November 9, 2012
Notice To All
Premium Laundry Valet Service
Shanghai Centre is pleased to introduce a new
premium laundry valet service provider, SpaWash. Residents in Shanghai Centre
will enjoy the following exclusive benefits when they sign up for SpaWash?¡¥s
Personal Valet Service.
Dedicated English speaking Ambassadors will assist
your valet service via phone, SKYPE or text message
- Initiation fee of 299 RMB is waived
- Flexible payment options with PayPal, major
Credit Cards or Direct Debit
- Complimentary daily same day service (drop off
before 11AM & delivered by 5PM)
- Free shoe shine and reconditioning with dry
- Free garment repairs (except major repairs such
as alterations and lining replacements)
- 30% off major alterations/repairs
- 30% off home furnishing items
- Free initiation gifts
- Half price cleaning on member birthday
- Half price cleaning on member national day
- Discounts with partner merchants
To start enjoying the best in personal laundry care
please sign up at www.spawashchina.com and go to
sign up page or call 139 1812 2844.
Residents signing up by November 30, 2012 will
enjoy a bonus offer of 50% discount on their first valet service!
Membership will be activated once residents have
completed the application and paid the required 1,000 RMB prepaid spending
November 9, 2012
Need a Green Friendly Way to Deal with Hangers?
Did you know that in addition to cleaning unusual items, SPAwash also
recycles hangers and dry
cleaning garment bags?
We have an incentive plan to help you remember to send in your extra bags and hangers. Until September 30, return to SPAwash some hangers or bags for recycling and get 10 RMB off on your order.
Be a part of the green
Gather up those hangers
and bags and let us take care of the
Below is an email I wrote to a friend yesterday . . .
Your maid brought a black woolen jacket to our office today.
It is a black worsted wool Zegna jacket.
From the looks of it, I can tell that it has been washed in
water. How can I tell? Well, the fabric has stiffen and not loose and fluffy
anymore. From the folds in the collar and the shoulder area, I could tell that
the cotton padding and lining inside has shrunk more than the woolen fabric and
so there are areas around the shoulder and upper arm area that now won't fit
smoothly. When wool shrinks, the fibers lock together tightly, it is caused by
the tension applied to yarns and fabrics during construction. The tension is
released when the fabric is washed, causing it to shrink back to its natural
shape/size. Most cotton fabric shrinkage also occurs this way when washed.
Wrinkles and bubbles are cause by uneven shrinkage of the different layers of
It is shocking, but most so call Dry- cleaners in Shanghai do
not dry clean your clothes. They simply wash them in water and hang dry and then
press. Why do they do it? You may ask. Well, the answer is simple, it is pure
economics. Firstly, dry cleaning is expensive and few smaller shops can afford
to invest in an actual "working" machine. Secondly, the electricity, solvent and
other costs can be quite high for one complete dry cleaning cycle (about 50
minutes) vs. just washing in water and hanging to air dry. So if your drycleaner
tells you it takes 3 days for your clothes to be ready, chances are they are NOT
dry cleaning them but washing them and hanging the clothes to air dry (hence the
minimum 3 days). As a rule if you were charged less than 20 RMB per item for dry
cleaning, the clothes WON'T actually be dry cleaned.
But you may say, "Well,
I paid a very high prices, surely, they could dry clean these items and make
money." But NO, that is not true, remember you are going through a middle man,
the building management or someone who usually take a 30%-50% cut off the top,
so the actual amount the Dry cleaner receive may not be so much; not enough to
run the dry cleaning machine, even if they have one that actually works. So, you
would notice that every dry cleaner shop in Shanghai has one of these machines
facing the front door as you walk in. Yes, but have you ever seen these machines
in action? That it is actually running? Chances are, NO. 80% of these machines
don't even run and the other 20% that work are harder ever used, or may never
had their solvent tanks filled.
For now, the only solution for your Zegna jacket is to take
it to an expert to try to relax the fabric and lining materials. Unfortunately,
we do not have the necessary equipment, chemicals and personnel for this here in
It seems like the only possible solution I can have for your
jacket is to have it send to Hong Kong where they can have the equipment and
expertise to relax the underlying fabric. I am not sure if that is possible but
I think it is worth trying. I can do this for you and there is no extra charge
involved other than the regular 69 RMB dry cleaning charge. But it will take
about 6 weeks. For this nice jacket, I think it is worth a try.
Living in Shanghai Is More Expensive than Living in New York . . .
According to the latest worldwide cost of living survey from
The Economist, Shanghai was listed as the more expensive city to live in than
New York City.
Maybe you already knew that. But even that is less
important than the chemical cost involved in dry cleaning. The dry cleaning
business is really not very well developed here in China and many run of the
mill chemicals and detergents available in North America and Europe are simply
NOT available here in Shanghai.
Free Laundry Movement
SPAwash supports the World Wide Free Laundry Movement
(WWFLM). All SPAwash SVC members now enjoy FREE Personal Laundry Service
(3kg) with dry cleaning.
All 5 Star Hotel Guests within the inner ring
road can enjoy Free Personal Laundry Service (PLS).
Support the Free
Laundry Movement, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (86 21)
6248-3123, ask for Betty or David!
From David HO,
proprietor, SPAwash Super Valet
It started from an idea I had
It all began as a simple but necessary convenience service
for my friends and myself. Today it is an entire team of trained and
knowledgeable personnel who provide the utmost in top service that is simply
expected by our many SVC customers.
Then it just grew and grew
Since our start over eight years ago as a Personal Laundry
Service, SPAwash today is the Valet care specialist for many discerning
international clientele, including foreign counsels, ambassadors, top CEO's and
stylish individuals like you. All our customers desire, deserve, expect and
receive the very best. Not just in garment cleaning, but TOTAL valet care. That
is why we are the SUPER VALET.
