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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.

Hand Wash or Machine Wash


The care label on a sweater indicates it is hand washable. Can I wash it in a machine on a delicate cycle?

There is some risk involved in using any care process not recommended by the manufacturer. Hand washing involves manual removal of soils with water, detergent, and a gentle squeezing action. A care label that calls for machine washing, in a delicate or gentle cycle, indicates the garment can be cleaned with water, detergent or soap, slow agitation, and reduced time in a washing machine.
Hand washing is a restrictive care process that minimizes the amount of abrasion a garment receives in cleaning. If handwashable garments are machine washed in a gentle cycle, agitation may be further minimized by putting the item in a net bag. Beware – even this procedure is in violation of the care label instruction, and places responsibility for damages on the launderer rather than the manufacturer.

Read Your Care Labels

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Not everything should go in the washing machine–water can damage certain fabrics.

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How Do You Clean Pillows?

The filling in bed pillows can be down, foam rubber, foam chips, polyester fiberfill, and kapok. The safest method to clean a pillow is based on the type of filling. If the filling in the pillow is fiberfill it is usually best to launder or remove the filling and replace the ticking. Foam chips can harden with time and begin to crumble. It is probably best not to clean these types of pillows.

Down-filled pillows can be cleaned using a pillow machine. The down is removed from the ticking and placed directly into the pillow machine. The down is sometimes deodorized with ozone or sanitized with ultraviolet light. The features are then blown from the pillow machine into a new ticking and additional feathers may be added to fill out the pillow, if necessary.

Washing down pillows can present several problems. The fabric ticking may be too fragile to handle the agitation of washing and tumble drying or so soiled it would be best to replace it. Often the ticking is sized with water-sizings. These sizings help hold the down in the ticking. If the sizing is removed in washing, feathers may leak out.

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Making Your Clothes Last Longer

You have probably completed your back-to-school shopping for the kids and may be amazed how much they have grown in the last few months. While relatives and friends may be pleased with welcoming those outgrown clothes into their homes, you may be staring into your closet thinking, how can I make my wardrobe last just a bit longer?

Follow these suggestions for proper clothing care:

  • Do not hang wet or moist garments in the closet.
  • Mend all rips and tears immediately, especially before the garment is subjected to a cleaning process.
  • Do not store dirty clothing from one season to the next.
  • Treat and remove all stains as soon as possible after spillage has occurred.
  • Clean clothes frequently. Soiled clothes invite insects.
  • Follow the care instructions and do not remove care labels.
  • Carefully inspect garments after each wearing to determine the need for repairs or cleaning.
  • Do not allow perfumes, hair spray, or lotions to come in contact with wearing apparel, as the alcohol contained therein may cause color loss.
  • Do not store or allow garments to be in prolonged or direct contact with artificial or direct light.

Please let us know if we can help you in any way!

Your friendly staff at Crest Cleaners

Pet Stain Removal

Many customers have asked us questions about removing pet urine stains.

Q. How do you remove pet urine stains from carpet and upholstery?

A. We love our pets, but they also require lots of clean up, including urine stains on carpet and upholstery. Usually the stains appear as absorbed, yellowish or brownish discolorations and are more apparent on lighter-colored carpets and upholstery.

There are many pet stain removal products on the market, usually available in the cleaning supplies section of your local grocery store. Before using any cleaning product, it is important to test for colorfastness, by applying a small amount on an unexposed area of the carpet or upholstery. Let stand for five minutes, then rinse. If the color is affected, don’t use the product. Never over-wet the area, and always use clean, white towels or paper towels. If the stain removal formula is unable to remove the stain, try mixing one teaspoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup water and blot. Blot any remaining stain removal agents or moisture with a clean, white towel, and let dry.

So, first test and be patient. If the stain persists after this process, it may become necessary to seek advice from a carpet cleaning professional.

How To Prevent and Treat Common Summertime Stains

Your picture of paradise may include cheeseburgers, soda, ice cream, pizza, and other summertime favorites, but that picture certainly does not include spots on your shirts and shorts. These tips will help you confront the stains of summer. For a care-free and stainless summer, don’t forget we’re here to help! And make sure you check the care label of any garment before using any of these suggestions.

French Fries
Treat as a grease stain, like meats. Wash in hottest water possible.

This stain has a little bit of everything, including tannin and fats. Blot off excess stains and use a mild detergent.

Ice Cream & Popsicles
Use mild detergent. Chocolate can be especially hard to remove. Pre-treat it.

Alcoholic Beverages
Alcohol may damage silk or acetate and can disturb dyes. Blot with water and wash.

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Steaks
Blot the excess of these grease stains and dab with water. Use a pre-treatment such as “Shout.” Launder. Take dry cleanable garments to the dry cleaner.

The acidic lemon juice may cause some dyes to change color.

Candy Apples
Blot, don’t rub. Should wash out, unless it contains a lot

Invisible Stains

Many stains that are caused by food, oily substances, or beverages may become invisible when they dry. But later on, with exposure to heat or the passage of time, a yellow or brownish stain wilt appear. This is caused by the oxidation or carametization of the sugar in the staining substance. It is the same process that makes a peeled apple turn brown after exposure to air.

You can help the drycleaner do a better job by pointing out such stains when you take a garment to be cleaned. The cleaner often treats these stains prior to cleaning, since the heat of drying or finishing may set the stain.

When an oily substance is exposed to heat or ages in a garment for an extended time, it also oxidizes. This type of stain can be distinguished by the irregular “cross pattern” the oil makes when it follows the fabric fibers. Oily substances are successfully removed in drycleaning unless they are left to oxidize. Once they become yellow or brown, they become much more difficult to remove.

Ballpoint Ink Stain Removal

We recently had a customer ask this question.

Q. Should I use hairspray to remove a ballpoint ink stain?

A. Hairspray and water can remove ballpoint ink, but you may be trading one problem for another. That’s because hairspray could contain alcohol and oils such as resins and lanolin. The alcohol in the hairspray can cause color damage especially on silk; likewise, oils and other ingredients could lead to additional stains.

Crest Cleaners can remove the ink stain in most cases and return your garment in a like new condition!

Removing Poison Ivy From Clothing

We recently had this question asked by a customer.

Q. My daughter had poison ivy last week and I am worried that the clothes she wore will cause her to relapse. Is there anything I can do to be sure she won’t get it again from her clothes?

A. Both drycleaning and laundering are acceptable cleaning methods for removing poison ivy from clothing. Laundering is preferred because of the multiple flushes used in this process. Also, it is best to wear gloves and wash the contaminated clothing separately. Casual contact with your daughter’s clothing should be okay, but be sure to wash any areas that contact the clothing with soap and water. This precaution will usually prevent a rash from appearing.

Garments must contain sap from the plant to transmit these chemical contaminants, and not all people are sensitive to them. Remember to wash them separately so the poison won’t be able to spread to other garments.

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