. When this happens your going to want to take it to the professionals.

Because a handbag cannot be dry cleaned the traditional way, they have to be cleaned by hand. When we receive your item our staff meticulously examines the entire handbag to determine how to move forward with the cleaning and restoration.

Bulgari Bag examined for stains

There are two types of stains, “water based” and “oil based”. We always test in a small area of the handbag to see how we need to approach the stain removal. For water based stains, a cleaning agent is used. This wet approach works well for stains like food and various condiments. Our agents act as degreasers and lift out the lesser oily stains. Then we go over the spots with various tools to see if they can be brushed or scraped off.

leather bag cleaning restoration with scraper

The worse the stain is or depending on the material of the handbag, we may use a different approach towards the restoration.  For stains like lipstick or salad dressing spots, most likely they will need  a bit of  dry cleaning.

For items like patent leather and vinyl, dye from jeans pose a real problem to the finish of the material. Dyes from jeans transfer onto handbags as you walk and typically don’t want to come out, especially from light colors such as cream or white. The best thing for this is preventative care. Be mindful of the materials you wear when going out and how they will affect one another. If you have just bought some really dark denim jeans, you dont want to go out with light colored shoes or accessories.


After we spot clean the handbag, we check for any open seams, tears, or any damage to the fabrics and skins of the handbag and carefully repair them.

Ripped Bulgari Bag Repaired

Next we meticulously match the leather finish to the original color of your handbag. If you go to your local store and try to purchase leather finish, your most likely going to find either black or maybe a cream, and there is no guarantee the colors will match your handbags original color. Our staff works with a rainbow of colors to ensure a proper match.

leather bag coloring

To get the handbag restored to its original beauty, it takes a lot of trial and error to get the colors just right. Our expert Hassan painstakingly matches the color so your handbag looks as good as when initially purchased it.

Designer Bag Color Match

Designer Bag Restoration color

For this particular handbag, the tone had gradations from darker pink to lighter pink. To get this just right, Hassan will use various techniques like airbrushing to match the color.

matching bag color

After we have finished matching the color,  the handbag is moisturized and hung to dry.

The best care for your handbag is always preventative care. Be mindful of your surroundings when you go out. Watch out for areas where you rest your handbag. Be mindful off its contents as well. Ink, lipstick and other oil based products are difficult to get out, even at the hands of a professional so be careful. Make sure you put all stainable products in their own container like a small makeup or pen/pencil case.

For long term care keep your bag moisturized with a non staining moisturizer. Remember, leather and suede are animal skins and will dry and crack if not looked after. You should never store your handbag in any air tight plastic containers. Your handbag must be able to breath to maintain itself. The best thing to do is store the bag in light fabric covering. This will allow it to breathe and keep it secured from dust.

20% off on outerwear services. Get ready for the cold!

‘Tis the season to unwrap and unpack—your winter coats and jackets!

Fall is here, winter is near and that means it’s time to open your winter storage.  After two seasons of being stowed away, your coats can smell musty and like mothballs.  They can be crumpled, crinkled, creased and cracked in all the wrong places. Why don’t you give your coat the gift of garment care?

Now’s the perfect time with Meurice Garment Care’s 20% off on outwear services. Use our professional dry cleaning service to eliminate the strongest storage smells. Let our expert tailors repair and replace coat linings, pockets, and buttons. Prevent further damage from rain, sleet, snow with our water-proofing and stain repellent services.

For more information, call our professionals at 800.240.3370

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