Home Stain Remedies: Fact v. Fiction

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Featured, Special Care Tips

Home Stain Remedies: Fact v. Fiction

  Home Stain Remedies: Fact v. Fiction Everyone has been taught a home stain removal remedy or two by someone. There may be a grain of truth to many of these quick-fix solutions but sometimes the proposed method may do more damage than good or there may be a better way. Let’s separates the facts from the fiction. Myth: In a pinch, apply club soda to a stain. It is a great first aid remedy. Reality: In some instances club soda will remove a clear, colorless,...

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Stretching of Acrylic Knit Garments

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Featured, Special Care Tips

Stretching of Acrylic Knit Garments

Stretching of Acrylic Knit Garments   Acrylic is a heat-sensitive, thermoplastic fiber and is susceptible to stretching, especially when it is in a knit construction. Acrylic can be found in many knit items, such as dresses, sweaters, skirts, and pants; as well as knit trims, including collars, cuffs, and/or waistbands. Because acrylic fibers are not readily identifiable by sight or touch, drycleaners must rely on content labels to identify these fibers. Items that do...

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Avoiding Horror Stories: What to Tell Customers about Problem Garments Before They Fail—And After

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Featured, Special Care Tips

Avoiding Horror Stories: What to Tell Customers about Problem Garments Before They Fail—And After

Avoiding Horror Stories: What to Tell Customers about Problem Garments Before They Fail—And After   Ian P. Murphy, former editor of American Drycleaner, has a great article up on Fabricare, a magazine of the Drycleaning and Laundry institute. He writes, It’s a fact in the dry cleaning business: Garments can—and do—fail. Operators can take every precaution to head off potential problems, but once in a while, something will go wrong. In the best case, the drycleaner can...

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Before and After Your Special Day

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips, Wedding Gown

Before and After Your Special Day

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 64 Before and After Your Special Day You’ve waited your whole life for the big day, and it’s getting closer. Dreamed about it as a little girl, imagined the expressions on the faces of your family, wondered if your parents would cry, but you always knew it would be perfect. After your flowing white gown has served its purpose of presenting you in all the symbolism of the best day of your life, after all the pictures...

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Stain Removal on Satin

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Stain Removal on Satin

Stain Removal on Satin Satin is a weave, not a fiber. The fabric has a shiny, smooth surface because yarns pass or float over four or more yarns during the weaving process. This unique characteristic of the weave is also the reason for its susceptibility to abrasion damage. If this type of fabric is stained, the weave as well as the fiber content must be considered in the stain removal process. Work on the reverse side of the fabric to prevent snagging, chafing, or abrading...

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Caring for Chintz

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Caring for Chintz

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Caring for Chintz Spring is a popular time of year to clean household items such as draperies, bedspreads, and dust ruffles. Many of these fabrics are coated with a glossy finish. These finishes are referred to as polished, glazed, or chintz. The shiny finish is created by adding a starch, wax, or resin to the surface of the fabric. Because there are several types of finishes, the drycleanability or wetcleanability performance will...

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Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 62 Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit If you shopped for sweaters or other knit garments lately, you have probably noticed that many of them contain a fiber called acrylic. Before purchasing garments containing this fiber, it is important that you are aware of the problems you may run into and how to care for them properly.   What is acrylic? Acrylic is a fiber often found in women’s sweaters, knit suits, pants, skirts, and...

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Velvet: The Royal Fabric

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Velvet: The Royal Fabric

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 60 Velvet: The Royal Fabric One of fashion’s winter favorites is velvet, especially crushed velvets and velvet garments with decorative trim. You will find many types of apparel made from 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,...

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Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 61 Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best At the many family dinners, festive parties, and neighborhood open houses this holiday season, you want your table to look perfect. Many linens are special, especially when they are gifts or heirlooms handed down from generation to generation. But unfortunately, even on holidays, people have “accidents” and spill food and drinks. As a result, knowing how to properly care for...

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Understanding Color Loss

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Understanding Color Loss

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 60 Understanding Color Loss Ever notice how sometimes matching colors in parts of an outfit can look faded or notice localized areas where the color has disappeared? Color loss in all its forms accounts for a good portion of the garments analyzed every year at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute’s International Textile Analysis Laboratory. The lab is internationally recognized as the CSI of drycleaning, deducing what happened...

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Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 59 Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics Upholstered furniture may come with the manufacturer’s recommended method of cleaning. The American Furniture Manufacturers cleability 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...

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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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