Having a torrid affair with your draperies?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured

Having a torrid affair with your draperies?

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use  Vol. 50 Caring for Curtains & Drapes Despite the availability of hundreds of labor saving devices and packaged products that claim to virtually eliminate housework, until a “magic solution” is found, curtains will still have to be cleaned the old-fashioned way. Window treatments are an investment in time, money, and creativity, so protect your investment by purchasing the right kind of draperies for your needs and...

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Common Sense Rules for Summertime Storage

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Common Sense Rules for Summertime Storage

Aahhh, middle of summertime!  Time for family fun, vacations, holiday festivities, and the ever looming “back to school blues”. It is also time to remember to clean those winter items (particularly sweaters; but also coats and jackets) that often get put away soiled.   In the fall, we take them out to discover they have spots, stains, worn linings or torn pockets, and holes that we overlooked in our rush to enjoy the warmer weather. Sugar stains are the most dangerous,...

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Prevent Delayed Stains from Crashing Your Party

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Prevent Delayed Stains from Crashing Your Party

It’s a whole lot easier to get rid of unwanted guests before they become permanent residents. Mysterious stains sometimes appear on clothes after a period of time in storage. Faint stains may also appear worse or stains “invisible” to the naked eye may show up only after the garment is cleaned. Making sure clothing is properly cleaned before storage is the best defense against these problems. This is true for all garments including wedding gowns. Club soda...

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Drycleaning Myth Busters!!

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Drycleaning Myth Busters!!

Clearing up some Misconceptions about Dry Cleaning May Improve Customer Service Perceptions There are many reasons why a dry cleaner should focus on improving their customer service. Of course good customer service is important for retention and for gaining new business, but excelling at customer service can also help these professionals prevent and reduce their dry cleaner risks. This may be a beneficial time to look at how clearing up some common misconceptions can help...

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Feelgood benefits of looking good

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Feelgood benefits of looking good

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 24 Everyday Effect theory, stating the feelgood benefits of looking good. Actions that may seem ordinary or routine, such as wearing a clean shirt or brushing our teeth, can have a significant positive impact on ourselves and those around us. The negative side of this is immediately noticeable. Consider the discomfort of worrying about whether or not our bodies emit an offensive odor. That worry uses up brainpower. We need 100% of...

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Life Expectancy of Household Items

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Life Expectancy of Household Items

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 28 Life Expectancy Table Item Years Bedspreads six years Blankets Heavy Wool and Synthetic Fibers 10 years Lightweight five years Electric five years Comforters five years Down five years Curtains Sheer three years Glass Fiber three years Draperies Lined five years Unlined four years Sheer three years Glass Fiber four years Sheets and Pillow Cases two years Slipcovers three years Table Linen Fancy five years Other two years Towels...

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How We Keep Your Clothes Looking Great!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education

How We Keep Your Clothes Looking Great!

How We Keep Your Clothes Looking Great What happens to your clothes when you bring them to us? Who handles them and how do they make them look renewed and refreshed? Your clothes are in the best care when they’re with us! Our professional garment handlers are trained to remove stains, solve problems, press out wrinkles, and make your clothes look the best they can. The process starts at the counter when you drop off your cleaning. This is the best time to let us know about...

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Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 7 Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast: A Guided Tour The holidays are a time for joy and family, not for worrying about yucky stains on your nice tablecloth.  So, relax, this handy stain removal guide will walk you through some of the most common dinner stains you may encounter this holiday season.  Remember, there is always the option of taking your stained items to a professional so you won’t have to deal with it.  We remove stains...

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Some apps to help you choose what to wear

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications

Fashionable Apps Having the newest apps downloaded on your phone is the trendy thing to do! It seems there is an app for just about everything these days. There are a bunch of apps that can be helpful on those days when it‘s difficult to decide what to wear. Take a look at these: http://fashism.com/ – Cast your vote “Love it” or “Leave it” on outfits or upload a photo of your own look to see what others think. http://www.clothapp.com/ – Helps organize your...

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Choosing & Caring for Down Comforters

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Choosing and Caring for Down Comforters Although cleaning down items usually is not a problem, a comforter with poor construction and insufficient quilting can cause the down to shift, lose shape, or become matted. Inspect the comforter for these things before purchasing: • Make sure the comforter is well quilted. Quilting stitches should run both vertically and horizontally with quilting lines about 8–10 inches apart. • Check the strength of the stitching. Comforters with...

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Take Care When Caring for Wool

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Take Care When Caring for Wool Wool is a popular sweater fabric because it is durable, comfortable, and an excellent insulator. If your wool sweater gets damp, hang it to air dry at room temperature. Do not hang near a heat source, as this will promote mildew. A gentle brushing of wool sweaters after each wearing helps remove surface soil. If the care label suggests hand washing, use cool water with mild soap or bleach-free detergent. Soak up to five minutes and rinse...

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Special Care Tips for Wool

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Special Care Tips For Wool Wool (Animal Fibers) Common Types: Cashmere, Merino, Mohair, Virgin Wool, Angora, Source: Animal hair, such as from a sheep, goat, alpaca, or rabbit Benefits: Very warm, great to wear in cooler temperatures Lighter or tropical weight fabrics were developed so wool can be worn year-round. Very durable fabric Precautions: Holds odors; so clean regularly. General Care: Usually dry cleanable in any solvent If hand washing, dunk the fabric, don’t...

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Special Care Tips for Silk

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Special Care Tips For Silk Tips on Silk (Animal Fiber) Source: Silk worm Benefits: Beautiful, brilliant colors Luxurious fabrics Precautions: Due to bright colors, dye fading may occur when cleaned Bright colors fade readily to sunlight Discoloration and staining from perspiration General Care: Usually drycleanable in any solvent If hand washing, do not twist or wring to remove moisture Use a mild detergent when washing Partial tumble dry to soften, followed by air drying...

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Special Care Tips for Rayon

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Special Care Tips for Rayon Rayon (Man-Made Cellulose) Other Common Names: Viscose, Lyocell, Tencel, Source: Wood pulp Benefits: Beautiful, brilliant colors Luxurious silk-like fabric Precautions: Due to bright colors, dye fading may occur when cleaned Bright colors fade readily to sunlight Water spots or rings develop readily due to sizing in fabric If washed, fabric may feel limp General Care: Usually dry cleanable in any solvent If hand washing, do not twist or wring to...

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Special Care Tips for Polyester

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Special Care Tips For Polyester Polyester & Nylon (Synthetic Fibers) Source: Man-made Benefits: Comfortable to wear Dyes easily Easy care, and dries quickly Precautions: Heat sensitive, can be damaged by hot irons and high drying temperatures Bright colors fade readily to sunlight Discoloration and staining from perspiration General Care: Usually dry cleanable in any solvent If washable, use permanent press cycles, which are shorter and gentler than cotton cycles. If...

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