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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Are Americans Doing Laundry All Wrong?

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog, DLI Publications

Are Americans Doing Laundry All Wrong?

A trip to Manila made me wonder about the history of washing and drying in America, and whether the automated models are doing more harm than good. CityLab – The Atlantic CARL TASHIAN     @tashian Mar 31, 2016   In October 2015, I was in the Philippines, on a bus heading up the North Luzon Expressway out of Manila and into the mountains. I had traveled from San Francisco to visit my friend Imman, and we were escaping the relentless heat. Out the window, tropical...

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Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful . . .

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful . . .

Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful where those rays go because they could fade some parts of your home environment. Sometimes we forget about household items that blend into our homes so much they become a part of the scenery. These items collect dust and dirt and can become damaged, faded or discolored in their inactivity. Since we see them everyday, gradual changes come about without our noticing. Guest room items are often overlooked, as many...

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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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Keeping velvets fit for royalty!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog, DLI Publications

Keeping velvets fit for royalty!

Velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, especially crushed velvets and velvet garments with decorative trim. Many types of apparel are made of velvet, including pants, dresses, gowns, coats, capes, and jackets. Velvet is also popular for household items, such as furniture covers and drapes. What is velvet? Velvet has long been known as the fabric of royalty. At one time, blue velvet was reserved solely for use by the French king, his family, and favored subjects....

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Heirloom garments need some TLC!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Blog, DLI Publications

Heirloom garments need some TLC!

A tear in an heirloom garment does not mean it is lost forever. Faded colors can be brought back to life and clothing can be restyled to reflect more current fashion trends. In most cases we can help you get your garment back in shape again. If we don’t offer a particular service, we are in touch with someone who can. Fixing a Hole Reweaving is the process of repairing a woven fabric by taking existing yarns and mending holes. Often the procedure leaves no trace of...

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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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DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use for COLD WEATHER!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use for COLD WEATHER!

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 7   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...

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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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GQ Faux pas! Cleaning a suit once a year? Jeans once per six months? Ugh.

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications

GQ Faux pas! Cleaning a suit once a year? Jeans once per six months? Ugh.

Jim Nelson October 21, 2014 GQ Editor-in-Chief The advice offered in your October article Don’t Get Taken to the Cleaners > The Smart Man’s Guide to Laundry would leave readers in the least GQ position possible: looking and smelling like a bum. Not cleaning your clothes makes you stink. Not pressing them or ironing them makes you look like you slept on a park bench. We don’t want your readers to look and smell like bums. As the world’s leading trade association for...

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Sweater-Mania!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

Sweater-Mania!

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 27 Sweaters range from lightweight to heavyweight, cotton to ramie to wool, fall colors to winter colors to spring colors. They can be pullovers, buttoned, vests, short-sleeve, or long-sleeve. They can be made of silk, angora, chenille, rayon, acrylic, and more. Then there are the trims, such as lace, suede, fur, leather, beads, sequins, appliques, beads, and even snakeskin. We love them all and we love the way you look in them....

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The Feel Good Benefits of Looking Good!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications

The Feel Good Benefits of Looking Good!

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use   Vol. 24Everyday 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...

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