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How to Remove a Milk Stain.

How to Remove a Milk Stain. It is extremely important to evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. Some of the products that we will be using can cause color loss and material damage. Test First: in a hidden area apply the product to a white towel and dab in a hidden area of [...]

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Is the fake fur on my jacket fixable?

Question: I bought an Aeropostale jacket the other day with fur rimming the edges of the hood. And my mom accidentally machine washed and dried it. Would you be able to fix it? If so, how? -Nancy Answer: Hi Nancy What do you mean when you say ruined? Give me some details, what did it [...]

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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 Red Wine from a Silk Hat.

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 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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Chlorine Bleach

Try to avoid or eliminate the use of Chlorine Bleach. It is hazardous to your health and is not the all purpose stain remover that we all think. The only part of a stain that bleach will remove is the color from a stain not the stain itself. What that means is that if it’s [...]

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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 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 Remove Red Wine from a Cotton Arm Chair Cover.

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 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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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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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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What Causes Yellow Perspiration Stains

What most of us don’t realize is that perspiration contains chloride salts which will cause a lot of damage it not handled properly. The salts will discolor or change the color of a dark colored garment. Often a black garment with perspiration stains will change in color from the original black to a purple color. [...]

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What is the difference between a suit for a man and a suit for a woman?

There are distinct differences between men and women suits and we are not talking about style, material or fit. A suit for a man is purchased together as a single unit. Even if you break the legs of the salesman at the department store they will not break up a suit for you. They are [...]

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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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It May Market Organic Alternatives, but Is Your Cleaner Really Greener?

In New York and around the country, dry-cleaning stores have increasingly sprouted signs reading “organic” or “green,” as environmentally conscious consumers look for alternatives to traditional dry cleaning and its use of the solvent perchloroethylene. Prolonged contact with that solvent, known as PCE or perc, has been linked in some studies to cancer and neurological [...]

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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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Leading an Industry by Example!

Leading by example is often an unrewarding endless endeavor. You put your heart and sole into a cause you believe is right and often your work goes unrecognized and criticized. Not in this case, the cause is noble and just. And we have been recognized by Federal, State and Local Government Agencies as well as [...]

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Changing an Industry!

Changing an Industry! We are not business people capitalizing on the green movement; we are an established dry cleaner changing an industry! Pacific Heights Cleaners goes to Germany. What’s a Eco Dry Cleaner doing going to Germany? Believe it or not we were one of only six drycleaners in California invited to go to Germany [...]

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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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Testimonial from Essential for Health

I have been a client of Pacific Heights Cleaners for 14 years. Two years ago, I started a nutrition practice in Mill Valley. My clients have many sensitivities including chemical sensitivities. Solvents used in dry cleaning are very irritating to clients with autoimmune disease, cancer, asthma, respiratory problems and other diseases. Many people have sensitivities [...]

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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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Musty smell?

Question; I have a men’s suit that has a musty smell from storage-will your process eliminate the musty smell? THX Answer; Yes, our green dry cleaning process will remove that musty odor without any problems. As a matter of fact our green system will remove many different types of odors such as body odors, mold, smoke, food, more. [...]

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Music Box Bear

You kept that music box bear you loved so much as a child and now you want to give it to your child but you’re looking at it and it’s just a little disgusting. No need to worry or fret it can be cleaned up and making beautiful music in no time.   Consult an [...]

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Beaded/Sequence Blouse

  Don’t trust beading/sequence to just anyone. If handled incorrectly you will lose rolls of beading/sequence or worse they will all melt and your blouse will look terrible. Then what? You’ll hate your cleaner and yourself.   Consult an experience dry cleaner or send it to us via FedEx or UPS.     Pacific Heights [...]

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Decorative Pillows & Cushions

Decorative Pillows & Cushions     You’ve taken the trip of your life to India and brought back so great souvenir pillow and cushion covers. There beautiful and delicate but just one problem, they smell like India. How do you clean something so fragile?   Consult your professional dry cleaner or send it to us [...]

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Reusable Hangers

These are the reusable hangers that we use. You can bring them back to us once you are don using them   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st & Best Certified Green Dry Cleaner

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Art Work

What do you do with you textile artworks? You still love it but it’s all dusty and dirty and you don’t want to throw it away. Bring it in and we can clean it for you and get all the dust off so you don’t have to throw it away   Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito [...]

