America’s Best Cleaners is excited to announce that the next Live Accelerator Meeting, themed “Diversiﬁcation,” will be held on May 4th to 6th, 2022 in Seattle, WA. ABC Affiliate, Helena’s Cleaners, will host as the ﬁrst recipient of the Golden Iron, a new tradition marked this past year by ABC’s 20th Anniversary.
The Golden Iron is not your average iron – it is a traditional charcoal flatirons re-purposed by ABC to represent the gold-standard excellence of ABC Affiliates and honor the craftsmanship and traditional roots of bespoke level fabricare. At America’s Best Cleaners, we not only expect affiliates to utilize the most technologically advanced and high-quality services but also practice the ﬁne details that only a skilled hand can offer to America’s most cherished wardrobes.
A primary focus of the ABC Certification involves an evaluation of a dry cleaner’s hand ﬁnishing, a premium service we require of any affiliate. Before the age of electricity, filtrations were heated by ﬁlling containers with a burning substance like charcoal in order to create the crisp, sophisticated press that is so often taken for granted when electric irons and machinery are so readily accessible. The Golden Iron is a reminder that the professionals in America’s Best Cleaners are still practicing a ﬁne craft despite the increasingly advanced technology that they use to service clients. We serve as an example that no matter how advanced we become with dry cleaning – easier and faster do not always mean “better.”
After each semi-annual Live Accelerator Event, the previous host will “pass on” the Golden Iron to the next host in hopes of continuing America’s Best Cleaners’ mission of “Ensuring the Best Brands in Fashion are Cared for by the Best Hands.”
To learn more about America’s Best Cleaners certiﬁcation program and how you can attend and be recognized as a Certiﬁed Affiliate, please contact Executive Director Christopher White or visit www.AmericasBestCleaners.com.