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Q: Is there any way to correct damage to the pile on velvet? A: Velvet requires special care. Velvet fabrics containing acetate can be damaged during wear and/or cleaning. Spills from any liquids co...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/29/2016 11:38:14 AM

It’s Time to Make Some Pies!

Dave Beatty

I would first like to thank you, my fellow drycleaners for giving me this opportunity as President of DLI. I hope to have a great year and ask for your help and support to make that happen. I am...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/27/2016 10:53:44 AM



Q: I have an account with a nursing home and the bed linens are showing thin areas and holes much faster than expected. What is the life expectancy for such items? Is there something I can do to preve...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/26/2016 1:51:33 PM

Lava Stains

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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

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

Preventing Color Loss on Bedspreads & Comforters


The most common question faced by drycleaners when they receive a bedspread or comforter is whether it should be washed or drycleaned. Complaints of color loss or change of finish can accompany the cl...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/15/2016 2:30:46 PM

Sequin-Covered Gown

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Q: What is the best way to clean a sequin-covered gown? A: If sequins are glued to the gown, test with the solvent used in your system to see if the glue softens. If it does, do not clean the gown...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/14/2016 10:08:30 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

Fix Dye Bleeding from Body Oil

Q: I have a striped shirt that has dye bleeding in one small area on the back. I did not see any problem with the shirt until after it was washed. What could have caused this dye disturbance in suc...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/1/2016 2:53:54 PM