Having a torrid affair with your draperies?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Blog, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured

Having a torrid affair with your draperies?

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use  Vol. 50 Caring for Curtains & Drapes 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 for your needs and...

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The Wonderful World of Sweaters

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips, General Care Tips, Portfolio

The Wonderful World of Sweaters

  The Wonderful World of Sweaters As the styles of sweaters change, so do the fibers of this wardrobe staple. Sweaters are made from a variety of fibers, ranging from cotton and wool to silk, rayon, acrylic and more. Natural fibers, such as angora, mohair, cashmere, and Shetland are especially popular. To add to the variety many sweaters contain special decorative trims. Trims such as suede, leather, snakeskin, fur, sequins, and beads add to a sweater’s special...

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The Long and the Short of Shirts

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips, General Care Tips

The Long and the Short of Shirts

The Long and the Short of Shirts Dress shirts are the most essential part of any man’s wardrobe and are probably the most underappreciated articles of clothing. Shirts are taken for granted because we expect them to look great all the time. Although they are relatively easy for a professional cleaner to clean and press, a shirt can suffer problems, including ring around the collar, color loss, and fabric abrasion  leading to tears, punctures, and holes. Industry...

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Caring for Your Wedding Gown

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips, General Care Tips, Wedding Gown

Caring for Your Wedding Gown

Caring for Your Wedding Gown May and June are the traditional wedding months, particularly in the United States. A wedding gown is much than just a dress, it is a treasure, a symbol of an important event in your life. Whether you are borrowing it from a relative or buying it new, your gown deserves your attention, both before and after the wedding. Choosing a Gown If you are buying a new dress, wedding consultants recommend shopping at least six months before the big day....

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Get ready for the new season!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips, General Care Tips

Get ready for the new season!

Get Ready! Getting ready for another year of school, or as a business person, or work-at-home entrepreneur, the fall and winter almost always calls for at least one shopping trip. The most important thing for students and adults alike is to be comfortable in what they’re wearing. That allows the mind to focus on learning and conducting ourselves out in the world comfortably rather than being burdened by self-consciousness. Summer Storage Getting your summer wardrobe...

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Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful . . .

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful . . .

Open the windows and let the sun shine in! But be careful where those rays go because they could fade some parts of your home environment. Sometimes we forget about household items that blend into our homes so much they become a part of the scenery. These items collect dust and dirt and can become damaged, faded or discolored in their inactivity. Since we see them everyday, gradual changes come about without our noticing. Guest room items are often overlooked, as many...

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Customer Question: Incredible Shrinking Comforter

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog, Fabric Care Tips, General Care Tips

Customer Question: Incredible Shrinking Comforter

 Q: I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened? A: 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...

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DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use for COLD WEATHER!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use for COLD WEATHER!

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 7   Take Care When 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...

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Happy Holidays! Look Your Best at Parties!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips

Happy Holidays! Look Your Best at Parties!

Enjoy the party, but with the festivities spills, splashes, and other party-time mishaps, as well as wear alone, can take their toll on these expensive items. Many formal wear garments are made of luxurious fabrics, such as taffeta, moiré, satin, organza, metallic prints, silk, and velvet. Each of these fabrics requires 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....

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Sweater-Mania!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Blog, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips

Sweater-Mania!

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 27 Sweaters range from lightweight to heavyweight, cotton to ramie to wool, fall colors to winter colors to spring colors. They can be pullovers, buttoned, vests, short-sleeve, or long-sleeve. They can be made of silk, angora, chenille, rayon, acrylic, and more. Then there are the trims, such as lace, suede, fur, leather, beads, sequins, appliques, beads, and even snakeskin. We love them all and we love the way you look in them....

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Does club soda really work on spills?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips

Does club soda really work on spills?

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 in stain removal, and as members, we’re pleased to share their findings. The short answer is “yes”...

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Collar Problems on Shirts

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Common Garment Problems, Fabric Care Tips

Collar Problems On Shirts Men’s shirts can have a variety of problems local only to the collar and neck area due to defects in manufacture, damage or discolorations from conditions of use and/or other problems caused by adverse reactions to commercial laundering. Drycleaning and laundering are both processes that subject the entire shirt and all components to the same treatment and cannot in and of the process itself originate these types of problems. Collar Shrinkage...

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