Sunscreen and Suntan Lotion Stains

Sunscreen and Suntan Lotion Stains


Hot, sunny days require sunscreen and suntan lotion. While most people use these products to help protect their skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.

Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can cause stains to fabrics. Most of these skin care products contain oils to make them moisture-resistant. They may also contain dyes to give them a certain color or to allow the skin to darken.

Initially, stains caused by these products may be invisible, but age and/or the heating of cleaning may cause them to become more apparent.

How do you prevent stains from sunscreen?
To prevent these stains, follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb is to allow the preparation to dry before it contacts a garment. Also wash your hands before handling garments to avoid possible staining. However, it is important to note that despite these precautions, some residue may still transfer to clothing through perspiration.

Can these stains be treated?
The oil component of skin care preparations may not be easily removed in normal washing or dry cleaning procedures, but appropriate stain removal techniques can be successful. For this reason, it is important to tell your cleaner if sunscreens or tanning lotions may have contacted the garment. The more information your cleaner knows about stains, the happier both of you will be when your garment is returned.]

At  Marky’s Dry Cleaners in Denton Texas, we are a full service Dry Cleaners and would love to take on the task of cleaning your summer outfits
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On Site Cleaning = Access To Professional Dry Cleaning Management

At Marky’s Dry Cleaners we do our dry cleaning and laundry on site.  This gives you access to professional dry cleaning management and 60+ years in combined dry cleaning experience.

How to Remove Ink and Toner from Clothes

If you’ve ever had to change printer cartridges, chances are you’ve spilled toner or ink on yourself or your clothing.  When this happens there’s that sense of panic that sweeps over you.  What are you going to do now?  Did you ruin your clothes? Are you going to be able to get this stuff off?  Here are some tips from some pros to getting those toner or ink stains out of your clothes.

The first thing you will want to do before attempting to remove any stains is read the clothing label to determine the garment’s fiber content. This is usually listed on the tag on the garment. Test any chemicals in a small inconspicuous on a seam allowance or inside or the hem to be sure the material can handle it. Rayon, or acetate, for instance, are sensitive to rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover.

How to remove TONER on your clothes:

  1. Vacuum the affected area then take the garment off.
  2. Vigorously shake the remaining toner out of your clothing.
  3. Gently brush as much of the stain off the clothing as possible using a soft bristled brush.  DO NOT rub the stain.  This will only force the powder further down into the fabric making it more difficult to clean.
  4. If you do not have a soft bristled brush, use a dry cloth, such as a towel, in a brushing motion on the stain.  (Please note that this cloth will most likely become stained, so use something you do not mind getting soiled.)
  5. Dampen a dry, absorbent cloth with rubbing alcohol and then blog it on the toner stain.  (Please note that the toner will likely stain this cloth.)
  6. Spray the stain with hairspray, blot with towels on BOTH sides of the fabric and wash in COLD water in the washing machine.   Make sure the stain is completely gone before placing the item in the dryer as it is the heat the fuses the toner dust and makes the stain permanent.

How to remove FRESH INK stains from your clothes:

  1. Dab the stain with a clean, damp towel or sponge until no more ink will lift from the affected area.
  2. Let the stain air dry.
  3. Spray the stain with hairspray or dab with alcohol.
  4. Put the stained fabric between two paper towels.
  5. Blot the back side of the stained fabric.  This will force the stain out of the fabric and into the other paper towel.
  6. As you continue to press, the stain will transfer to the other paper towel.  Move the paper towel so the clean segment of the towel lifts the stain.  Continue pressing and moving the paper towel so the stain does not re-transfer back into the fabric after you’ve gotten it into the towel.  If you need to use a new paper towel, do so.  When the stain is completely lifted, you are done.

    Maybe you would like Denton’s Best to give it a try. Call Marky’s Dry Cleaners  940-381-1182 or stop by the store at 507 W. University Dr. Denton, TX 76201

Will Dry Cleaning Make my Clothes Last Longer?

Will Dry Cleaning Make My Clothes Last Longer?

To answer the question, we’ll first need to take a look at what’s actually going on when you send clothes in to be dry cleaned.

What Exactly Is Dry Cleaning?

Let’s start by clearing up any confusion about the name. What “dry cleaning” describes is simply a way of cleaning clothes or other textiles without using water. It’s a process that originated in 1885, and has been improving ever since.