We understand our customers well
SPAwash has a fleet of vehicles that operates 13 hours a day
within metropolitan Shanghai offering a full suite of valet services, including
our unique Free Personal Laundry Service. Our door-to- door valets are well
trained and boast an 85% on time FREE collection and delivery service.
In a Quandary? Call David
We all understand that life as an Expat in Shanghai can be
frustrating, and at times, downright stressful. That is why everyone here at
SPAwash gives you our pledge that we'll do our very best to be there when you
need dependable service. I myself have more than 13 years of working experience
in Shanghai and would gladly help answer any questions you may have, business or
otherwise. Need to speak to an Old China Hand? Chances are, I can arrange for
you to talk to someone who has "been there, done that? I have personally helped
many foreign startup companies in finding their way out of the maze. I have
enjoyed being able to provide you the unique services of SPAwash, and I'd be
honored to assist you in other areas of life, professional or personal, here in
Shanghai as well.
David Ho, Proprietor
SPAwash loves Coach?Bags.
Handbags can make
or break an ensemble, so it's important to protect your investment and keep your
handbag pristine and functioning immaculately for years. SPAwash cleans and
refurbishes about 50 premium brand bags a month, these bags come in all shapes
styles and material. Of all these, our technicians love working on Coach?brands
bags the most. The supple leather used in Coach?bags are the best to work with
and seem to take abuses and recover like new. If you wear blues or dark color
jeans, you will most likely have experience some color from the jeans rubbing
off onto the leather material on your purse or bag. Light color bags are
especially susceptible to having blue jean dyes rubbing off onto them. This
process is called "Crocking?and most cleaners are incapable of dealing with this
type of dye transfer. If you have a purse or bag that is a victim of crocking,
DO NOT waita€|SEND IT IMMEDIATELY TO SPAwash for an evaluation, professional
cleaning and restoration. Visit http://spawashchina.com or call (86 21)
6248-3123, ask for Betty or David. We have the expertise to handle MOST crocking
Exclusive to all New SVC members
As our welcoming gift, your first service with SPAwash will be at 50%
discount. Consider it as our thank you gift for joining the SPAwash SVC.
We wish you the best of luck in the Year of the Dragon!
December 27, 2011
SPAwash is here to help you all throughout the whirlwind of parties and
get-togethers this winter. It's business as usual for us, and we'll be open all
throughout, except for a short break on New Years' Day (Jan 1), and for Chinese
New Year on Jan 22-25. Normal daily operations 7:30AM - 9PM resume on January
26. We at SPAwash wish you all a jolly good time this holiday season!
PLS Free Wash Offer
Beginning September 12th 2011, SPAwash PLS
, Personal Laundry Service, will be FREE for REGISTERED
GUESTS at the following 5 Star and Boutique Hotels:
The Swatch Art Peace
Le Royal Meridien
Fairmont Peace Hotel
The Westin Bund
JW Marriott Hotel Tomorrow Square
Four Seasons Shanghai
Hyatt On The Bund
Renaissance Yu Garden
Radisson New World
Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai
Pudong Grand Hyatt
Pudong Jumeriah Himilayas Hotel
Pudong Eton Hotel.
Guests at these hotels can leave their Personal Laundry and Dry Cleaning with
the respective hotel concierge and SPAwash will pickuup daily before 11 AM.
SPAwash will separate the dark/light colors, wash, tumble dry with softener
sheets and professionally iron all your personal clothes.The service is FREE
except for a 39 RMB courier (pickup and delivery) charge.
Please click here
for more service details concerning our Same Day Personal Laundry
is the ultimate in convenience.
Call TODAY for a Pickup and Enjoy the Lifestyle you
Please call 139 1812 2844 or email email@example.com
all Puriclean customers:We regret the fact that Ty and his Puriclean
partners have decided to quit the garment care business permanently. For all
Puriclean customers, if you are trying SPAwash for the first time, just mention
Puriclean and you will receive a free gift (logoed cotton laundry bag and coffee
mug) plus a 20% discount. Visit http://spawashchina.com or call (86 21)
6248-3123, ask for Betty, Mia or David. SPAwash does fast 24 hour turn-arounds
and we have an ENGLISH speaking staff that is ready to help.
Sunday, April 11,
Lowered Shirt PricesSo we've been told, "Yeah, your SPAwash bulk laundry service is great, but what about my
shirts that aren't included?"
Good question, and GOOD NEWS.
will now do ALL your shirts at half price (50% off) if they are sent in the same
time with your SPAwash. This means
shirts now only cost 9.50 RMB with your SPAwash bulk personal
laundry. A real bargain and real convenience for all.
Again, this is in
support of SHANGHAI EXPO 2010 and will end
on October 31, 2010.
Call us today at (86) 139 1812 2844 or email
Thursday, April 8,
Laundry care for ECNU International Students
Despite some minor hiccups, our SPAwash Laundry
service for the international students at ECNU is now well under way. The
students are back from their sojourn to Hong Kong with loads of laundry and we
are happy to be there to help them out. Fetina, Sally and everyone will work on
polishing up the routine to make sure we are constantly improving on our
services to the students. We want every visiting student to leave their laundry
blues with SPAwash and have plenty of extra spare time to enjoy/enrich their
experiences while in Shanghai.
Tuesday, April 6,
T-24 Beginning now and through October 31 2010, SPAwash will offer half
price laundry service to ALL foreign staff working at Expo 2010. This is our way
to show support for the City of Shanghai and Expo 2010. Fanny and Patrick are
sending out notices to Expo participants to notify them of this special offer.
We are very busy but very excited that we are able to do our part to help.