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Households and Linen Care

Households and Linen Care

Frequently, household and fine linens items are considered family treasures. Many use materials that are neither preshrunk nor colorfast and careful attention to cleaning is critical.

Safely cleaning such items requires patience, testing and experience. Our Heritage Household Service is perfect for those precious items that need extra care.

Trust Margaret’s with your draperies, comforters, slip covers, and fine table linens. Our experienced take-down and re-hang service makes freshening your draperies a pleasure.

Drapery Cleaning by Margaret's Cleaners

A recent addition to our Heritage Household Service is OnSite cleaning, now available for furniture and affixed window treatments.

Call us today to see how we can help keep your home fabrics looking clean and bright. (858) 454-2375.


Holiday Evening Wear Care

Holiday Evening Wear Care

Your gowns are unique treasures that cannot easily be replaced. They deserve Margaret’s the Couture Cleaner’s experience, delicate cleaning solutions, hand cleaning and detail finishing.

We handle beaded and couture gowns with confidence gained from decades of experience working with red carpet dresses and royal wedding gowns.

Our unparalleled processes maintain the designer’s intention for drape and style, and your gown maintains its shape because we place it on a custom bodice and softly support it with tissue wherever necessary.

You can store your fine gown at home in one of our custom-made, breathable Gown Bags, or have us store it for you using our Vestito Storage service.

When you need it, we’ll deliver your showroom-ready masterpiece to you free of charge.

Call us today at (858) 454-2375 for before and after care of your gowns for upcoming holiday and gala events.

Restoration for Smoke, Odor, Water, and Mold Damage

Restoration for Smoke, Odor, Water, and Mold Damage

Smoke and odor restoration and mold remediation of couture garments and household goods are a Margaret’s specialty.

Not all restoration jobs are the same: garment damage that occurs during and after a fire, for example, requires a wide variety of expertise along with a diverse range of technologies and equipment.

The type of treatment best suited for any single garment is influenced by many factors, including the temperature of the fire, the presence of food, plastic and chemical odors, and the amount of moisture exposure.

Margaret’s has the nation’s broadest spectrum of cleaning and remediation technologies, along with specialized experts on staff who know what’s needed to assure the best possible results for fine textiles of all types, including leather and suede, window treatments, handbags, shoes, and all fine clothing, accessories. We’ve even restored a little girl’s favorite Cabbage Patch doll, vintage doll collections and sports memorabilia.

Restoration by Margaret's the Couture Cleaner

For more information, contact our restoration department at (858) 429-7208 or email restoration manager, Jim Johnson at JimJ@margarets.com.

For Wedding Planners: How to Choose a Wedding Gown Specialist

For Wedding Planners: How to Choose a Wedding Gown Specialist

Trust is the essence of love and a successful, worry-free wedding. In the same way that a bride puts her trust in an ABC wedding planner to relieve her stress, you want to be able to refer a wedding gown specialist you trust who will make sure your bride is ecstatic about her gown so she can bask worry-free in the beauty of her day.

Based on our 31 years of bridal gown care and thousands of successful gown fittings, cleanings, and preservations, here are ten recommendations that can help you find the ideal wedding gown specialist:

  • Plan Ahead. Encourage your brides to budget upfront for wedding gown services
    Include a line-item estimate in your bride’s initial wedding budget to insure her gown’s legacy and value are preserved. When brides plan and budget upfront for pre- and post-wedding gown care, financial surprises are avoided and gown repurposing options for anniversaries, future generations, or resale are assured. Every gown is unique, so take the time to answer a few questions over the phone or fill out an online estimate request to determine the cost for the services needed. Here’s a sample of our form. (http://www.margarets.com/Bridal-Estimate-Request.html)

  • Schedule an appointment with a gown alteration expert as soon as a bride’s dress is selected. Fitting appointments and pre-wedding pressing services are as time-sensitive as every other wedding service.

  • Interview the bridal team for sensitivity to your bride’s personal preferences. When a bride comes in for a fitting, our seamstress’ goal is to make the bride feel as special, excited and relieved as the day she found her dress. We strive to pay extraordinary attention to her details, affirm her personal preferences, and keep her and/or you in the loop as much or as little as she would like.

  • Look for specialty services that are all handled in one location to prevent details falling through the cracks. Not every salon provides all-in-one gown services. There are often many moving parts for gown care that need meticulous tracking including alterations, gown cleaning and pressing, gown delivery and pick-up, preservation and storage.

  • Have the gown pressed a few days before the wedding and delivered to the venue. Prearranged pressing and delivery assures a beautiful gown for photos. Your brides can receive a Bridal Emergency Kit for day-of-wedding needs, including safety pins, make-up mask, needle and thread, fashion tape for potential wardrobe malfunctions and the magical “Janie Stick” to camouflage or remove stains.

