Q: A customer brought in a silk
dress that had a light area in the front of the dress where the customer had
spilled a drink and then wiped it up. Can this be improved or restored?
A: The dress may be improved by giving it a "mineral oil
bath." Mix six to eight ounces of white mineral oil with one gallon of
drycleaning solvent, soak the dress for a few minutes in a covered bucket, and
remove the dress from the bucket. Then, place in your drycleaning wheel,
lightly extract, and dry at 120 degrees F. When using this process, be sure to
wear gloves and a mask in a well-ventilated area. This process will need to be
repeated when the dress is cleaned again.
Silver, Gold & Premier members may learn more about this and many
other topics on DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning Online.
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