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How Do I Remove a Stain?

On a Regular Basis Customers Ask Me How to Remove a Stain:   That’s a simple question that is difficult to answer. A lot comes into play with stain removal; is the garment colorfast, how long has the stain been on the garment, what type of stain is it, what type of material is the [...]

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What is the GreenEarth Dry Cleaning Solvent?

Question: What is GreenEarth Dry Clean? Is this different than what you use and is it better or not as good for the environment than what you use?   Answer: GreenEarth is a D5 silicones made from sand. Does that make it safe? In an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study GreenEarth D5 did cause cancer in lab [...]

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Fabricare 2012 – California Dry Clean Convention

The FABRICARE Show in Long Beach CA is the dry cleaning convention for our great state of California,  held every other year in July at the Long Beach Convention Center. Although it’s considered the California convention it is one of the premier conventions following the national convention. There were venders and attendees from around the [...]

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Last Day For Free Certified Green Dry Cleaning!

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations for the injured animals at the Marine Mammal Center. Your support has raised $2,613.00 to date. Your Awesome! If you have not made a donation yet, this is your last chance to make a donation in July and still receive a gift certificate of the same value [...]

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Free Certified Green Dry Cleaning!

July Special Free Certified Green Dry Cleaning: Free certified green dry cleaning offer coming to an end on July 31, 2012   Simply make a donation to the Marine Mammal Center via our charity bike ride site on or before July 31, 2012 to receive a gift certificate of the same amount as the donation [...]

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Self Cleaning Clothes

Engineers in China have created a non toxic, environmentally friendly chemical coating for garments that will remove stains and odors when exposed to sunlight. The research was done at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Hubei University for Nationalities. In the research test an orange dye was applied to the coated garment, 71% of the stain [...]

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How to Remove Oatmeal Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Oatmeal Stains from a Bathrobe. Oatmeal is the breakfast of champions, working stiffs, and school kids across the country. Add some milk to that and you have an incredible meal that’s hardy and sustainable through the day. Unfortunately that hardy meal can be hard to remove if allowed to dry and age [...]

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How to Remove Margarine Stains from a Bathrobe

How to Remove Margarine Stains from a Bathrobe What can I say about margarine that’s hasn’t already been said, a less saturated fat version of butter with all the same flavor characteristics. Just thinking of it stirs up emotions…margarine spread on an English muffins in the morning, or drizzled on popcorn, YUM!…then reality…oil stains…!@#$%^&*…Now what? [...]

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How to Remove Jelly Stains from a Robe

How to Remove Jelly Stains from a Robe Jelly and Peanut Butter or Jelly and toast an easy quick on the run snack. On the run often means all over yourself. How to quickly fix the mess? Use a butter knife or spoon to lightly scrape off any solid pieces of jelly without smearing it [...]

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How to Remove Jam Stains from a Bedspread

How to Remove Jam Stains from a Bedspread Jam and toast an easy quick breakfast or jam and crackers as a snack on the run. Since most of us eat our breakfast or snacks on the run we often make a mess all over ourselves. How to quickly fix the mess? Use a butter knife [...]

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How to Remove Ice Cream Stains from a Bathrobe

How to Remove Ice Cream Stains from a Bathrobe Ice Cream…LOVE IT!!!  It’s better than chocolate because the chocolate can be incorporated into the ice cream. What a comfort food, it’s cool, smooth, sweet, and fun. So many flavors, Baskin-Robins has 31, Ben and Jerry’s has another 50 or more, not to mention the Asian [...]

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How to Remove Hot Chocolate Stains from a Blouse

How to Remove Hot Chocolate Stains from a Blouse General Info: Regardless of the hot chocolate manufacture whether it’s Nesquik, Hershey or Swiss Miss, most hot chocolates contain chocolate, sugar, and some form of milk. The heat from the hot chocolate will cause it to penetrate deep into the weave of the material so attending [...]

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How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains from a Blouse

How to Remove Hand Lotion Stains from a Blouse The new politically correct name for good old fashion hand lotion now is hand cream. 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 remove is oil. Once [...]

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How to Remove Grapefruit Juice Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Grapefruit Juice Stains from a Bathrobe. Accompanying the breakfast of champions is a tall glass of grapefruit juice. It’s tasty, vitamin filled, and loaded with antioxidants like grape juice. But luckily it’s an easy juice to remove than its cousin, grape juice. Grapefruit Juice Stain: Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent · Create a [...]

