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2015 -- Cleaners assists Krzyzewski
and Blue Devils to victory
It is a great feeling a person
has when wearing freshly cleaned and pressed clothes. Most
people feel more self-confident wearing favorite clothes, cleaned
and pressed, especially when making a special presentation.
In the sports arena, it’s always
important to be confident when under the national spotlight. Two
and a half hours before a NCAA Final Four game, Tom Prionas,
president of Fabric Care Center received the call from a local
hotel client. Mike
Krzyzewski, coach of the Duke Blue Devils, needed his suit pressed
before that game. Even though the equipment was shut down and the
pressers were gone, Fabric Care Center arranged to assist Mr.
Krzyzewski’s emergency request and have his suit pressed and back to
him with time to spare before the game.
Certainly Blue Devils would have won
the game without Mike’s suit being pressed in that close game. If
Mr. Krzyzewski's suit getting pressed gave him one less thing to worry
so he could concentrate his confidence on the game--maybe just ever
so minutely--Fabric Care Center was the edge in Duke's victory.
Fabric Care Center
will never have its name in the paper, a photo with the trophy, a
piece of the net, no glitter or even a piece of the streamers from
the game. Just the same, it is nice to know for a brief moment in
time it came through off the bench and can
call itself the “Cleaners of Champions” -- until the next big game!
February 4, 2015 -- Don't Throw Ties Away
Recently, a customer called to ask what to do about one of his
favorite ties that was now stained. He had been throwing his
stained ties away because a previous dry cleaner told him they
wouldn't clean them.
We were puzzled why another dry cleaner had refused to clean ties.
Dry cleaning naturally removes oil and grease the basis for many
food stains, and turns the rest of a food stain into white powder
that a little steam removes. There are exceptions that may not
respond as well to dry cleaning, such as paint, blood, tomato based
stains, rust and some others which require extra work.
Reflecting on why his previous dry cleaner would not clean ties,
possibly they were worried about color loss. If we are too
aggressive, use too much heat, or apply the wrong set of chemicals,
color can be removed in silk ties. Also, manufacturers may use a
silk fabric that is not color fast. If so, there is no way
around color loss or color bleeding which is not the dry cleaner's
Many dry cleaners do not have a seamstress on staff. If the
tie comes apart in the cleaning process because the interfacing and
threads have loosen over time from wear, they have no way of fixing
this problem. However, Fabric Care Center has two seamstresses
on staff, and the repair is complimentary when needed.
If you have been throwing stained ties away, like this customer has
been, why don't you let us work to restore stained ones. We will dry
clean, pay attention to special stains and re-stitch as needed for $
3.75. This is a great value, especially to save a favorite tie!
December 26, 2013 -- Downtown Grand Opening
Special continues through Dec. 31, 2013.
Hurry in this week to our new downtown Indianapolis location
before the end of December to enjoy our Grand Opening special of 50%
off dry cleaning and 20% off shirts. Our new store is located
at 151 E. Market St. adjacent to the PNC Bank at Delaware and Market
Streets. No time to look for parking? No worries, call
ahead (317-917-3172) or just pull in to the Indiana Parking Garage
and pull up to our window where we'll greet you and serve you at
November 1, 2013 -- New Downtown Store is Open
Good Morning! We at Fabric Care
Center are proud to announce that our new downtown location is now
officially open! Our new service counter has been dressed up
in our "look" and the Grand Opening Special sign is hanging in the
front window. The few last technical details have been "ironed
out" and we are ready to clean and iron out your favorite apparel
for you. Our Hours are weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For your convenience, there are 2 Loading Zone
parking areas in front of our store, one on each side of the street,
or pull-in and Drive-Thru.
October 30, 2013 -- Downtown Store Opening is
We are excited! We are almost
ready to fully open the doors to our new downtown location at 151
E. Market Street! All the details are coming together, and
after a few more technical details to "iron out," we will be able to
take care of your dry cleaning and laundry needs from the heart of
downtown Indy! Look for our Grand Opening Specials of 50% off
dry cleaning and 20% off shirts.
Whether you work or live downtown, it couldn't be
more convenient to take advantage of our Drive-Thru service.
