Wednesday, December 28, 2011

CleanByMail service allows for long-distance cleaning

Have you heard of CleanByMail?

Like in any successful long-distance relationship, Margaret’s CleanByMail service takes the time to make sure your garments, ties, and bags receive the proper TLC—even when they’re far from home. CleanByMail is a convenience service for customers who want the best care for their garments and handbags, but aren't near a Margaret's facility.

Why CleanByMail?
CleanByMail is like having a Margaret's facility at your doorstep. The same professionals who work on local drop-offs also clean the CleanByMail items. You simply send us your items, we care for them, and then we package them according to Margaret's standards and ship them back to you.

How do I send my item?
To get started, simply download and print the CleanByMail request form. Fill out the information, and then send it along with your item to:

c/o Margaret's Cleaners
5150 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA 92111

For your convenience, you can clip and use the lower right-hand corner of the request form as a shipping label.

Can I get an estimate before I send it to you?
If you'd like a cleaning estimate before you ship your item, plug in your Web cam and make a Live Web call to Margaret's for an instant estimate. Or for a price estimate on a purse, fill out the Purse Cleaning Estimator form.

Which items do you accept for CleanByMail?
To ensure the highest quality for your items, which will travel long distances, we accept only certain items that travel well and arrive in excellent condition. After all, you expect the best from us, and we want to deliver the best.

Items we accept:
  • Purses and handbags
  • St. John's knits
  • Bridal gowns for preservation
  • Neck ties
  • and more, depending on the item
If you have an item you're unsure about, give us a call at (866) 454-2375 or send us an email.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Introducing: Margaret's TV

The newest Margaret's project, Margaret's TV, is now playing at a computer near you!

Grab some popcorn and take a tour of our facilities, see incredible before-and-after photos of some of our toughest alterations and cleanings, and learn about Margaret’s—all without leaving the comfort of your office chair.

The goal of Margaret's TV is to illustrate the services we provide, answer questions, and entertain our clients. Currently, we have three informative channels, with two more in the works. Throughout the year, we’ll be adding more new videos to Margarets TV.

Tell us:
What videos would you like to see on Margaret’s TV?

Friday, December 23, 2011

We Want to Hear From You!

Hi Readers!

My name is Kari, and I’m the new Social Media Specialist for Margaret’s Cleaners. My job is to let you know what’s happening in our facilities, engage in conversations, answer your questions, and make sure you feel like you’re part of the Margaret’s family. Don't be shy! Leave comments, questions, concerns, complaints, praise, funny stories--anything on our Facebook page or in our blog comments.

I come to Margaret’s in San Diego all the way from Denver, Colorado. In CO, I was the Assistant Editor of three prominent sewing/embroidery magazines. I know about fashion and sewing, and I am learning all about the ins-and-outs of cleaning those fashions (who knew so much went into it?!). In my spare time, I like to hang out with my husband, play with my dog (black lab/border collie mix), and run (I'm currently training for a marathon in February). 

Please subscribe to our blogs (see below), follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and share our stories with your friends. Every once in a while, we’ll host giveaways and contests, and we want you to be in-the-know. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening at Margaret’s and I can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks for reading!

Margaret's Cleaners
Purses and Handbags
Garment Care
Bridal Gown Cleaning & Preservation
Restoration and Alterations

Tell us:
What do you want to see more of in the Margaret’s blogs? Wedding gown cleaning/before and after photos? Purse restoration? Shoe revitalization? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Help a Young Girl Attend Prom! Donate a Formal Gown

Calling all women! Do you have a formal dress in like-new condition that’s taking up space in your closet? Were you recently a bridesmaid in a wedding and you no longer have a use for that fancy taffeta or chiffon dress? Make a young girl’s day brighter by donating your gown to The Princess Project.

The Princess Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Thanks to the gracious efforts of hundreds of volunteers, donors, and corporate partners, thousands of young women are able to attend prom. The Princess Project outfitted more than 18,000 young women since 2002, and the numbers continue to grow.

Margaret’s Cleaners is proud to be part of this effort. Drop off your formal gown and/or accessories at any Margaret’s Cleaners location (see below).

Donation Guidelines:
  • Dresses MUST be from 2006 to present.
  • Dresses MUST be dry-cleaned and on hangers.
  • Dresses MUST be prom dresses, formal gowns or fancy party dresses.
  • Accessories MUST be stylish, clean and in excellent condition.
The Princess Project cannot accept:
  • Garments that are out of style (i.e., purchased before 2006)
  • Garments that have not been dry-cleaned
  • Shoes
  • Make-up
  • Casual or semi-formal clothing
  • Wedding dresses
  • Tuxedos or men's clothing
Can't get to Margaret's to donate? Make a financial contribution
For more information on how to volunteer or donate, email The Princess Project or visit the website.

Margaret’s Drop-off Locations:
Margaret’s Cleaners
5150 Convoy
San Diego, CA 92111

Margaret’s Cleaners
7511 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Margaret’s Cleaners
3790 Via De La Valle, Suite 213
Del Mar, CA 92014

Margaret’s Cleaners
1831 Westcliff Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660