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How to Remove Grape Stains from a Blouse

How to Remove Grape Stains from a Blouse Grape can be a difficult tannin stain and needs to be addressed immediately. Following are some green products and techniques that I use as a professional that you can use at home. A Spotting Agent; Heinz Distilled White Vinegar 1.    Apply a small amount of distilled white [...]

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How to remove a Fishy, Musty Smell from a Bathrobe.

How to remove a Fishy, Musty Smell from a Bathrobe. A fishy smell will generally wash out with a good laundry detergent, however if you went wrestling with a 100 pound sturgeon and lost then the stain and smell will be a little more difficult to handle. In the case of the latter we will [...]

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How to remove a Fish Stain from a Blouse.

How to remove a Fish Stain from a Blouse. A fish stain will generally wash out with a good laundry detergent, however if you went wrestling with a fish and lost then the stain and smell will be a little more difficult to handle. In the case of the latter we will need a two [...]

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How to Wash a Down Feather Bathrobe

How to Wash a Down Feather Bathrobe Washing items on a regular basis is always a good idea, whether it’s a down comforter, down jacket or a down pillow. Dust, dirt, or even body oils for that matter, will deteriorate and discolor the material. The frequency an item needs to be washed will be determined [...]

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How to Remove Dog Urine Stains from a Blanket.

How to Remove Dog Urine Stains from a Blanket. NO!!!…  BAD DOG!!!…  NO!!!…  BAD DOG!!! A dog urine stain is composed of many different matters: salts, minerals, and pigment. Dog urine is a water soluble stain that will wash out if the stain is still wet. A dried and set dog urine stains will need [...]

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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 Wash my Bed Bath and Beyond Curtains?

How do I wash my Bed Bath and Beyond Curtains? Basic Information: · Curtains often are damaged by sun light. Either directly or indirectly. Often this damage is undetectable on white curtains. · Signs of sun damage are: color fading, yellowing, fibers feeling dry, weak-brittle to the touch. Gently pull on the curtain in an [...]

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How to Remove a Cranberry Juice Stain from a Jacket

How to Remove a Cranberry Juice Stain from a Jacket Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries. Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. Repeat several times to remove the entire [...]

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How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Comforter.

How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Comforter. Cat Urine…Wow!  What a difficult problem. Cats are intelligent creatures. We regularly see cat’s urine on their owner’s prized possessions, i.e. comforter, blanket, and pillows when they are upset with the owner. Often this is when the owner leaves the cat locked in the house for [...]

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How to remove Canola Oil Stains from a Blouse

How to remove Canola Oil Stains from a Blouse Canola oil stains at times are difficult to remove at home unless you know the secret. Let me introduce you to some green oil stain removers that we use in our green dry cleaner and are readily available at the local grocery stores. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid: [...]

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How to Remove a Cake Stain from a Blouse.

How to Remove a Cake Stain from a Blouse. The majority of a cake stain is oil from the cake and sugar from the frosting. The solids from the cake will easily wipe off. Applying a good oil remover and water will easily release the stain. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is a great oil remove because [...]

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How to Remove Butter Stains from a Blouse

How to Remove Butter Stains from a Blouse What can I say about butter that’s hasn’t already been said, it’s absolutely the most heavenly versatile, flavorful food ever created for us carnivores. Just thinking of it stirs up emotions…a rich butter dipping sauce for lobster, or on a baked potato…then reality…butter stains down the front [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from Cotton

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 on you attend to the stain. Fresh Breast Milk Stain. Spotting Solution: Vaska Laundry Detergent Mix 1 part Vaska laundry detergent [...]

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How to Remove Grape Juice Stains

How to Remove a Grape Juice Stain Grape Juice can be a difficult tannin stain and needs to be addressed immediately. Following are some green products and techniques that I use as a certified professional green dry cleaner that you can use at home. A Spotting Agent; Heinz Distilled White Vinegar 1.    Apply a small [...]

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How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Bedspread.

How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Bedspread. Cat Urine…Wow!  What a difficult problem. Cats are intelligent creatures. We regularly see cat’s urine on their owner’s prized possessions, i.e. comforter, blanket, and pillows when they are upset with the owner. Often this is when the owner leaves the cat locked in the house for [...]

