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How to Wash Cotton Curtains

How to Wash Cotton Curtains The following is some basic information you need to understand before you begin. There are some inherent risk with washing your curtains and it is important to understand that washing your curtains may cause irreversible damage. Basic Information: · Curtains often are damaged by sun light. Either directly or indirectly. [...]

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How to Remove Body Moisturizer Stains.

How to Remove Body Moisturizer Stains. There are all these new politically correct name for good old fashion hand lotion, hand cream, hand moisturizer, skin cream, skin moisturizer. It doesn’t matter what you call it or who makes it, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, Eucerin, Jergens, or boutique salons like Sephora and Body Shop, the main ingredient to [...]

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How to Remove Baby Formula Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Baby Formula Stains from a Blouse. Baby formula mimics milk and contains proteins that are difficult to remove when it has dried and impossible to remove after it has aged. So as soon as your baby has finished spitting up on you quickly attend to the stain. Fresh Baby Formula Stain. Spotting [...]

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Wedding Gown

Each “Wedding Gown” post contains a different wedding gown we have cleaned. View each one to see the different styles, shapes, and designs. We clean and steam your wedding gown prior to the big day. Because new does not mean clean, new means owned “for the first time.”   After the big day we clean [...]

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Wedding Gown

  Each “Wedding Gown” post contains a different wedding gown we have cleaned. View each one to see the different styles, shapes, and designs. We clean and steam your wedding gown prior to the big day. Because new does not mean clean, new means owned “for the first time.”   After the big day we [...]

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Wedding Gown

Each “Wedding Gown” post contains a different wedding gown we have cleaned. View each one to see the different styles, shapes, and designs. We clean and steam your wedding gown prior to the big day. Because new does not mean clean, new means owned “for the first time.” After the big day we clean and [...]

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Wedding Gown

  Each “Wedding Gown” post contains a different wedding gown we have cleaned. View each one to see the different styles, shapes, and designs. We clean and steam your wedding gown prior to the big day. Because new does not mean clean, new means owned “for the first time.”   After the big day we [...]

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UCLA Sustainable Technology Program Sponsors Wet Clean Demonstration in San Jose CA

The UCLA Sustainable Technology Program sponsored an information and demonstration workshop for the non toxic Professional Wet Clean system on March 11, 2012 in San Jose CA at Branham Lane Cleaners.   This system is a solvent free, non toxic alternative to traditional Dry Clean. Wet Clean and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) are the only two [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Pant.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Pant. From a stain removal aspect tea is tea. Whether it is Fine Asian Green Tea from the herbal tea store, Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Peet’s Spiced Tea, Starbuck’s Chai Tea, or Lipton Black Tea they are all made from tea leaves making the stain a Tannin stain. [...]

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What is Truly Green Dry Cleaning? by Julianna Mo of Press On Cleaners in San Mateo

What is truly green dry cleaning? (article printed in The Daily Journal; October 08, 2009, 10:40pm by Julianna Mo) Have you ever wondered what green dry cleaning really means? This term can confuse even the most educated consumer because there are no universally accepted guidelines as to what qualifies as a “green dry cleaner.” Many [...]

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What Makes Pacific Heights Cleaners Different Than Other Dry Cleaners.

What Makes Pacific Heights Cleaners Different Than Other Dry Cleaners.   What Makes Us Different: To put this into context, there are more dry cleaners than Starbucks, so why make the effort to come use us. Years ago we made a huge commitment to preserve our environment without sacrificing our commitment to service, quality, and [...]

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Testimonial from Susan R.

“Karl, I wanted to say thank you for the nice gift certficate for your cleaners, I love the level of service I get and finally have found a GOOD dry cleaners, Thank you, Susan R.”

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Down Comforter.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Down Comforter. Breast milk is a strong bonding protein that is difficult to remove when it has dried and impossible to remove after it has aged. So as soon as your baby has finished spitting up all over you, quickly attend to the stain.   Fresh Breast [...]

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European Finishing vs American Pressing.

Our philosophy is that in order to develop and maintain a successful business we need to constantly evaluate everything we do to serve you better and to provide you with a greater value. We evaluate our service, our quality, the value we offer, our process, the products we use, test new products, develop new techniques, [...]

