Budde French Cleaners Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 10711 Metropolitan Ave

    Flushing, NY 11375

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  • 718-263-7474

About Budde French Cleaners Inc

Hours
Mon - Fri, 8am - 6pm; Sat, 8am - 5pm (1pm, July and August); Sun, closed

Personal Services

Personal Services
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I decided to try this dry cleaner since it was down the street, it seemed reputable enough (the signage bragged in business since 1942?) and had a decent web page. Since I am hesitant to try an dry cleaners not linked with some national dry cleaning association, I really didn't have any choice since there are no Queens drycleaners listed (only Manhattan...go figure!).

So for my first time, I decided to do a test run...a couple of Target Proenza silk shirts and my son's blazer for his school dance. Those came back fine and dandy. With that cleared, I decided to turn in my daughter's dupioni silk dress and my DH's John Varvatos cashmere/wool pants. After picking up the items (after dropping off $150 of winter coats), I discovered at home that her dress was filled with what looked like clear water stains, the straitions in the silk had tiny rolls of lint and pilling and the pants had 2 small holes in it. I called the owner to report the problem and came in to show him the damage.

I told him that the dress was only worn for 2 hours in church and that the only stains were at the bottom made by a drop of jam from a donut. He proceded to tell me there was no way they could have made it, that she must have made it and never in his whole time in business have they caused stains. It was a good thing I marked all the stains with painter's tape because I had plenty of evidence to show that if my daughter made it...how would she be able to reach in the back of the dress near the shoulder and in the back of the empire waist's creases, etc. There were too many stains in way too hard places to reach by a toddler. Not to mention most of the stains were in the back of the dress. I was livid at the way they refused to take responsibility of the dress and lay the blame on me.

When I showed the holes left in the pants, he also refused the damage on that (even though he touched the material and admitted that it fairly brand new material). I had asked to have it repaired which I thought was standard to have a tailor on hand in case of any damage. He refused.

All in all, they did try to clean the dress 2 more times. I told them it was ok if they couldn't remove the original stain I had brought the dress in for but it was unacceptable to have it returned with mutiple stains. Ironically, the original stain was removed but not the "chemical water" stains. The excuses I received ranged from "it must be invisible stains" to "children shouldn't be wearing that kind of material anyways."

When I tried to file a complaint with the BBB, the company was not listed. Very strange considering how this company bragged about being in business since the 1940's.

I will say that our winter coats fared far better. But I would not trust them with expensive or delicate fabrics. Also, a month after my fiasco, I heard their dry cleaning plant vendor was caught in a fire and many of their clients' clothes were damaged. Although I was livid at their customer service, I'm glad it happened because I might have lost more clothes if I continued to be a customer.

For reasons stated above, I definitely would not recommend them. Also, they only take cash."

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I decided to try this dry cleaner since it was down the street, it seemed reputable enough (the signage bragged in business since 1942?) and had a decent web page. Since I am hesitant to try an dry cleaners not linked with some national dry cleaning association, I really didn't have any choice since there are no Queens drycleaners listed (only Manhattan...go figure!).

So for my first time, I decided to do a test run...a couple of Target Proenza silk shirts and my son's blazer for his school dance. Those came back fine and dandy. With that cleared, I decided to turn in my daughter's dupioni silk dress and my DH's John Varvatos cashmere/wool pants. After picking up the items (after dropping off $150 of winter coats), I discovered at home that her dress was filled with what looked like clear water stains, the straitions in the silk had tiny rolls of lint and pilling and the pants had 2 small holes in it. I called the owner to report the problem and came in to show him the damage.

I told him that the dress was only worn for 2 hours in church and that the only stains were at the bottom made by a drop of jam from a donut. He proceded to tell me there was no way they could have made it, that she must have made it and never in his whole time in business have they caused stains. It was a good thing I marked all the stains with painter's tape because I had plenty of evidence to show that if my daughter made it...how would she be able to reach in the back of the dress near the shoulder and in the back of the empire waist's creases, etc. There were too many stains in way too hard places to reach by a toddler. Not to mention most of the stains were in the back of the dress. I was livid at the way they refused to take responsibility of the dress and lay the blame on me.

When I showed the holes left in the pants, he also refused the damage on that (even though he touched the material and admitted that it fairly brand new material). I had asked to have it repaired which I thought was standard to have a tailor on hand in case of any damage. He refused.

All in all, they did try to clean the dress 2 more times. I told them it was ok if they couldn't remove the original stain I had brought the dress in for but it was unacceptable to have it returned with mutiple stains. Ironically, the original stain was removed but not the "chemical water" stains. The excuses I received ranged from "it must be invisible stains" to "children shouldn't be wearing that kind of material anyways."

When I tried to file a complaint with the BBB, the company was not listed. Very strange considering how this company bragged about being in business since the 1940's.

I will say that our winter coats fared far better. But I would not trust them with expensive or delicate fabrics. Also, a month after my fiasco, I heard their dry cleaning plant vendor was caught in a fire and many of their clients' clothes were damaged. Although I was livid at their customer service, I'm glad it happened because I might have lost more clothes if I continued to be a customer.

For reasons stated above, I definitely would not recommend them. Also, they only take cash."

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I thought I would this place a try, since it is closer to when I finally moved to. They did an excellent job with flattening out the wrinkles in many times worn dress pants. I don't know how well they are with stain removal, let's hope I don't need to find out anytime soon. Pricing is good and turn around time for pick-up is reasonable. They may become my regular cleaners just for convenience.

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I thought I would this place a try, since it is closer to when I finally moved to. They did an excellent job with flattening out the wrinkles in many times worn dress pants. I don't know how well they are with stain removal, let's hope I don't need to find out anytime soon. Pricing is good and turn around time for pick-up is reasonable. They may become my regular cleaners just for convenience.

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