Upon your first visit to our store and establishing your account, it
couldn't be easier to drive into the adjacent Express Parking
Garage, turn around and pull up to our window. We will jump
out and grab your bag of clothes to clean, or deliver your fresh,
ready to wear items to your car!
Located next to the PNC Bank at the corner of
Market and Delaware, we'll be ready to serve you beginning November
October 26, 2013 -- Laundry Guidelines
A common assumption is doing laundry
is an easy process that anyone can do. Fabric Care Center also
operates an adjacent self-serve laundromat and we frequently witness
the results of laundry inexperience and mistakes.
are helpful hints to help you with your laundry.
Take time to read the garment care label. All garments sold in the
US are required to have a care label.
Separate clothes by color. This prevents bleeding that can occur to
lighter colored clothes from darker colored clothes. Whites are in
one pile, darks in a second pile, and light colored clothes in a
Also separate clothes by fabric types. Delicates should be washed
separately. Lighter weight fabrics use less energy. Cottons hold
more water and require more energy to dry.
not over fill the washer. Clothes need to move freely
because natural agitation cleans clothes. Also, over stuffed dryers
require more time and energy to work effectively.
Check your pockets and washers. One ink pen or crayon can
permanently stain a entire load of clothes.
Remove clothes from the dryer quickly to reduce wrinkles.
are too busy to do your own laundry or are dissatisfied with your
laundry results, call Fabric Care Center. We provide Wash and Fold
October 25, 2013 -- New Store Remodeling
Now that the dust has finally
settled on the remodeling of our new store space at 151 E. Market
St. in Downtown Indy, it's time to start moving in.
The paper on the windows has come down and the bright, clean, new
interior finishes are visible to all the passers by. The night
time pictures below show how clean and ready the interior is.
Be watching as we begin to move in and get the final details in
order in the next several days.
We are still on track for a November 1st opening,
though we may be open sooner!
Expressions Alterations & Design, is also on track for moving in
this weekend. We are excited!
Look at the garage driveway adjacent to our
store's side windows - is that our first drive through customer?
Maybe not yet, but that's where our customers can pull up and stop,
after a complimentary turn-around in the parking garage. From
this spot, we'll come out and bring you your finished orders or grab
your express bag with drop-off clothing to be cleaned.
October 24, 2013 -- Moving? Please refer
us to the New Owner.
you moving? First, if you are still in the Indianapolis area when
you move Fabric Care Center can continue to provide service for you
wherever your new home is located. Second, we would appreciate your
referral of our service to the new owner of your old home.
past summer we have seen a number of our current customers leave a
bag behind along with a letter of recommendation for the new owners
of their former home. Fabric Care Center has added a number of new
customers this summer because of this friendly gesture, Thank you
to our established customers and "welcome" to our new customers.
October 21, 2013 -- Sneak Peek Inside Our New
Good morning Fabric Care
Center customers and fans! We are getting excited about our
new store opening. Our official opening date is November 1,
but we may open our doors sooner if everything is ready.
Here's a peek inside at the progress. It's nearly ready for us
to move in. Get ready, we will be open very soon!
October 20, 2013 -- Dry Cleaners Do More
than Dry Clean
One of my neighbors showed me a green Timberland light jacket
that had an orange stain all over it. The stain came from water
from a rusty pipe while he was wearing it on a EcoTourist cruise
in a Honduran jungle this summer. Another jacket had also
been splashed with the rusty water, but had come clean after
washing it. This green jacket, however, had not come clean
after washing it five times. He was concerned about whether the
jacket was permanently ruined. Suspecting it was rust, I asked
to take the jacket to work with the stain. At first his answer
was "no." The jacket label said "Do not dry clean." Once I
explained we clean all types of fabrics, washables as well as
dry cleaning, he agreed to let me take the jacket.
When I returned the jacket to them a few days later, the rust
was gone and it looked like new.
you have a tough stain? As your stain removal professional let
us get it out, dry clean or machine wash.
