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What Causes Button Dye Stains?

November 23, 2016

Button dye stains are caused when the dyes on a colored button bleed during cleaning or finishing, creating discolorations or stains on the adjacent fabric. Some dyes used on buttons are soluble in dry cleaning solvents, due to being improperly set by the manufacturer. During cleaning, the dyes soften and stain the surrounding areas. In

Cleaning Band Uniforms

November 19, 2016

We are well into the football season and while many fans may be cheering for the football players are you enjoying the half-time show? Here are some tips to keeping your musical star looking great. Band uniforms are very expensive and generally require professional dry cleaning. They are usually wool or a wool/synthetic blend, and

The Challenge of Cleaning Curtains

November 17, 2016

Despite the availability of hundreds of labor saving devices and packaged products that claim to virtually eliminate housework, until a “magic solution” is found, curtains will still have to be cleaned the old-fashioned way. Window treatments are an investment in time, money, and creativity, so protect your investment by purchasing the right kind of draperies

Damages and Imperfections in Leather and Suede Garments

November 14, 2016

Leather and suede garments are some of our favorite clothing. However, they are not easy to care for. In some cases, after only a short period of wear, leather or suede garments may show local damage. Usually, microscopic examination of the skins in the damaged areas will show that they are less compact and weaker

Clothing Damage – Watch Where You (Hair) Spray

October 14, 2016

Be careful of what hair care products you are using, especially if you have long hair. You may be damaging your clothing. For example, sometimes after cleaning, a mysterious color loss appears on the garment that seems to have no explanation. Usually, this color loss or color change is localized in the neckline, shoulder or

Cleaning and Caring for American Flags

October 13, 2016

After a fun-filled 4th of July holiday, it’s time to clean up. Besides the grill, the dishes, the stained clothing and tablecloths, you probably also have a variety of American flags to clean and put away in storage as well. Here are some tips for cleaning and caring for your flags. Cleaning flags made of

Staying Current with Men’s Officewear

September 25, 2016

In the age of the “power suit” and the short attention span, wearing something that is uncomfortable or makes a man look comical can spoil a meeting and take the focus from “this year’s projected growth” to “Oh, my, what is he wearing?” With so many different types of clothing now becoming acceptable in the

Fur Clothing Care

September 13, 2016

Fur clothing is made from animal hides that still have the hair attached. The most common types of fur clothing include fox, mink, sable, rabbit, chinchilla and seal. The presence of hair means that fur clothing requires special care. Store fur garments during the summer. This generally requires a refrigerated unit made specifically for this

A Guide to Home Stain Removal

August 15, 2016

When it comes to stains, there are some instances where it is better to let your dry cleaner do the work. This applies especially if the stains are numerous or cover a large area, if the stains require a chemical procedure for which you are not equipped, if the fabric is fragile or highly sized,

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