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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!

18 12, 2012


By |December 18th, 2012|Company, Sew What Team|0 Comments

Everardo Flores is a true team player. He’s been with the company for several years now working in our Quality Control department, as well as backing up our driver as needed, and helping in shipping & receiving. However, he still manages to surprise us! Just yesterday we looked out the window to the warehouse to find him sitting at a sewing machine sewing pipe pocket! He took the initiative to learn how to use a sewing machine, and help in yet ANOTHER task outside of his job description. You won’t find idle hands here! We are proud to have this amazing guy as part of our staff.

ROCK ON EVERARDO! And looking like a super-hero while doing it!

14 12, 2012


By |December 14th, 2012|Authors, News|1 Comment

I have to share just how great I think it is that there is an “underground network” of super cool production vendors who all seem to have one another’s backs when it comes to missing gear. It goes without saying that once in a while gear will get misplaced, lost or (sadly) stolen. But nothing makes for a better Monday than getting a call or an email from a supplier who wants to let us know “Hey – we got some of your gear in one of our returns…..”

We do it all the time, too – those pesky edison cables that belong to the lighting company – or the stage skirting (which looks like our drapes) that should have gone back to the staging supplier but rather, ended up in our hamper.

I think it is really great to look at what we do and who we are in terms of the “very big picture”. It isn’t just one supplier to one client – nor is it one product to one user type. We are part of a huge network – and like a fine swiss watch it takes cogs and coils and springs of all shapes and sizes to make the hands turn. If we look at the concert industry as the time teller – then we’re all incredibly important parts to the successful delivery of the hour. So it makes total sense that we support the other part of the machine – let’s all stay healthy and profitable. Looking out for one another is SUPER important. We are really proud to be a part of a very caring and actively involved local and national network of suppliers.

Thanks to all of you – production managers and fellow suppliers alike –  for always keeping an eye out for our gear! No more milk cartons needed – we got friends 🙂