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How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Baseball Cap. 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 Breast Milk Stains from a Clothes.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Clothes.   Breast milk is a strong bonding protein that is difficult to remove when it has dried and impossible to remove after it has aged. So as soon as your baby has finished spitting up all over you, quickly attend to the stain.   Fresh Breast [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Wedding Gown.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Wedding Gown.   Red Raspberry is also known as Hindberry, Reapberry, Bramble, Gauriphal, by some. Whether the red raspberries are from a roadside bush, the farmers market, the Whole Foods organic grocery store, or the cheapest red raspberries you can find on sale, it doesn’t matter, they [...]

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Clean Show 2011. The national dry cleaning convention in Las Vegas.

The Clean Show in Las Vegas is the national dry cleaning convention held every other year in June. It’s an enormous convention that fills the entire convention center with attendee’s from around the country and the world. I met attendee’s from Italy, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, and Canada.   My brother William and I was [...]

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Wet Clean Workshop in Novato June 19, 2011

We will be supporting another Wet Clean workshop held by the UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program. This workshop is intended for dry cleaners using Perchloroethylene (PERC) to come see a live demonstration of the non toxic Wet Clean system. The professional Wet Cleaning system is a non toxic, non smog forming substitute for solvent [...]

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Dry Cleaning Convention “Clean Show” in Las Vegas 2011

The Clean Show in Las Vegas is the national convention for our industry of dry cleaners. It is held biannually with attendees from around the country and world. This year I spoke with people from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and even Italy. Many of the shows attendees came to see the Wet Clean system, this is [...]

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Why Use a Certified Green Dry Cleaner?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L84XrobDco[/youtube]   Hear from a consumers perspective why she chose a certified green dry cleaner. She explains what she discovers during her research into the differences in the various types of dry cleaning solvents.

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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 Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Comforter Cover.

You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before starting.  In this case you know it’s chocolate. Break that [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Hat.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Hat. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Dress.

How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Dress. General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Duvet Cover.

How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Duvet Cover. Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chair Cover.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Chair Cover. 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 [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Chaisse Cover.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Chaisse Cover. You break your diet and sneak a piece of chocolate, OK a few pieces of chocolate. But it was all worth it except you dropped a little piece. How are you going to remove that stain? Evaluate the stain, color and material of item before [...]

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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Decorative Pillow Cover.

General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from animal hairs. Using excessively high, heat, agitation, and alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal. Unprocessed [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Bathrobe.

Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal. Unprocessed wool has natural oils that will [...]

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Can I Dye My Clothes?

Question: I am having a wedding in December, 2010, which is less than a month away, and I had custom made tux from oversea, which is white, however, when I got it two days ago, I realized that my wife’s gown is not white which is ivory, and I don’t want to make her looks [...]

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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 do I know if my dry cleaner is a green dry cleaner?

www.greenbusinessca.org www.sfgreenbusiness.org In all the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area there is a governing body for green businesses call the Bay Area Green Business Program. The green business program in these counties will only certify a dry cleaner if they are using one of two dry cleaning systems. The first and most popular [...]

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Accessories Are The Finishing Touch

Accessories are the key to finishing an outfit; this includes those items you carry around with you every day; your wallet, phone, watch, purse, briefcase, even your umbrella.  Don’t be ambivalent when picking these items, think about their style, and if that style represents you well! Bianca Stark-Falcone Author, Wardrobe Consultant & Personal Shopper www.bwelldressed.com [...]

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How to remove a Coffee stain from a Silk Curtains.

Before attempting any stain removal it is important to test the item for colorfastness. Take a white towel and apply a small amount of water to a corner of the towel. Using that corner of the towel blot a hidden area of the item you wish to spot. Check the towel for color transfer, the [...]

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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 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 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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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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Does Eco Dry Clean (wet clean) clean as well as solvent dry cleaning?

I’m regularly asked if Green Dry Cleaning cleans better than traditional dry cleaning using Tetrachloroethylene or Perchloroethylene (Perc). When I talk about dry cleaning I often get a blank look staring back at me like I’m speaking a foreign language from outer space. We all use a dry cleaner, yet the cleaning process is alien [...]

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How to Care for Your Dark Color Garments

Here are ways to care for your dark color garment to prevent color fading: Turn dark garments inside out prior to loading into the washing machine to prevent streaking of color during the wash cycle. Add approximately 1oz of white distilled vinegar per 3 gallons of water to prevent color loss. Use detergent that is [...]

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20% off Wedding Dress Special

Now that the special day is over and your settling in to your new life, many brides forget about their special dress – the wedding dress. It sits in the corner of the closet aging and oxidizing with every moment. Often it’s a year or two before the thought of cleaning it re-enters ones mind, [...]

