General Cleaning Tips

If you are a frequent drycleaning customer, you may have more hangers in your closet than you know what to do with. Rather than throw out the ones you are not reusing, why not recycle them by returning them to us?

More than just freeing up closet space, recycling hangers is good for the environment – which is one reason many cleaners participate in recycling programs. Our professional cleaning association has pledged to recycle more than 10 million hangers in 2012, and we’re working on reaching 25 million. Most hangers can be steam processed for cleanliness and reused. Hangers that are unsuitable for reuse are often sold for scrap metal to avoid unnecessary waste. We can do this together – let’s recycle!
Recycle Your Hangers
Making Your Clothes Last 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.

Removing Paint Stains from Children’s Clothing
Most paints children end up playing with are water soluble and will easily come out in regular washing. The acrylics and other types of paints are better left to professional cleaners who can get the garments clean and flush out all of the stain removal chemicals used to achieve that end. Any residual stain removal chemicals can harm your child’s skin, so it’s best to leave that kind of work to the pros – us.
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?

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Pain in the Necktie
Even though many workplaces have casual dress codes, neckties for men are still a big part of their wardrobe. Ties can be a powerful or fun fashion statement and pose a cleaning problem. 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 instances, sizing or finishes are used during manufacturing to stabilize fabrics. If the finish is removed in cleaning, the fabric will lose its shape and stability. In the case of ties, this makes it nearly impossible to return the necktie to a wearable condition.

Sometimes a tie doubles as a bib and collects a variety of stains. Most tie stains require water to remove them. In many cases, the dyes are also affected by water, leading to problems when it comes time to tackle a tough stain. Attempts to remove the stains will likely disturb the dyes.

The several layers used to make neckties prevent quick drying of any particular area. The typical solution is to take the tie apart to work on only one layer at a time, but this can also cause distortions because of the bias cut.

So, let us take care of your ties and you can take care of your business.