Halloween Horror Survival Guide

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, DLI Publications, Special Care Tips

Halloween Horror Survival Guide

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 78 Halloween costumes are made of many different fabrics, usually combining several styles and trims to give the fabric the best effect. If you’ve purchased an expensive costume it’s best to ask a professional cleaner like us to remove any stains. A chemical that may be safe on one spot could lead to an even worse situation someplace else, possibly causing dye-bleeding, color loss or even disintegration of the fabric....

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The Shirt / Starch Relationship

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, DLI Publications, Special Care Tips

The Shirt / Starch Relationship

Vol. 78 DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 77 The Shirt / Starch Relationship Starch and sizings are laundry additives that can increase the firmness of fabrics, particularly dress shirts. A study conducted by the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, the Association of Professional Drycleaners showed starch and sizings can both protect and harm shirts at the same time. Shirts undergo two types of abrasions. One type is called flat abrasion, and it refers to the...

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Drycleaning Preserves Fresh-Water Resources – Celebrate It!

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, Special Care Tips

Drycleaning Preserves Fresh-Water Resources – Celebrate It!

By John Paul Roggenkamp Humans today are consuming resources quicker than ever before in history, water foremost among them. Enormous subterranean aquifers across America are being tapped for industrial and domestic uses alike – some of which Nature struggles to refill quickly enough to meet our increasing demands. As a drycleaners, however, your daily processes don’t use massive quantities of the precious wet that we all need to keep on living. Tim Wolf-Lewis,...

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The History of Seersucker: A Wrinkle in Summer Fabrics

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, DLI Publications, Special Care Tips

The History of Seersucker: A Wrinkle in Summer Fabrics

Close-up of a white & blue striped jacket with blue shirt, pink & blue striped tie on a pink background. Clipping path included. We’re well and truly into the warmer months. With temps soaring and A/C being our constant companion, the last thing you want is to be laden in heavyweight denim, a flannel shirt, and boots. What you need is something lightweight, comfortable and breathable, right? Not forgetting stylish, of course. To help with your summer wardrobe...

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What causes redeposition in laundry?

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Special Care Tips

What causes redeposition in laundry?

A very common and irritating problem in laundry is the redeposition of soil onto fabrics or garments, giving white fabrics an off-white appearance or dulling colored fabrics. This problem occurs when the soil is not flushed fast enough. Redeposition can be caused by several factors. The three most common causes are insufficient detergent, ineffective detergent, and overloading of the washer. To check for redeposition, simply wet a small area of the affected fabric with a...

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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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