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How to Remove Baby Formula Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Baby Formula Stains from a Bathrobe. 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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How to Remove Apple Juice Stains From a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Apple Juice Stains From a Bathrobe. Apple juice, it’s the juice of every infant and toddler in the United States. We spill more apple juice than any other juice ever made. Luckily it’s an easy juice to remove, unlike its cousin grape juice. Apple Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent · Create a [...]

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How to Remove a Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce Stain from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove a Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce Stain from a Bathrobe. Rome Italy 1914 Alfredo Di Lelio experiments with a pasta dish and created a one million calorie dish. He doubled the amount of butter of the original Fettuccine Al Burro dish along with adding other ingredients to create what we now know as Fettuccine [...]

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How Do I Wash My Pottery Barn Cotton Linen Curtains?

Question: How Do I Wash My Pottery Barn Cotton Linen Curtains? Hi Jen, Here are some things to keep in mind before washing your curtains. Basic Information: Curtains often are damaged by sun light. Either directly or indirectly. Often this damage is undetectable on white curtains. Signs of sun damage are: color fading, yellowing, fibers [...]

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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 Beer Stains

How Remove Beer Stains What an exciting Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Regardless of the team that you where rooting for, with that much excitement comes a lot of arm gestures, and jumping and screaming. That only means one thing, a lot of spilled beer.   The [...]

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How to Wash a Down Jacket

How to Wash a Down Jacket It’s half way through winter and you have not cleaned your down jacket once. Well let me tell you it’s dirty, even if you don’t see the dirt or smell the funk, trust me others will. Cleaning a down jacket is relatively simply. Here are a few little tricks [...]

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Can you wash a Gortex Jacket at home?

Can you wash a Gortex Jacket at home? Gortex is a trademarked name brand for a special design of waterproof breathable material. The material is comprised of two pieces of fabric fused together to make a breathable membrane. The outer layer is usually a type of nylon and the inner layer is a rubber membrane [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Dress.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Dress. 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 Milk [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Pant.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Pant. It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt or [...]

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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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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Jacket.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Jacket. 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 all stain [...]

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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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How to Remove Tomato Sauce Stains from Clothes.

How to Remove Tomato Sauce Stains from Clothes. You say Tomato – I say Toe mot toe, no matter how you say it, it stains the same. It is a tannin stain and it is also one of the more difficult to remove stains. Attack it quickly for best results. Create a spotting solution with [...]

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How to remove a Fishy, Musty Smell from Clothes.

How to remove a Fishy, Musty Smell from Clothes. A fishy smell will generally wash out with a good laundry detergent, however if you went wrestling with a 100 pound sturgeon and lost then the stain and smell will be a little more difficult to handle. Or perhaps you stored something in the closet that [...]

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How to Remove a Cake Stain from Clothes.

How to Remove a Cake Stain from Clothes.   The majority of a cake stain is oil from the cake and sugar from the frosting. The solids from the cake will easily wipe off. With a butter knife or spoon lightly scrape off any solid cake without imbedding the cake further into the material.  Applying [...]

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How to Remove a Chili Stain from Clothes.

How to Remove a Chili Stain from Clothes. ON FIRE! That’s my mouth at a chili cook off. Every chili I try seams to be hot than the one before and when I’m done my shirt has sampled more than I. How do I remove a chili stain?   Chili is a complex stain. There [...]

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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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How to Remove Ravioli Sauce Stains from a Skirt.

How to Remove Ravioli Sauce Stains from a Skirt.   Ravioli’s date back to the 14th Century in letters written by some guy named Francesco di Marco, however if a ravioli stain is that old my best educated guess would be it’s permanent. So don’t even try to remove the stain because you will damage [...]

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How to Remove a Sour Cream Stain from a Blanket.

How to Remove a Sour Cream Stain from a Blanket. Sour Cream is a protein stain. As the protein dries and ages it becomes more difficult to remove. Use a butter knife or spoon to scrape off as much of the sour cream as possible without embedding it into the material. Then proceed with creating [...]

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How to remove a Fish Stain from a Sweatshirt.

How to remove a Fish Stain from a Sweatshirt. A fish stain will generally wash out with a good laundry detergent, however if you went wrestling with a fish and lost then the stain and smell will be a little more difficult to handle. In the case of the latter we will need a two [...]

