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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

The Twelve Holiday Parties: Holiday Spills and Splashes (Part II)

October 15, 2015

Before the fourth holiday party, my silk dress said to me, “Please be delicate when you iron me.” How should I respond? Answer: Wrinkles should fall out of silk if allowed to hang properly. If ironing seems necessary, iron on a low temperature, 250-300 degrees. Before the fifth holiday party, my husband said to me,

Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics

October 08, 2015

Upholstered furniture may come with the manufacturer’s recommended method of cleaning. The American Furniture Manufacturers cleanability 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 codes

Know More About Shirts

October 04, 2015

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. A fresh, laundered and well-pressed shirt is essential. We successfully launder hundreds of shirts every day. And we are very good at it. But, like all things, shirts can outlive their useful life or exhibit other problems. Whether your shirts are store bought,

The Best Tips on Leather Care

September 16, 2015

With fall here, our friends at the Professional Leather Cleaner’s Association have ten tips for the care of your valuable leather apparel and accessories.  The Professional Leather Cleaners Association is aware of the increasing popularity of leather on the runways and wants to make sure your leather garments will last and look their best! Leather

Prevent Delayed Stains from Crashing Your Party

August 30, 2015

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

Caring for Swimwear

July 17, 2015

As the summer winds down, you may realize that your swimwear doesn’t look as good as it did when you bought it a few months ago. Most likely, this is a result of excessive exposure to chlorine. How do you keeping your swimwear in swimmable condition? Most swimwear is made of spandex, a synthetic rubber with