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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 >>

The Challenge of Cleaning Curtains

Millie Kwan - Saturday, February 10, 2018
Despite the availability of hundreds of labor saving devices and packaged products that claim to virtually eliminate housework, until a "magic solution" is found, curtains will still have to be cleaned the old-fashioned way.  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 >>

Can jewelry damage garments during wear?

Millie Kwan - Thursday, November 16, 2017
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 cleaned.   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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