Clothes Lasting Longer

But while dry cleaning doesn’t involve water, it does use a different liquid. Specifically, clothes are cleaned with a gentle petroleum-based solvent called perchloorethyleen (or “perc” for short). Perc dissolves dirt and oils that may be clinging to your clothing, without damaging the underlying fabric.

When you drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners, they’ll be placed into a washing chamber along with a certain amount of this solvent. As the machine rotates, dirt and particles are lifted from the clothing and suspended in the solvent, before being filtered out entirely. Of course, if you have any particularly hardy stains (or any other type of garment damage), these will need a bit of individual special attention. Fortunately, this is a service that the best dry cleaners are fully capable of providing.

A Longer Lifespan For Your Clothing

Back to the initial question: will this process make clothes last longer? The simple answer is “yes” – and here’s why:

Dry Cleaning is Less Abrasive than Washing Machines

Some fabrics are particularly sensitive to water immersion, and/or to the heat and agitation that takes place inside most commercial washing machines. But because dry cleaning drums tumble more slowly and gently – and because the process does not use water – your delicate clothes experience less wear & tear. Why risk damaging that expensive suit, dress, or tablecloth?

Dry Cleaning Preserves Fabric Qualities

Tears and shrinkage are awful, but they aren’t the only way in which machine washing can harm your clothing. Using a gentle solvent like perc, rather than hot water and soapy detergent, will also better preserve the color and texture of your fabrics. If you’ve ever seen a frayed and blotchy wool sweater or silk dress, you’ve probably witnessed machine-induced damage.

Dry Cleaning Tackles Tough Stains

The solvent used in dry cleaning penetrates deeply, dissolving and removing the oils, odors, and tough stains that diminish the garment’s value. As a result, your clothing and linens will maintain that fresh and new look for a much longer period of time.

For over 25 years, Marky’s Dry Cleaners has been Denton’s dry cleaning provider of choice. Stop by our convenient Denton location today, or give us a call at (940) 381-1182.

Velvet The Royal Fabric

Velvet: A Royal Fabric

Velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, especially crushed velvets and velvet garments with decorative trim. Many types of apparel are made of velvet, including pants, dresses, gowns, coats, capes, and jackets. Velvet is also popular for household items, such as furniture covers and drapes.

What is velvet?

Velvet has long been known as the fabric of royalty. At one time, blue velvet was reserved solely for use by the French king, his family, and favored subjects.

Velvets are made on a double action loom. Two layers of fabric are woven at the same time, and the space between them is interlaced with connecting yarns.

The two layers are then cut apart as they come off the loom, producing two pieces of fabric with an upright pile surface.

True velvet is usually made of rayon, acetate, silk, or a blend of these fibers and has a short, closely-woven pile. Velveteen is similar to velvet, but it is usually made of cotton or cotton/polyester blend and has a shorter pile. Finishes are often applied to velvets to keep the pile erect and resilient, to secure the pile, or to give the fabric body.

What types of problems can velvets experience?

Velvet can experience a variety of problems, including a loss of pile, flattening and matting, pilling and tufting, and shrinkage. Crushed velvets have a tendency to experience a loss of design and distortion from wear alone. Velvets made of acetate pose special problems: the pile can become permanently flattened with moisture, heat, or pressure. As a result, the pile on an acetate velvet dress is more likely to show the effects of wear. Even greater flattening develops if the velvet is brushed or if any pressure is put on it while wet.

How can you keep your velvets fit for royalty?

• Hang velvet garments in a well-ventilated closet after wearing.

• If a velvet garment gets wet, do not apply pressure, as this can flatten the pile.

• Do not iron velvets. Hang in the bathroom and steam the garment to remove any wrinkles.

• Clean velvet garments immediately after use.

• Shake excess spills from the fabric and allow to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas.

• If you do get a stain on a velvet garment, our stain removal experts can help.

Dealing with Missing Buttons: What to Do When Your Shirts Come Back Without Buttons

buttonsDress shirts sent for professional cleaning are typically water-washed with soap, starched, and then pressed on a 3-part (collar/cuffs, sleeves and body) shirt steam/pressing machine. Shirt buttons can break while cleaning, when pressing, or just when trying to button your dress shirt.  While not a catastrophic event, it can be bothersome if you happen to be on a business trip and your important meeting is in an hour.

So, what to do? Here are a few things you can try both before and after your button’s gone missing at the cleaners.

