care label

The Federal Trade Commission reviews the addition of Wet Clean to garment care labels

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the need to add Wet Clean to the garment care label. Post a public comment before September 6, 2011.   The care label system is to inform both the consumer and the dry cleaner of the material(s) in the garment and cleaning requirements(s) for multiple reasons. For the consumer [...]

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How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Blanket.

How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Blanket.   Having your kitty on your lap and gently petting them is a comforting feeling. But looking down and seeing a skid mark (feces stain) is not a pleasant sight. A cat feces stain is a water soluble stain thus a good laundry detergent will easily [...]

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How to Remove Ring Around the Collar and Cuff Stains from a Sweater.

How to Remove Ring Around the Collar and Cuff Stains from a Sweater.   Ring around the collar and cuff is made up of body oils and dirt. The oil attracts the dirt from the atmosphere. A good laundry detergent with a little help from an oil remover will solve the problem. Vaska Laundry Detergent [...]

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How To Remove Red Wine Stains

How to remove a red wine stain may be a difficult task as grape and berry stains are among the most difficult to remove. To make matters worse less expensive wines contain dye to achieve the coloring the manufacture desires. You’re thinking “who cares”? At this point, you have a red wine stain and you [...]

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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 a Gold Jewelry Stain

24k Gold and Silver rub off on your garments not in a gold or silver color but in a black color. Why? When the gold and silver come into contact with oxygen and moisture (perspiration) it forms an oxide which produces the black color stain on your garment. Often you see a black stain around [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from a Cotton Bed Pillow.

Testing 1-2-3: Test the color in a hidden area with soap and water to see if it’s colorfast. 1.      Apply a small amount of distilled white vinegar directly onto the stain and let it rest for a few minutes. 2.      Blot off with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. 3.      If the stain [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from a Silk Bed Spread.

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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How to remove Vomit Stains

Vomit is composed of bile, mucus and albumin that is extremely acidic in the pH scale which will age and set rapidly. Vomit is a water soluble stain which means that traditional solvent dry cleaning will not remove the stain or smell. If the vomit is on a dry clean only garment then you will [...]

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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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Stain Removal Products and Tips

Stain Removal Products and Tips: Before attempting any stain removal on your garments there are four key factors to evaluate before proceeding. 1)     Identify the type of stain – remove any excess stain before applying stain remover. 2)     Color of garment – test colorfastness in a hidden area with stain remover before attempting any stain [...]

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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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Fashion To Accentuate Your Features

SHOW OFF THE PARTS OF YOURSELF THAT YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT: if it’s your eyes – wear great accessories that accentuate their color, if it’s your teeth – wear white, if it’s your hands – wear a flashy ring. By Bianca Stark-Falcone with Well Dressed Author, Wardrobe Consultant & Personal Shopper www.bwelldressed.com Karl Huie [...]

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Classic Fashion Pieces For Your Wardrobe

There are five Classic pieces that everyone should have in their closet for a complete and versatile wardrobe. These pieces should be of good quality and fit well. A trench coat, a blazer or sport coat, a collared white shirt or white blouse, great jeans, neutral trousers. By Bianca Stark-Falcone Author, Wardrobe Consultant & Personal Shopper [...]

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How To Eliminate Shrinkage During Washing

The three key factors to shrinkage are Moisture, Agitation and Heat. Removing one or more of these factors will greatly reduce the amount of shrinkage. Moisture – as we all know is water. It’s everywhere! If you clean with a solvent like traditional dry cleaning there is no moisture in the solvent but there is [...]

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Earth Day Special!

April 24 is Earth Day, a special day of awareness for our environment. In honor of Earth Day we are offering 10% off our Certified Green Dry Cleaning on incoming orders Saturday April 24, 2010. This offer must be mentioned with incoming orders on April 24, 2010  and is valid only for dry cleaning items, [...]

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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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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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Blue Cow jumped over the moon

The cow may have jumped over the moon but to keep your little one from getting sick you need to periodically clean the stuffed animals to rid the germs. This can easily be done by an experienced professional dry cleaner or send it to us via UPS/FedEx or US Mail.    Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito [...]

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How to Use Enzymes?

Stain removal with enzymes. What can it remove and how to use it. Enzymes are great for removing protein and tannin stains. Basically that’s everything that goes into or comes out of your body. Many food and drinks like milk, beef juice, soy sauce, chicken soup, alcohol, wine, tea, coffee or other proteins like blood, [...]

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Can I Wash Dry Clean Only Pant?

Question; I have several pairs of pants that are labeled “dry clean only” that are made of a blend of polyester, rayon, and spandex, and are lined with 100% polyester. Can I get away with washing these on the hand wash cycle in my machine, or should I definitely dry clean them? I accidentally washed [...]

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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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