Keeping blankets looking and feeling great!

Blankets are essential items in every home. Blanket composition ranges from synthetic to
natural fibers; from non-woven to woven fabrics; and from neutral colors to exotic prints.

Caring for non-electric blankets:  At some point in time, most blankets will need to be cleaned. It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning blankets. Although the Federal Trade Commission does not require care labels on blankets, care instructions are usually provided on a permanent label or temporary hang tag. In most cases, blankets should be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cold to warm water and line dried or tumble dried low.

Most blankets can also be drycleaned (except for electric blankets, which can be damaged by drycleaning).

Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild bleach

Did you know that Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to remove stains on clothing and other items?  It is not safe on all colors but it is safe on most fabrics.  When in doubt, always test an area to see if any color change/fading will occur.  Peroxide is good for removing blood, old yellow stains and yellow/brown scorch marks.

Peroxide also has a very short shelf life of 40-60 days once it is opened.

Coffee Stains Can Be Sneaky

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 more difficult to remove since the coffee is a tannin stain and the milk leaves a protein- based stain. Both the coffee and the milk in the coffee are water-based stains, but protein stains require more work to get out. Such stains will have to be treated individually, even though the actual staining occurred at the same time. If you drop off an item with a coffee stain, please inform the customer service representative how you take your coffee (i.e., with cream and sugar, milk and sugar, black, etc.).

Happy New Year!

 

Incredible shrinking comforter

I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened?  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 may be rippled or distorted. Although many factors can contribute to this type of shrinkage, the major cause is the original fabric not being properly preshrunk or stabilized before the article was constructed. When this occurs, the latent strains of relaxation will appear during any acceptable care procedure. Some slight shrinkage (approximately 2-4 percent) is to be expected on all household items, but on properly cleaned items that shrink excessively, the manufacturer should be held responsible.

Look your best at parties!

Enjoy the party, but with the festivities spills, splashes, and other party-time mishaps, can take their toll on these expensive items. Many formal wear garments are made of luxurious fabrics, such as taffeta, moire, satin, organza, metallic prints, silk, and velvet. Each of these fabrics require care in both wear and cleaning. Here are some tips to keep that outfit looking great:

  • Treat stains immediately to avoid damage.
  • Blot stains; do not rub. Rubbing a spot on sheer fabrics, such as organza, can cause the yarns to slip, tear the fabric, or chafe the fabric surface.
  • Shake excess spills from velvets and allow to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas.
  • Satin (especially smooth satin), taffeta, and metallic fabrics are especially susceptible to abrasion damage and snagging. Take care when wearing jewelry or around rough edges.
  • Perfume, deodorant, hair spray, and makeup can be damaging to these fabrics. Apply before you dress and make sure everything is completely dry.
  • After the party, remember to have your formal wear cleaned before storage.

How to clean Christmas tree skirts

Christmas tree skirts are often valuable and treasured holiday items. Some tree skirts are very costly, while others may be family heirlooms. Regardless of their original or sentimental value, tree skirts should be handled with great care.  In most cases, tree skirts cannot be safely laundered or drycleaned, because they are adorned with beads, sequins, appliques, lace, felt, quilted designs, multicolored prints, and other types of decorative trim. In most cases, these decorative trims used glues and adhesives that show little resistance to cleaning.  If water or other liquids spill on the skirt, blot the area with white handkerchiefs, cotton towels, or paper towels. Use cool water to aid in removing stains. Local stain removal treatments may be the only safe method for handling tree skirts. In some cases, stains cannot be removed without damage. Bring your skirt to us for assistance if stain removal becomes necessary.
Have a great holiday season!

Cleaning up after a holiday feast

The holidays are a time for joy and family, not for worrying about yucky stains on your nice tablecloth.  So, relax, this handy stain removal guide will walk you through some of the most common dinner stains you may encounter this holiday season.  Remember, there is always the option of taking your stained items to a professional so you won’t have to deal with it.  We remove stains like these every day.
Candle Wax: Gently lift off the larger pieces.  Treat with a solvent-based stain removal product.  Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Wine & Coffee Stains: Lightly touch with an absorbent towel to draw up the liquid or put paper towels under the spill.  Blotting can spread the stain.  After dinner: rinse in cool water; treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.
Salad Oil: This is the worst because it can yellow with age if not removed.  Cover a big spill at the table with absorbent powder.  Shake off after supper.  Apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia, ASAP.  Wait 5-10 minutes and wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Cranberry: Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.
Time is of the essence, it is always best to wash stained items or take them to your cleaner as soon as possible.  If your table linens are colored or have colored embroidery check for colorfastness before using the various stain removal products.  Anytime a stain is not washed out before drying it can become more difficult to remove.

Discount on Incoming Order

If your bring in an order that totals more than $16.00, you receive $4.00 off your incoming order.  Offer expires December 31, 2012.

You must bring in a printed copy of this coupon with incoming order to receive the discount.

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Caring for Fleece

Polar Fleece:

With autumn upon us and temperatures dropping, people are adding an extra layer of clothing in the morning as they prepare for their morning commutes—outerwear. A popular type of outerwear is polar fleece. Polar fleece fabrics are made of a knit construction with a brushed or napped finish.
Because of the nature of the fabric construction, garments made from this fabric have a tendency to pill during wear and handling. No matter what care procedure is recommended— drycleaning or washing—clean polar fleece in a net bag to minimize further pilling. To smooth the nap and improve the appearance of the garment after cleaning, use a soft brush during finishing.

Caring for wool

Wool is a popular sweater fabric because it is durable, comfortable, and an excellent insulator. If your wool sweater gets damp, hang it to air dry at room temperature. Do not hang near a heat source, as this will promote mildew. A gentle brushing of wool sweaters after each wearing helps remove surface soil.
If the care label suggests hand washing, use cool water with mild soap or bleach-free detergent. Soak up to five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water, but do not wring or twist the fabric. To dry, lay the sweater flat, away from sunlight or heat. If using a plastic sweater board as a drying surface, covering the board with a towel (under the sweater) will help prevent snagging. If the care label suggests machine washing, use the gentle cycle. Bring your wools, or any sweater with dryclean-only label, to us for stain removal.

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