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How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from Clothes.

How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from Clothes. Cat Urine…Wow!  What a difficult problem. Cats are intelligent creatures. We regularly see cat’s urinate on their owner’s prized possessions, i.e. comforter, blanket, and pillows when they are upset with the owner. Often this is when the owner leaves the cat locked in the house for a [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cushion Cover.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cushion Cover.   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 [...]

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How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Baseball Cap.   Everyone has a comfort food. Chips and Salsa is my comfort food. Weird but true. Go figure, I guess that’s why everyone is different.   Use a butter knife or spoon to lightly scrape off any solid pieces of salsa without smearing it or embedding [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Purse.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Purse. It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt or [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Denim Jeans.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Denim Jeans. 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 [...]

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How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Blouse. Everyone has a comfort food. Chips and Salsa is my comfort food. Weird but true. Go figure, I guess that’s why everyone is different.   Use a butter knife or spoon to lightly scrape off any solid pieces of salsa without smearing it or embedding it further [...]

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How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Clothes.

How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Clothes. 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 break [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Down Jacket.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Down Jacket. 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 [...]

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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 Sour Cream Stain from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove a Sour Cream Stain from a Baseball Cap. Sour Cream is a protein stain. As the protein dries and ages it becomes more difficult to remove. Use a butter knife or spoon to scrape off as much of the sour cream as possible without embedding it into the material. Then proceed with [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Polo Shirt.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Polo Shirt. 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 all [...]

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How to Remove Pesto Sauce Stains from a Sweatshirt.

How to Remove Pesto Sauce Stains from a Sweatshirt. FOOD FIGHT! No matter who won the fight, you, your fork, or your friend sitting across the table from you, the results are the same. Pesto Sauce everywhere! Luckily pesto sauce is more of less oil and herbs. So once we break down the oil everything [...]

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Denim Jeans.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Denim Jeans. Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. Repeat [...]

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How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Baseball Cap. Cat Urine…Wow!  What a difficult problem. Cats are intelligent creatures. We regularly see cat’s urinate on their owner’s prized possessions, i.e. comforter, blanket, and pillows when they are upset with the owner. Often this is when the owner leaves the cat locked in the house [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Milk Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Chocolate Milk Stains from a Blouse. General Info: Regardless of the chocolate milk manufacture, whether it’s Nesquik, Hershey or Clover Stornetta, most chocolate milk contain chocolate, sugar, and milk. Milk is a strong bonding protein and needs to be address sooner than later. How to test for colorfastness: Take the stain removal [...]

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How to Remove Pesto Sauce Stains from a Tablecloth.

How to Remove Pesto Sauce Stains from a Tablecloth. FOOD FIGHT! No matter who won the fight, you, your fork, or your friend sitting across the table from you, the results are the same. Pesto Sauce everywhere! Luckily pesto sauce is more of less oil and herbs. So once we break down the oil everything [...]

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How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Bedspread.

How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Bedspread. Everyone has a comfort food. Chips and Salsa is my comfort food. Weird but true. Go figure, I guess that’s why everyone is different.   Use a butter knife or spoon to lightly scrape off any solid pieces of salsa without smearing it or embedding it further [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Purse.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Purse.   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 all [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Denim Skirt.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Denim Skirt.   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 [...]

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Professional Stain Removal Tips.

  We have create a free magnet for your washing machine with the web address of our blogsite www.YourGreenDryCleaner.com Come by one of our location or send us your address to receive one. We currently have over 2600 green stain removal tips ranging from how to remove an oil stain from silk, how to remove [...]

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How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Cat Feces Stains from a Blouse. 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 break [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Raincoat.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Raincoat.   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 all [...]

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How to Remove Ravioli Sauce Stains from a Sweatshirt.

How to Remove Ravioli Sauce Stains from a Sweatshirt. Ravioli’s date back to the 14th Century in letters written by some guy named Francesco di Marco, however if a ravioli stain is that old my best educated guess would be it’s permanent. So don’t even try to remove the stain because you will damage the [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Robe.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Robe. It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt or [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Denim Skirt.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Denim Skirt. 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 Salsa Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Salsa Stains from a Bathrobe.   Everyone has a comfort food. Chips and Salsa is my comfort food. Weird but true. Go figure, I guess that’s why everyone is different.   Use a butter knife or spoon to lightly scrape off any solid pieces of salsa without smearing it or embedding it [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cushion Cover.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cushion Cover.   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 [...]

