The National : OCTNOVDEC2017 DRYCLEANER
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2017 9 JOHN MURPHY WEDDING GOWNS John Murphy maintains the best place to clean a wedding dress is at the counter. The bride comes in all excited, it is an opportunity to go over the garment thoroughly. Tell her how beautiful it is, admire it. And don’t forget to point out the hole in the hem where someone’s heel went through the gown, the missing beads, the torn tulle from dancing and being whirled around the floor, stains under the arms, across the back and bodice from tanning chemicals, greening of metallic threads, the spills of food and drink, the dirt ground into the hem from mud, cigarettes, grass stains, dye from confetti or silly string, all sorts of nasties. There can be pulls in the fabric from sharp jewellery, and rub marks from where her bouquet comes in contact with the gown. “Sell her on the fact that this is not the gown she bought. This is a used garment, and needs specialist cleaning. Find out if she wants to clean it and store it for her daughter, her anniversary, or if she plans to put it on Ebay and flog it first chance she gets. “We have different solvent to most, I have white spirit and hydrocarbon and perc. I also have laundry machines. I don’t use perc on my wedding gowns. We have found that you can test for perc with a few beads and they will seem fine, Tulle, netting, often gets stepped on and torn. Photos in the park, dancing all night ... the hems get a real work out.
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