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28 12, 2012

The Downside to Cleaning Rental Drapes On-Site

By |December 28th, 2012|Education|1 Comment

Recently, we had a client contact us regarding a problem with a rental drape. During the course of the tour, the drape had, unfortunately, become stained in several places. The tour was still ongoing, and so of course, the client needed to use the drape for the remainder of the tour. Thankfully, before making any attempt at cleaning the drape onsite, the client contacted us for advice.

Normally, as a rule, we do not recommend that our clients clean our rental drapes themselves, as there are a number of factors to consider that you might not at first realize. First and foremost is the quality of the flame retardancy of the fabric. In some cases, laundering or dry cleaning can diminish or completely remove the flame retardancy of the fabric, which could create a questionable or dangerous situation later on. Second, the type of fabric can play a big part in how to treat the stains. Whether it be a “velour-style” fabric, such as an Encore Velour, or a smooth faced fabric such as a Poly Muslin or Satin, the type of fabric can make a huge difference on the best way to clean the drape. Depending on the fabric, even spot cleaning could cause unsightly water marks on the fabric.

We always recommend that if you have any questions about a newly stained rental drape, that you contact a Rent What? representative right away. We can provide you with the best solution to the problem. While on rare occasion, we may recommend judicious spot-cleaning, in many cases, the best solution may be for us to “swap out” the stained drape with a clean replacement drape. Problem solved. Of course, the original drape, upon return, would be considered damaged due to the stains – but if our optional damage waiver was included on your rental order, the chances are that you’re covered.

So, if your rental drapes become stained or soiled mid-tour, don’t try to figure it out on your own. Give us a call – we are always here to provide that “extreme service” to help solve these kinds of problems.

25 12, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

By |December 25th, 2012|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

Today, all of us at Rent What? and Sew What? hope that you are having a joyous Christmas Day. Here at work, we celebrated a couple of weeks early so that everyone could attend the holiday party (naturally, many people chose to take vacation days closer to the holiday).

One of the creeds that we here at Rent What? and Sew What? try to live by is to always work very hard—but then remember to play hard, too! This year’s Christmas Celebration was no exception to that rule of thumb, as everyone got to spend some truly fun time together eating and dancing away the stresses of the past year. To start things off right we had another deliciously catered meal with traditional turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, grilled veggies, rolls, and of course lots of decadent desserts and cheesecakes to choose from. It was definitely a meal to remember!

No one thought we’d be able to move at all so soon after that amazing meal, but our favorite DJ, Michael from Ovation Entertainment, was not going to let us sit around for very long. He had all of us playing all sorts of games and contests, and before we knew it everyone was up and running around trying to win a prize. Offering everybody great party favors and loads of fun props always puts everyone in a very festive and excited mood, and no one gets us all to start dancing like fools in front of the entire staff like Michael does. Getting us all to do the YMCA and several types of popular line dancing is a wonderful way for those of us who are “dance-floor challenged” to join in the fun, too. Some of the staff got up for some impromptu singing, some were brave enough to do the limbo and musical chairs, and several of the warehouse staff even joined together to dance to Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which were all parts of the party that none of us will ever forget!

Throwing these wonderfully fun and extremely generous parties for the staff is one of the things we all love so much at working for such a great company, and we all look forward to them year after year. We are definitely part of a “family of Whatters” here, and these events really help remind us that all the hard work we do is really appreciated by management, and there isn’t a better feeling in the world than that!

21 12, 2012

A Beautiful Space

By |December 21st, 2012|Company, Sew What Team|2 Comments

We’d love to take this opportunity to send a great big THANK YOU to Sew What?’s very own Shane Nelson. He has worked with Sew What? for over 7 years, and in that time he has gifted our company with not only his extreme diligence, hard work, and incredible salesmanship, but he has also put such great care into making our office always look so fantastic year round! Before we know it, he has our place sparkling with gorgeous holiday decorations, and every year he helps get everyone into a festive holiday spirit, right when we need it most.

A little background on Shane might shed some light on where he gets such wonderful sense of style and holiday tradition. He has worked over 35 years as a set and stage decorator, and thrived as an art director and designer in Hollywood, designing sets for music videos, television shows, movies, and stage productions of all kinds.

Before coming to Sew What?, Shane was a very successful party planner, and has brought with him that amazing creative eye to the entire company. Using our custom stage drapes to help decorate the office year round, he uses his creativity to help make our surroundings as lovely and festive as possible.

And making sure no one is left out, he also decorates the warehouse every winter for our sewing machine operators to fully enjoy, too. Not only does he decorate for the holidays, he also keeps dozens of plants all over the building green and happy all year long, which provides necessary oxygen to help give everyone the energy to make it all the way through tour season!

We want to thank you for all that you do for the company, Shane—and make sure you know how much we appreciate the beautiful environment you provide for us year round!