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Vintage Garment Restoration
"My vintage wedding dress was beautiful after its restoration. I would use this cleaner again." -★★★★★ WeddingWire Review
Janet Davis Cleaners has been performing wedding gown services for Detroit and all of Michigan since 1954, when our current Berkley location was opened. Our gown restoration process is similar to that of how museums store and care for their delicate clothing. Each gown or garment is cared for individually, and is never mixed with another vintage item or with regular dry cleaning.
"I brought my dingy/yellowing wedding dress that was packed away over 30 years ago. They restored and repaired the dress beautifully and repacked it with great care. Thank you!" -★★★★★ WeddingWire Review
Step 1: Inspection prior to cleaning
The first thing we do before restoring your vintage garment or wedding gown is a close inspection. Next, we test the material to find the best cleaning method for your garment. We do this by testing a small, inconspicuous part of the garment or gown. Next we test several beads (if there are any) on the vintage garment to ensure they wont come off during the cleaning process.
Step 2: Preparation for cleaning
Based on the results of the inspection from the first step, we will select the best cleaning method (we have several cleaning methods, all on-site, to choose from) for your vintage garment or vintage wedding gown. For certain methods, any beads must be covered and any flowers and hoops have to be removed.
Step 3: Pre-spotting
This is where the bulk of the work happens on your vintage garment. All of the dirty areas and spots are meticulously treated prior to cleaning. This step requires an intimate knowledge of fabrics and spot removal chemistry. A dry cleaning technician will spend an unlimited amount of time on your garment going over every inch. Not every spot and stain can come out, but no expense is spared in trying.
Step 4: Cleaning
The first phase of the cleaning step is a series of baths to restore the color of the garment. The cleaning phase cleans your entire garment and also flushes out any spotting solutions we used during the pre-spotting phase. Every gown/garment is cleaned individually, never in combination with regular dry cleaning.
Step 5: Steaming/Pressing
You vintage item will be pressed or steamed to restore the original shape of the garment.
Step 6: Inspection & Re-assembly
We perform a close inspection to be sure all removable stains are gone. At the time we are re-attaching any flowers or other details that had to be removed prior to cleaning.
Association of Wedding Gown Specialists
As a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, you can be assured that we are the best choice for cleaning your wedding gown!