special care instructionsWe spend a lot of time investing in key pieces to build the perfect wardrobe. The same thought and consideration should extend to the care of our clothing. Rather than drop it off at any local cleaner, you want to place it in the care of a service that you trust. Whether you're looking for smarter tech or more transparency, we've outlined some scenarios to help you, the discerning consumer, choose a quality dry cleaner.
When your favorite silk blouse has a stain
It happens. You're enjoying a cup of coffee and you look down to see a small brown spot slowly settling into the sleeve of your favorite silk blouse. Instead of dealing with the stain yourself, you want to entrust it to a quality dry cleaning service. Make sure you prioritize a laundry service that takes your issues seriously; they should ask about your needs and provide detailed treatment tracking for quality control from start to finish. These details might include preemptive emails to consult with you about potentially risky cleaning so you know your favorite pieces are in good, considerate hands.
When you need your outfit cleaned by tomorrow
You've got an important business meeting tomorrow, but you don't have the time to run out during your lunch break to pick up your power outfit from the cleaners. A quality cleaner makes it easy for you to receive your dry cleaning whenever you need it. They'll offer quick service and door-to-door pickup and delivery so quality doesn't have to be compromised for convenience—and you can focus on making a great first impression on your client.
When your jacket requires special treatment
Yes, it needs a little more attention than other items in your wardrobe, but when you put it on, your leather jacket draws the attention of everyone in the room. So when you need to get it cleaned, you turn to a laundry service that's responsive to special care instructions. Look for a dry cleaner who allows for special instructions to be relayed through traceable means, like email, so everyone is held accountable for keeping you looking sharp.
When you want to track your orders closely
When you have a well-worn—and loved—piece of clothing, you'll want to keep a close eye on it. Visit a modern service that features a full range of tech options that make this easier to do. Look for a service that offers an online order history and the ability to communicate via SMS so you can receive up-to-the-minute information about your order.
When you don't want to pay any hidden fees
You're willing to spend more to ensure that your clothing returns to you in mint condition, but of course, that doesn't count hidden costs. Most cleaners are not transparent—they'll upcharge clients, especially for a luxury label or special care fabrics such as cashmere, silk or leather. Look for a service that is upfront about any extra charges (and provides an itemized receipt), so you can walk away with your clothes—and your wallet—intact.
As a savvy consumer, you want to make sure that your apparel will always be freshly pressed. Keep it clean with a company that meets all of your expectations so you can spend less time stressing and more time impressing.
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