Andrew Bain

Dry Clean At Home – Or Don’t, Because It’s No Substitution For The Real Thing

Making a trip to the dry cleaner can feel like a lot of work. Walking into your closet only to find your favorite dry-clean-only shirt on top of the monstrous dirty clothes pile can be utterly disappointing. Taking said pile of clothing to the dry cleaner and waiting two days to get it back could be considered torturous.

Okay, fine, it’s not really a lot of work for you, but I bet you could probably put that $20 to better use, right? Even though it might seem that dry-clean-only labels are continuously popping up on articles of clothing, that instruction isn’t necessarily your only option.

You might be able to, gasp, do some of it yourself. [More]

My Dry Cleaner Thinks My Last Name Is 'Asshole'

My Dry Cleaner Thinks My Last Name Is 'Asshole'

When Alex dropped his clothes off at his dry cleaner for washing, he received a ticket for when he returned to pick them up. He didn’t glance at the ticket until after he left the shop, and was surprised to learn that an unknown employee had dubbed him “Asshole, Alex.” Were they commenting on his behavior as a customer, or was it some kind of terrible phonetic mistake? [More]

When Can You Ignore The "Dry Clean Only" Label?

When Can You Ignore The "Dry Clean Only" Label?

Karl Huie’s family has been in the garment cleaning business since 1969, and since 2007 Huie has been offering “wet cleaning“—an eco-friendly alternative that uses water, soaps, and CO2. At the blog ecosalon, Huie provides some professional advice on which clothes are safest to wash at home, and when you should stick with dry cleaning, or at least professional cleaning.

http://consumerist.com/2009/03/03/how-to-cut-back-on/

How To Cut Back On Dry Cleaning Dry-cleaning isn’t the only way to safely clean garments labeled dry clean only, and other methods might even do a better job. But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand- or machine-wash. [CR]

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/12/just-what-the-hell-is/

Just what the hell is “organic” dry cleaning? Nobody really knows. [NYT]

http://consumerist.com/2007/08/16/the-probably-soon-to-be-ex-judge-suing-a/

The probably soon-to-be-ex-judge suing a Korean dry cleaner for $54 million over a pair of pants has decided to appeal his suit and continue on his depraved quest for guaranteed satisfaction. [Washington Post]

$54 Million Dollar Pants Judge May Lose Job

$54 Million Dollar Pants Judge May Lose Job

City sources said a marathon meeting of the Commission on Selection and Tenure of Administrative Law Judges ended late Monday with agreement to meet again next week to finalize wording of a letter explaining the panel’s doubts about granting Pearson a 10-year term on the bench. Pearson’s initial term expired at the end of April, at the height of his legal battle against the Chung family, owners of Custom Cleaners on Bladensburg Road NE.

Dry Cleaner Victorious In The Case Of The $54 Million Dollar Pants

Dry Cleaner Victorious In The Case Of The $54 Million Dollar Pants

Judge Roy “Fancy Pants” Pearson is probably crying his poor, litigious little eyes out this morning. He’s lost his infamous $54 million lawsuit against a local DC dry cleaner. Pearson originally sought $65 million in damages after the cleaner allegedly gave him the wrong pants.