  • There’s a possibility the button was missing before you dropped your shirts and blouses off at the dry cleaner. Take a quick look at your garments before leaving them at the cleaners and point this out to the attendant when dropping the off.  If you can’t remember to do this, place a safety pin where the button belongs and that should get the dry cleaner’s attention.
  • Top-notch dry cleaning services (including Marky’s Cleaners here in the Denton, Texas area) will make the time to check for missing buttons before and after the dry cleaning process is completed, so only take your clothing to a reputable location. Though even the best service will occasionally miss one, you should use someone who makes the effort and replaces the missing buttons before returning the garment to you.
  • You can request that your cotton and cotton-blend shirts and blouses be dry cleaned rather than laundered. This leaves a softer feel on your shirts and blouses and is especially appropriate for delicate items. Shirt creases are not as sharp.  Expect to pay more for this option, as it requires more labor.
  • It’s possible the buttons come off because the thread is loose. Try sewing your buttons back on with professional grade thread or even dental floss, which is incredibly strong.  But make sure the thread color used is the same as for the rest of the buttons.As for that button you need replaced for the meeting? Check the inside of the garment to make sure there isn’t a spare, usually on a side seam near the bottom of the shirt. Use your travel sewing kit or ask for one at the front desk. Those little kits usually include one or two buttons that will do in a pinch, and most people will not notice your buttons don’t match. You can also try taking a button from the part of the shirt that gets tucked in and move it to the visible location.A good dry cleaning service will often replace your shirt buttons free of charge as part of their services. Some dry cleaners will even give you a discount on future dry cleaning services if you have to return for button replacement. Don’t be afraid to ask – reputable dry cleaners want to earn your trust and keep your business.

Ever had that eye twitch

eyesEye Twitch

You think that you’re the only one, but an eye twitch can happen to just about anyone without any sort of warning at all. It can be just the tiniest of vibrations or it can seem to be really jumping.

There are a few reasons your eye can seem like it has developed a life of its own. It could possibly be allergies, stress, fatigue, and even taking certain medication. All of these can affect or irritate the nerve endings in the eye causing muscles in the eyelid to twitch. This can last for a couple of minutes or a couple of days. Rarely, it can last for a month. You can minimize the twitching by holding down your eyelid with your fingers for a couple minutes. For more stubborn twitches, apply a warm compress for five minutes three times a day. Any twitches that persist, should probably be evaluated by your physician.

For more information clink this link at: All About Vision

How a Dry Cleaning Service Can Help You Live A Better Life

 

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When you really take a look at the numbers, you may see that most American’s do not have their priorities in order.  Learn how picking the best Dry Cleaner, like  Marky’s Dry Cleaners in Denton, Texas can help you focus on what is really important in your life.

Free Dry Cleaning Valet Pick Up and Delivery Service

What would you do if you had an extra year to do whatever you wanted?  Take a long vacation?  Spend quality time with your family?  Relax?  Americans drive an average of 789,000 miles in their lifetime and spend:

  • Over 9,100 hours commuting to and from work. (Over 379 days!)
  • 4,050 hours stuck in standstill traffic.  (Almost 169 days!)
  • 4,320 hours at traffic lights.  (Exactly 180 days)
  • 37,047 total hours behind the wheel of a vehicle.  (A Whopping 1,543 days!)

The best dry cleaners will hand finish each garment, check for and replace missing buttons, and make simple alterations a breeze.  We also send back each item perfectly pressed and ready to wear.

That is a lot of time, and while we can’t really help with your drive to work, we can save you time, gas, and mileage with our Free Dry Cleaning Valet Pick Up and Delivery Service.  Save time each week and let us come to you!  No lines, no wasting gas; With three Locations and a large coverage area, trying our route service is a win!  We’ll even give you $10 worth of Free Dry Cleaning just for trying it out.  Sign up here or call us at 940-323-2200!

 

Wash and Fold Service

laundry mom  

A typical working, American mom will spend a total of five monironing.

A typical working, American mom will spend a total of five months of her life doing laundry in the time it takes one child to turn 18.  Another 156 days of her life are spent ironing. Granted, laundry is so much easier now-a-days with the automatic washing machine.  No longer do we having to break our backs over wash boards or rocks in the creek out back.  Still, life isn’t as simple as it was back in those days and more is needing to be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

Emptying out pockets, pairing up socks and hunting for elusive underwear under a bed takes up a large chunk of time.  55 percent of the population has forgotten clothes in the washing machine which means re-washing.  That’s more time, more detergent, and more water being used  Marky’s Cleaners in Denton Texas has a solution!

