Professional Cleaning Processes: What We Do to Keep You Looking Your Best

Dry-cleaning Dry-cleaning uses solvent to remove soils and stains from fabric in specially designed machines. The term "dry-cleaning" is misleading: it is called dry-cleaning because the solvent contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers as water does. Among the advantages of dry-cleaning is its ability to dissolve greases and oils in a way that water cannot. The dry-cleaning process begins with the pretreatment of spots and stains using special cleaning agents. The garments are then loaded into a machine resembling an oversized front-loading washer. It produces similar mechanical action to loosen embedded dirt. Throughout the cleaning process, the solvent is filtered o

The Incredible Shrinking Comforter!

Question: I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened? Answer: Some natural relaxation shrinkage can show up after cleaning household items such as comforters, bedspreads, and blankets. There is usually a fullness of the backing or shell fabric, causing a puckered appearance. Also, any piping borders, quilting stitches, and seams may be rippled or distorted. Although many factors can contribute to this type of shrinkage, the major cause is the original fabric not being properly preshrunk or stabilized before the article was constructed. When this occurs, the latent strains of relaxation will appear during any acceptable care procedure. Some slight shrinkage (approximately 2-4 percent)

Fabric types and definitions

Ever read a garment tag and wonder what a particular term means? Here are definitions for common terms seen on garment tags. Acetate - A synthetic fiber which is used for luxurious fabrics such as taffeta and satin. It is often blended with rayon. Acrylic - The generic name for a synthetic fiber derived from polyacrylonitrile. Acrylic is typically used as a substitute for wool. Angora - A hair fiber from the angora rabbit. It may be blended with rayon or wool fibers for a novelty effect. Boucle - A rough, fairly thick, slubby yarn that gives fabric a tufted or knotted texture. Brocade - A heavy jacquard weave fabric with a design, such as flowers, woven into it. Metallic threads are of

Outdoor Gear Care Guide

Finally, a chance to get away and see the great outdoors. The weather can be a bit unpredictable. A properly-waterproofed tent can be a great place to wait out a storm. To avoid sleeping in a puddle, you'll do well to waterproof tents once a year. Here are a few more tips to keep your outdoor gear ready and for storing it when cold weather returns. Tent: Waterproof at the beginning of the season. Open it up, even at the site, and spray it with water repellent. Check for tiny holes and patch them promptly to keep water and insects out. Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bags can usually be washed but check the care instructions before cleaning. Many contain down or fiber filling and may require diff

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