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Removing Poison Ivy from Clothing

Millie Kwan - Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Summer in Boston means more time enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s at camp, playing in the back yard, gardening, or hiking. That can mean a brush with poison ivy. Poison ivy produces an oily resin that causes the familiar rash. When clothing comes in contact with poison ivy the oil remains on the fabric. The oil can get transferred to your skin from your clothes. Luckily, it’s simple to take care of poison ivy exposed laundry.   Read More >>

Confronting Summertime Food Stains

Millie Kwan - Sunday, June 03, 2018

Your picture of paradise may include cheeseburgers, soda, ice cream, pizza, and other summertime favorites, but that picture undoubtedly doesn't include spots on your shorts and shirts.  For a care-free stainless summer, bring stained items to us.   Read More >>

Conquering Mustard Stains on Your Clothes

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Summer means cookouts, trips to the ballpark, and trips to the beach. Don’t let mustard stains from hot dogs and hamburgers ruin your summer outing.  Mustard is a tough stain to handle. That characteristic yellow color comes from turmeric, a natural yellow dye.  Deal with the stain quickly to avoid a permanent dye job.  Read More >>

How to Care for Down & Fiberfill Comforters, Sleeping Bags and Coats

Millie Kwan - Friday, March 09, 2018

Comforters, sleeping bags, coats, and other cold weather garments are often made with down or fiberfill. Both down--a natural product, and fiberfill, a polyester fill--are effective in keeping out the cold. While cleaning down or fiberfill items is usually not a problem, a garment with poor construction and insufficient quilting can cause the down to shift, lose shape, and become matted.   Read More >>

How to Speed Up Laundry Day

Millie Kwan - Friday, January 26, 2018

Laundry always seems to take too long. Each step -- sort, wash, dry, and fold -- takes time.  There are ways to simplify and speed up the process.  Read More >>

What Causes Button Dye Stains?

Millie Kwan - Thursday, October 12, 2017
Button dye stains are caused when the dyes on a colored button bleed during cleaning or finishing, creating discolorations or stains on the adjacent fabric. Some dyes used on buttons are soluble in drycleaning solvents, due to being improperly set by the manufacturer. During cleaning, the dyes soften and stain the surrounding areas. In other cases, the dyes on the buttons hold up to drycleaning but bleed upon contact with moisture such as is found in steam finishing. Again, the fabric adjacent to the buttons becomes discolored or stained.  Read More >>

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