About Très Bon
You know some garments just can't be washed. They must be dry cleaned. However, you may not realize that even most washable garments are actually better serviced via dry cleaning in order to preserve their color, luster, softness, and body. Periodic dry cleaning can also help extend a garment’s useful lifetime, and ensure that each time it is worn, it is vibrant, stain-free, and professionally pressed to drape properly on your body. We utilize the highest quality solvents, employ the most skilled technicians, and spend significantly more time on each garment we clean than average dry cleaners do, ensuring that your garments always look their absolute best.

Wait a second though, what is dry cleaning in the first place? Do dry cleaners somehow blow stains out with air, or cast them out with a magical spell? Well, you might be surprised to learn that we utilize dry cleaning machines that look a lot like giant (huge!) front-loader washing machines. The dry cleaned clothes tumble in these large machines that are filled with liquid. However, the liquid is a solvent that contains no water. The term "dry cleaning" actually comes from the fact that the liquid solvent contains no water, and is therefore "dry". This is essential, because when washed in water, fibers tend to swell, and then when dried they shrink, distort, stiffen, fade, tear, or felt. But when dry cleaned, the fibers remain stable. For this reason, most structured garments (garments constructed with more than one layer of fabric) absolutely must be dry cleaned. This is also true for garments that contain certain fabric types, trims, ornamentation, dyes, and pigmentation. But even garments that can survive being washed in water will benefit from the dry cleaning process, remaining soft, vibrant, and properly sized after repeated cleanings.

The dry cleaning machine is only the first step of our cleaning process. Dry cleaning machines are very effective in removing oil-based stains such as makeup, grease, and body oils, but they are less effective in removing some water-based stains. This is where the dry cleaning technician's skill comes into play. After each garment is dry cleaned, it is visually inspected for any remaining stains. If a stain is discovered, one of our skilled technicians identifies the stain type, and removes the stain utilizing a combination of our 20+ CP-grade spotting agents, each of which is effective in removing specific components of a stain. It is important to note that most dry cleaners have little, if any, formal training in their craft. But our technicians have received formal training from the New York School of Dry Cleaning (located in Manhattan), as well as periodic off-site seminars on solvents, dyes and pigments, fabric composition, weaves, and spotting techniques. We also regularly invite consultants to our plant to help us stay current with the latest cleaning technologies and techniques. Perhaps most importantly, our technicians can leverage decades of experience developed through four generations in the garment care industry. It's no wonder why we can often remove stains that other dry cleaners cannot. Click here to learn what else separates Très Bon from the average dry cleaner.

Once the garment is perfectly clean and passes a second inspection, it is professionally pressed, completely by hand. Pressing by hand rather than using automated equipment results in a far superior finish, because a technician is able to attend to each of the garment's contours individually, whereas an automated press has a standardized "buck" that the garment is fitted over. If the garment's contours don't exactly match the buck's dimensions, imperfections are created. Additionally, pressing by hand allows the technician to ensure that the garment has the proper body and drape, without any distortions, so that it lays correctly on your body when worn. We also add conditioners and sizings during the dry cleaning process to help give your garment proper structure, body, and texture. Did you know that in order for a sport jacket to be pressed properly, ensuring it drapes correctly when worn, a finisher (aka presser) must complete, at minimum, 17 separate steps (more steps may be necessary, depending on how the garment is tapered). When completed, the sport jacket’s lapels will roll naturally to the top button, and there will be no wrinkles, pocket impressions, seam impressions, button impressions, or shine. In other words, it will look exactly the way it should - which is exactly what you should expect when you’re paying to have your garments professionally cared for. Click here to learn exactly what to look for in order to determine if your garment has been pressed to perfection, so you won’t have to just take our word for it.

Once the garment is cleaned and pressed, it is thoroughly inspected two more times for stains and pressing imperfections. And since we realize that a clean garment with cracked/missing buttons or a broken zipper is unwearable, we also check for them, as well as for fallen hems, open seams, and other defects before your garment is carefully packaged and ready for pickup. You can trust that when you receive your garments back from us, they will look their absolute best and be ready to wear.