Heirloom restoration at Tuesday’s Fine Dry Cleaners restores garments to the same standard as the “Fragile Fabrics” division of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Heirloom garments are typically considered to be 25 years of age or older. Christening gowns are a perfect example. So are handmade quilts, vintage military uniforms, vintage hockey sweaters, vintage fur and leather garments and of course, couture dresses.
Inspection of the garment is necessary in order to determine the tensile strength of the fabric, types of stains on the fabric and the level of yellowing and/or aging. Once that’s done, Tuesdays will engage the customer in a discussion whereby they will outline realistic expectations of the restoration process.
After restoration it is highly recommended to store the garment in an archival, acid-free chest, which Tuesday’s supplies. With the completed process we provide written storage instructions to preserve the integrity of the garment.
The majority of the restoration process is done by hand and usually takes two to four weeks. All of the restoration cleaning process is done by Tuesday’s Fine Dry Cleaners’ head restoration specialist, Lesa Diehl.
Lesa has been trained in Antique and Vintage Gown Cleaning. She has a Certificate of Restoration from the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists in Boston, Massachusetts (2010) and has a Certificate of Restoration from A.L. Wilson Ltd. from both Chicago (2011) and Vancouver (2012) on how to handle specialty restoration of garments. This is updated annually.