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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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SF GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM

Pacific Heights Cleaners is the 1st and only certified green dry cleaner in San Francisco, your non-toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning, proudly leading the way in garment care today- and into a healthy future. Green and Sustainable We are leading and changing our industry by example We use an environmentally friendly dry cleaning system [...]

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IS YOUR DRY CLEANER GREEN CERTIFIED?

Green washing is everywhere (literally), as you drive down the street every other business is claiming to be green and environmental friendly. How do you know if they really are or they are just claiming it? The San Francisco Bay Area has developed a Green Business Program to create guidelines for businesses in a particular [...]

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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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The future of fabrics rest within our imagination!

For thousands of years the only fibers available for textiles were natural fibers created by Mother Nature. Clothing and household items were woven from animal, protein or plant fibers such as wool, cashmere, silk, linen and cotton. A little over a century ago the first manufactured fiber became available through modern technology and chemistry. Rayon [...]

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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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Angela’s Journey with Breast Cancer

The story of an amazing woman who forged boldly through a scary situation reminding us that grounding helps heal. By Stefanie Atkinson Below is an interview that I am very happy to share with you. Stefanie: Angela, why did you decide to have me journal your journey through photographs? Angela: I was afraid that if [...]

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What Causes Unidentified Bleach Stains

We often see garments or should I say we often get blamed for garment with bleached type stain on them. What is happening unknown to most people is that many household and personal care products contain bleach, oxidizing agents and/or alcohol in them. These products include but not limited to medicines, shampoo’s, skin cleaners, hair [...]

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The Dirty Little Secret About Dry Cleaning!

No one in the industry is willing to admit to the health hazards of solvent dry cleaning. Most dry cleaners clean your clothes with a solvent called perchloroethylene (PERC) which the State of California lists as a known carcinogen and reproductive toxicity. Others use alternative solvents and call themselves “Green or Organic”. Yet, studies have [...]

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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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New Jersey offers cash for replacing perc equipment

Anticipating tougher regulations for drycleaners, the state of New Jersey is offering cash to dry cleaners who agree to scrap their existing perc machines in favor of newer models. The state has dedicated more than $4 million to the program. The program provides an extra incentive for Wet Cleaning, which is in line with another [...]

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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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San Francisco’s Newest Green Cleaner

Vermont Cleaners, Potrero Hill 600 Vermont Street San Francisco CA 94107 415-647-8080 Cross Street; intersection of 18th Street and Vermont Street As a pioneer in our industry I’m always happy and proud to see others follow suit and Vermont Cleaners in San Francisco is the newest dry cleaner to make the conversion over to an [...]

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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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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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Are There Green Dry Cleaners?

Do Green Dry Cleaners Exist? Greentips: August 2007 Contrary to what its name implies, dry cleaning involves washing clothes in a liquid solvent to remove stains. In about 85 percent of dry cleaning shops this solvent is perchloroethylene (or “perc”), a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers both a health and environmental hazard. [...]

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Marine Mammal Center

Marine Mammal Center’s 26th Run for the Seals is this Saturday March 13, 2010. Participate in the run & receive a certificate from us for a reusable garment bag. Bring in the certificate from the event with your Green Dry Cleaning and we will donate 20% of that order back to the Marine Mammal Center. [...]

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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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Dry Cleaning’s Dirty Trick

In most big cities you will see drycleaners attempting to go green.  For many, though, green refers to money, not environmental consciousness. There’s a curious sign in the storefronts of many drycleaners boasting of a new “organic” cleaning technique that is non-toxic and environmentally benign.  Clearly they are trying to capitalize on the consumers’ pursuit [...]

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Yuppie Friday – Princess Project Event

san francisco Please join us Friday, February 19th, as we raise funds and awareness for a great local charity, The Princess Project. For more information, please visit www.princessproject.org Friday, February 19th, 2010 Happy Hour 5:30 to 7:30pm Harry Denton’s Starlight Room is located in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel To buy advance tickets, please CLICK [...]

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California Air Resources Board Report on Dry Cleaning Solvents

California Air Resources Board Dry Cleaning Notice 2009-2 November 2009 Alternative Solvents Used for Dry Cleaning Operations This information is not meant to be exhaustive as other solvents may also be available. More information on the alternatives may be found in our March 2008, Fact Sheet titled Dry Cleaning Alternative Solvents: Health and Environmental Impacts [...]

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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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New Year Resolution!