Our Wash and Fold service saves you plenty of time.  Let us wash, dry, and fold your laundry to free you up for more important things.  We take care of emptying pockets, sorting lights and darks and all you have to do is put it away.  If you use our Free Pick up and Delivery Service, you don’t even need to set foot in the store.

 

Dress Shirt Folding Services

Travel is folded shirts

Travel is usually inevitable.  Whether for business or pleasure, the key to a good trip is packing properly. Bringing a variety of clothing can give you a better selection so you are comfortable and prepared of whatever comes up.  Business trips happen.  Garment bags are big and bulky, and really don’t do much to preserve the integrity of the clothing inside when jammed in the overhead bin of a plane.  So what do you do?

Allow Champion Cleaners to fold those items for you.  This saves you the headache of trying to jam everything in your suitcase.  With all your items neatly folded and suitcase ready, all you need to do is stack and go.  From Button up shirts, polos, and slacks, we can make packing your dress shirts and your casual shirts a breeze.

 

Using a Full Service Dry Cleaners (like us!) can really help you save time, money, gas, and effort.  We take pride in all we do so you can rest assured it’s done right or it’s free.  It is both an honor and a pleasure to provide these services to our customers and if there’s anything else you could need, please to not hesistate to ask.

 

789,000 miles (1284256 km)
789,000 miles (1284256 km)789,000 miles in thier lifetime.  Here’s a breakdown of what we’re doing.  9,100 hours is spent commuting to work, 4,050 hours stuck in standstill traffic, 4,320 hours is spent at stop lights.
789,000 miles (1284256 km)

Dry Cleaning Delivered Right to Your Door:  Get $10.00 in FREE dry cleaning and laundry.

Did you know that for no extra cost Marky’s will pick up and deliver your cleaning…twice each week…replace missing buttons…repair lose hems and seams…for FREE?

Schedule your delivery service and get $10 off your first order.

Your Clothes Matter

Your Clothes Matter

The way you dress does matter. In fact, by most accounts, it matters a lot.
According to Cynthia Nellis, a style expert at about.com, you have to always put forward your best image:  “If casual wear is acceptable at the job, it has to be freshly cleaned and neat to take it a notch above others that presume casual wear means sloppy. They will never make a good first impression.”
Just behind communication and presentation skills, how someone is dressed was the most important attribute in getting and keeping a job, according to a study by Total Executive, Inc. and Syracuse University.
 

We’re Not Casual About Casual Wear

Sure, you may be able to wash your casual clothing at home, but time spent doing that along with the most hated household chore — ironing—only takes away time from family and other pursuits.
We have the skills to make your clothes look and feel their best by creating a crispness that simply cannot be duplicated with home care.
No matter what the surroundings and circumstances, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

How You Can Help

  • Stains and soil left too long can be impossible to remove. Studies by the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute show that after aging for only one week, 20% of stains cannot be removed satisfactorily. After three weeks, this increases to 47%. If staining occurs, bring it to us as soon as possible.
  • Don’t press stained or soiled clothes. Heat is another factor that makes stains more difficult to remove.
  • Please point out spills such as those from white wine, fruit juices, or soft drinks, or other stains that may not be visible, when you bring in your cleaning. These invisible stains require special attention by us in order to prevent them from permanently discoloring your item.
  • Perspiration can cause dyes in fabrics to change color so, if possible, protect your garments from excessive contact with perspiration.
  • Always allow lotions, antiperspirants, perfume, and other toiletries to dry before you get dressed. These products can contain ingredients that cause color loss or color changes in your garments.
  • Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or strong artificial lights. This too can affect the color in your items.
  • Before putting clothes away for storage, have them cleaned to remove stains first. This prevents insects from causing holes in the fabric, and stains from ageing and discoloring.
  • Clean all matching pieces together. Whether your work surroundings call for appropriate casual or traditional attire, we know that how you look does matter. That’s one of the reasons we work hard for you and all that you wear.

Clothing Care – The Single Biggest Mistake

Well, I did it.  I own a dry cleaner and I made the single biggest mistake possible in clothing care.

