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After 30 Years our Mawson Store has Closed

“After 30 plus years at Southlands Mawson I have news that the store has now changed hands. I wanted to sincerely thank all our loyal customers who have stayed with us over many years. I wanted to inform you all that I am still providing fine Dry Cleaning and old-fashioned service from our Cooleman Court Weston Creek store. We also have nine places across town where you can leave your cleaning for us to do. Please visit us on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates.”

Mark Ryan, R&R Fabricare

Mark Ryan R&R Fabricare Canberra Dry Cleaner

Benefits of drycleaning

Don’t Use Express or 1-hr Dry-CleanersBenefits of Professional Drycleaning

Convenience: All you have to do is drop your clothes off and pick them up. Your cleaner takes care of the rest.

Why waste hours doing washing and ironing when you get quality and convenience with drycleaning?

Drycleaning is a valuable service which allows you more time to pursue all those more important things in life.

Colour and Brightness

Drycleaning protects your garments colour, brightness and softness as well as being gentler than other cleaning methods.

Drycleaning arrived in Australia in 1913 and has proven to be the best method of garment cleaning. Drycleaning uses solvents to remove soils and stains from fabrics. Among the advantages of drycleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oils in a way that water cannot.

Natural fibres such as wools and silks dryclean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose colour when washed in water. Synthetic fibres like polyester also respond well to drycleaning, whereas they can retain oily stains after washing.

Drycleaning helps to return garments to a “like new” condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of colour, and change of texture or finish.

R&R Fabricare Canberra Dry Cleaning Services

Expertise: From fashions and fabrics to stain removal to the latest cleaning technologies, drycleaners have the expertise to clean your clothes with the best results.

Extend the life of your garments: Contrary to the belief of some, frequent cleaning does not damage clothes.

Frequent cleaning extends the life of a garment by removing stains and ground-in dirt and soils which act as an abrasive on the fibres in your garments.

By drycleaning them regularly you are protecting your investment.

Finishing: Thanks to special pressing equipment, professional finishing gives garments a crisp, wrinkle-free, like-new appearance that can’t be beaten. There are no wrinkles or creases out of place. Plus, by taking your clothes to the drycleaner, you don’t have to spend your weekend standing over an ironing board and a hot iron.

Household furnishings: Cleaners don’t just clean clothes. Many cleaners also process household items such as blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, rugs, and even upholstery and curtains. Some cleaners will offer a takedown and rehang service for curtains.

Image: Your clothing is an expression of your personality and image. When you look good you feel better and are more confident

Inspection: Before they return a garment to you, quality cleaners conduct an inspection to make sure your order has met their own and your expectations. If they spot a problem, the garment gets sent back to receive further attention. Safeguards like this help ensure that your clothes will look their best when you come to pick them up.

Knowledge of fabrics and fashions: You may know what wool, silk, and cotton are, but what about angora, faille or acetate?

There are numerous fabrics and fibres that drycleaners must know about in order to care best for the clothes they receive.

Each fabric can respond positively or negatively depending on the treatment administered.

Laundry: Drycleaners may also have commercial laundry facilities where they process shirts, cotton slacks, and other items.

With the convenience and superior level of pressing that comes with commercial laundry, it won’t just be your dryclean only clothes that look like a million dollars. Your business and casual clothes will look their best, too.

Moths and insects: Clean clothes are the first step to preventing moth and other insect damage.

Insects can damage clothes either directly or indirectly. Direct damage is caused by a group of insects feeding directly on a fabric.

Indirect damage is caused when insects feed on spilled food or perspiration on the fabric. Moths attack the garment directly, especially wool and wool blends.

Neck Ties: Ties are often made of delicate fabrics (such as silk with vibrant colours) and require special care. Whether you’ve spilled gravy on your favourite tie or are just looking to spruce it up, a high-quality drycleaner is best equipped to clean it.

Odour removal: Some cleaners specialize in odour removal and flood and fire restoration of water- or smoke-damaged items. These cleaners use ozone generators to do an ozone treatment.

The contact between ozone and the odours embedded in the textiles causes oxidation to reoccur, resulting in the elimination of the odours and the release of oxygen. This is a safe and effective process.

Preservation: Many cleaners specialize in the preservation of wedding gowns, christening gowns, and other family heirlooms. Preservation is a special type of storage that helps prolong the life of a garment for years and years. Cleaners often say that they aren’t just preserving a customer’s garment, they’re preserving a memory.

Repairs and Alterations: Professional drycleaners are full-service clothing care specialists. Alterations are one of the many services they may offer in addition to drycleaning your clothes.

Drycleaners repair loose buttons or sew on new ones, if necessary. Zip in and out: That’s how long it takes you to drop off and pick up your drycleaning. Again, convenience and quality is paramount to good drycleaning.

Restoration: In addition to preservation, cleaners may specialize in the restoration of old wedding gowns, heirloom items, and antique textiles. These items often are very delicate and require great care.

Restoration specialists have the expertise to take in these items, although the level they can restore them to depends on their condition at the time they are brought in.

