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Freshen up for Fall – redirected to Back to School

July 17, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it is already nearly back-to-school season. Soon it will be time to pull out those sweaters, wool coats, and mittens.  Sweaters and coats can gather musty smells in storage. Fine haired sweaters can get pressed flat in the heat of the attic or under some other storage items in a

Removing Stains from Art Projects

June 28, 2015

Help! The Kids are Home from School and Art Projects are a Mess! Q: How can I remove paint stains from my child’s clothing? A: Most paints children end up playing with are water soluble and will easily come out in regular washing. The acrylics and other types of paints are better left to professional

Do home dry cleaning kits work?

June 18, 2015

You may have come across home dry cleaning kits in the detergent aisle of supermarkets and wondered if they work. Do they really replace professional dry cleaning? The truth is that home dry cleaning kits are for freshening up clothes. They are not designed for cleaning. Home dry cleaning kits uses the heat in your

Can Club Soda Really Remove Stains?

June 17, 2015

Does club soda really work on spills? Everyone “knows” club soda is the ultimate remedy for instant stain removal, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Our 107-year-old professional trade association, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), recently completed an in-depth study of the merits of club soda versus plain old water

Caring for Metallic Fabrics

May 27, 2015

Silver and gold metallic fabrics are popular in women’s attire. Metallic fabric is made by spraying a metallic finish on the surface of a cloth fabric. Many of these surface finishes have limited resistance to care procedures and wear. The metallic finish may be removed or corroded and discolored around the neck and underarm area

My leather skirt wrinkled during travel. Can it be fixed?

May 25, 2015

Yes, it can. Most wrinkles will hang out on their own, although you can iron leather if you use care. Set the iron on its rayon setting, and use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth on top of the area you wish to iron. Wrinkles should come right out. As always, when doing

A Brief Note on Cleaning Processes & Clothing Care

May 18, 2015

There are various processes that can be used to clean clothes. The basics are hand washing, machine washing, and drycleaning. Hand Washing involves soaking the item in water and detergent to gently remove soils from the fabric. This method is very restrictive, and has very little or no agitation. Machine Washing garments are cleaned in

Caring for rayon clothing

May 16, 2015

Special Care Tips For Rayon Rayon (Man-Made Cellulose) Other Common Names: Viscose, Lyocell, Tencel Source: Wood pulp Benefits: Beautiful, brilliant colors Luxurious silk-like fabric Precautions: Due to bright colors, dye fading may occur when cleaned Bright colors fade readily to sunlight Water spots or rings develop readily due to sizings in fabric If washed, fabric may feel

The Twelve Holiday Parties: Holiday Spills and Splashes

April 28, 2015

Are you partied-out this holiday season? Have your finest party items endured as well? Even the heartiest holiday reveler must pause to deal with an occasional party mishap or clothing care decision. Take heed of these clothing care tips and chances are you’ll be ready to ring in the New Year! Before the first holiday

How to CLEAN sleeping bags for camping

January 03, 2015

After that fun weekend enjoying Mother Nature, it’s time to make sure your sleeping bags are ready for the next trip. These can usually be washed, but because many contain down or fiber filling, you should always check the care instructions before cleaning. Sleeping bags should be washed separately on a gentle cycle. Add detergent