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Give Lawrence’s dry cleaning service a try. You won’t be disappointed.
- Bruce Ring, Walnut Creek
 
Lawrence provides terrific service and the free delivery is a huge time saver. Best in town.
Thank you. Lawrence
- Sean Fawell, Clayton
Fashion cleaners quality and service have been very good. I have been a customer for 15 years.
- Steve Gonsalves, Clayton
Lawrence’s service is great! I’ve been a customer for 4 years.
- Sandy Rusch, Walnut Creek
Lawrence’s service is excellent and very reliable! We’ve been a customer for about 3 years now and
I’d highly recommend him to you. You won’t be disappointed.
- Tina Ling, Walnut Creek
Lawrence’s service is incredible. Our clothes always come back perfectly cleaned and pressed and
they never miss anything and are always on time.
- Jeff Quin, Clayton
Lawrence’s service is very good. We’ve been a customer for over 5 years.
- Laurie Fox, Walnut Creek
Fashion Cleaners has provided fantastic door to door service for us now for over 7 years. It’s a great time saver!
- Mike Pagano, Walnut Creek
Lawrence delivery service is great! One less errand to run at no extra cost!
Always punctual and always deliver on time.
- Geary Eason, Concord
Fashion Cleaners Given Award of Excellence
Fashion Cleaners is an expert at stain removal and cleaning
Keep You Looking Great

How to find a good cleaners
On a recent Saturday morning...

Taking care of dirty business

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Fashion Cleaners Given Award of Excellence - April 2, 2006

For demonstrating in-depth knowledge of cleaning processes including passing tests on stain removal
and cleaning performance, pursuing continuing education and participating in local civic activities, Fashion Cleaners has been honored with an Award of Excellence for Quality Garment Cleaning and Customer Service by the International Fabricare Institute.

Only 47 dry cleaning companies(representing 76 locations) were given the award by the IFI. Lawrence Lim, owner of Fashion Cleaners, was proud to accept the award. “It’s very easy to differentiate yourself as a dry cleaner by price or speed,” he said. “But it takes a great deal of knowledge and expertise to differentiate yourself by achieving this award.”
He added, “I know it’s very tough for a consumer to know who’s a good cleaner, much less find one. In having met the Award of Excellence requirements, the AOE seal gives an independent verification of our commitment to quality customer service.”
Besides meeting specific levels of education and training, AOE holders also uphold customer service principles including prompt attention to customer inquiries or concerns, technical competence and prefessional quality, return of garments when promised, adherence to non-gender-based pricing, a commitment to environmental responsibility, free cleaning of the American flag, and a money-back service guarantee.

Fashion Cleaners does both wet and dry cleaning plus laundry, and offers delivery service.