Reflecting back as well as looking forward. “We are not business people capitalizing on the green movement; we are an established dry cleaner changing an industry!” Our mission remains the same from day one: to serve our customers, improve our industry and care for our environment, as always leading by example. Reflecting back on this [...]

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Toxic Use Reduction Institute awards grant to dry cleaner

The Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell recently awarded Best Neighborhood Cleaners of Medford, Mass., an $18,000 grant to help discontinue the use of perchloroethylene (PERC). The grant helped fund the purchase and installation of wetcleaning equipment at the store. “I am very happy to be using this equipment in my [...]

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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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Leading an industy

Today is another exciting day in the life of a green drycleaner. We were quoted in today’s San Francisco Examiner article; Dry cleaners face deadline to clean up their act. December 4, 2009. http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Dry-cleaners-still-using-solvent-78495677.html We were also interviewed by KTVU2, Channel 26, and a host of other medias, both television and print about how we [...]

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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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Drysolv is green cleaning?

Comment; Perk is NOT GREEN The only green dry cleaning solvent is Drysolv. Answer; We are not using Perc. We use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved system referred to as Wet Clean. I’m sorry I don’t know were you got your miss information from. I’ve attached some information for you regarding Drysolv (n-propyl bromide) [...]

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Synthetic Fur Spread & Coat

It’s that time of year, it’s a freezing -40 degrees below out (sorry not hear in California), you have on your favorite synthetic fur coat to say warm and can’t stop thinking about cuddling in front of the fire place with a love one on your cozy synthetic fur spread…then you sneeze and sneeze because [...]

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Holiday Napkins

  WARNING!   WARNING!   WARNING!   Holiday napkins are extremely dangerous for your clothes. These types of napkins are white paper napkins dyed to holiday colors and when they get wet the colors often bleed off. A favorite thing for people to do when they spill something on there clothes is to get a napkin dab [...]

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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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Cosmetic Bag

If you find that your cosmetics are on your bag as opposed to in your bag don’t fret. That can easily be cleaned by an experienced professional dry cleaner or send it to us via UPS/FedEx or US Mail.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st [...]

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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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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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Burberry Hand Bag

High fashion should always look glamorous and the most pristine. So don’t let dirtiness ruin the high fashion of your Burberry hand bag. Take it in for cleaning so that it looks and contends with other high fashion bags.     Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco, your non toxic alternative www.eco-drycleaners.com Marin’s 1st [...]

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Feather Shawl

You’re at a fancy Italian restaurant. You reach for some bread but when you pull your arm back you accidentally hit the oil and vinegar dish. Most of the oil and vinegar spills onto your shawl. You’re devastated because you don’t know how to get the oil stain out. Luckily if you take it into [...]

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Fur Spread

While a customer and his family were away on vacation, their dog peed on their fur spread. They came back and they smelled something funny. They realized that their dog had peed on the fur spread. They were angry but they brought it in to see if we could clean it. We cleaned it and [...]

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Gucci Cap

A customer bought a nice Gucci cap an took it to Italy with her. While she was there, she spilt some tomato sauce and some red win on it. When she came back she was devastated but she brought it in and we were able to get every last remnant of the stains out so [...]

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Herme Mail Bag

You were on your way to the post office to mail some letters. You wanted to finish the last of your Diet Coke before you went in but you lifted the bottle to fast and some of it got onto your mail bag. It made you disappointed, but then you realized that right down the [...]

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Leather and Lace Trim Purse

You have a really cute purse with leather and lace on it. It was raining and you dropped it in the mud on your way home. You want to clean it, but you know that if you do, you might damage the lace. If you take it into your drycleaner, they will make sure it [...]

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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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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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Multi Colored Purse

Are you having trouble cleaning that multi colored purse that you own. It’s your favorite purse but you just don’t know how to clean it. You’ve tried and tried, but it still won’t clean. Take it into your local drycleaner and they’ll clean it for you and make it look better than ever.     [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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Where in India is eco dry cleaning practiced?

Question; i wanted to know that where in India is eco friendly dry cleaning practised.     Answer; The simplest form of eco dry cleaning is done on the banks of the river Ganga. Anyone and everyone cleaning there silk sari’s on the Ganga is using a simple form of green dry cleaning.   As [...]

