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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 18:00

As the styles of sweaters change, so do the fibers of this wardrobe staple. Sweaters are made from a variety of fibers, ranging from cotton and wool to silk, rayon, acrylic and more. Natural fibers, such as angora, mohair, cashmere, and Shetland are especially popular. To add to the variety many sweaters contain special decorative trims. Trims such as suede, leather, snakeskin, fur, sequins, and beads add to a sweater's special look. Caring for these delicate knits requires special attention.

Fabric care tips to stop allergens…#5 in household series

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 17:45

Protect your home
These preventative steps will help stop allergens from accumulating in your home.

Pillow protectors / dust mite covers:
To keep dust mites out of your bed, purchase specially made "dust mite covers" for pillows and mattresses. While you can't get rid of mites entirely, these zippered protectors provide a barrier for dust mites so they can't get inside and make themselves at home where you can't get them out. Wash the covers weekly to cleanse them of mite droppings.

Fabric care tips for table linens…#4 in household series

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 18:00

Table linens:

Cleaning up after a holiday feast can be especially hard on table linens. Follow this tips to keep yours looking good year after year.
Timely stain removal is important. Take your linens to your dry cleaner as soon as possible.

Candle wax: gently lift off larger pieces. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Fabric care tips for drapes and rugs…#3 in household series

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 18:15

Drapes and Rugs
Drapes and area rugs are difficult to clean at home. Most are too delicate—and too large—to go in a regular washing machine. Professional dry cleaners know how to handle these items. To keep them in good condition in between cleanings, follow these tips.

Fabric Care Tips for Pillows…#2 in household series

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 17:45

Pillows
Everyday Care
Use two pillowcases, or invest in a high-quality pillow protector—a plain, zippered pillowcase to keep dirt and dust out. Then your pillows won't need to be washed as often.
Memory foam can be damaged by water. Waterproof pillow protectors are available to keep them clean and safe.
Fluff pillows every day to get out dust and keep the stuffing from clumping
Air them outside or by an open window monthly to get rid of odors
Cleaning and Laundering

Fabric Care Tips for Comforters and Quilts…#1 in household series

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 22:15

Comforters and Quilts
Most of us wash our sheets and blankets fairly regularly, but the other stuff—comforters, quilts, and pillows—often don't fit in our washers, or are made of materials we don't know what to do with. Professional dry cleaners know the best ways to treat these items to make sure they are fresh, clean, and stay in good condition. But if you know exactly what your items are made from, here are some guidelines for at-home care.

Yarn Slippage…#4 in blouse series

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 18:00

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The problem arises when fabric puckering or damage appears in local areas of a garment caused by yarn slippage or seam separation.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

Mysterious Holes in Silk…#3 in blouse series

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 17:45

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Sometimes relatively new silk garments show holes or tears from unknown circumstances. In many cases, this damage is caused by local contact with a liquid that contains chemicals which deteriorate silk.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The damage appears as local loss of fibers or tears on the fabric. In some instances, a visible discoloration in the weakened area can be seen.
WHAT CAUSED IT?

Mysterious Dark Spots…#2 in blouse series

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 18:00

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Sometimes after dry cleaning, garments show localized, mysterious dark spots (usually on the collar and shoulders).
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
These spots are usually small and splatter-like. They can appear as raindrops or splatters and be gray, black, tan, brown, or other dark shades.
WHAT CAUSED IT?

Dark Spots on Red Fabric…#1 in blouse series

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 18:00

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Black or bluish discolorations that cannot be removed mysteriously appear on red or fuchsia shaded pink garments.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
These dark discolorations look like ink or dye stains, but stain removal agents have no effect. They most often occur as streaks or random splotches with no apparent explanation. Sometimes these spots don’t become noticeable until the heat of a cleaning process accelerates the color change.
WHAT CAUSED IT?

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