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More on Dress Shirts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 16:15

Dress shirts are the most essential part of any man's wardrobe and are probably the most underappreciated articles of clothing. Shirts are taken for granted because we expect them to look great all the time.

Although they are relatively easy for a professional cleaner to clean and press, a shirt can suffer problems, including ring around the collar, color loss, and fabric abrasion leading to tears, punctures, and holes.

Weak Areas in Leather and Suede

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 08:00

In some cases, after only a short period of wear, leather or suede garments may show local damage.
Usually, microscopic examination of the skins in the damaged areas will show that they are less compact and weaker than other areas of the garment.

Caring for Comforters

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 08:00

Although bedspreads and comforters are mostly used during the cold winter months, many people also use them year round to spice up their bedroom. They are available in a myriad of styles and colors and can be quite costly. Unfortunately, these bedroom favorites are not required to come with affixed care labels, making it more difficult for you to care for them.

Strange underarm tears:

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 08:00

Q: After laundering I am noticing weak areas and holes developing in the underarms of items made of cotton and linen. The body of the garments is strong. It only seems to be the underarm area where the fabric is weak. What could be causing this type of damage?

UGGs

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 09:45

UGG™ Australia sells Water & Stain Repellent and Cleaner & Conditioner to help to prevent and/or remove/reduce stains. If your UGGs are starting to look a little ugly, dry cleaning is the safest and most effective way to clean spots and stains from your UGGs, renew the essential oils to the skins and make the fleece lining look and feel soft again. If you feel comfortable cleaning them at home, follow these steps to hand wash them:

Moisten sheepskin with clean, cold water; be sure to wet entire boot to avoid visible water lines.

Fur Care

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 09:45

Fur Care
Whether you have a large fur coat or a handbag with fur trim, all furs need special care and storage to preserve their natural shine and softness.

Common Causes of Color Loss

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 09:30

Common Causes of Color Loss

Many factors can contribute to the loss of color on your clothes or other household items. Here is a list of the most common culprits in color loss.

LIGHT FADING
Many consumers are not aware that dyes can fade if exposed to light, either sunlight or artificial light. With this type of color loss, fading is generally apparent on only one side of the fabric. The reverse side is usually unaffected. Certain dyes, such as blues, violets, or greens, are more prone to this type of fading than others.

Q/A Why do women's blouses cost more than men's shirts?

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 03:45

Question received from customer: I was looking at your price list and am curious why women's shirts are so much more expensive than mens? My shirts are just button up shirts, just like my husbands. If it is because women's shirts are smaller, do youcharge small men more for their shirts? Or do you charge larger women less? In my opinion a button up shirt is a button up shirt. Can you please answer this question?

The Wonderful World of Sweaters . . . final in a series

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 15:45

Cleaning Problems

Different fabrics can present different challenges to cleaning sweaters. Professional cleaners are well versed in all the various styles and fibers. In most cases your cleaner will get the job done with a minimum amount of fuss on your part.

However, sweaters and knit garments, depending on their fiber type, are susceptible to various problems, including stretching, shrinkage, pulls, and pilling, both from use and cleaning.

The Wonderful World of Sweaters . . . second in a series

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 15:45

Preservation Tips
Follow your sweater's care label instructions closely to prevent shrinkage and stretching. Many sweaters are hand-wash only. In these cases, it is most often best to lay them flat to dry, unless the label says it's safe to tumble-dry the sweater at low heat. Some sweaters are gentle-cycle washable and others may require drycleaning. Avoid using alkaline-based detergents on woolens and other animal fibers.

• If you have any doubts about care procedures, discuss it with your professional cleaner.

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