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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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S.F. takes green issue to dry cleaners

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday September 19,2009 about the hazards of dry cleaning solvents and the non toxic alternatives. Here is the link to the full article; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/18/MNNH19O3DM.DTL   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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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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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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How to remove blood stains using green products

Blood is a protein and can easily be removed with enzymes. The enzymes take a long time to work so you must factor that into your process. Take your time and enjoy the process, it’s not a wham bang thank you mam type of product. As always it is very important to test the color [...]

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San Francisco Environment Dry Clean Workshop

August 23, 2009   San Francisco Environment held a workshop to inform all the dry cleaners in the city and county of San Francisco of the health and environmental dangers of dry cleaning with the various solvent on the market as well as the regulation for those respective solvents. Our role in this workshop was [...]

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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 Anne Cabrinha

Most of my chronically sick patients have some type of chemical sensitivity and it is crucial that they eliminate these chemicals from their daily lives. Pacific Heights Cleaners is THE best place for my patients to go as many other “green” cleaners aren’t certified and still use toxic chemicals. Thank you Pacific Heights Cleaners– for [...]

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What Health Benefits are there to using a Green Dry Cleaner?

Despite the use of the Word “dry”, all cleaning processes use liquid solvents to clean garments. The problem is, some of the traditional solvents are highly toxic and not only risk the workers who are exposed to these chemicals every day, but also create a health risk for the customers who wear the garments that [...]

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Testimonial from Robia C.

Perfect dry cleaning and I love the wash and fold. The GREATEST thing ever happened on a Saturday evening, 10 minutes before closing when I rushed in straight from the store with a new pair of pants and begged to have them pressed. He said yes. Yay! Instant gratification. I arrived about 3 minutes past [...]

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Testimonial from Danette S.

Prices are reasonable for Pacific Heights (I brought one coat to two other cleaners on the same street first and all wanted to charge 30% more for the same coat). Will is always very friendly and helpful. Danette S., Berkeley

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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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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 Mark Cooper

Thanks for doing a great job with my dry cleaning. At the end of a long day its a pleasure to stop by Pacific Heights Cleaners to pick up my clean clothes and see Karl’s smilling face. You are the man. See you around!!   Mark Cooper, Tiburon

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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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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 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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How to remove shiny seams

Question; Is it possible to reduce / remove shiny seam lines on a polyester blazer after it’s been dry cleaned? Garment is lined and has a soft sheen to the fabric. Answer; It depends on what caused the sheen. I know you said it was there after dry cleaning but was it caused by the dry [...]

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How to remove ink stains

Question; Ink stains are nearly impossible to remove–at least for me. Any suggestions? Answer; They  are for me also, next question. There are three types of ink: oil based ink, straight ink and indelible ink. Oil based ink; found in a ball point pen. Straight ink; is in every one’s favorite type of pens the [...]

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How to remove rust stains

Question; how I get rid of rust stains? Answer;  As you know rust is metal and general stain removers don’t work, you need a rust remover to get rid of it. Your local hardware store will sell rust removers such as one made by “rust-oleum”. Always test garment for colorfastness first. Rust removers usually don’t [...]

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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 Yellow Stains

Question; What is the best way to get sweat stains (yellow) out of a white 100% cotton garment? It’s a heavy canvas Karate uniform (duck canvas). Answer; Yellowing in the underarms is caused by salts and minerals in your perspiration aging. It could age from you not cleaning it often enough or from the soap/detergent [...]

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How do I prevent Shrinkage and Color Fade?

Question; I heard that if you wash clothes in hot water then you’ll end up shrinking the clothes. So I was wondering, if you say washing in hot water cleans them 8 times better than cold water. How do you wash clothes clean without having them shrink? Is it really the drying process that shrinks [...]

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Testimonial from Bianca Stark-Falcone, Well Dressed, Wardrobe Consultant, Sausalito

Pacific Heights Cleaners is a glowing example of customer service and a business that cares.  Garments are taken care of and given back to you not only clean but thoughtfully packaged.  Alterations are meticulously done, and if anything is wrong the management goes out of their way to correct the problem.  I’ve never felt so [...]

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Testimonial from Sally Calef, Sausalito

Pacific Heights Cleaners is expert at all cleaning and they are gracious and very service oriented. And they are unique in their environmental approach.  If you want to be GREEN and your clothes to be clean go to the best, most reputable cleaners in Marin, Pacific Heights Cleaners. Sally Calef, Sausalito Other Articles of Interest: [...]

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Green Dry Cleaning in Marin

Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito is the place where all the Green Dry Cleaning is done for our two locations. One  is located on 2631 Bridgeway  in Sausalito. It is the only green dry cleaners in Marin County. The second is located at 2437 Filmore Street in San Francisco. Both stores hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am-6:30 pm. On Saturday, 9:00 [...]