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

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

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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Wool.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Wool. 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 [...]

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How to remove a Red Wine Stain from Rayon.

How to remove a Red Wine Stain from Rayon.     Fine red wine should always be savored with a fine meal not worn on a garment. However if you happen to spill a little because you have a tendency to talk with your hands, don’t worry. Address the red wine stain as soon as [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from Cotton.

How to Remove Red Wine from Cotton.   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 [...]

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How to Remove Oil Stains from Wool.

How to Remove Oil Stains from Wool.   General Info: 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 Milk Stains from Wool.

How to Remove Milk Stains from Wool.   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 [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from Silk.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from Silk.   Often silk garments have a soft (non colorfast) dye to give the color depth. Test for color bleeding in a hidden area of the garment before proceeding with the removal of the milk stain.   Using a white towel apply a small amount of the solution [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from Rayon.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from Rayon.   Milk is one of the more difficult stains we see come through our stores. By the time we see the milk stain it has dried and set. Milk is a protein with a strong bonding agent and as it ages it requires a lot of effort [...]

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How to Remove a Coffee Stain from Rayon.

How to Remove a Coffee Stain from Rayon.   Coffee is tannin (plant base). Tannin stains can be easily removed when fresh with a little water or club soda. Once the coffee stain has dried then a product will be necessary to help lift the coffee stain from the rayon material.   Choice of Products: [...]

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Couch Cover.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Couch Cover. Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. Repeat [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Shawl.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Shawl.   It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt [...]

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How to Remove Chocolate Milk Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Chocolate Milk Stains from a Baseball Cap.   General Info: Regardless of the chocolate milk manufacture, whether it’s Nesquik, Hershey or Clover Stornetta, most chocolate milk contain chocolate, sugar, and milk. Milk is a strong bonding protein and needs to be address sooner than later. How to test for colorfastness: Take the [...]

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How to Remove Cranberry Stains from a Tablecloth.

How to Remove Cranberry Stains from a Tablecloth. Whether the cranberries are from the farmers market, Whole Foods organic grocery store, or the cheapest cranberries you can find on sale, it doesn’t matter, they all stain the same. A cranberry stain is an acidic tannin stain. Many of the spotting products such as Spray n [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Ski Jacket.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Ski Jacket. It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt [...]

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How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Cat Urine Stains from a Bathrobe.   Cat Urine…Wow!  What a difficult problem. Cats are intelligent creatures. We regularly see cat’s urinate on their owner’s prized possessions, i.e. comforter, blanket, and pillows when they are upset with the owner. Often this is when the owner leaves the cat locked in the house [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Ski Jacket.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Ski Jacket. 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 all [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Coat.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Coat. 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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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Skirt.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Skirt.   It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt [...]

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

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

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Skirt.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Skirt.   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 all [...]

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Cardigan Sweater.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Cardigan Sweater.   Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cardigan Sweater.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Cardigan Sweater.   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 [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Sleeping Bag.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Sleeping Bag.   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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How to Remove Ring Around the Collar and Cuff Stains from a Skirt.

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

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Blouse.   Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. Repeat [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Blouse.   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 Slack.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Slack. 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 all stain [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Blouse.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Blouse.   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 [...]

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

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

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Blanket.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Blanket.   Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. Repeat [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Blanket.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Blanket.   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 a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Tablecloth.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Tablecloth.   It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt [...]

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

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

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

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

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Sweatshirt.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Sweatshirt.   It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my shirt [...]

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How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Tablecloth.

How to Remove Red Raspberry Stains from a Tablecloth.   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 all [...]

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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Bathrobe.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Bathrobe.   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 [...]

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How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Cranberry Juice Stains from a Baseball Cap.   Cranberry juice is a great prevention for avoiding bladder infections. It is not so great when textiles are stained with cranberries.     Fresh Cranberry Juice Stain: Vaska Laundry Detergent Blot the cranberry juice stain with a wet towel followed by a dry towel. [...]

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How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Wedding Gown.

How to Remove a Marinara Sauce Stain from a Wedding Gown.   It is next to impossible to eat pasta with a marinara sauce and not get some on yourself. No matter how hard I try. When I’m done with my plate and I look down and there it is a few specks on my [...]

