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Shirts and Shirt Laundry Issues

Ken Sarni - Friday, October 28, 2016

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.  Read More >>

Can you reverse shrinkage in clothing?

Millie Kwan - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Depending on the fabric, it is sometimes possible to unshrink garments.  For washable fabrics like cotton, you can try soaking the garment in white vinegar for an hour and then wash it in hot water. If that doesn't work, try stretching the wet garment by hand until it is the original size. Then hold it down with heavy objects and let it dry flat.  Read More >>

How Do You Clean Crepe?

Ken Sarni - Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • Due to its fiber composition, most crepe garments are “Dryclean Only.”
  • Crepe is extremely susceptible to shrinkage when exposed to moisture. This is especially true for crepes that contain wool, silk, or rayon. Home stain removal on crepe garments may also result in localized shrinkage.
  • If the care label says it is safe to wash the garment, use cool water, rinse thoroughly, and extract lightly. Air dry. Do not tumble dry.
  • Finishing usually requires blocking the fabric to get it back to its original shape.
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How Do You Clean Linen?

Ken Sarni - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
  • Linen is washable, but it can shrink if it has not been pre-shrunk by the manufacturer. Check the label before laundering.
  • If machine washing linens, use warm water and a short, gentle cycle.
  • Separate colors before washing. Many linens may bleed.
  • Dry linen garments on a clothing rack or hanger.
  • Have all pieces of your linen outfits drycleaned at the same time to avoid color discrepancies.
  • When pressing, use a high temperature with a spray mist or damp cloth.
  • If your linens have been treated with a wrinkle-resistant finish, use a lower setting on your iron.
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The Incredible Shrinking Comforter

Millie Kwan - Thursday, January 10, 2013

The other day, a customer asked "I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened?"  Read More >>

Does drycleaning shrink clothes?

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Usually not. The drycleaning process is carefully controlled.

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