garment 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 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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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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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 Cotton Bed Spread.

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 a from Cotton Bag.

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 a Lip Stick Stain.

A good deed for the day spells disaster, you helped the little old lady down the street with her garbage cans this morning and she was so grateful she gave you a hug. But she got lip stick on your shirt collar. Explain that one!  Or quickly remove the stain before anyone can see it. [...]

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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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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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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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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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Testimonial from Julie H.

Wow – I love this place.  I spoke with Karl, the owner, on the phone first about cleaning my wedding dress.  It’s not just any wedding dress – it was my grandmother’s from 70 years ago!  I didn’t even have it cleaned before I wore it for fear that the silk satin fabric would be [...]

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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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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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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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Reusable Garment Bag

  This is the laundry bag you can receive if you don’t want to take home the plastic bag. It works as a laundry bag and a bag to cover your clothes in   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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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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Coin Purse

Imagine this; you’re in Vegas playing the slots. Not even paying attention you get triple sevens. You collect your coins and put them into your coin purse as the come out of the machine. On your way to the cashier, your coin purse rips on the bottom and all your coins fall out. You manage [...]

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Leather Purse

You really want to clean your favorite leather purse because it’s so dirty. But you don’t know how because it is leather. You can clean it but you don’t want to ruin the leather. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean it without damaging the leather so [...]

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Leather Trim Purse

You really want to clean your favorite purse because it’s so dirty. But you don’t know how because there is leather on it. You can clean it but you don’t want to ruin the leather. Don’t worry because if you take it in to your local drycleaner, they will clean it without damaging the leather [...]

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Rabbit Stuffed Animal

The H1N1 virus is floating around everywhere .Even though it’s not a pig, your kid is rolling around with this stuffed rabbit so much that your child could end up with the virus anyway. Get the rabbit cleaned before the winter season starts so your child has a better chance of staying healthy through the [...]

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Suit case

Wow! This customer told me that he had an amazing time at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Unfortunately, his suitcase got trampled by some of the bulls. After he retuned, he brought his suitcase to us where we were able to restore it and make it look better than it did before.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San [...]

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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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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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How do I set the dye on a black jacket?

Question; Hi, I have a men’s BLACK blazer that was recently purchased. The materials are 100% cotton for the shell, 100% cotton for the lining. The label says dry clean only. I would like to wash this as it seems that the color is coming off onto other clothes and my hands when I put [...]

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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 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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I have a sweater with color faded, and white spots.

Question;  I have a 73% silk and 27%nylon Ann Taylor sweater set which I washed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle, cold water. Though the color faded a little, there are some white spots that look like a Bounce sheet that has dried on it. I did not put it in the dryer, [...]

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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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