ShoeWash Introduces ‘Form Dry’ Method
Mr. John Bae who started Mr. ShoeWash in 2002, has introduced a new way of cleaning and finishing garments called Form Dry. This method utilizes a consumer styling product like Samsung AirDresser or LG Styler.
Mr. Bae said “Form Dry not only removes odor and wrinkles, but also sterilize at the same time. Since it leaves a soft finish on garments, it is a better fit for luxury items.” He also pointed out that Form Dry does not require presser labor.
While consumer stylers use only air and steam, Form Dry employs ‘Cleaning Mix,’ a proprietary mix of consumer soap and chemicals. With Wash Mix, one can wet clean a batch in less than 10 minutes without using any other chemicals.
“Since you mix your own batch using our proprietary mix ratio, it can be made for less than $4 per gallon,” said Mr. Bae. Wash Mix not only intensifies color but also imparts luxurious sheen on clothes.
It can be used on shoes, bags, leather goods, hats, dolls, gloves, UGG boots and leather shoes. You can also spray Cleaning Mix on already washed items.
LG Styler or Samsung AirDresser can hold up to 6 hangers at a time and can process 10~15 items per hour. They do not take a lot of floor space and all it needs is an electric plug, so if you want, you can add additional units without difficulty.
Samsung Airdresser Is Quite Handy … 12/21/2020 Cleaners Monthly
Samsung AirDresser, launched in early 2020, is a free-standing steam-cleaning (or – refreshing) device geared for consumers. But thanks to its simple installation and 12 cycles for everything from suits to knits, it can handle a variety of materials: leather, fur, down jackets, raw selvedge jeans (selvedge jeans are woven using old-fashioned denim-weaving techniques). It even has a quick 24-minute steam refresh cycle and low-heat drying cycle as well. As such, it deserves a second look for a dry cleaners’ use.
It’s configured like a standalone closet: the door opens to reveal three hangers (with clips for trousers or skirts) and can be configured with shelves to accommodate sweaters, scarves or anything else that isn’t hanger-friendly. Simply plug it into a standard wall outlet and give it a tankful of water.
Of course, it is no replacement for proper dry cleaning. But if you have a very delicate blouse that really isn’t that dirty, AirDresser will do a supreme job of refreshing it. It has less to do with the actual cleaning and mostly comes down to pressing. It won’t put a crisp crease for sure but It will eliminate bacteria and odor – a particularly valuable function during a pandemic.
(For your information, LG Styler offers similar functionality.)
At $1,400, it’s not cheap but unlike a consumer, a dry cleaner will have a lot of use for it. And preventing just one claim for a piece of delicate haute-couture dress will pay for it. With its minimalistic exterior, it could even discreetly be tucked into counter area. Now that is sleek!