Article by James Belt
October 17, 2013 -- Road Construction is
Finally the construction is complete! The I-465 interchange at
West Washington St. and High School Road area is finally
done. After four to five years of construction in the region,
traffic again moves easily along Washington Street by our main store
and plant location just inside (east) of the interchange.
have been a customer and have avoided the area due to the
construction, it's as easy as ever now to get through. What was
taking sometimes 15 to 20 minutes just to get to High School Road,
just on the other side of I-465 is now a breeze.
We invite you to come by and check it out, and check us out again.
Since the expansion of the lanes on Washington St. leading up to the
I-465 interchange, we now have a more "front row" view from the
highway. Glance to the east as you are heading to the airport, for
example, and you can see our facility just at the first traffic
To all of our regular customers, we appreciate your patience through
the long construction period, and we thank you!
May 11, 2013 -- Congrats on Indy Cultural Trail!
Congratulations on the Indy Cultural Trail Grand
Opening Celebration today!
Fabric Care Center honors the City of Indianapolis in becoming a
leading city in bicycle-friendliness. We now have many new bike
lanes on our roadways and bike trails and paths like the Monon and
White River Greenway that all lead to the downtown business area via
the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Many of you may have considered commuting to work by bicycle but
have been reluctant to give it a try. There is the hassle of
carrying business attire on your bike with you as your commute, or
planning ahead for it to be there upon your arrival at the end of
Did you know that Fabric Care Center, in conjunction with the Indy
Bike Hub YMCA, has the answer for that? Fabric Care Center provides
pick-up and delivery of dry cleaning and laundry at the Indy Bike
Hub YMCA. Our convenient Drop Box is located within the entrance
area at the Bike Hub at the City Market downtown at Alabama & Market
Streets. Simply ask for a bag at the Bike Hub front desk and
everything else you need is located at our Drop Box!
Your clothes will be delivered back to the Indy Bike Hub YMCA or to
any other location you choose - through our
Gold Star Delivery
Service - such as, your office downtown or your home anywhere in
the Indy Metro Area. Your clothes are always back to you within 3
business days or less. The schedule is located on the sign-up form
at the Drop Box or at this link:
By the way, anyone can use our Drop Box at the Bike Hub. While
we support the bicycling culture, you don't have to be a YMCA member
or a bicyclist to enjoy this convenient service!
Enjoy your commute for work or play on our new urban trail, the
Indianapolis Cultural Trail!
April 19, 2013 -- Plumping Up Your Pillows
Good feather pillows that are "flat" and won't fluff up
any more probably need cleaning and refilling. Over time down and
feather pillows flatten out, or lose their bounce, regardless of
filling. The down and feathers disintegrate leaving dust, as well.
Our process cleans and returns the original bounce to your pillows.
Fabric Care Center first removes the filling from its old ticking and
discards the old case. Then the filling is processed in a special
chamber that sifts out the dust. An ultraviolet light cleans, sanitizes
and deodorizes the filling at the same time. Finally, the filling is
placed into a brand new 100% cotton ticking designed for feather and
How much does it cost? The price for cleaning a pillow is based on the
size of the ticking.
26x19..... $15.50 (Standard)
29x20.... $18.00 (Queen)
35x20.... $19.50 (King)
Care Center can also add more feathers or down to restore the size of
the pillow. Four ounces of 90% feathers/10% down is an additional
$3.00. This is about the area of a small loaf of bread. Four ounces of
down is $26.00. Additional feathers or down are used only when you
Call or email Fabric Care Center for more details about this new service
we are offering. You may like it so much you'll want to do it annually
for your health and comfort!
James Belt --
April 2, 2013 -- Still Accepting Donations for
Riley Cancer Center Children's Prom
for Riley" organization is still seeking donations of prom and formal
dresses to be used by Riley Children's Hospital Oncology
patients. Although all sizes are accepted, smaller sizes for girls
between the ages of two and six are particularly needed. Accessories
and especially "bling" things that makes this prom an event of a
lifetime are also highly desirable donation items. Boy's suits are also
special donated items in high demand. If you wish to donate items
please contact James Belt, either by phone at
(317) 224-3212, or e-mail at
Riley is a good match. Fabric Care Center became involved with Riley
Children's Foundation over three years ago. They needed to have
the donated clothes cleaned to reduce any pathogens for their pediatric
oncology patients, and we were looking for a way to give back to our
community because our company has been blessed. In the second year we
participated, Olivia Bell went to the prom. Olivia was the
granddaughter of an employee of Fabric Care Center. She shared the
hopes and fears of Olivia as she struggled to be a child. Sadly, Olivia
passed Christmas Eve, 2011.
