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"Wrinkle Free" Shirts


Q: I’m having a problem pressing shirts. Sometimes certain “wrinkle free” shirts come off the body buck with wrinkles and in some cases they cannot be removed. I see this a lot on the back of the...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/10/2015 3:07:15 PM

100% Linen Shirts

Linen Shirt

If you're having trouble processing 100% linen shirts try a hot head press. Steam air finishing equipment will not give the desired hard finish required for most cellulose fabrics such as linen. F...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/16/2017 11:30:58 AM

Acid Damage on Shirts

Acid Damage

Q: Lately, during final inspection after laundering, I have seen several white shirts with random damaged areas, but only some yarns are gone in the “holes” while other yarns remain undamaged. What co...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/12/2015 1:37:39 PM

Antiperspirant Damage

Anitperspirant Damage

If, after cleaning, holes appear in the underarm area of a cotton shirt, prolonged contact with antiperspirants could be the cause. Antiperspirants are very acidic by nature and also contain high conc...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/18/2018 12:27:50 PM

Mysterious Underarm Discoloration


Q: I just took a blue silk blouse out of the cleaning machine and where the perspiration has discolored the underarms, holes have appeared. This has happened before and the customers always think i...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/7/2016 2:11:53 PM

Quick Fix to Stop Breaking Collar Buttons

Too much pressure can cause collar buttons to crack and break.

Q: What can we do to prevent the breaking and cracking of the small buttons used to hold the collar down on shirts? We try to keep the padding in good shape but the buttons just keep breaking. A:...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/18/2015 10:44:10 AM

Shirt Damage

damaged shirt

Q: I have a customer who is claiming that the damage on his shirts at the wrist and elbow are due to our cleaning process. How can I explain to him that this is a condition of wear? A: The wear ar...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 6/15/2016 10:48:51 AM

Starch and Your Shirts


Starch and sizings are laundry additives that can increase the firmness of fabrics, particularly dress shirts. A DLI study showed starch and sizings can both protect and harm shirts at the same time. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/2/2016 9:56:44 AM

Strange Underarm Tears


Caption: The chemically weakened underarm areas came apart during laundering. Q: After laundering I am noticing weak areas and holes developing in the underarms of items made of cotton and linen...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/23/2015 1:21:01 PM

Whites Turn Gray


Q: I have received complaints from several customers that their white garments are gray. This seems to be a problem if only one piece of an outfit is brought in for cleaning. What is causing the probl...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/1/2017 10:39:22 AM



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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