Fashion Cleaners is an expert at stain removal and cleaning- Dec. 2, 2005.
Lawrence Lim knows his spots- and insists you leave them to the likes of him. If a stain appears on a garment, he says, trust the professionals. The proprietor of Fashion Cleaners in the Countrywood Shopping Center in Walnut Creek ha some sage advice for those who are in the midst of pulling out their fineries to sport their holiday best.
“Putting it in water makes it worse…while scrubbing, it loses the color, once a customer tries to do something it makes it harder to remove it or it’s already discolored.” Says Lim. “Just leave it for us.”
There are nuances to a stain, Coffee is one thing, as it’s something removable via steam, but add cream and sugar to the mix, and the spot is another matter, requiring a chemical treatment, he says.
For starters, the immigarant from South Korea urges people to steer clear from buying garments with a care label that dissuades against washing or dry cleaning and recommends just spot cleaning. In his view, it’s most likely a one-time wear at best.
“They’re supposed to test it before putting it on the market, but some manufacturers don’t. They don’t want to take a chance. It’s not right,” said Lim, a former mailman, who owns dry cleaning stores in seven locations in Contra Costa County.
And for labels that recommend hand washing, Lim maintained, dry cleaning is the better alternative and offers those all-important finishing touches. “Once you sash them at home you fade the color or you’ve lost the softness. Even if we do laundry, the detergent and machine we use are different. There’s less agitation,” he said, adding that the pressing machine has a computerized sensor, tension unit that can gently pull a silk garment back to its original size.
Lim also urged patrons to remove the plastic cover after they get their dry cleaning back in the closet. “It’s bad for the garment. It needs to breathe. It keeps the life (of the clothes) longer,” he said, adding that the likelihood of fabric that is inside the plasitic contracting mildew is exacerbated by any moisture in the closet.
Lim also cleared up a misconception about those destructive moths. “They aren’t eating the fabric; they’re eating stains. Thata’s way they make the hole,” he said, nothing that human body oils can be an attractant and present even with a one-time wear. And, for those women dropping of their tailored fancy blouses, Lim can satisfactorily explain the price discrepancy with the laundry cost of their husband’s, “box” styled cotton dress shirt that has long eluded the lay public: A men’s dress shirt takes 12 seconds to press in the machine that is not designed to fit a womans’s garment.
“With ladies’ shirts there are all kinds of shapes. Sometimes there’s ruffle in the front, there’s spandex, more silk, linen or rayon,” he noted.
-By Jennifer Shaw Correspondent
Keep You Looking Great- April 15. 2005.
Twenty years ago, a young man came to the United States from South Korea to pursue the American dream. Lawrence Lim, owner to Fashion Cleaners here in Corntrywood, relates this story with a cheerful laugh. He is living his dream.
After working for the U.S. Postal Service for some years, he decided to go into business and bought what is now Fashion Cleaners 10 years ago. It has since expanded to seven locations in this area of the county.
"We are on of the five largest cleaners in Northern California," explains Lim. He offers all of the usual cleaning services and much more. Minor repairs, such as sewing on missing buttons or a needed hook and eye, are done at no additional cost.
The employees are experienced in proper pre-spotting, and are proud of professional job they do. Besides dry cleaning, you can have laundering, wet cleaning or alterations done quickly and efficiently.
Wet cleaning uses water heated to an exact temperature, and special detergents in a process similar to dry cleaning. There is no agitation or wringing. The process can be very successful in getting out stains that dry cleaning might not remove.
Pick-up and delivery provide great convenience for busy folks who never seem to have time to do all of their errands. Your cleaning will be picked up from your home or workplace. If you call before 10 a.m., you'll have same day pick-up. Fill out the form, put it in the bag along with your order and leave it by your front door or a designated location, and leave the worry to Fashion Cleaners. They deliver two times a week. Same day service is offered Monday through Saturday, when clothers ae brought in by 9 a.m., they'll be available for pickup by 5 p.m., when requested. You can get forms at the store or from the website.(www.mycleaners.us)
Lim wants to make your life easier and have you happy with the professional look of your clothes.
- Nancy Burchett correspondent
How to find a good cleaners- June 10. 2004.
Almost everyone knows about the dry cleaning process and regular laundry service, but recently Fashion Cleaners become one of a very small number of cleaners who offer a new "Wet Cleaning" process. This process is similar to dry cleaning but uses water. The water is kept at a carefully controlled temperature, using special detergent, without agitation, much like a bubble bath for clothing. The wet cleaning process will get out stains which would be left behind by the dry cleaning process, such as coffee. There are no chemicals used, making it a very desirable method for cleaning bedding and children's clothing. It is also much safer for the environment. The new pressing machines used in his plant make the need for starch in your cuffs and collars obsolete. The new French press, used primarily on men's shirts, and the European Finishing press used for most women's blouses, do such a beautiful job that the cuff of freshly pressed shirts felt so crisp, if I hadn't just watched the whole process I might not have believed that it was starch free! The pressing is done with intense steam, touch-ups for such details as trouser creases are done on a thickly padded clothing presser. The thick padding of the pressers prevents that shiny finish that appears when pressing is done on a hard surface, as on a less well maintained piece of equipment.