The prom is
scheduled for early May 2013.
(Click to see a short video of the Riley Cancer Center Prom 2012)
We appreciate your support.
March 26, 2013 -- Life's Too Short
Why slave over an ironing board when all you need to do is
throw the clothes in a bag, and give us a note to "press only"?
With the exception of machine pressed dress shirts, you can send us
your washable clothing and have us iron them.
The price for "press only" is 25% less than the regular dry clean
and press price. Leave the "I forgot to fold or hang my clothes"
look for someone else.
We press everything from your favorite souvenir music concert
T-shirts to wedding gowns.
-- By James Belt
March 22, 2013 -- Hendricks County
While winter is ending, and we are experiencing what we hope are the
last vestiges of the cold weather, we are also coming
toward the end of the winter exhibit season. But
before we are done...
weekend, we are exhibiting at the Hendricks County Home & Garden Show at
the Hendricks County Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Come and check us out
at the show! It runs today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday,
March 22 and 23. Friday it's from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is just $10 and
kids under 12 are free.
At right, you can
see our Route Manager, James Belt, all set up and ready to greet the
fine folks of Danville, Hendricks County, and all of the metro area
about the affordable convenience of our Gold Star Delivery Service to
your home or office!
Earlier this year Fabric Care Center participated in the Indianapolis
Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, as well as several
other exhibit events throughout the year.
December 19, 2012 -- Cleaning Up
After A Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour For Stain Removal
Sharing the holidays with family and friends usually includes bring out
your fine table cloths and linens. If you have an
emergency and can not send your items to Fabric Care Center in time,
here are some a simple procedures to address common stains. As with any
stain removal technique, test an unused corner at first to see whether
the fabric is colorfast or not, or just send the item to us to clean.
Gently lift off the larger pieces of wax. Put Table cloth in freezer.
Wax should peel off. Die from wax may require professional care.
Wine & Coffee
Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the liquid or place
paper towels under the spill. Blotting can spread the stain. After
dinner: rinse in cool water; treat with a mild detergent and white
This is the worst because it can yellow with age if not removed. Cover
a big spill at the table with absorbent powder. Apply a mild detergent
mixed with household ammonia, ASAP. Wait 5-10 minutes and wash in the
hottest water safe for the fabric.
Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar
It is always best to wash stained items or send the items to us as soon
as possible. If your table linens are colored or have colored
embroidery check for colorfastness before using the various stain
removal products. If the stain is still present after cleaning,
DO NOT put it in the dryer to dry.
The heat could set the stain permanently.
Eat and be merry responsibly. Clean responsibly.
By James Belt and contributions from Plantenga's Cleaners in Michigan
Fabric Care Center is your Fabric Care Specialist
Let us relieve your holiday stress.
December 2, 2012 -- Christmas Toy
For those of you that visit our store location on the Westside of
Indy, we would like to let you know that we are a participating drop-off
location for the Enviroforensics and WRTV Channel 6 annual Christmas Toy
When you come into our store, new and unwrapped toy donations are being
accepted up to December 10th in the box in our lobby.
If you are a Gold Star Delivery Customer and wish to contribute, place
your new, unwrapped toy donation in a separate bag marked "Toy Drive"
and put it out with your blue bag this week. Our driver will pick it up
and make sure it gets added with the donations!
November 28, 2012 -- Starla West
of our Gold Star Delivery clients, Starla West, is an image consultant
and owner of Starla West International, her consulting firm.
In her blog, Starla recently wrote about her experience with food sauces
on her silk blouse. She related the first few steps she took, and then
quoted our own Route Manager, James Belt, in how to document your spots
when sending them in for us to remove for you while dry cleaning your
link to read her entire blog entry, or copy and paste this:
About Starla from her web site: "We assist business professionals with
proper management of their appearance, behavior and communication skills
so that they confidently navigate the business world with ease, and we
would be delighted to do that for you."
