National Gown Cleaners & Archival Products
National Gown was absolutely terrific - they were responsive, quick, and did a fantastic job cleaning my grandmother's gown. I would highly recommend them!
My co-worker told me about National Gown Cleaners in Campbell and suggested that I call them to check and see if the box I received in my preservation service from Shanel's Flowers in Campbell was really archival and acid free.
I went in and met with Liz who helped me take the gown out of my box and we noticed that the beads had melted all over the gown. It was ruined! I decided to call the cleaner who Shanel’s sent my gown to for cleaning while I was there at National Gown Cleaners. I spoke with a lady who said she could not be sure they did the damage, since I had taken it out of the box. She also told me that their insurance doesn't cover the replacement cost because I had worn it for my wedding "It’s like driving a car off the lot, it's no longer worth the value you just paid.” Thank God, Liz at National Gown Cleaners was there to overhear that conversation.
Liz told me that National Gown Cleaners could fix the dress but they would have to completely strip the melted beads off the gown in order to save the gown, but that I could add new beads to the dress later when I have a daughter who might want beads on the gown. I told her that I couldn't afford to pay too much since I was already out the investment I paid Shanel's Flowers. She gave me the cost to fix the gown and said she would talk with Christine the owner, to see what they could do for me. Confused, I called my husband. He reminded me that I had a damaged gown and that I could send it back to Shanel's who would only send it back east, or I could leave it with National Gown Cleaners and deal with one company that's local and can fix it. So, I tossed out the old box and tissue (which Liz confirmed wasn't acid free) and decided to have National Gown Cleaners fix it.
The best news is National Gown Cleaners fixed my gown and all the melted glue was removed. I appreciate the fact they went out of the way to help me and I'm so thankful that Christine the owner, was willing to give me a break on the fees so that I could afford to save my dress. It’s pretty amazing that there are still companies out there willing to do the right thing for others.
This is a great service and I'm so happy I found them. They cleaned my bridal gown after my wedding, which was very dirty. It came out fantastic! They give you more info than you can manage. There’s no doubt they are experts!
Christine was a pleasure to work with she gave me her undivided attention and some very helpful tips on the preservation of my wedding dress. Overall my experience was absolutely superb and I will refer all my friends to National Gown Cleaners and Archival Products in the future.
I really enjoyed working with National Gown Cleaners. They did a fantastic job on my gown after it was damaged by a company in Campbell who preserves flowers that mailed it off to NY. I highly recommend that brides check them out before sending a gown off to any out of state company. National Gown is very professional and made me feel that my gown was special. I would ask for either Liz or Christine. They are the best!!
national gown cleaners exceded any of my expectations that I had. They did an excelent job in removing all of the stains that I had. When my dress was done it looked as good as new.
Christine Morrissey's expertise is unprecedented in the cleaning and preservation of gowns. I had a wonderful experience preceding my wedding. Not only was the customer service superior, but she educated me on how to maintain my gown while stored. I hope to be able to pass my gown down, so this information was invaluable. I highly recommend National Gown Cleaners to all of my friends and family.
Very quick to clean my wedding gown and return it back to me. It looks beautiful!
I have worked with Christine Morrisey several times. Her work is outstanding and the information she gives concerning her products and service is valuable not only to my client but to me as a wedding planner.
My clients are grateful that they have connected with someone who not only does an excellent job cleaning and preserving their gowns but cares about their work. Brides are given detailed directions for storing and caring for their gown.
I highly recommend this vendor. This vendor is reputable and Christine is honest, reliable and knowledgeable.
I have referred several brides to National Gown Cleaners and Archival Products to have their wedding dress cleaned and preserved. In each case they have received nothing but rave reviews for the job that they do and their impeccable customer service.
National Gown Cleaners and Archival Products is friendly, easy to work with and their customer service is second to none.
I myself learned a lot about gown preservation and would recommend that all you brides have it done!
What does it all mean?
Preservation includes preventive measures to extend the life of an object for display and research.
Conservation is the physical or chemical treatment of an object to stabilize it.
Restoration, a process not normally used by history museums, makes an object appear newer by bringing it closer to its original condition.
National Gown Cleaners has been providing cleaning, preservation and restoration services to textile conservators since 1930. In 1978, the company started offering its services and archival products to the public.
2. What is the difference between you and a normal dry cleaner?
A normal dry cleaner cleans everyday clothing. We only clean bridal, christening, communion and social gowns. We employ textiles conservators. National Gown Cleaners uses solvents and wet-cleaning methods developed for cleaning fragile textiles and gowns with beads, sequins and glued-on ornamentation, which cannot be safely cleaned in perchloroethylene (a common solvent used by dry cleaners). The company uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment including custom made devices only used by National Gown Cleaners. The company laboratory uses conservation equipment found in the best museums in the world.
3. What type of services do you offer?
National Gown Cleaners offers cleaning, restoration, preservation, restyling, textile search and replacement, laboratory analysis, refolding and textile management, controlled and monitored storage, smoke and water restoration, and archival products for conservation and restoration.
