Many historical, heirloom, fragile and delicate garments and fabrics cannot be cleaned because any type of mechanical action – such as tumbling the garment or textile in a washer or even rinsing the garment or textile in a tub by hand – can degrade or otherwise damage the garment or textile.
In the past, the cleaning of historical, heirloom, fragile and delicate garments and textiles has largely been dependent on surface cleaning, using light vacuuming and other dry techniques.
Occasionally, these textiles have been surface cleaned using liquid solvents but with no ability to completely extract or evaporate the solvent residue after cleaning.
Despite successfully cleaning and restoring these garments and textiles, we have, on occasion, declined to clean a garment or textile because we assessed that the garment or textile was to fragile to be cleaned using conventional wet cleaning, dry cleaning and/or other soaking techniques.
Naturally, our client might have been disappointed, particularly if the garment or textile was too
fragile to be cleaned using conventional wet cleaning, dry cleaning and/or other soaking techniques but, nonetheless, required cleaning to enhance the true beauty of the item and/or to prevent further deterioration of the fabric.
We have a possible solution.
To assist with this task, we have installed a large capacity, stainless steel, ultrasonic bath to effectively remove soils and stains from historical, heirloom, fragile and delicate garments and textiles with relative safety.
Large capacity ultrasonic cleaning baths are widely used in a variety of industrial applications as well as in the medical field to clean and disinfect laboratory, surgical and dental instruments.
Please note that these large capacity ultrasonic baths are NOT the same as those sub-$200, countertop baths, probes and wands that are promoted online and on shopping channels to clean small items such as jewelry, watches, eye glasses and coins.
We follow these restoration protocols:
Please recognize that this is highly specialized work offered by very few, if any, dry cleaners in the USA.
Accordingly, our pricing and turnaround time for this specialized work -- ultrasonic cleaning -- will be higher and will take longer than our “normal” work.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we don't compromise on the quality of the work we do or the time we take to do that work.
We're quite happy to concede the race for compromise and speed to ordinary cleaners.
That's a brief synopsis of our ultrasonic cleaning service for historical, heirloom, fragile and delicate garments and fabrics cannot be cleaned using conventional restoration techniques such as wet cleaning and dry cleaning.
We'll work closely with you to help you understand the available restoration options and assess the likely results you can expect from each option.
For more information, please contact us.