We provide extraordinary care for fine
garments & household textiles
At RAVE FabriCARE, we clean and restore hundreds of vintage
pieces every year for private individuals, vintage dealers, museums
and historical societies. Everything from an aqua colored
1950's custom-made silk coat to the
1944 summer uniform belonging to Fleet Admiral Chester W.
Nimitz (for additional examples of our work, enter the
phrase "cleaning and restoring" in the search engine at the top
right corner of this page).
Today, vintage is hot. So much so that many fashionistas have
added selected, high-quality vintage garments to their contemporary
wardrobes. Some have even selectively retrieved long-forgotten
vintage garments from the far reaches of their own closets and
The problem for anyone considering the purchase or retrieval of
a vintage garment, however, is generally not in the selection or
the purchase. It's getting the garment ready for use.
You see, very few vintage dealers clean their garments prior to
sale. Fact is, the garment that you just purchased has probably
been worn a number of times, may never have been cleaned before,
and may have been improperly stored over the years. As a result,
the garment might have a musty smell, might be stained in various
areas, and the strength of the fibers may have deteriorated over
Under these circumstances, it's appropriate to consider all
issues relating to the cleaning and restoration of a vintage
garment prior to purchase.
Here are some issues to consider:
Trims and Embellishments
Are there any trims or embellishments (beads, sequins, pearls,
rhinestones, lace, bows, buckles, embroidery, appliques, etc.) on
These are a few of the issues that should be considered
prior to purchase.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we understand the delicate nature of vintage,
heirloom, antique and museum pieces. Cleaning a vintage, heirloom,
antique or museum piece is a skillful process that involves great
thought and care at every stage of the cleaning and finishing
At RAVE FabriCARE, our strength is our personalized advisory
service. When you
bring in or
send in a vintage, heirloom, antique or museum piece we
Specifically, we will discuss the problems and/or conditions of
manufacture, use or storage that may limit whether such items can
be safely cleaned and still yield satisfactory results.
RAVE FabriCARE is your source for expert cleaning, restoration,
repair and preservation of vintage, heirloom, antique, and museum
pieces in the Southwest. You can trust our experts to maintain and
preserve the integrity of your precious and valuable items.
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