4. Can a gown which has not been cleaned in years benefit from your service?
Yes! We offer a wet-cleaning and restoration process for gowns which require special care and handling.
5. What is your price for cleaning?
National Gown Cleaners prices vary from gown to gown and depend on the method of cleaning offered, what solution is being used, and what other services the gown might benefit from. Cleaning services start at $125 and up. We provide a free consultation and price quote for all gowns with no obligation.
6. What type of preservation do you offer?
We currently offer two types of preservation (storage) methods:
Museum quality storage
("archival box" and fold method)
Muslin hanging storage
(muslin 400U hanging garment bag)
In museum quality storage, only materials meeting the specifications of textile conservators and major museums are used. Materials such as boxes, are solidly blue/gray or with a tan exterior and a white interior, and are completely free from acids, lignin and other metallic or sulfide impurities. The tissues we use are pure white, made from flax fiber, completely acid-free and heavily buffered. An un- buffered tissue of neutral pH is used for wool or silk textiles. This method of storage provides long-term stability and access for managing the textile, giving the customer complete quality control over the aging process. National Gown Cleaners does not use any plastics in storage, since plastics cause static electricity that pulls on the fibers and also decompose giving off harmful fumes. In addition research on textiles stored in or around a plastic environment concludes that plastics in combination with light cause rapid oxidation and fume fading to the textile. In hang storage, we provide a garment bag made out of 400U muslin fabric, which is unbleached, unsized print cloth. The bags are made to fit normal sized costume gowns and are free from metals, plastics snaps and zippers.
7. Can I see, feel and touch my gown inside the box?
National Gown Cleaners recommends that periodic inspections should be given to the gown. The gown should be removed from the box, inspected and refolded every 5 to 7 years. The customer, however, can handle the gown at any time since there is no seal on our archival boxes and cotton inspection gloves are included in the box to allow handling without transferring oil or dirt from the hands.
8. What is the price of the archival storage materials and can I purchase them separately?
National Gown Cleaners does not hold the customer hostage to its cleaning methods. If a customer has a gown already cleaned or chooses another cleaning source, National Gown Cleaners will still provide archival museum products for storage. The cost of a complete package consisting of an archival lig-free box, archival tissues buffered or non-buffered (quantity depends on size of gown and amounts of folds) and one pair of 100% cotton lab gloves is between $50.00 - $110.00.
9. Do you require a "Release" or "Disclaimer" be signed before services can be started?
National Gown Cleaners has never required a release or signed disclaimer on any textile it has ever processed in the company's history. In fact, the company feels strongly that any disclaimers signed only opens the door for possible neglect or damages.
10. Are you insured and do you guarantee your work?
National Gown Cleaners carries a special insurance policy to handle gowns of all material types and designs. Gowns are insured at their cost of purchase or appraised value (done by the American Society of Appraisers or an accredited appraiser). We also carry a bailees policy to cover the textiles when we are working with outside conservators on special projects. All work is normally done at our own cleaning facilities. National Gown Cleaners always stands behind its work and products. We offer Garment Storage Recommendations with a description of warrantee and specifications on papers, boards and boxes.
11. Do you have references?
National Gown Cleaners has a wide variety of references and would be happy to provide a list when requested. See few of them in Client Testimonies.
12. Why should I use National Gown Cleaners service?
Because we are specialized and therefore able to take the time needed to perform the very best care for your gown. Since we have textile conservators on staff, you are receiving the best trained and educated people in the business. All our employees are dedicated to do the best job possible on every garment they handle. They also keep informed of the changes in the museum as well as the dry-cleaning industry.
13. How do I use National Gown Cleaners services?
Bringing in your gown for a consultation.
You can call our customer service number at (408) 371-3174 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a personal, no cost, consultation in a local office. If you are not close to a local office, you can arrange to have your gown shipped to us. (Please see below.)
Shipping your gown in for a consultation.
1. If you are shipping a gown in for services, simply roll the gown up (somewhat like a sleeping bag) and place inside a clean or new plastic bag.
2. Place the gown inside a well-padded box (use a shipping box the same size or slightly larger than the gown size when rolled up) using bubble wrap, packing popcorn or wrapping papers around all sides of the gown.
3. Place a letter with your name, address, both day and evening phone numbers and your email address inside the box on top of your gown.
4. Take your gown to a local UPS service center or other postal provider (you should consider insuring your gown for the cost of the purchase price). Make sure that your return address is on the shipping label.
5. Once National Gown Cleaners receives your gown, we will call you to confirm our receipt of the gown. If you prefer, we can email the confirmation.
6. We will provide a phone consultation to discuss type of services we recommend and the cost. There will also be a written estimate mailed to you for confirmation as well.
7. If you agree to the services, a retainer will need to be provided within 10 days from the estimate date. All services require a 50% retainer or $75.00 whichever is greater. Products are required to be prepaid. Payment can made by Visa, MasterCard, Check, and U.S. dollars. Balance and shipping charges will be due at time of completion.
14. What form of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Personal Checks or currency in U.S. dollars.