There are 3 ways to tell if you've got a good dry cleaner: 1) When you have a white item cleaned, it should come back bright white, not dingy or gray looking. Dingy or gray items mean the chemicals used in the process are old and dirty. 2) The garment should not be "shiny". Properly maintained pressers have thick padding with prevents shininess. 3) The garment should smell good & feel good. Good cleaners use detergent as well as chemicals in the cleaning process, cleaning fabrics more deeply than chemicals alone would and leaving sweaters and silk garments soft.
Fashion Cleaners offers free same day service, Monday through Saturday, as long as your garments are dropped off at any location by 9:30am. they'll be back by 4pm. that afternoon. they also have free home or office pickup and delivery and do minor repairs, such as sewing on buttons, at no charge. A garment was once put through the cleaning process 8 times to remove a nail polish stain... and succeeded! I know where my cleaning is going from now on! 소교 the BMW's of dry cleaning machines at Fashion Cleaners.
- Barbara Sykes
On a recent Saturday morning- Dec. 4, 2002.
On a recent Saturday morning I got a tour of Lawrence Lim's 4200 sq. fr. Cleaning plant on Ygnacio Valley Rd.. Lawrence is very proud of the quality service that he and employees provide the public and with good reason. The customer's best interest if of the utmost importance and to that end Lawrence offers services and techniques that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Almost everyone knows about the dry cleaning process and regular laundry service, but recently Fashion Cleaners become one of a very small number of cleaners who offer a new "wet cleaning" process. This process is similar to dry cleaning but uses water. The water is kept at a carefully controlled temperature, using special detergent, without agitation, much like a bubble bath for clothing. The wet cleaning process will get out stains which would be left behind by the dry cleaning process will get out stains which would be left behind by the dry cleaning process, such as coffee. There are no chemical used, making it a very desirable method for cleaning bedding and children's clothing. It is also much safer for the environment. Lawrence told me that the new pressing machines used in his plant make the need for starch in your cuffs and collars obsolete. The new French press, used primarily on men's shirts, and the European Finishing press used for most women's blouses, so such a beautiful job that the cuff of freshly pressed shirt felt so crisp, if I hadn't just watched the whole process I might not have believed that it was starch free! The pressing is done with intense steam, touch-ups for such detail as trouser creases are done on thickly padded closing presser. The thick padding of the pressers prevents that shiny finish that appears when pressing is done on a hard surface, as on a less well maintained piece of equipment.
Lwerence says there are 3 ways to tell if you've got a good dry cleaner: 1) When you have a white item cleaned, it should come back bright white, not dingy or gray looking. Dingy or gray items mean the chemicals used in the process are old are dirty. 2) The garment should not be "shiny". Properly maintained pressers have thick padding which prevents shininess. 3) The garment should smell good & feel good. Good cleaners use detergent as well as chemicals in the cleaning process, cleaning fabrics more deeply than chemicals alone would and leaving sweaters and silk garments soft.
Fashion Cleaners offers free same day service, Monday through Saturday, as long as your garments are dropped off at the Countrywood store by 9:30 a.m. they'll be back by 4:00 p.m. they'll be back by 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. They also have free home or office pickup and delivery and do minor repairs, such as sewing on buttons, at no charge. Lawrence told me that he once put a garment through the cleaning process 8 times to remove a nail polish stain… and succeeded! I know where my cleaning is going from now on!
- Contra Costa Times
Taking care of dirty business- November 13. 2000.
"I want to make Fashion Cleaners the best cleaners in town," says owner Lawrence Lim in a determined tone of voice.
Lim, in partnership with his brother-in-law Frank Kim, owns a chain of cleaners in several Bay Area cities, including Concord, Clayton, Danville, Orinda and Oakland's Montclair neighborhood.
It's been three months since Lim took over the cleaners at Countrywood. He wants to assure customers that under his management they can expect first-class service in a timely manner.
Lim's main 4,200 square-foot plant is on Ygnacio Valley Road. He is expanding and introducing new state-of-the-art machinery. He describes two of these machines as the BMWs of new dry-cleaning machines.
But Lim is quick to point out that the best machinery is only as good as the people who operate it. Lim employs experienced hands who are well-versed in pre-spotting and other cleaning techniques.
Very often the label on a garment will not provide clear instructions. It is then a judgement call, says Lim. Their professional experience helps them make the right decisions.
Wedding gowns, he says, are the toughest garments to lean. Unlike most cleaners, who send wedding gowns, to outside facilities, Fashion Cleaners handles them in-house.
"If we can handle wedding gowns, we can handle anything," he says.
The colder months of the year bring heavier items in for cleaning- blankets, drapes, bedcovers, towels, plus formal clothes and party dresses.
We asked Lim for some tips on how to handle those inevitable party disasters. A wine spill on your favorite silk blouse. Cranberry juice stains on Grandma's antique lace tablecloth. Or turkey gravy that almost ruined Uncle John's new wool jacket?
"Please don't try anything yourself," he says. No hairspray. No soda water. No home-spun stain-removing remedies. "People just make things worse," he says.
So leave the job to the professionals- and try to get the garments in as soon as you can, he adds. Lim says it is possible to remove 90 percent of stains. Lim and crew have handled everything, from anchovies to zucchini. Mustard stains, Lim says, are the hardest to remove.
Lim says the key to success is running an efficient establishment and offering the highest level of service. Minor repairs like sewing on missing buttons, hooks and eyes are done at no extra cost to the customers.
His plans include setting up a sewing station to handle larger repairs and alternations. He will also start a delivery and pick-up service.
- Contra Costa Times/By Philippa Coelho Jacinto CORRESPONDENT
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