November 1, 2012 -- It’s a Trick to
Now that Halloween is over, you might be wanting to preserve the
memories of the occasion by saving your "Little Angel's" (or "Little
Devil's") costume as a keepsake or for a younger child to consider
wearing for future Halloweens. But Halloween is filled with
treacherous stain possibilities like make-up, chocolate and more.
What to do? Here is the adventure of our route manager, James Belt
with his daughter's costume:
My daughter’s school picked last Friday,
October 26th to allow children to wear their Halloween costumes to
school. So my youngest wore her costume and somehow came home
covered in a papier-mâché like substance. Since I am the “cleaning
expert,” I decided to read the label and find a way to clean the
costume. My wife left for Wal-Mart to find another costume and to
get some other items. When I read the label it said:
• Do not wash
• Do not dry clean
• Wipe clean with damp cloth
I sat down and started wiping. I stopped half way through to call my
wife to tell her the costume was coming clean, and take a picture
Children’s costumes are now constructed with glue and other
disposable materials, rather than sewing fabric with thread. After
cleaning my daughter’s costume I reattached the strings, and with a
little luck it will survive the evening of Halloween. Her outfit did
not require professional care, and always read the label to
determine the best solution. Happy Halloween!
James was successful getting his daughter's costume
clean on his own. Some spots like costume make-up are not as
easily tackled at home. Also, some costumes that are hand made do
not have care labels to consult. Our professional staff is here to
help. Call with a question or better yet, let us see the problem
by bringing in or sending in the costume. We are happy to look at
something and then consult with you before we take action. Just let us
know what you'd like.
October 25, 2012 --
Alterations & Repairs Done In-House
Do you need a hem
adjusted, sleeves adjusted on a jacket, zippers replaced, or a lining or
If you can clearly
describe what you need, we can perform the alteration for a fee. For
complicated repairs that require a fitting, we suggest you call ahead
and make an appointment to visit our seamstress.
Unlike a number of other
cleaners that send this work away to an outside alteration shop, we do
our own alterations and repairs in house.
We find we
can perform your requested alteration faster and perform necessary
repairs on your clothing without needing to calculate how much the
charge will be to serve you, by keeping it in house.
October 17, 2012 -- The
-- By James Belt
The other day, a childhood friend of mine called me to ask for a favor.
He also happens to be a customer of Fabric Care Center. He had sent in
a shirt on Friday to be cleaned, and then realized he wanted to wear
that shirt Saturday night. I told him that having the shirt ready was
no problem, and that I would drop it off on my way home that Saturday
afternoon. He was grateful and sounded concerned about me going out of
What I wanted to share is this: I am willing to perform
this favor for any of our home delivery customers. You don't need to be
an old childhood friend. Admittedly, there are occasions where it won't
work out, and I must say "no." With seven vans and several other
employees driving around the city, I sometimes feel like an air traffic
controller while organizing and dispatching them to meet customer
requests. Sometimes, I am the one driving to the farthest reaches of
To get your very own Friend Connection, just call me at 224-3212 and our
staff will be happy to serve.
To zoom in and interact with our Delivery Area Map
(pictured), click here.
September 12, 2012 -- Thank You
-- By James Belt
As our Gold
Star Delivery drivers take vacations, I get the opportunity to visit our
customers' homes to pick up or deliver clothes. Recently, I noticed how
many customers are recycling their hangers and other packaging items,
such as clips, butterflies, and safety pins. I was particularly pleased
to find hangers outside the bags rather than inside the bags.
For those of
you that are new to the Fabric Care Center, we suggest you place hangers
outside the bags rather than inside the bags because the hook end of the
hanger can damage clothing.
If you would like a hanger holder (pictured here) to make it easier to
recycle them, please contact your driver or me and we will get you one.
When you set out your full hanger holder, your driver will pick it up
and also replace it with another fresh one, so you can easily continue
collecting and recycling hangers. And, thank you for recycling!