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Do Not Dry Clean

This garment was brought to us by a customer who had worn the coat for years and never cleaned it because the care label said DO NOT DRY CLEAN. Because of the fur and the lace, these items made it difficult to clean.  With our knowledge of textiles and a superior Eco Dry Cleaning system we were able [...]

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Think Ecological Hangers

Simple Choices can make all the difference in reducing waste Use, reuse, and recycle the hangers for a safer, healthier environment made from recyclable number 5 plastic Take the hangers to your local recycle center or back to the dry cleaner that uses the hangers Other Articles of Interest: What Health Benefits are there to [...]

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Reusable Polypropylene Garment Bag

Be fantastic… use less plastic! Be eco-friendly! The Green Garmento is a “hanging hamper” and a laundry bag! The Green Garmento is a duffel bag and a carrying bag! The Green Garmento holds all of your drycleaning! The green Garmento is a hanging garment bag! Phone number: 866-681-6659 California phone number: 323-512-2600 Email: help@the greengarmento.com Website: [...]

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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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California State Senator Mark Leno

California State Senator Mark Leno has recognized us (Pacific Heights Cleaners) with this certificate for take a leadership role in removing the toxic solvents from the dry cleaning process. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969, providing you a non toxic alternative, using a environmentally friendly green dry cleaning system. The First Dry Cleaners [...]

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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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California State Assemblymember Jared Huffman Certificate of Recognition

Califronia State Assemblymember Jared Huffman has recognized us (Pacific Heights Cleaners) with this certificate for take a leadership role in removing the toxic solvents from the dry cleaning process. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners Service with Pride since 1969, providing you a non toxic alternative, using a environmentally friendly green dry cleaning system. The First [...]

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Green Dry Clean- Video

Follow your garments at Pacific Heights Cleaners going through the ECO Dry Clean (Wet Clean) process. See how we handle your garments from start to finish using a non toxic dry cleaning system. This system is recognized by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as being safe for your health and is environmentally friendly. Karl Huie Pacific [...]

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Meet the Staff of Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito & San Francisco

Celebrating our Zero Breast Cancer Award Gene Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your non toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning, proudly leading the way in garment care today and into a healthy future. Marin and San Francisco’s 1st Certified Green Dry Cleaner using a eco dry clean non toxic [...]

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You can help get better results from your drycleaner

Cleaning a garment is often like playing detective.  What type of stain?  How long has it set in the fabric? What have you tried on the stain? What choices do I have?  The more information a green dry cleaner has, the more it helps us determine what to do to remove it. Sometimes it even helps to [...]

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How to remove a salad oil stain

Salads are great for your health and figure but the oil stains are terrible for your image. As opposed to an oily cheese hamburger and fries which is bad for you and your image. Both oil stains can be handled in the same manner. What can you do about that oil stain, you’ve tried washing [...]

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What water temperature do I use for washing clothes? Hot-Cold or Warm?

Every day a customer will ask me to wash their shirts in cold water. Lucky for them I learned how to break that law of physics a long time ago. What am I talking about you ask. There will be a test at the end so pay attention. Lets do some simple algebra:     WT+P=CS It’s [...]

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Environmentally Friendly Dry Clean Video

Benefits of solvent free dry cleaning. Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your resource for cleaning tips and garment care information. A certified green dry cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Environment. Your non toxic dry cleaning alternative serving you with an EPA approved [...]

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The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, Video

Ten years of honoring community’s healers The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, owner of Pacific Heights Cleaners of Sausalito and San Francisco. Karl Huie is being recognized for taking a leadership role in promoting the health of the community. Pacific Heights Cleaners is Marin’s first and only certified green dry cleaner, an official desgination by [...]

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Sausalito Sustainability Commission Award

Karl Huie Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your resource for cleaning tips and garment care information. A certified green dry cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Environment. Your non toxic dry cleaning alternative serving you with an EPA approved Eco Dry Clean (Wet Clean) System [...]

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Dry Cleaning Report by San Francisco Environment

Green Dry Clean! Eco-DryClean (wet clean) is a non toxic safe alternative to traditional solvent dry cleaning. San Francisco Environment a department of the City & County of San Francisco issued a report and ranking of dry cleaning solvents and there health effects (human and environmental)*. #1: Eco-DryClean- Consumers that use wet cleaning know that [...]

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