Common Sense Rules for Summertime Storage

To keep your winter fashions looking good season after season, follow these simple rules for storing your warm and wooly items: 1. Clean or dry-clean everything before storage. Dirt and food are invitations to insects. 2. Make all necessary repairs - sew hemlines, replace buttons, and fix split seams - before cleaning and storing. 3. Store all items in a cool, well-ventilated area. 4. Store away from natural and artificial light. Hot attics, damp basements, and garages are to be avoided. 5. Store woolens in cedar chests or in other airtight containers. Second choices for storage of woolens are cloth or canvas bags and cardboard boxes. If you store in a closet, drape a cloth sheet over your c

Common Causes of Color Loss

LIGHT FADING Many consumers are not aware that dyes can fade if exposed to light, either sunlight or artificial light. With this type of color loss, fading is generally apparent on only one side of the fabric. The reverse side is usually unaffected. Certain dyes, such as blues, violets, or greens, are more prone to this type of fading than others. FUME FADING Fume fading (gas fading) develops when air comes into contact with heated surfaces and forms nitrogen oxide gases. These gases then react with certain dyes, usually those found on acetate and nylon, and cause them to change color (usually blue to red). Fume fading usually occurs on both sides of the fabric. WATER SENSITIVITY Some d

Clean-ability Codes for Household Fabrics

Upholstered furniture may come with the manufacturer’s recommended method of cleaning. The American Furniture Manufacturers clean-ability code may either be permanently attached to the upholstered piece or a part of the hang tag. Upholstery is not covered under the Federal Trade Commission’s Care Label Rule. Labeling of furniture is strictly voluntary. The following cleanability codes were designated by fabric manufacturers. Caution: Never remove cushion covers for separate cleaning or washing. Any tumble cleaning method can destroy the back, shrink or otherwise damage upholstery fabric. W Clean soiled areas only with the foam from a water-based cleaning agent, like a mild detergent or uph

Behind the Scenes at Your Dry Cleaner

When items arrive, we wave our magic wand and they are ready-to-wear fresh in no time. End of story. Well, that's how we hope it looks. Truth is, your wardrobe gets full-service treatment. Tagging and Stains In reality, after drop-off, we tag your items so the cleaning team can keep track of them through the upcoming process. Then we check for stains. If we find any tough stains, we’ll remove them based on their chemistry. Stain removal is part art and part science. Some stains are tougher than others but our team can handle 99.9% of them. Cleaning Next, we place your garments into the cleaning machine. It’s like a home washer since the clothes are placed in a metal cylinder. During clea

Help Us Help the Environment by Recycling

Are extra hangers cluttering your closet? Want to find a good home for them? Rather than allowing them to become a nuisance, return them to your us and we’ll take care of them for you. Recycling not only frees up valuable closet space, by recycling you are helping protect the environment. Although many people reuse dry-cleaning hangers, unless you are a clothing shopaholic, the number of hangers in your closet can quickly exceed the number of garments you have to hang. These days, most professional cleaners recycle hangers. When collecting your hangers for recycling, there are several things you should remember: * Make sure the hangers are clean and unbent. * Sort the hangers by type, r

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