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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

Distortion of Slip-like Dresses

Slip Dress Icon

Q: Why do slip-like dresses distort so easily? They seem to get skinnier and longer. A: The panels of such dresses are cut on the bias. The bias is the diagonal of a woven fabric between the len...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/22/2016 2:55:10 PM

Faded Floral Print Comforter

Faded Floral Comforter

Q: I just drycleaned a lovely multicolor floral comforter and the flower print is now faded. What happened and how can this type of damage be prevented? A: Many household items sold today, such a...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/17/2016 8:42:23 AM

DLI Members Facing Employee Issues and Bogged Down by Paperwork


DLI department heads are investigating an area for development. In order to determine where to focus, this January DLI asked members four simple questions. After sending the survey by e-mail three ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/12/2016 3:24:16 PM

Down Comforter

Down Comforter

Q: I cleaned a down comforter and tears developed at the stitching lines. Is there a way to prevent this type of damage? A: Tears in down comforters usually occur when the item is extracted while ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/12/2016 12:24:16 PM

Broomstick Pleats

Broomstick Pleats

Q: I had a randomly pleated scarf with a dryclean only care label. All of the pleats opened up after drycleaing. The scarf was not acceptable to my customer. Is there any thing I can do to restore ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/10/2016 8:40:46 AM

Slow Drying of a Drycleaning Load


Q: Recently, I have noticed the clothes I process are taking too long to dry. Can you suggest a cause? A: There are several causes that can lead to slow drying of a load. 1. A heavy load: A ful...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/4/2016 12:17:44 PM

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