It is not uncommon, though, for a cleaner to restore a wedding gown originally worn by a bride-to-be’s grandmother well enough that the bride can wear it in her own wedding.

Stain removal: Drycleaners use complex techniques and special stain removal solutions to remove stains. Stains are divided into two major categories: solvent-soluble stains and water-soluble stains. Different stains require different treatments, and drycleaners are highly trained to safely remove stains.

Why risk a disaster using an over-the-counter “all-purpose” stain removal product or trying a “home remedy” when you could rely on your drycleaner’s expert stain removal abilities?

Upholstery: Professional drycleaners aren’t just clothes care specialists, they are textile care specialists. Some cleaners will even come into your home if you’d like to clean the upholstery of your couch, chairs, and other furniture. These cleaners have special, portable equipment that allows them to clean upholstery and curtains.

Wetcleaning: Wetcleaning is a gentle form of cleaning that cleaners may choose to process sensitive fabrics such as wool, silk, rayon, and linen. It gives drycleaners more flexibility in processing items that may not withstand a drycleaning process or that have soils that would be better removed in water.

For example, many items, such as wedding gowns, are often trimmed with plastic beads or sequins that may dissolve or discolour in drycleaning but generally perform well in wetcleaning.

Items with large water-soluble stains are also more likely to come clean in a wetcleaning process.

Yellowing: Frequent cleaning removes stains that, if left untreated, could oxidize and cause yellowing.

Exposure to heat or the passage of time can cause stains from food, drinks, and other oily substances to oxidize and turn yellow or brown, much the way a peeled apple turns brown after exposure to air.

Once they become yellow or brown, these stains become much more difficult to remove and often cannot be removed.

Article credit: Drycleaning Institute of Australia

We Continue to Serve – COVID-19 News

Drycleaning is not on the list of closures as announced by the Prime Minister. Our cleaning methods kill viruses and we are being extra vigilant with cleaning procedures.

We do ask, please do not come into our stores if you are unwell, and please contact your healthcare professional.

Thank your to all our valued customers for your continued support!

RR Fabricare Dry Cleaning agents in Canberra

RR Fabricare is pleased to announce we now have three dry cleaning agents at convenient locations around Canberra.

Leave your dry cleaning with one of our agents for pickup by RR Fabricare:

Looksmart Alterations – ‘The Canberra Centre’ Canberra City

The Braddon Newsagency and Post Office – Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Convention Centre Newsagency – 33 Allara Street Canberra City (next to Casino)

O’Connor Post office – O’Connor Shopping Centre, Sargood St

Hughes Laundromat – Hughes Place

Key King – The Bridge, Westfield Woden

Jamison Newsagency – Bowman Street Macquarie

Jamison Plaza News – Jamison Plaza

Hawker Cards and Gifts – Hawker Place

Save time and Money

Unless you’re a nudist (and let’s be honest in Canberra that’s a poor life choice in Winter) you wear clothes day in and day out.

Washing machines are in every home, but the truth is they do more damage to your clothes that you know, clothes aren’t cheap, and you need to prolong the life of your investments, and dry-cleaning is a process that is gentle on clothes and gentle on the environment. Think about the time you spend washing, hanging out clothes or drying them, ironing and putting them away.

When dry-cleaning, you take a lot of that time wastage out of the equation, but it really is better for your clothes, here’s why.

Dry-cleaning is tough on stubborn stains, but it is gentle on clothes. Did you see the recent photo on our Facebook page of the 2 tissues? No, well here it is…..

Tissues washed in regular wash v dry clean

One of them had been in the washing machine, the other had been through the dry-cleaning process, if dry-cleaning is this gentle on a tissue, you now know how gentle it is on your clothes. Our professional team not only undertakes regular training, we are the only dry-cleaners in Canberra with 4 generations of knowledge in the art.

We know through years of hard work that garments that are professionally dry cleaned last longer. So, you can continue wearing that same clothes week in and week out and they’ll look their best for much longer. Looking good is an investment. Protect it by taking care of it the best way you know how — dry cleaning.

R&R Fabricare has been dry cleaning Canberra since 1933. We are one of the oldest and respected names in the dry-cleaning industry and that continues today with a fresh new look. Combining experience with local knowledge and a friendly staff to assist you with your dry-cleaning needs.

Contact us on 02 6286 3695 or visit one of our 3 Canberra locations at Yarralumla, Mawson and Weston for all your dry-cleaning needs.


Off to the slopes? Make sure you look your best!

Instead of sulking over the brutal snowy winter, how about embracing it with some fun activities such as snowboarding or skiing? Whether you are spending a ski weekend in Thredbo, Perisher or maybe you’re heading overseas to Queenstown in New Zealand, your ski jackets, pants and gloves do get soiled at the end of the day.  

Ski apparel is often waterproof or water resistant and using your everyday laundry detergent may damage its water repellence.  If your ski wear is soiled in some areas, spot clean it with water and mild soap. For heavily soiled ski apparel, or after many uses, it would be best to have it professionally cleaned.

