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Stains Around Buttons

Button Dye Stains

Q: While pressing a dress I noticed staining around the buttons. What caused this?

A: The dyes in the buttons are usually colorfast to drycleaning solvent, but may bleed upon contact with m...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/16/2019 8:51:54 AM

Chalky Splotches On Silk

Silk Dress

Sometimes milky or chalky areas appear on silk after spotting and cleaning, even after the dyes were tested for acceptable colorfastness. What happened?

The answer is the prespotted areas h...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/19/2019 1:37:40 PM

Large Coffee Stain

Spilled Coffee

if you received a white wool jacket with a whole cup of coffee spilled down the front, what would you do? The care label reads “Professionally Dryclean Only.” How can you remove such a large stain?...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/11/2019 9:54:25 AM

Discoloration of Colored Dress Shirts

Dress Shirts

DLI’s Analysis Department has seen men’s colored dress shirts with local or blotchy discolorations. Testing shows the dyes on these shirts are acid sensitive and will change to pink or orange.


Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/3/2019 1:41:13 PM

Removing Grass Stains

Grass Stain

Grass contains both chlorophyll (a green coloring matter found in plants) and tannin (a yellow-to-tan colored substance found in plants).

Chlorophyll is removed with amyl acetate; tannin is...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/28/2019 11:09:51 AM

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