Tips For Choosing The Right Dry Cleaner For You.
1) Look for Someone Local and Convenient
Just like in the restaurant world, there are chain/Franchise dry cleaning operations. These are good for brand recognition, but oftentimes lack experience and the craft of textiles. Chain/franchise cleaners are operated by executives who are more interested in profit margins than in your community, and they can rarely deliver the same quality of service as a local business.
Look for a dry cleaner with years of experience. Caring for garments requires an elevated understanding of fibers, fabrics, ornamentation, and care. Often times care labels are incorrect, shrinkage may occur, colors can fade, etc.... There's no substitute for experience.
In the world of Drycleaners, convenience is king. Look for a company that provides Free pickup and delivery. Let's face it, to go to the Dry Cleaners you have to go twice, once to drop clothes off and once to pick them up. Let your Cleaners come to you.
Look for a Drycleaner who has established a reputation for quality and a passion for their work.
2) Consider Their Specializations
There are a lot of dry cleaners out there, but not all have the same background, experience and knowledge. Many will advertise that they specialize in one or more services, like wedding gown preservation or leather/Suede Cleaning, and that’s usually a good sign, but always ask if they do all work in-house or outsource them to another company for cleaning such as Draperies, Wedding Gowns, Leather, Suede, Fur, chances are, if they can't care for your specialty items they either don't have the proper equipment or knowledge to perform such work. The last thing you want is to have your gown cleaned by someone who doesn’t know the difference between taffeta and satin!
If you’re considering a cleaner that doesn’t explicitly specialize in what you need, that’s not necessarily a problem, but do ask about their relevant experience before handing over your garment.
3) Get a Test-Cleaning
Once you’ve found a convenient place that seems to fit your standards for quality, we usually recommend a trial run of sorts. Before handing over your pricier suits or gowns, you can see how the cleaner performs on something a little less valuable (or sentimental). Tablecloths, winter coats, and the like are often great candidates. After all, there is room for error in dry cleaning, and there are some garments that you just can’t risk.
A good drycleaner is a trusted resource. We continually study stain removal, garment construction, fibers, weaves and finishing of garments. The trick is to find a good Dry Cleaner.
Your drycleaner has very specialized equipment that can remove wrinkles, set finish, and shape garments easily and quickly after cleaning.
Proudly providing Dry Cleaning since 1942, Long Cleaners invites you to stop in today, or simply call/email us for our FREE pick up and deliver service. Long Cleaners specializes in:
- Dry Cleaning
- Shirt Laundry
- FREE Pick-up and Delivery
- UGG Boots
- Wedding Gown Preservation and Restoration
- Fire, Water, Smoke Restoration
- Leather, Suede, Fur Cleaning
- Bedding, Linens, Household Items
- Down/Feather Pillows
Long Cleaners provides Free Pick-up and Delivery for all your Drycleaning needs in:
Dayton, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, Centerville, Bellbrook, Xenia, Fairborn, Oakwood, Kettering