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Coffee Stains Can Be Sneaky Stains

Millie Kwan - Friday, December 28, 2012

table setting with coffee in cup and saucerSome sneaky stains can be a real head scratcher for us if we are working with incomplete information. You may not realize it, but some stains can be made up of compound elements beyond just the obvious presumed cause of the problem.

Coffee stains, for example, often contain milk or other additives, making the stain more difficult to remove since the coffee is a tannin stain and the milk leaves a protein- based stain. Both the coffee and the milk in the coffee are water-based stains, but protein stains require more work to get out. Such stains will have to be treated individually, even though the actual staining occurred at the same time. If you drop off an item with a coffee stain, please inform our customer service representative how you take your coffee (i.e., with cream and sugar, milk and sugar, black, etc.).  Read More >>

Cleaning Up After a Holiday Feast

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Preventing and Treating the Ring Around the Collar

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cleaning “spot clean only” garments

Millie Kwan - Friday, July 20, 2012

Do you have a garment with a care label that says “spot clean only”? If you do, it means that the garment should not be cleaned in its entirety, whether dry cleaning, wet cleaning or handwashing. This could be due to embellishments like beads on the garment, the blend of fabrics or the dyes used to make it.   Read More >>

How Do You Like Your Shirts?

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

sarni cleaners shirt laundry bagsWe all have our own preferences for how much starch we like in our shirts. By choosing no starch, light or heavy starch, we can choose how our clothing looks and feels. Starch offers a host of bonuses and drawbacks. The major benefits to starching are a cleaner, crisper look and improved resistance to stains and wrinkles.

However, the price we pay for this resistance is a possible reduction in the shirt’s wearlife due to a decreased resistance to bending and straightening. Light starch may be the answer to limiting the negative effects while gaining the benefits of starch. This way you’ll get a crisper shirt that’s got some stain protection, but won’t wear out quite as easily as a heavily starched shirt.

Here are some of the pluses and minuses to having your shirts starched:  Read More >>

How do you remove stains caused by cough syrup and other medicines?

Millie Kwan - Thursday, November 17, 2011

baby taking cough syrupYou’re sick with a cough or cold, but you have to go to work because those office deadlines won’t wait. Or you cut yourself and need some first aid. Then you spill cough syrup, topical ointment, or cream on one of your favorite outfits. Here’s a quick fix until you can get the garment to the dry cleaner or home to wash: blot as much of the stain as possible with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.  Read More >>


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