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BACK TO NATURE

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Spring is officially here, and with that comes lots of outdoor activities; camping trips, yard work, kids playing outdoors and picnics.  Along with those outdoor activities come stains such as mud and grass stains, just to name a few.  Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when treating those stains before it’s too late:

GRASS STAINS


  1. Never use ammonia, degreaser or alkaline detergents because they will permanently set the stain.
  2. Use a liquid or powder detergent that contains enzymes and a stain remover such as bleach.  Mix detergent with water and soak the stained area for 10 – 15 minutes, then scrub!  Rinse with cold water and wash normally.  If the stain isn’t completely gone, repeat but DO NOT place in the clothes dryer until the stain is removed.  Otherwise it will “set” the stain.
  3. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol – wet a sponge with alcohol and scrub the stained area.  Rinse and let it air dry.  Repeat if the stain isn’t completely gone.  Once it is, wash normally.
  4. Bleach and hydrogen peroxide – mix equal parts bleach and peroxide and mix three parts of cold water. Pour on the stained area and let it soak for about an hour.  Rinse and wash as normal.
  5. Shout – Shout is an excellent product.  Apply directly to the stained area, rubbing it in well as you apply.  Let stand about 10 minutes, wash normally.
  6. On all of the treatments above, check to see if stain is gone before drying in clothes dryer.  If it’s not, the heat from the dryer will permanently set the stain.
  7. Dry clean only – if your item is dry clean only, do not attempt to remove the stain yourself.  Take to your favorite dry cleaner, and point it out to them.

MUD STAINS


  1. First, allow the stained clothing to dry.
  2. Brush over the stained area with a stiff brush and remove as much dried mud as possible.
  3. Soak in a mixture of laundry detergent and cold water for about 15 minutes.  Remove from water and scrub the stained area again with the stiff brush.  Rinse, and repeat if necessary.
  4. Once you’ve removed all you can by soaking and scrubbing, wash normally.  Check the stained area prior to drying in the clothes dryer to avoid setting the stain.
  5. Shout is also good for removing mud from clothing.  Rub on the stained area, let stand for about 10 minutes and wash normally.

Always remember, your dry cleaner is your best source for information on how to properly remove stains and to clean your clothing and linens.  We’re just a phone call away!

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WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE – HOW TO STORE YOUR CLOTHING

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It’s time to pack away the summer clothing and roll out your fall wardrobe.  When doing so, you should carefully store your clothing to ensure that it will be in good shape for next Spring and Sumer.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when storing your clothing:

  1. Always clean your clothing before storing it.  Stained clothing is harder to clean the longer the stain remains, and stains also attract insects that will destroy your clothing.
  2. Store your clothing in a breathable container such as a rattan trunk.  This will allow air to circulate.
  3. Never store clothing in hot attics or cold basements.  Clothing is best stored in a dark, well ventilated, temperature controlled closet.
  4. If using mothballs in a storage area, be sure to put them in a white sock so they do not directly touch the clothing.
  5. Never store clothing in plastic or vinyl clothing bags.  Instead, cover the garments with a white cotton sheet or white muslin.
  6. When hanging leather or suede garments, use a sturdy wooden hanger in order to preserve the shape of the coat or jacket.
  7. Rayon, knitted and silk fabrics should be stored flat, with layers of tissue between each garment.  If you must hang them, pad well with tissue.
  8. Linen clothing should be rolled in order to keep the fabric from becoming permanently creased.
  9. Fur garments should be stored in a cool, dry place and covered with a white cloth (as mentioned above).  However, cold storage especially for furs is best.
  10. Wool clothing should be cleaned prior to storage.  Wrap the item in white tissue and add mothballs to the storage area.

By taking just a few extra minutes while packing your wardrobe away, you can add seasons of wear to your clothing.

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November 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

LEATHER CARE

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Cooler weather is on its way, and with that change in the weather; our wardrobes will be changing too.  Leather coats, skirts, and jackets are an expensive addition to your wardrobe, and if cared for properly, can be worn for many years.

Leather is a tanned and treated animal skin.  These animal skins are porous and need to be treated with care to retain their beauty.  Here are a few tips to help keep your leather clothing in tip top shape:

Treat the garment with a leather protector.  This is an inexpensive way to preserve the item and protect it from drying out.  It also makes it easier to clean.

  • Keep your garment dry.  If your leather garment should become wet, allow the garment to air  dry.
  • Always hang your leather coat or jacket on a wide wooden hanger to retain its shape.
  • Store leather garments in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Do not store leather garments in plastic bags.  If you want to cover them, use a cotton clothing bag that can breathe, or wrap a cotton sheet around it.
  • If you should have stains on your leather garment, be sure to have it professionally cleaned ASAP.  The stains will be easier to remove.