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How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Breast Milk Stains from a Baseball Cap. 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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How to Remove Tea Stains from a Baseball Cap.

How to Remove Tea Stains from a Baseball Cap. 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 [...]

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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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Clean Show in Las Vegas

Clean Show in Las Vegas   The Clean Show in Las Vegas this month is the National Dry Cleaning convention held every two years. As pioneers in Green Dry Cleaning, we have been ask to attend this years show to represent the Wet Clean (eco dry clean) system. We will be working in both the [...]

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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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How to Remove an Ink Stain made from a Ballpoint Pen.

How to Remove an Ink Stain made from a Ballpoint Pen. It’s the funniest thing in the world. When we get an ink stain from a ballpoint pen in the shop it’s usually a mark that is 2 or 3 lines on the back of a dress shirt. Why on the back? Because guys use [...]

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How to Remove a Spaghetti Sauce Stain from clothes: Video

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-ygKracT0I[/youtube] Step by step instructions on how to remove a spaghetti stain from a cotton khaki pants. 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 [...]

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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 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 Bathrobe.

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 bit on yourself. 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. [...]

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How to Remove a Milk Stain from a Cotton Apron.

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 the garment. Check the towel to [...]

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How to Remove Coffee Stains from a Wool Baseball Cap.

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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How to Remove Blood Stains from a Wool Baseball Cap

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 Chocolate Stains from a Cotton Baseball Cap.

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 Wool.

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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How to Remove Blood Stains from Wool.

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 Chocolate Stains from Cotton.

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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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 Oil Stain from a Silk Coat.

Always evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. If the color is sensitive or the material is delicate you must modify your technique. Oil based stains can be easily removed with a good oil remover. What is an oil remover you ask? Liquid dish washing soap is a great oil remove because it’s designed [...]

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How to remove a Coffee Stain from a Cotton Blanket.

Evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. If the color is sensitive or the material is delicate you must modify your technique. Coffee is a plant based stain (Tannin). Depending on the color, material and severity of the stain will depend on the concentration of the solution and the technique to use*. Step One: [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from a Cotton Coat.

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 Coffee Stain from a Cotton Bed Spread.

Evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. If the color is sensitive or the material is delicate you must modify your technique. Coffee is a plant based stain (Tannin). Depending on the color, material and severity of the stain will depend on the concentration of the solution and the technique to use*. Step One: [...]

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How to Remove Red Wine from Cotton Chaise 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 a Coffee Stain from a Cotton Bed Skirt.

Evaluate the stain, color and material before proceeding. If the color is sensitive or the material is delicate you must modify your technique. Coffee is a plant based stain (Tannin). Depending on the color, material and severity of the stain will depend on the concentration of the solution and the technique to use*. Step One: [...]

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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 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 a Stain (Liquids)

Evaluate & Test Always evaluate the material, the color, and the type of stain before you begin. Is it cotton, silk, wool, synthetic, or a manufactured material like rayon. For the most part you can wet any material if done properly; but washing it is a different issue. Evaluating the color is extremely important for [...]

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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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How to Evaluate Materials and Test for Colorfastness

Evaluate the material and color. Is it cotton, silk, wool, synthetic, or a manufactured material like rayon? For the most part you can wet any material if done properly; but washing it is a different issue. Light color cottons, and synthetics can be machine washed in hot water. Dark colors should be done in cold [...]

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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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Dry Cleaning Convention

We are one of a few green certified dry cleaners invited by the manufacture to attend the Long Beach California Dry Clean Convention to represent Green Dry Cleaning. The Wet Cleaners represented here are: Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito Natures Best Cleaners in Petaluma Press On Cleaners formerly Snow White Cleaners in [...]

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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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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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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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Classic Fashion Pieces For Your Wardrobe

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

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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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Supporting Our Schools

Note from a customer; Thank you for donating to the Russian Hill School’s annual fundraiser and ensuring its success. We so appreciate your generosity and support. Best, M. Matherson

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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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Breast Cancer and the Relationship to Dry Cleaning Chemicals

Think of all the women you know and love, one in eight of those women will get breast cancer today as compared to one in twenty a generation ago. We think of breast cancer as a disease that only affect women but that’s not true, men can also develop breast cancer. A study of 1350 [...]

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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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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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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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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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