We’ve been looking after Canberra’s garments since 1933 so there’s nothing we haven’t cleaned at R&R Fabricare, and given the slopes are within hours of our backdoor, you’d be crazy not to get in some skiing this Winter.

We will clean your ski garments so that you always look great and feel comfortable wearing them on the slopes. 

R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston, Yarralumla and Mawson.  


Colour Loss

colour loss

Colour loss has a number of causes

What causes colour loss?

There are many substances consumers may encounter in the course of the day that can cause colour loss. In many instances, discolouration does not appear until the item is cleaned. This will depend upon the composition and concentration of the staining substance, the type of fibre and dye stuff and the length of contact time. Typical colour loss problems are listed below.

  • Silk and acetates can be affected by alcohol products such as perfumes, colognes, hair spray and of course alcoholic beverages.
  • Bleaches come in many products including hair care products, skin lotions, cleaning products and disinfectants.
  • Exposure to light, either sunlight or artificial light, can cause colour fading or loss of colour where the ultraviolet rays can alter the chemical structure of dyes.
  • Wear abrasion colour loss can typically occur in the neck line, elbows, seat, knees and pockets or folds. The friction rubs off the dye on the surface of the fabric which will then be flushed away by the action of the cleaning process.

At R&R Fabricare we are professional DIA members and we have years of experience with garments of all shapes and sizes, avoiding colour loss is something we are well versed in when it comes to dry-cleaning methods, and we always take the utmost care with our Canberra Dry-cleaning clients garments.

R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston, Yarralumla and Mawson.  



Shrinkage remains one of the top five problem areas in dry-cleaning. However, well over half of the shrinkage problems are determined to be manufacturer related. There are 3 types of shrinkage – Progressive, relaxation, and felting.

Progressive shrinkage

Unstabilised fabrics can shrink on a cumulative or progressive basis. A small amount of shrinkage can occur with every clean which may go unnoticed until it becomes unsatisfactory to the customer.

Relaxation shrinkage

Relaxation shrinkage is attributed to the release of tension introduced to the fabric during manufacture. When the fabric is moistened during cleaning, the strain from the manufacture is released and the fabric returns to its more normal relaxed dimension.

Felting shrinkage

Felting shrinkage will occur in animal hair fibres such as wool, angora, cashmere and others. The surface of the fibres become entangled when exposed to heat, water, agitation, detergent or pressure, making the fabric become thick and compact. This type of shrinkage is not recoverable.

Dry-cleaning can cause shrinkage, but at R&R Fabricare we are professional DIA members and we know how to handle precious garments, so the risk is minimised or eliminated completely.

R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston,Yarralumla and Mawson.  

What you need to know about Trims

Sequins beads and Glitter

Sequins, beads, glitter and ornamental trimming are back in style, especially with the Winter Ball Season on the way in Canberra. You will find them on dresses, jackets, sweaters and handbags. If you have purchased or plan to purchase a garment with this attractive trim, please be aware:

  • Sequins are always delicate, but they can be serviceable if they are made properly. Unserviceable sequins can lose colour, lose shine or curl. If the thread holding them is inferior, it may break and allow the sequins to unravel. Unserviceable beads can dissolve or transfer dye to the surrounding fabric. Glitter which is glued on will almost always fall off during dry-cleaning or washing.
  • At RR Fabricare we are DIA professionals and we have the know-how to preserve the beauty of these fashionable and expensive garments, unless they are trimmed with inferior or unserviceable sequins, beads and trimming. You should return unserviceable garments to your place of purchase.

Reputable dry-cleaners should have a fair policy on these types of garments.



R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston, Yarralumla and Mawson.  


Silk – Caring for that precious garment

Silk is one of the oldest known textile fibres and is recognized for its beauty, lustre and comfort. At R&R Fabricare we ask that you consider taking some simple steps to your silk garment looking its very best.


  • Always store silk in a cool dry place. Never expose silk to prolonged sunlight.
  • Be aware that perspiration and some deodorants can combine to create some of the most common causes of discoluoration, colour loss and deterioration of silk fibres – clean your silks regularly if permanent damage is to be avoided.
  • Some dyes on silk fabrics may bleed when wet with solutions containing alcohol – such as perfumes, cosmetics, some antiperspirants and alcoholic drinks etc Consult our professional dry-cleaning team in Canberra for expert advice if you are not 100% sure on what you are doing with such a delicate garment.
  • Never attempt to remove stains from silk by rubbing especially when damp, silk fibres are delicate and are easily damaged, always seek a dry-cleaner with experience in dealing with silk.
  • Do not store silk in a soiled state. Consult a Dry-Cleaning Institute of Australia Industry Professional and point out any stains that are not readily apparent, they will advise on an appropriate course of action.

R&R Fabricare has been dry cleaning Canberra since 1933. We are one of the oldest and respected names in the dry-cleaning industry and that continues today with a fresh new look. Combining experience with local knowledge and a friendly staff to assist you with your dry-cleaning needs.

Contact us on 02 6286 3695 or visit one of our 3 Canberra locations at Yarralumla, Mawson and Weston for all your dry-cleaning needs.