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How to Remove Old Blood Stains

Fresh blood stains can be easily washed out without any help, a blood stain that has been allowed to set over time becomes a much more difficult stain to remove. Always test for colorfastness before attempting any stain removal techniques. Use a small dab of the solution on a white towel to test a hidden [...]

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How to Remove Urine Stains

Urine stains compose of many different matters: salts, minerals, and pigment. Urine is a water soluble stain that is acidic in the pH scale which means that traditional solvent dry cleaning will not remove the stain or smell. This stain will set over time and become difficult to remove, so take care of it soon [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from a Silk Blouse.

Always evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. If the color is sensitive or the material is delicate you must modify your technique. Test for Color Bleeding. Dilute one part soap with ten parts water to create a solution to test for color bleeding in a hidden area. Apply the solution to a white [...]

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How to Restore Antique Linens and Garments

Family heirlooms such as tablecloths or even antique garments (wedding dress for example) handed down from family member to family member often yellows from age and use over the years. Many things in the atmosphere will cause yellowing. Gases in the air will cause what is referred to as Fume Fading. Items stored for a [...]

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Why do my clothes fade while in the closet?

Often when you pull a garment out of the closet that you have not worn in a while you will notice a layer of dust on the shoulder or across the top of your trousers. That dust along with gases in the air and light is slowly damaging your clothes, not to mention moths and [...]

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Not a thing to wear? Tailor a Dress to Change the Style.

You’re going out to a party and your stressing because your thinking to yourself “I don’t have a thing to wear!” In reality you have a closet full of clothes, OK, 3 closets full of clothes and not a thing to wear because your bored of the style or worse nothing fits you properly. That’s [...]

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Buy It Or Not? Can I Tailor It To Fit? What Type Of Alterations Will It Need?

Buy it or not, buy it or not, she loves me she loves me not, he loves me he loves me not, e-nee me-nee my-nee mo, roe-chambo – rock-paper-scissor should I buy this garment or not? You love the style and color but it doesn’t fit you quit the way you want. The problem is [...]

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The Dangers of Alcohol

Alcohol will not only damage your liver but more importantly it will also damage your beloved fine garments and we’re not just talking about bright red/purple stain from red wine. Red wine is one of the most difficult stains to remove especially if the stain has aged. But even clear alcohol such as vodka or [...]

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How do I remove Black Tea that I just spilled on my beige sweater

Question: I just spilled Black Tea on my beige sweater that is 70% silk, 20% cotton and 10% acrylic. The care label says to dry clean only. What should I do? Answer: Black Tea or any Tea stain for that matter is a Tannin type stain made from plant matter. Tannin stains will set and [...]

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Reducing Shrinkage

Shrinkage occurs in animal fibers and skins such as wool, cashmere, angora, leather and suede as well as plant fibers like cotton, hemp and linen, and then there are natural fibers such as silk. Being humans we always have to invent our own, these materials are a combination of different materials or chemicals combined together [...]

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How to Store Clothes

Most of us in California don’t plan to store our clothes. We have one set of clothes for the entire year and wear things as the weather dictates, hence the problem. You go into your closet to pull out a garment only to find holes in it or color fade that wasn’t there when you [...]

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How often should I clean my bedding?

Often I am asked the question; How often should I clean by bedding? A lot depends on the type of bedding and how you use it. Top and bottom sheets along with the pillow cases should be washed every one to two weeks. If they are decorative cases then they can go longer between washing [...]

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Chocolate Stains?

Question; A chocolate fountain tipped over on my daughter who was wearing a two-week old dark blue varsity jacket (wool body, leather sleeves). Only a tiny bit of leather got chocolate on it; a lot got on the wool body and the lining. A cleaner that does these jackets can’t get to it for at [...]

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Can You Clean a Vintage Synthetic Fur Coat?

Question; I recently bought a vintage synthetic fur coat/jacket. It has that old musty, dusty vintage smell. The label says dry clean by fur method. Do you offer this service? Answer; Yes, We offer cleaning with both the fur method and with a green cleaning method. Use this link to our blog site (http://yourgreendrycleaner.com/synthetic-fur-spread-coat/ ) [...]

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Dressing Up

Fashion tips from Bianca Stark-Falcon Wardrobe Consultant and the author of Image Power. Visit Bianca at www.bwelldressed.com Contact her at 415-302-5659 lbstarkfalcon@hotmail.com Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969 The First Dry Cleaners to be Green Business Certified by San Francisco Environment and Bay Area Green Business Program Marin County. Using the [...]

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Eco Salon on Eco Dry Cleaning

An on line green magazine Eco Salon publishes an article on Eco Dry Cleaning. In the article are tips on how to care for your garments.   Here’s the link     http://www.ecosalon.com/dry-clean-only-rules/   Karl Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative. www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st & Best Certified Green Dry C

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What Happens When You Wash Rayon?

This is a classic example of what happens when Rayon is washed. Rayon is a fiber made from wood pulp and when it’s exposed to water the material becomes extremely stiff. With excess agitation from washing it will causes premature wear around the edges and often cause the seams to fray and split. The best [...]

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Can I Hand Wash a Suit?

Question; I was wondering whether I should take my olive green cotton suit in for dry cleaning or I can wash it by myself by hand and how? Lining is half rayon, half polyester. Should I expect some shrinking? Answer; The answer to your questions is yes, yes and yes. Yes you should take it [...]

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Can I Spot Clean A Dry Clean Only Item?

Question;  I have a dress that is 100% cotton lining and 100% cotton shell. It says dry clean only but I really only would need to spot clean the armpit area. What type of product would work best, on this dress and other dry-clean only outfits to do spot cleaning? Answer;  I don’t recommend spot [...]

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How to Clean Patio furniture cushions

Question; I have cushions for my out door furniture that are extremely dirt from being outside all the time. How can I clean them? Answer; Patio furniture cushions are washable but they are to big for your home machine. Even if you can get them into your front loading machine that much agitation will cause [...]

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Is it possible to remove moss from sail covers?

Question; Is it possible to remove moss from sail Covers? Answer: Yes, the moss is growing on the surface and will be removed by the agitation of the cleaning process. Remove the covers to wash in a large washer with a soap and enzyme. Enzymes are readily available from heath food stores and some pet [...]

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Can I wash these dry clean only pants?

Question; I have a pair of blue pants made of 58% cotton and 42% Lyocell, which say to be dry cleaned only. Can I hand wash them? Answer; Yes you can safely hand wash those pants. Wash it in cold water to keep it from shrinking to much and use a soap that’s neutral in [...]

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How to remove blood stains

Blood is a protein and can easily be removed with Ammonia. The problem is that ammonia is very high in alkalinity and will strip color. The key is to dilute the ammonia with water to a formula of 10 to 1, that’s 10 parts water and 1 part ammonia. It’s not necessary to buy some [...]

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DryClean and Washing Symbols

What does all those symbols on your graments care tag mean? Here is a chart that list the most common symbols and what they mean: The yellow Bucket symbol represent hand washing. The lines under the bucket indicates how delicate of a wash cycle needed. The Dots are for water temperature, the more dots the hotter the [...]

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