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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

Bias-Cut Skirt


Q: I cleaned a very full “ dryclean only” skirt. I noticed that the hemline of the skirt was uneven because some portions were stretched. My presser could not fix the skirt. What caused it? A: Mo...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/19/2015 10:00:32 AM

Care Label Basics

Comforters are not required to carry care labels.

Q: I just drycleaned a multi-color comforter that faded badly and my customer is very upset. It did not have a care label, so I assumed it would be all right to dryclean. What is the law about this...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/8/2015 3:03:21 PM

Cleaning Winter Wear

hat scarf gloves

Q: My customers are bringing in bags of hats, gloves, and scarves. Is there a fast and easy way to clean them? A: Unfortunately, there isn’t. Examine each item for a care label. Follow the instruc...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/22/2018 10:38:51 AM

Deviating From the Care Label’s Instructions

Care Labels

Q: I just received a ladies silk suit for cleaning with a care label in it that stated to “machine wash and hang dry.” I would prefer to dryclean this outfit and believe since the label does not pr...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/5/2015 11:00:39 AM

Faded Dress

Fading on dress

Q: I just drycleaned a dress and it faded badly. I then checked the care label and found that it said, “Machine Wash Cold-Tumble Dry Low-Warm Iron.” I thought garments labeled as washable were also...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/7/2016 11:10:49 AM

How to Clean Without a Care Label

Missing Care Lable Image

When garments do not have a care label, you must determine the safest method of cleaning for the garment. Following are a few quick tests you can perform to determine the cleanability of a garment. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/14/2018 10:49:39 AM

Missing Care Label Instructions

Blank Care Label

Q: How do you clean an item without a care label? A: Have you ever received an item for cleaning that did not have a care label? This is not an uncommon occurrence. When you get an item of this typ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/8/2018 2:18:06 PM

Raincoat Damaged During Drycleaning


I drycleaned a raincoat containing polyester, polyurethane, and cotton that had a care label that instructed “Dry Clean only.” After drycleaning I saw yellow stains and streaks all over th...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/19/2016 12:22:52 PM
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