GreenStreets Cleaners - Gown Cleaning and Preservation
I dropped off my wedding dress to be cleaned and detailed and also requested a quote for preservation. I was told that I would be contacted with a quote and that I could decided whether or not I wanted to go forward with the preservation. After not hearing anything from them for over a month I checked on the status and nobody at the SOMA location seemed to have any idea why it was taking so long. They assured me that someone would eventually call me with the quote. The call never came and they went ahead and preserved the dress without consulting me. I called requesting a refund for the preservation since I never ok'd it and they flat out lied, saying that they called and talked to my husband and he gave the go-ahead which never actually happened. Dishonest and overpriced, find another services for cleaning and preserving your wedding dress.
One week before my wedding, I noticed that the bottom of my dress was dirty, probably from the alterations. In a panic, I contacted Green Streets cleaners who I've been using for several years. Anthony, the wedding gown expert, agreed to clean my dress in time for our wedding. Because of the location of the stain, he had to clean and press and entire gown. He worked overtime on the dress and delivered a perfectly cleaned dress the day before the wedding. And the cost was less than what was originally quoted! I also had my dress cleaned and preserved by Green Streets after our wedding. What wonderful service! Anthony is the best wedding gown expert in the SF!
Hi had my wedding gown cleaned and preserved here and the entire experience was so incredibly easy and helpful that I asked them to restore and preserve my grandmother's wedding gown as well. I initially called them because they are green. As we talked I found out that they are the only SF members of a wedding gown association and that they clean St. John's Knits clothes as well. I figured they had to be be amazing, if they have such an elite client. ANyway, Kevin, who I talked to, and I think is the owner, was so helpful in answering all my questions and explaining the importance of each step in the process that they take. They said everything was hand done, and that's why it takes a few weeks. I just had a baby, so they came and picked up the gown from my house.
This was really the easiest part of my wedding...I don't know why I put it off for so long. And, yes, I inspected the gown when I got it back. Its as gorgeous as the day I wore it. My grandmother's gown, too. I really didn't think the spots would go away. I just wanted to get it preserved so the spots wouldn't get darker or bigger.The spots are gone! The silk and lace was so fragile and it seems like the cleaning process didn't affect it at all.
Yes, its not cheap to preserve your gown, but compared to the other places that charge north of $700, spending $250 on cleaning your dress seems like a steal.
All in all, this is the place. You won't get friendly, more informative and more accommodating service. I am very satisfied!
I had my wedding dress dry cleaned at preserved at Greenstreets (an SF-based eco-friendly dry cleaners) in July 2009. They did an excellent job, especially considering that a groomsman spilled red wine all over my off-white silk chiffon wedding dress... After getting back from the honeymoon, I brought my dress to Greenstreets for a consultation - I was terrified that I had ruined my dress. But Greenstreets said they would be able to remove the wine, and sure enough, they did an excellent job. Within two weeks, the off-white chiffon was cleaned perfectly, and the dress was put in a preservation box. I am very happy with the service I received and the quality of work. And a word to the wise ... my mom did not preserve her 1960's wedding dress and although she still has it, it has yellowed and has several mildew spots. She really regrets that she did not preserve it - but the upside is that I learned a lesson from her and made the effort to preserve my dress.
. . . because you want your wedding day to last forever! Couture gown or vintage family gown, we make your gown perfect for your wedding day. We also press and protect your gown so that it travels safely to your home or destination wedding. After the wedding, we’ll clean your gown and wrap and preserve it in archival-quality storage materials. Our trademarked MuseumCare gown preservations include handcleaning, and the anti-sugar stain treatment featured in Modern Bride and Brides plus acid-free tissue and a completely acid-free, archival-quality wedding chest with an acid-free polypropylene window. Our gown restorations, as seen on Weddings of a Lifetime and Get Married on the Lifetime Channel, return yellowed and stained vintage gowns to the true color. Our written international guarantee is honored by Certified Wedding Gown SpecialistsTM around the world and includes free pressing when the gown is to be used again. Endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants.
Our Certified Wedding Gown SpecialistsTM carefully handclean every gown with gentle chemicals that dissolve the different kinds of stains on your gown. Then your gown is rinsed in pure solvent, the one best for your gown, until it is completely clean.
What is preservation?
Your completely clean gown is carefully packed with acid-free tissue in a museum-quality wedding chest that protects your gown from the air and light that cause unprotected gowns to yellow.
Why is your process different from others?
Spills such as soda, wine and cake (many times caused by a guest and unnoticed by the bride) contain sugar and often dry without leaving a visible mark. Sugar is not dissolved during ordinary drycleaning and caramelizes over time into ugly brown stains. We take an extra step to be sure all stains, both seen and unseen, are removed.
Is your wedding chest different from others?
Our trademarked MuseumCareTM wedding chest is completely acid-free, not just pH neutral. Boxes that are only pH-neutral are not as safe for your gown, and ordinary boxes and tissue are heavy in acid, which damages fabric. Ordinary boxes and tissue cause yellowing and “burn” gowns leaving dark brown streaks wherever the fabric touches the box.
Can I see my gown when it is in the wedding chest?
You can see your gown through an oval window made of polypropylene, an inert plastic that will not yellow or damage your gown. Some of our members do not use this lid. Instead they wrap the gown in muslin, and you can fold back the muslin to view your gown.
What else can I preserve with my gown?
Such things as a headpiece and veil, petticoat, gloves, garter, and handkerchief may be stored with your gown. There may be an additional charge. You may also choose to store your things in more than one chest. Shoes should not be stored with the gown because fumes from the leather and glue may cause damage. We can also preserve other special garments such as christening gowns, communion dresses, quinceaneros gowns, military uniforms, etc.
Will you make repairs to my gown?
We can make any needed repairs. For some repairs there may be an additional charge.
What is the guarantee?
100% international guarantee against caramelized sugar stains or yellowing of your gown backed by Certified Wedding Gown SpecialistsTM in more than 500 cities around the world. Return gown to any participating Specialist who will inspect the gown and press it at no charge.
What if I open my gown? The guarantee is not voided, but improper handling of the gown may cause damage, and it should be resealed. If your gown is handled excessively or soiled it should be cleaned and preserved again.
Always . . . hang your wedding gown by loops inside the gown that are connected to sturdy side seams, never by fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag.
Always . . . avoid storing your wedding gown in plastic bags or vacuum-sealed, plastic wrapped containers because plastic emits fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and trap moisture that mildews your wedding gown.
Always . . . ask what precautions the specialist takes to protect delicate trims and decorations on your wedding gown and how the cleaner guards against latent stains on your wedding gown.
Always . . . choose a specialist who will personally process your bridal gown, never one who sends your bridal gown away to be cleaned.
Always . . . ask to inspect your wedding gown personally before it is put into the container, which should be a completely acid-free, museum-quality, archival wedding chest lined with fabric or acid-free tissue.
Always . . . avoid storing your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity.
For tips on traveling with your special gown, go to www.WeddingGownSpecialists.com/DestinationWeddingGown.htm.