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“Spot Clean Only” Care Label

Q: I received a garment that had a care label stating “Spot Clean Only.” Is this a valid care label? How should I handle this garment? A: The Federal Trade Commission considers this a valid care l...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/26/2016 3:00:52 PM
 

Caring for Needlepoint

Needlepoin

How you clean any needlepoint or embroidery piece depends on the condition of the piece, the nature of the materials used, the results of colorfastness tests, and the type of soiling. Whether you wetc...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 1/11/2018 12:00:11 PM
 

Color Loss From Bleach

Color Loss from Bleach

Caption: Accidental contact with an oxidizing bleach caused the color loss spots on the front of this shirt. Q: After drycleaning a light blue blouse I noticed small areas of color loss on the l...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/30/2015 9:46:36 AM
 

Color Loss on Khaki Pants

Khaki Pants

Q: My spotter is having a terrible time with color loss on the natural and khaki color fabrics. She uses oily type paint remover and flushes it out before drycleaning, but a faint color loss appear...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/24/2015 11:09:35 AM
 

DLI App Eases Stain Removal, Customer Relations

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Association’s newest member benefit offers complete spotting strategies for hundreds of common stains, plus a range of technical bulletins. By Ian P. Murphy NOTE: Since this item's publication, ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/28/2016 10:56:02 AM
 

Draperies

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Q: Why do draperies sometimes develop large yellow or tan rings after drycleaning? A: Many drapery fabrics have sizings or finishes applied during manufacture for stability, luster, and desired han...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/26/2017 12:01:54 PM
 

Dye Migration on Leather/Cloth Combos

Leather Trim Dye Bleed

Leather trim may be used on a variety of garments. In many cases, the leather trim can bleed after cleaning. Therefore, it is very important to check the care label before cleaning. Oils and dyes u...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/17/2017 1:46:35 PM
 

Handling Flood Damaged Items

The disastrous floods that occurred in various parts of the country are leaving an impact on the drycleaning industry. Many cleaners have inquired about mold and mildew stain removal. Microorganis...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/7/2016 10:55:43 AM
 

Home Remedies for Lipstick, Gum and Chocolate

Lipstick kiss

Customers may sometimes inquire about home stain removal tips. Here are three home stain remedies cleaners might share. Customers should know that trained professionals with specialized equipment can ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/25/2017 9:38:26 AM
 

How to Test Color and Trim

Colorfast test

With today’s wide variety of colors and trims, it is important to test for colorfastness and cleanability before processing garments. A simple test can be done for colorfastness by wetting an unexpose...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/24/2017 10:22:19 AM
 

Incontinent Pads

Incontinent Pads

Q: After repeated washing, incontinent pads show thinning of the facing. This damage is more apparent at the outer edges. What causes this damage? A: This type of thinning results from normal use ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/10/2016 3:43:27 PM
 

Mysterious Color Loss

Dye Bleed

Many times garments contain dyes that are completely colorfast to drycleaning solvents and to water. However, a component of the dye can be disturbed and/or removed by the use of moisture pre-spotters...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/9/2017 10:14:19 AM
 

Silk Color Problems

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After drycleaning, mysterious, local color loss sometimes occurs. Testing shows that the dye and sizing in the fabric are not affected by drycleaning solvents or water. Instead, the dye and sizing are...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/1/2016 2:36:07 PM
 

Towels and Stain Removal

Towel

The use of white hand towels on the stain removal board is an absolute necessity. Following is a list of the many uses of towels. Testing for colorfastness. Apply a small amount of the agent to ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/31/2017 7:57:01 AM
 

Yellowing

JuxtaposedShirts

Q: A customer brought in a home-laundered shirt with a yellowed collar, cuffs, and front placket. What caused this and can it be corrected? A: The care label probably warned against the use of chl...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/8/2017 2:24:37 PM
 
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