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Dress photo –  Hubpages.com

Motorcycle photo – Daily-freepics.net

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September 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

BACK TO SCHOOL

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Just another couple of weeks and the kids will be back in school!  Where has the summer gone?

With back to school, comes the clothes shopping.  Clothes are very expensive, and you want to make sure that your child will be able to wear them long enough for you to get your money’s worth out of them.  Something to keep in mind while buying clothes for the kids is their “livability”.  How sturdy are the clothes, will they be easy to clean, and can they be altered or repaired if necessary.

You want to avoid “special care” fabrics for kids if you can.  Cottons, twills, and synthetic fabrics are easier to deal with when it comes to kids.  They are easier to launder and keep looking fresh.

Here are some tips to keep in mind while shopping for clothing that will help you make the grade:

  • Read the care labels for special cleaning instructions.  You may not want to hassle with “hang dry” or “delicate” items for your children.
  • Check all the buttons, sliders, zippers and snaps on the garment prior to purchase to insure that all “moving parts” work properly.
  • Closely inspect the item for frayed or open seams, poor stitching, snags, tears or pilling.  These problems will only become worse with more wear and laundering.
  • Check hems to make sure that they haven’t been torn loose.
  • Check for make-up stains inside the neckline of blouses and jackets, and deodorant stains under the arms.

Of course, the favorite article of clothing for almost anyone at any age is the trusty blue jeans.  They are tough, typically easy to care for, comfortable, and go with anything.  Let me give you a few tips to care for your blue jeans and make them last as long as possible.

  • Don’t forget to pre-treat those grass and mud stains by pre-soaking to remove them prior to washing.
  • Dry clean your jeans – yes, that’s right, have them dry cleaned….it keeps them from fading and shrinking, and they will last twice as long.

By doing a little homework prior to shopping, you’ll be sure to pass the test!

*Don’t forget – Our Koalaty CARES! program donates 3% of your cleaning bill to your favorite school, school organization, or charity.  Be sure to let us know where we can make that donation for you!

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August 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

STAIN EMERGENCY 101

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Have you ever spilled some wine on your clothing or linens and panicked?  Or have your kids come home with grass stains on their new dress slacks and you thought “Great, these are ruined”?  Don’t panic…all is not lost if you know how to handle a basic “stain emergency”.

The first thing to do in a stain emergency is to STOP and BLOT!  Don’t begin by rubbing that stain right into the cloth harder.  STOP and BLOT, then consider the following:

Washable clothing and linens require different care than dry clean only items.  Also, oil based stains and water based stains require different types of treatment in order to remove the stains.

Oil based stains typically are absorbed into the fabric and do not usually have an outline.  Oil or grease stains require a lubricant to effectively remove the stain.  Examples of oil based stains are: lipstick, makeup, vinaigrette dressings, grease, fried food, and body oils.

Water based stains usually have an outline around them.  If these stains contain color, it usually takes two or three steps to thoroughly remove the stain.  You can go ahead and dab a little water on them if they contain no oils.  Examples of water based stains are:  coffee, wine, tea, chocolate, fruit drinks, blood, perspiration, and sodas.

Invisible stains such as hairspray, perfume, lotions, powders and deodorants start out as invisible, but over time, will discolor fabrics and cause them to yellow.  Be sure to have your clothing properly laundered after each wearing in order to avoid discoloration and fading from these types of stains.

Grass is a “dye” stain, and also requires special treatment to completely remove the stain.  If it is on a washable fabric, go ahead and use a pre-treating agent and follow directions.  However, don’t apply heat to the item until the stain is completely gone.  Otherwise, the heat will set the stain permanently.

Below are some basic “Do’s and Don’ts” in order to preserve your clothing and linens in case of a stain emergency, and to avoid making it harder for the dry cleaner to restore your items to their original condition:

Don’t – rub a stain

Do – STOP and BLOT….blot it with a dry, white towel or napkin

Don’t – apply water or club soda until you know what type of stain you are dealing with.  NEVER apply water or club soda to an oily stain or dry clean only fabrics.  Using water on a stain can cause the stain to spread, cause dyes to bleed or ruin silk and other dry clean only fabrics.  This will make it difficult for your dry cleaner to thoroughly remove the stain.

Do – have stained items cleaned within 24 – 48 hours and make your dry cleaner aware of the stain.

Don’t – wear articles of clothing more than once before having the item cleaned properly

Do – point out the stain and disclose the nature of the stain to your dry cleaner for proper removal

Don’t – attempt to remove a stain on dry clean only or delicate fabrics yourself

Do – Pre-treat a stain on washable clothing if it is a water based stain, by applying a little water and gently dabbing or soaking the item in cool.

Don’t – listen to old wives tales or follow remedies from the internet

Do – always remember, your dry cleaner is your best source for information on how to properly remove stains and to clean your clothing and linens.