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Fashion or a Pain in the Necktie?

July 07, 2016

Neckties are both a fashion statement for men and a problem for cleaners. The fabric used for ties is cut diagonally to the weave, or “on the bias,” so it makes a neat knot when worn around the neck. Unfortunately, this type of cut is easily distorted or stretched, causing puckering and fullness. In many

Sunscreens may leave invisible stains on your clothing

June 30, 2016

With the arrival of hot, sunny days comes the need for sunscreens and suntan lotions. While most of us use these products to help protect our skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.   Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can stain fabrics. Most of these

How to minimize color loss

June 13, 2016

Garments lose color for various reasons. Contact with bleach or household cleaning products can disturb dyes, resulting in white discolorations. Same with hair preparations and other moisture solutions or perfumes and other substances containing alcohol. “Fugitive dyes” are not colorfast to cleaning solutions and are the biggest manufacturer-related problem reported by the International Textile Analysis

Cleaning Draperies, Bedspreads and Comforters

February 21, 2016

We know that creating that special ambiance in your home took time. Whether your home furnishings are custom-made or off-the-shelf, to prevent damage from the sunshine and humidity in Boston’s summers, all household items need a thorough professional dry cleaning from time to time to extend their useful life. That’s where we come in. Draperies

Are your clothes coming out clean?

February 03, 2016

When you do your laundry at home, do the clothes come out clean and fresh looking? Or do you find that your whites come out gray or yellow, and colors have lost their luster and sheen? Take the following steps to prevent your washer from taking away your clothing’s fresh look. Increase the amount of

Cleaning winter stains from your clothing

February 03, 2016

Boston looks beautiful in a sea of snow, though it can be arduous to  trudge through the snow and tread the slush on the streets. Worse, slush and street splash contains salt and debris that leave white stains on your clothing while salt buildup can bleach the color of your pants. It is important to

Conquering Mustard Stains on Your Clothes

January 09, 2016

Summer means cookouts, trips to the ballpark, and trips to the beach. Don’t let mustard stains from hot dogs and hamburgers ruin your summer outing.  Mustard is a tough stain to handle. That characteristic yellow color comes from turmeric, a natural yellow dye.  Deal with the stain quickly to avoid a permanent dye job. Note:

Help for laundry that isn’t so clean

January 09, 2016

Poor cleaning of garments after laundering can result from several factors. Failing to sort loads properly, overloading the washer, not pre-treating stains and soils, or not using enough detergent can all result in poor cleaning. You can also improve cleaning performance by following these tips: Soak soiled and stained items in cold water prior to

How long do drapes, comforters and other household textiles last?

December 11, 2015

The American National Standards Institute, Inc. approved the Fair Claims Guide for Consumer Textile Products. This standard provides the guidelines for determining liability for claims adjustment purposes for textile products. It also includes the following life expectancy chart for household textile items: Life Expectancy Table Item Years Bedspreads  six years Blankets – Heavy Wool and Synthetic

Cleaning “spot clean only” garments

October 16, 2015

Do you have a garment with a care label that says “spot clean only”? If you do, it means that the garment should not be cleaned in its entirety, whether dry cleaning, wet cleaning or handwashing. This could be due to embellishments like beads on the garment, the blend of fabrics or the dyes used