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Leather Clogs

Your leather clogs are really dirty but you don’t know how to clean them. You don’t even know if you can clean the shoes. They’re you favorite shoes and you don’t want to go and buy another pair of shoes. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean [...]

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Ranger’s Hat

A customer was on an amazing safari in the African Savannah with his new ranger hat that he bought. To his dismay, he dropped it just as they were about to leave and the driver accidentally ran over it. He was so sad but when he got back he brought it in to get it cleaned . It came out looking better than it did when [...]

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Vintage Wedding Dress

Say your daughter just got married. During the wedding party, someone accidentally knocked over there glass of wine and got it on her dress. You were just shocked and worried because you didn’t know how to get it out. You didn’t even know where to begin. Don’t worry any longer because a non-toxic earth-friendly dry [...]

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White Chair

  Have you ever had a birthday party for your six year old kid? If you have, then you know that he and his friends will just destroy your house. Punch and cake will end up everywhere including your table, floors and even your chairs. It could even end up on your favorite white chair. But [...]

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Wizard’s Hat

You just had a Halloween party. You dressed up as a wizard this year. Everything went great, but after the party you realized that some coke was spilled onto your wizard’s hat! You’re trying everything you can to get it out, but you just can’t. Take it into a non-toxic drycleaner today and get it [...]

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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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How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly?

Question; How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly? How do you use water solely and claim to clean clothes thoroughly? What about the chemicals in soap- is that environmentally friendly? I heard that “wet cleaning” shrinks your clothes?  Uauh   Answer; Let me separate your questions and answer them one at a time.   Question [...]

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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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Testimonial from Christy M.

Best. Cleaners. Ever. Hands down. Very quick, reliable, reasonable, and, in these globally warmer times, GREEN!! I have relied on these cleaners for….. 10 years? Longer probably. They are very friendly and keep customers in a computer database to make keeping track of your items easier. I’ve never been so sloppy as to get a [...]

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Testimonial from Wendy J.

I love this place! They are always polite, do a wonderful job, get the clothes to you when promised and are always done beautifully!  I love that they aren’t cleaned with chemicals.  The alterations have been great, too.  I highly recommend this place!  They now have “green” dry cleaner bags.  They’re like the bags you [...]

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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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Testimonial from K.S.

Wow!!! Green Dry Cleaning. I’ve been using them for years, they offer a great value for the service and quality they provide. I have always been worried about dry cleaning my clothes with chemicals but since I have to dress well for work there was no choice. Since they offer green dry cleaning I’m a [...]

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Testimonial from Norman F.

Hey- I just read that review about leaving money in some clothes and it getting stolen- are you for real? First- I have been going to these people for over 15 years- you couldnt find more receptive, customer oriented people in the business. Second- I actually had the same experiance some time ago only it [...]

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Testimonial from Wendy J.

I love this place! They are always polite, do a wonderful job, get the clothes to you when promised and are always done beautifully!  I love that they aren’t cleaned with chemicals.  The alterations have been great, too.  I highly recommend this place!  They now have “green” dry cleaner bags.  They’re like the bags you [...]

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Testimonial from Chappy Wood

I think Pacific Heights Cleaners (formerly Sunshine Cleaners) is the smartest choice for a superior product and service. I rely on pressed shirts for my job and it feels really good knowing that I am wearing something that was cleaned by an eco-friendly product. Their equipment is the best in the business which speaks volumes [...]

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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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How to choose a dry cleaner

When shopping for a dry cleaner do not just shop by price because what we are selling you is Time, Experience, Quality & Service. First you must determine what you want from your dry cleaner. And what do I mean by that?  Are you looking for the cheapest place in town, do you want quality [...]

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Testimonial from Tom Herndon

No matter what you own, no matter how precious, sentimental or valuable, if it’s made from fabric and needs expert cleaning or refurbishing – call Karl. Not only will the results be beyond expectation, Karl’s service is exemplary!” Tom Herndon, San Francisco Other Articles of Interest: How to remove ink stains How to remove rust [...]

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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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Zero Breast Cancer Acceptance Speach

This is a very exciting time for me. I have always seen myself as a drycleaner here to service my community not an activist here to change the world. I do certain things in life because it is the right thing to do and it is such a wonderful feeling when someone notices what I [...]

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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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