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Laundry pH

pH Diagram

Q: I’m trying to find out the ending pH of my laundry wash formulas. Can I test it myself? A: In most cases, the company that manufactures your laundry detergents will periodically test your pH f...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/31/2016 12:02:38 PM

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

DLI App Eases Stain Removal, Customer Relations

App image

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

Acid Free Tissue Paper

packed gown

Q: What is the difference between acid-free and acid-free buffered tissue paper used in packaging wedding gowns? A: Acid-free is a general term for a tissue paper that is free of acid or has a pH ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/21/2016 11:18:49 AM

How DLI's Garment Analysis Lab Works

ITAL Cartoon

The International Textile Analysis Lab is nothing less than a forensics unit for fabricare. By Ian P. Murphy NOTE: This article originally appeared in the July-August 2014 issue of DLI's membesh...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/15/2016 11:12:52 AM

Yellowing and Loss of Body and Luster

Q: Many times on white or pastel linen or cotton garments I notice a general yellowing after cleaning. I then wetclean many of these with no results. My ultra-violet light does not indicate any bri...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/15/2016 10:34:24 AM

Be Careful what you ask for….


By DLI CEO Mary Scalco We all know the old adage but in this case I am happy to say we were very pleased with the input received from members on our recent survey. Thank you to everyone who took ti...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/7/2016 1:33:27 PM

2015 Best Overall Service Awardee

For the second consecutive year, Champion Cleaners of Birmingham, AL, owner David Whitehurst earned the “Best Overall Service” Award. His three locations received the highest overall mystery shoppi...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/7/2016 11:39:55 AM

Mirror Trim

Faded mirror trim

Q: I cleaned a dress with beautiful silver trim on the neckline. After cleaning, the trim was no longer silver. In fact, it looked like plain, clear glass. What happened to the trim? A: Like trims...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/7/2016 11:17:37 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

Boiler Shut Down

Boiler Chart

Q: My boiler keeps shutting down. What could be causing this? A: There are many causes of a boiler shut off. One possible cause is called low water cut-off. Low water cut-off prevents serious da...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/4/2016 2:01:58 PM

Steaming Return Tank

Steam gauge

Q: I notice a lot of steam rising out of the return tank in my boiler room. Is this normal or is something wrong? A: This is not normal. The problem could be caused by one or more steam traps not op...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/2/2016 12:50:52 PM

Removing Streaky Swirly Impressions


Q: After finishing I have noticed that some of the garments have dark streaks and swirls in some areas. What causes this? A: This is usually caused by vacuuming the garment dry while the head of t...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 3/1/2016 9:05:51 AM