September 10, 2012 --
We have had
record hot and dry weather during the months of June and July. Recent
rains and thunderstorms have relieved some of this dry
weather. The recent downpours remind us about setting out and delivering
clothes in wet weather conditions. The blue bags we provide you to put
your clothes in are water resistant, but not water proof. If the the
forecast calls for rain on your pick-up day, you may opt to put your
clothing in a plastic bag within our blue bag, for protection to keep
them dry. If your clothes do happen to be wet when they are picked up,
Fabric Care Center will air dry them before we begin cleaning.
If our Gold Star Delivery driver believes your clothes may get wet due
to rain at delivery time, he may choose to hold your clothes and then
call to make arrangements to deliver them at another time. If they get
wet after they are delivered, take them out of the plastic bag and air
dry them separately. In particular, separate brightly colored silk
clothes and shirts.
June 20, 2012 --
Preserving Wedding Memories
You carefully planned your wedding. Then you spent hours
trying on dresses, finally finding the perfect gown. Once the day is
over, how do you care for your beautiful dress to either preserve it as
a keepsake or perhaps share with your own daughter to wear on her
wedding day? We are here to help - you will need a professional's help
before storing this treasure.
Beware of invisible stains from food, beverages, and body oil. If these
stains are not properly cleaned, they may become permanent. Therefore,
it is important to point out any stains or spills to our Fabric Care
Center staff before cleaning. The danger in wedding dresses is untreated
stains attract bacteria that can damage the garment.
You may also
choose to have Fabric Care Center preserve the dress. It is a good idea
to pack veils and other wedding mementoes in the keepsake
Ask us for
June 12, 2012 -- Thank You!
We have been working with
Riley Children's Foundation for 3 years now with the transportation
and cleaning of donated formal wear for the Riley Cancer Center Prom
This year, we also worked with the folks at Riley Children's Foundation
to help us build-up our fan base here on Facebook.
We offered a pledge to donate $1.00 for each their Facebook fans who
LIKE of our Fabric Care Center page through the end of May. We received
236 likes in that time period. We are making a $250.00 donation to the
Riley Children's Foundation.
We would like to thank all those who supported this campaign by LIKE-ing
us and supporting Riley, as well. Thank you very much!
June 5, 2012 -- Video Testimonial
Your compliments are one of our greatest rewards. Mrs.
Nanette Ritter is one of our Gold Star Delivery Service customers,
receiving her dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service at her home on
the Northwest Side of the Greater Indianapolis Metro
Click on the video link
and then scroll down a bit to see what Mrs. Ritter enjoys about Fabric
Care Center's quality and service, our staff and the confidence she has
in us to take care of her clothing and keep her family looking great.
Thank you Mrs. Ritter, and thanks to all our customers! We value our
relationship with you, and we appreciate your business.
May 29, 2012 -- GOLD STAR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE REMINDER
We hope all our fans and customers have had a good and enjoyable
Memorial Holiday weekend. Due to the holiday, our route schedules are
adjusted this week as follows:
Monday customers will be served on Tuesday
and Thursday this week.
Tuesday customers will be served on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Please put out your bags on the appropriate day and our drivers will be
by to pick up them up. We thank you for your business and appreciate our
relationship with you.
As a reference, see our home delivery map on our web site:
May 22, 2012 --
Common Sense Rules for Summer Storage
Now that winter is over, it's time to store away all those winter
clothes until next season. Follow these simple rules to
keep your winter fashions looking good season after season.
- Dry clean or launder everything before storage. Some stains that
are now invisible may darken with age. Dirt and food are also
invitations to insects.
- Make all necessary repairs - sew sagging hemlines, replace
missing buttons, and fix split seams - before cleaning and storing
for the season.
- Store all items in a cool, well-ventilated area. Hot attics,
damp basements, and garages are to be avoided.
- Store away from natural and artificial light. A cool, dark
closet is a good location for storage. Store woolens in cedar chests
or other airtight containers. Second choices for storage are cloth
or canvas bags and cardboard boxes. If you store your garments in a
closet, drape a cloth sheet over your clothes to protect them from
dust and light. Do not store leathers, furs, and woolens in plastic.
Plastic encourages moisture, which can create mildew.