    Bridal Gown Pressing and Preservation by Margaret's the Couture Cleaner

  • Use gown specialists that engage in environmentally sustainable cleaning and preservation techniques. With our Legacy preservation services, your bride’s gown is inspected in a multi-spectrum light room, repaired, cleaned in one of 99 proprietary solvents (always fresh, never recycled and specific to fabric), and preserved in an acid-free museum quality archival box accompanied by a preservation inspection report with before and after photos and long term care instructions.

  • Arrange for next day pick-up of the gown at the wedding location, the bride’s home or from someone you trust. You and your bride have enough to think about, much less worry about after-wedding gown details. Next day pick-up takes the worry out of dealing with stains or damages the gown may incur at the wedding from all the fun your bride is having.

  • Choose a gown specialist who has a lot of experience dealing with last-minute wedding oops! When things don’t go as planned, you want someone you can count on to save the gown while you save the day. As an industry leader and trusted resource for bridal gown alterations, cleaning and preservation services, Margaret’s expert bridal team has seen and saved gowns from all kinds of last-minute surprises including a guest spilling red wine down a bride’s gown skirt; a dog peeing on a bride’s gown; a bride rushing to us the day before her wedding when another cleaner iron-burned the front bodice of her gown and a bride who let her “trash-the-dress” silk gown sit in the back seat of her car in the sun for three weeks while she was on her honeymoon and the stains dissolved the fabric. Fortunately, all these gowns were rescued and lived happily-ever-after.

    Bridal Gown Preservation by Margaret's the Couture Cleaner

  • If you’re planning a destination wedding, inquire about clean-by-mail services and how shipping and storage of gowns are handled. A guaranteed delivery tracking service is critical to timely delivery. With preservation, museum-quality archival boxing and storage facilities for long term preservation will protect your bride’s gown for generations to come.

  • Seek out members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS) for continuing education, innovative best practices, and museum-quality archival preservation products and certified services. Margaret’s is a proud and grateful member of AWGS. 


We treasure our relationships with our wedding planners and are always looking for ways to make your job easier and wow your brides. If you have any questions or comments, please email us at bridal@margarets.com. We’d love to hear from you.

To learn more about Margaret’s Cleaner’s Couture Bridal services, go to  www.margarets.com/bridal/drawing.

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A wedding dress isn’t just a dress, it’s a love story worth treasuring.

Are Your Sweaters Ready for Sweater Season?

Are Your Sweaters Ready for Sweater Season?

Clothes need to breath, especially knits and leathers. Avoid overcrowding your closets. Crowded closets with minimal airflow and dark spaces can promote mildew growth and create nesting places for insect larvae to feed on fabric. Worn and stained clothing provide a homing signal for insects. Consider donating, reselling or utilizing off-site storage such as Garde Robe, to free up space in your closet, as discussed in the “Long-Term Storage” section in this newsletter.

It is doubly important that items be stain-free before returning them to the closet. Recent or fresh stains may be easy to remove, however soiled items returned to the closet may not be discovered for months. This makes stain removal difficult and sometimes impossible. Carefully inspect the item for soil in good lighting before storing. Be sure to have stained garments cleaned before returning them to the closet.

Hang all recently worn items to dry before placing them back into your closet. Fabrics retain moisture and it may take a day or two for them to dry to the relative humidity in the house. Leather and suede garments can retain excessive amounts of moisture and can take up to three days to dry out. However, do not accelerate the drying process with a hairdryer or by placing in a dryer. Let the garment give up its moisture naturally. Do not expose items to direct sunlight as excessive exposure to UV light can be detrimental to the garment as well.

Fold and shelve knits to help them keep their shape. This is particularly important for seasonal and long-term storage. Knits hung under their own weight suffer from the unequal distribution of support by hangers. This can cause distortion and result in a garment that no longer retains its original fit.

We recommend the breathable sweater bag (pictured), first introduced to the dry cleaning industry by Margaret’s Cleaners. This unique invention provides a breathable environment for knits and also creates a barrier to prevent insect damage. The bag has a window for quick identification of the garment.

Use the proper hanger for knits that are hung for short-term storage. A padded or broad shoulder hanger will prevent the telltale “rabbit’s ear” signature of a wire hanger. Clip hangers for skirts provide better support than safety pins. Folding a long dress at the waist over a suit strut hanger may be easier on the knit than hanging from the shoulder.

Sweater bags by Margaret's CleanersNever store clothing in plastic bags. The poly bags from the dry cleaner are great for packing in wardrobe bags for travel and the vinyl zip-up bags from department stores are convenient for travel. However, neither provide breathability, and plastics can outgas, resulting in fume fading or yellowing of the garment. Store all your finest garments in zip or snap-closure breathable bags. A variety of bags perfectly suited for storage is available from Margaret’s Boutique Wardrobe Products. The ideal storage bag is breathable, has no digestible protein for insect consumption, has a zipper or snap closure, and a transparent window, so that the contents can be seen without opening the bag. As previously discussed in the “Wearing” section of this newsletter, be absolutely sure leather and suede items are completely dry before placing them in the closet for seasonal or long-term storage.

For more information and tips on sweater and knit care, download our free “Guide to Knit Care.”