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Margaret's Cleaners Earns 2007 Award of Excellence for Quality Garment Cleaning & Customer Service
Fashion Article Posted October 26, 2007

  

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Margaret's Cleaners, one of the nation's premier gown preservation specialists, proudly announces that it has earned the 2007
Award of Excellence
and
Master Dry Cleaner
designation from the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute. Margaret's is based in La Jolla, California, has additional locations in Del Mar and Newport Beach, and delivery throughout San Diego and Orange Counties.

In 2004, the International Fabricare Institute (IFI), now known as the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute, began a program of testing for dry cleaners. In operation as a school in Silver Springs, Maryland, since 1927, the Institute's knowledge and experience in the field of textile cleaning and issues with fabrics, have made them one of the most extensive resources for knowledge and problem solving for the dry cleaning industry. The Institute began the
Award of Excellence
program as a way to let consumers know that they have found a cleaner who is committed to quality and customer service. Thus far only 150 dry cleaners in the nation have earned the
Award of Excellence.

To earn this award the cleaner must demonstrate their commitment and quality in a number of areas, which include ongoing educational programs for staff, passing an annual Cleaning Quality Performance Test and a Stain Removal Test (6 difficult stains on white silk), and upholding a set of customer service principles, which includes a money-back guarantee (see poster pictured here). In addition, they are expected to show a commitment to professionalism, use secret shoppers, and submit their plant to an evaluation by a cleaners association. Successful Award of Excellence cleaners demonstrate a level of quality and dedication to customer satisfaction which far surpasses the average dry cleaner.

Those who pass the tests on the first try receive the
Master Dry Cleaner
classification, achieved only by the most superb stain removal specialists in the industry. The testing is quite extensive and thus far only 80 of over 38,000 dry cleaners in the country, have earned this designation.

The Institute's goal is to give consumers a way to differentiate between the myriad of cleaning establishments in their community. It is estimated that approximately 80% of all dry cleaning plants are doing substandard work. A person can have confidence in a cleaner who achieves the
Award of Excellence
and
Master Dry Cleaner
designations.

It is hoped by the entire industry, that these
watchdog
efforts by the Institute will produce an overall difference in quality and service from dry cleaners, improve the image of the industry and encourage the public to use only quality-oriented plants that pass the rigid criteria defined by the Institute. Margaret's Cleaners was one of only 10 dry cleaning and laundry plants nationwide to pass this test in 2007. In addition, the
Master Spotter
designation was also won by Margaret's on their first attempt. This couture level establishment prides itself on quality first! Margaret's is to be commended for its efforts to become a couture level professional.
 

 

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