- To decrease wrinkles in sweaters, fold them and wrap in white
tissue paper before storing. If you hang your sweaters, fold over
the cross bar to avoid shoulder stretches.
- Down, like all winter clothing, should be cleaned (either washed
or drycleaned according to the care label) before storage. Down
should be stored loosely to allow for air circulation.
- Furs should be stored on a well padded hanger in a cool, dark,
By following these easy steps, your wardrobe will be ready for
wearing when the cold and snow once again becomes the norm... NEXT
May 16, 2012 -- New Billboard
Our west side residents and customers who live in the Brownsburg
area may have noticed a new image on their way to or from their daily
activities on Crawfordsville Rd. near the future Ronald Reagan Parkway
shortcut to I-74. We are proud to be presenting a new awareness of
our Gold Star Delivery Service in billboard advertising to the
Look for our billboard in other western suburban areas
in the coming months along the main arteries in the areas of Avon and
Plainfield. In the future you may see us along your commute too!
May 14, 2012 -- Our James Belt on
This week our own James Belt will be a guest on Indy's Trusted Servant
show on Radio Indy Small Biz. This program is hosted by Danny O'Malia
who is Indy's Trusted Servant. Danny learned Customer Service from the
age of 8 from the master, his late father, Joe O'Malia. He was CEO of
O'Malia Food Markets from 1986 to 2006 and he's been delivering Customer
Service Trianing and Keynote Speaking since 2007.
To listen to the show, click this link:
Danny's Customer Service blog is here:
May 9, 2012 -- Here's another way
to -- Help us Support Riley Children's Foundation.
Donate $20.00 to Riley Children's Foundation, and get a gift card
pack for $40.00 of FREE dry cleaning from Fabric Care Center. Call our
Gold Star Delivery Service hotline, 224-3212, and our Route Manager will
personally introduce you to our most convenient way to always look your
best! For more details visit our Riley page, click this link:
May 3, 2012 -- Our Latest
New customer Mike Childs was pleased with his first
experience of our Gold Star Delivery Service. Read what he
shared with us about how he enjoyed the appearance of his suits when he
got them back from Fabric Care Center on our
April 27, 2012 -- Mother's Day
is around the corner.
As the end of April nears, Mother's Day will be here
before you know it. This year do something extra nice for Mom.
Give her a break from the usual routine of the weekly laundry and have
Fabric Care Center do it! Our special offer of 50 lbs. of laundry for
only $50.00 is a great way to give Mom the break she deserves.
To take advantage of this great offer, print out the
coupon below and include it with your laundry order. For more
details call us at 224-3212. What a great way to say "Thank
You" to your mom for all the wonderful things she's done for you, and
probably still does!
April 24, 2012 -- Clothes Line or Dryers?
-- by James Belt, Business Development Manager
Last October, I took my
family to Greece to visit my aunts and uncles that reside there. I
my children to share the same experiences that I had as a child.
To reduce the amount of clothes that we would carry for the trip, we
planned to do some laundry while we were in Greece. Since we stay with
my family, I tried to find a Laundromat in Athens so as not to impose on
my family's generosity. Not finding a Laundromat, we conceded to my
aunt's hospitality and used her washing machine.
Washing clothes in a foreign land can be quite different than in
America. Washing machines are typically smaller and use one third of the
water that our Top Loading washers do. What was even more surprising was
that my aunt had no dryer. Clothes were hung on a clothes line to dry.
In the land of sunny beaches and hot summers, it had to rain most of the
time we were there. So a clothes line was hung in the house and our
clothes occupied it. They felt a little stiff and lacked the familiar
softness of our home dryer.
Later when I spoke with my cousins, they explained to me that most
homes don't have dryers. They said that many people will send clothes to
the local cleaners for pressing or the press the clothes themselves. The
pressing with steam, makes the clothes softer.
April 23, 2012 -- Fabric Care Center supports
Riley Children's Foundation's Cancer Center Prom
Fabric Care Center is invested in our community. For the third
consecutive year, we have supported Riley Children's Foundation and the
Women for Riley organization in preparing for the Cancer Center Prom.
Fabric Care Center has provided logistical
support as well as the cleaning and preparation of all donated dresses
and other clothing for the Riley kids to select from. See this related
article from the Indianapolis Star for more on this story.
