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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
 

Acetone

Acetone

Q: I just pre-spotted the front of a ladies dress with a little acetone in order to remove either a glue or nail polish plastic-type stain. The stain dissolved, with no noticeable damage to the dre...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 1/15/2016 1:36:08 PM
 

Avoiding Spotting Mistakes

Spotting Bottles

Mistakes can easily be made if spotting bottles aren’t clearly marked. A story that illustrates this point is the one about the person who was working on a delicate dye restoration. After spending tim...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/6/2017 8:33:29 AM
 

Battling Ink Stains

Caption: Various stain removal products can be applied to the stain over a towel, and the stain should be blotted with a clean towel. Q: We’ve been having problems getting ink stains out of garm...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/9/2015 9:30:51 AM
 

Blotting Ink Stains

Ink Stain

Q: I have heard a lot of talk about “blotting” ink and cosmetic stains to remove the oily components. Is this a new process, and what does it mean? A: When attempting to remove ink, mascara, and...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/1/2016 8:59:14 AM
 

Chemical Damage of Nursing Home Items

Nursing Home

Q: I recently started to launder cotton items for several nursing homes and have noticed that the fabric seems to wear rapidly. An analysis report indicated that the pH is alkaline and that bleach ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/5/2016 3:24:48 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
 

Fogging

Q: What does "fogging" mean? A: Some stain removal procedures require fogging for them to work effectively. To fog an area, place the area over a towel, and apply the stain removal agent. Purge ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/6/2015 11:11:23 AM
 

Got Milk Stains?

Milk

Q: I have a milk stain on a garment. How do I remove it? A: Milk stains contain albumin, a component in many foods of animal origin. Eggs, milk, blood, urine, perspiration, certain types of glu...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/2/2015 10:06:16 AM
 

Hair Spray Stains

Hairspray

Q: How can I remove stains caused by the use of hair spray? A: First start on the dry side, apply volatile dry solvent (VDS), and tamp. Then dry the area. This may be all that is needed. If the s...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/5/2016 10:53:57 AM
 

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
 

Home Stain Removal

Wine Stains

Q: One of my regular customers called for advice on how to remove wine from an everyday tablecloth. What advice can I give my customers about home stain removal? A: Many customers have items that t...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/7/2017 10:22:12 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
 

Lava Stains

Lava Lamp

Q: My customer brought in an outfit with oily-looking goop on it. She told me that her lava lamp tipped over and the "lava" spilled onto her clothes. How do I proceed? A: Lava lamps contain paraff...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/22/2016 9:41:00 AM
 

Liquid Digester

spotting board

Q: I keep a liquid digester on my stain removal board but it never seems to remove any stains. I apply the digester, tamp it, and then immediately flush with steam. Could I be using it incorrectly?...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/3/2016 8:26:55 AM
 

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
 

Mysterious Underarm Discoloration

Underarm

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
 

Perspiration Stains

Q: Is there a way to remove perspiration stains? A: Stains from perspiration are usually found on the underarm area of a garment. However, any area that contacts the body may have such stains. Per...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/19/2016 11:17:19 AM
 

Perspiration Stains

Underarm Stains

Perspiration contains fats, oils, and cholesterol which tend to oxidize and turn yellow. This slow, progressive process develops with age and with the heat that is necessary in finishing procedures. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 7/18/2017 12:13:02 PM
 

Removing Mud Stains

mud stains

Q: How do you remove mud stains? A: Most mud stains can be removed by washing the item according to the care instructions. Let the mud dry, then brush off as much as possible using a soft bristle b...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/31/2016 12:49:33 PM
 

Removing Scorch Marks

Iron Stain

Q: My customer was ironing a white cotton/linen skirt at home and left the iron on it too long. She noticed a stain that she believes is scorch. Now she has brought the skirt to me. How can I remov...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/25/2016 1:38:20 PM
 

Salt & Pepper Fabrics

Salt and Pepper Yarns

Caption: Salt and Pepper garments can pose tough stain removal challenges. Q: I am having trouble removing a stain from a fabric that has very dark yarns mixed with very light yarns. The light y...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/8/2015 9:18:40 AM
 

Shoe Polish Stains

Shoe polish

Q: How do you remove wax shoe polish from the cuffs of a pair of pants? A: Test the color of a garment before starting any stain removal procedure. Place the garment on the spotting board over a w...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/9/2015 12:03:45 PM
 

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
 

Stain Removal With Chlorine Bleach

Chlorine

There are many stains that may require the use of bleaching agents to remove the last traces of the stain. In many cases, sodium hypochlorite (chlorine) bleach can be used. The use of chlorine blea...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 7/11/2017 10:26:00 AM
 

Taking Care of Spotting Boards

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When was the last time you took a good look at your spotting boards? Do they need to be cleaned or repaired? The spotting board must be kept in good operational condition at all times. It should be...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 7/5/2017 8:50:09 AM
 

Tannin Formula

Coffee Stain

Q: I just prespotted a small coffee stain on a white linen blouse with tannin formula and then drycleaned it normally with a light colored load. When the blouse came out of the drycleaning machine ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/28/2016 12:29:06 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
 

Wetcleaning and Spotting White Silks

Silk

DLI’s Garment Analysis Laboratory has seen many white silks that are yellowed from alkaline spotters and detergents. The lab had two cases in which off-white silk wedding gowns were wetcleaned in an a...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/1/2017 2:00:13 PM
 

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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