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

September 03, 2013

Before the tenth holiday party, my neighbor said to me, “Don’t wear your gold lame cocktail dress to a crowded party in a hot room.” What’s so bad about that? Answer: Partygoers need to be particularly careful of metallic fabric that can corrode if exposed to moisture. To prevent dampness to lame and other metallics,

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

May 28, 2013

After the seventh holiday party, my cousin said to me, “My suede outfit got soaked in the rain.” How do I handle soaked suede? Answer: Hang it out to dry. Do not use a blow dryer or heater. When dry, brush with a stiff brush. After the eighth holiday party, my daughter said to me,

The Story of Frugal Francine

October 04, 2012

Frugal Francine was always looking for ways to save money. She invested in her wardrobe, knowing the value of good design and good designers, but when it came to taking care of her fashionable frocks, Francine figured she would do it on her own.  But that strategy turned tragic and expensive for Francine.  Here’s what

Tracking your order: How we keep it straight

January 10, 2012

Week after week you drop your clothes off to be cleaned.   After we process your order, how can we tell your navy blue wool pants from the many other navy blue wool pants we receive?  That’s easy.  Before a garment goes through our drycleaning operation we give it a tag, so we can identify its

The Incredible Shrinking Comforter

November 22, 2011

The other day, a customer asked “I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened?” Well, some natural relaxation shrinkage can show up after cleaning household items such as comforters, bedspreads, and blankets. There is usually a fullness of the backing or shell fabric, causing a puckered appearance. Also, any piping borders, quilting stitches, and seams

Coffee Stains Can Be Sneaky Stains

October 22, 2011

Some sneaky stains can be a real head scratcher for us if we are working with incomplete information. You may not realize it, but some stains can be made up of compound elements beyond just the obvious presumed cause of the problem. Coffee stains, for example, often contain milk or other additives, making the stain

Six truths about dry cleaning

July 11, 2011

1. Club soda is not a cure-all stain remover. Successful stain removal depends largely on the nature of the stain, the type of fabric, and colorfastness. Home remedies more often makes the situation worse, not better. If you must do something – never rub a stain. Blot the stained area. This may help remove some