April 18, 2012 -- Fabric Care Center Joins
National Hanger Recycling Effort
Ten million fewer hangers will make their way to landfills this year,
thanks to the help of Fabric Care Center and other participants of the
Drycleaning & Laundry Institute's "DLI
Cleaners Care - Hanger Recycling" program. The program began as a U.S.
project but has extended to nations abroad.
Fabric Care Center formerly recycled 20,000 hangers each year on its
own, but by joining with associated cleaning businesses across the
nation the company was able to contribute to a greater goal. "We're
proud to be part of a program that keeps hangers out of landfills and
helps reduce our industry's carbon footprint," said Tom Prionas,
President of Fabric Care Center. "We want our customers to know that we
care about the environment and the future as much as we care about
cleaning their garments."
Fabric Care Center is working with many other dry cleaners on the Dry
cleaning & Laundry Institute's DLI Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling
program. The national effort aims to send 10 million fewer hangers to
landfills in 2012, and hopes to see that number grow beyond that. "This
program is designed to help the environment, customers, and cleaners,"
said DLI CEO Mary Scalco. "2012 is our first year with this program and
we're shooting for 10 million fewer hangers in landfills. We want to see
that number grow as awareness of the program spreads."
To do your part, simply request a hanger caddy from Fabric Care Center.
Once you have one, every time you fill it up, we will replace it with a
fresh empty one so you can keep collecting and recycling all your
hangers. Thank you!
April 11, 2012 -- MOVING FROM WINTER TO
After a long slumber, your spring and summer clothes will need to be
awakened adn taken out of storage. Warmer clothing, such as long skirts
and heavy jackets can be safely tucked away to make room for the less-inhibiting
light fabrics of spring. How your stored spring and summer wardrobe
looks when it comes out of storage has a lot to do with what precautions
you took when you put it in.
Clean the garments to ensure that left over body oils or spills don't
attract insects. Insects can sniff out a spot of ginger ale from miles
away and they have ways of getting inside your closet or attic.
Fold and store the garments in a dark, well-ventilated area. Do not
store in plastic bags. Many dyes fade if exposed to sunlight or
artificial light. This is especially true for silk. Fume fading is
caused by a reaction of atmospheric oxides of nitrogen with certain
dyes, resulting in permanent color change. Make sure your boxes are
stored away from exhaust gasses or heating fumes.
Make sure the storage area is dry. Mildew is more than just an
unpleasant odor. It is a fungus that usually develops on soiled garments
or items that are stored in damp or humid conditions. Mildew appears as
irregular purple, gray, black or yellow speckled stains.
When you get your garments out of storage, check for any of the above
listed damages, then wake them up.
The odor from moth balls or crystals is difficult to remove. Try airing
the garments by hanging them outside in the shade. If this does not
completely remove the odor, cleaning the garments should bring them
Many people store their clothing in the off-season to keep safe, but by
not taking the proper precautions you could be putting next year's
wardrobe into jeopardy.
|April 10, 2012 -- GETTING MORE LIFE FROM
A properly tailored suit is an item that can flatter almost any personal
physique. Preserving that suit can extend the life of your garment for a
considerable time. Here are a few key points that can help
you preserve your suit:
Always keep your suit together. Do not wear or clean your suit as
separates. The suit pieces will no longer match if worn as separates and
exposed to light or cleaning separately.
Protect your suit from fading. Suits can fade when exposed to light for
long periods of time, especially, black, brown, dark blue and dark gray.
Remove your suit coat. Sitting on your suit coat can distort the wool
and stretch the jacket so that the lining no longer fits and works with
the "shell." When acceptable remove the coat.
Not all soil is visible. Under normal conditions we recommend cleaning a
suit after wearing it four times. Oil from your body, soda, alcohol, and
other kinds of dirt can grind into the fabric and wear it out.
Hang with Care. Wooden shaped hangers are the best way to preserve your
suit. The best way to store your suit is to remove it from the hangers
we provide and store it on shaped hangers. You may also send the wooden
hanger with your suit, and we will return it on the hanger.