Before and After Your Special Day

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips, Wedding Gown

Before and After Your Special Day

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 64 Before and After Your Special Day You’ve waited your whole life for the big day, and it’s getting closer. Dreamed about it as a little girl, imagined the expressions on the faces of your family, wondered if your parents would cry, but you always knew it would be perfect. After your flowing white gown has served its purpose of presenting you in all the symbolism of the best day of your life, after all the pictures...

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Stain Removal on Satin

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Stain Removal on Satin

Stain Removal on Satin Satin is a weave, not a fiber. The fabric has a shiny, smooth surface because yarns pass or float over four or more yarns during the weaving process. This unique characteristic of the weave is also the reason for its susceptibility to abrasion damage. If this type of fabric is stained, the weave as well as the fiber content must be considered in the stain removal process. Work on the reverse side of the fabric to prevent snagging, chafing, or abrading...

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Caring for Chintz

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Caring for Chintz

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Caring for Chintz Spring is a popular time of year to clean household items such as draperies, bedspreads, and dust ruffles. Many of these fabrics are coated with a glossy finish. These finishes are referred to as polished, glazed, or chintz. The shiny finish is created by adding a starch, wax, or resin to the surface of the fabric. Because there are several types of finishes, the drycleanability or wetcleanability performance will...

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Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 62 Keeping Your Acrylic Knits Fit If you shopped for sweaters or other knit garments lately, you have probably noticed that many of them contain a fiber called acrylic. Before purchasing garments containing this fiber, it is important that you are aware of the problems you may run into and how to care for them properly.   What is acrylic? Acrylic is a fiber often found in women’s sweaters, knit suits, pants, skirts, and...

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Velvet: The Royal Fabric

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Velvet: The Royal Fabric

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 60 Velvet: The Royal Fabric One of fashion’s winter favorites is velvet, especially crushed velvets and velvet garments with decorative trim. You will find many types of apparel made from velvet, including pants, dresses, gowns, coats, capes, and jackets. Velvet is also popular for household items, such as furniture covers and drapes.   What is Velvet? Velvet has long been known as the fabric of royalty. At one time,...

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Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 61 Keeping Linens Looking Their Holiday Best At the many family dinners, festive parties, and neighborhood open houses this holiday season, you want your table to look perfect. Many linens are special, especially when they are gifts or heirlooms handed down from generation to generation. But unfortunately, even on holidays, people have “accidents” and spill food and drinks. As a result, knowing how to properly care for...

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Understanding Color Loss

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Understanding Color Loss

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 60 Understanding Color Loss Ever notice how sometimes matching colors in parts of an outfit can look faded or notice localized areas where the color has disappeared? Color loss in all its forms accounts for a good portion of the garments analyzed every year at the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute’s International Textile Analysis Laboratory. The lab is internationally recognized as the CSI of drycleaning, deducing what happened...

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Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Fabric Care Tips, Featured, General Care Tips, Special Care Tips

Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 59 Cleanability Codes for Household Fabrics Upholstered furniture may come with the manufacturer’s recommended method of cleaning. The American Furniture Manufacturers cleability code may either be permanently attached to the upholstered piece or a part of the hang tag. Upholstery is not covered under the Federal Trade Commission’s Care Label Rule. Labeling of furniture is strictly voluntary. The following cleanability...

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Can Jewelry Damage Garments During Wear?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Common Garment Problems, Customer Bulletins and Education, DLI Publications, Featured, General Care Tips, Statistics

Can Jewelry Damage Garments During Wear?

DLI’s Consumer News You Can Use Vol. 53 Q&A with Your Cleaner Q: Can jewelry damage garments during wear? A: Undoubtedly, the answer is yes. Buttons, baubles, and timepieces can damage beautiful smooth satins, plush chenilles, or soft wools. The damage can usually be found along necklines or sleeve cuffs where a necklace or watch was worn. These accessories frequently have rough edges that rub and abrade the fabric. Damage may not become apparent until the item is...

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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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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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General Care Tips for Textiles

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Customer Bulletins and Education, General Care Tips

General Care Tips for Textiles Do Not rub; rather blot the spot! If you spill something on a garment, always blot; do not rub!  Rubbing some fabrics, especially silk, breaks the surface fibers. You won’t know it until you wash or dry clean that item, and find you have a frosted or a chalky appearance. Do Not wait to clean stains! Age is your enemy with successful stain removal. A coffee stain that happens today will come out much easier tomorrow than it will next week...

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