I have a white jacket for my morning walks with Chuy.  When the temperatures dropped a couple of weeks ago, I pulled it out of the closet only to find a big yellow spot right on the front that looked a lot like mustard. On my white jacket!

I’m sure you know to always put your clothes away clean when the seasons change.  I didn’t do that so I was at the mercy of the fabric, the stain and the knowledge of my dry cleaning spotter…who happens to be Alma (luckily Alma, is a  “Certified Garment Care Professionals” and know all about spot removal, fabrics and cleaning techniques).  They can’t guarantee that she can get out every stain, but if anyone can, Alma can do it.

Fortunately for me, Alma removed the spot from my jacket without fading the color of the jacket in the area of the stain.

So the biggest mistake you can make in caring for your clothes is to not keep them clean.  And while this may sound a bit self-serving since I’m in the dry cleaning business…it’s just the truth about clothing care. 

Here are my suggestions for protecting the investment in your clothes:

1. Clean your clothes soon after wearing them.  Don’t wait several weeks between visits to your laundry room or to Marky’s Dry Cleaners.  And when the season changes, don’t put your clothes away dirty.  Stains have a better chance to set in and they won’t be ready to wear when the season changes again.

2. Clean your clothes often enough.  Trying to get an extra time wearing a dress shirt, your favorite blouse, or even those dress pants might seem like a frugal thing to do.  But food spills, perspiration and even deodorant can cause stains.  The sooner you tend to the problem, the better chance you have of not having to replace the garment early.

3. Don’t try to treat those spots yourself unless you really know what you’re doing.  Magic formulas of hairspray or Windex to remove ink on a dress shirt rarely work and most often compound the problem. If you find a spot, blot it off and let us help with it…right away.

I have a regular customer on Hilton Head island who ships any garment with a stain to me to handle.  Alma does her magic and I ship it back.

 

Dry Cleaning Equipment

On Site Cleaning = Access To Professional Dry Cleaning Management

At Marky’s Dry Cleaners we do our dry cleaning and laundry on site.  This gives you access to professional dry cleaning management in Denton, Highland Village and Lantana, all with Certified Garment Care Professional credentials.

How a Dry Cleaning Service Can Help You Live A Better Life

 

changed priorities ahead phixr
When you really take a look at the numbers, you may see that most American’s do not have their priorities in order.  Learn how picking the best Dry Cleaner, like Marky’s Cleaners in Denton, Texas can help you focus on what is really important in your life.

 

Free Dry Cleaning Valet Pick Up and Delivery Service

 

What would you do if you had an extra year to do whatever you wanted?  Take a long vacation?  Spend quality time with your family?  Relax?  Americans drive an average of 789,000 miles in their lifetime and spend:

 

  • Over 9,100 hours commuting to and from work. (Over 379 days!)
  • 4,050 hours stuck in standstill traffic.  (Almost 169 days!)
  • 4,320 hours at traffic lights.  (Exactly 180 days)
  • 37,047 total hours behind the wheel of a vehicle.  (A Whopping 1,543 days!)

 

The best dry cleaners will hand finish each garment, check for and replace missing buttons, and make simple alterations a breeze.  We also send back each item perfectly pressed and ready to wear.

 

That is a lot of time, and while we can’t really help with your drive to work, we can save you time, gas, and mileage with our Free Dry Cleaning Valet Pick Up and Delivery Service.  Save time each week and let us come to you!  No lines, no wasting gas; With three Locations and a large coverage area, trying our route service is a win!  We’ll even give you $10 worth of Free Dry Cleaning just for trying it out.  Sign up here or call us at 205.824.7737!

 

 

 

Wash and Fold Service

 

laundry mom .

 

A typical working, American mom will spend a total of five months of her life doing laundry in the time it takes one child to turn 18.  Another 156 days of her life are spent ironing. Granted, laundry is so much easier now-a-days with the automatic washing machine.  No longer do we having to break our backs over wash boards or rocks in the creek out back.  Still, life isn’t as simple as it was back in those days and more is needing to be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

 

Emptying out pockets, pairing up socks and hunting for elusive underwear under a bed takes up a large chunk of time.  55 percent of the population has forgotten clothes in the washing machine which means re-washing.  That’s more time, more detergent, and more water being used.  Marky’s Dry Cleaners in Denton Texas has a solution!

 

Our wash and fold service saves you plenty of time.  Let us wash, dry, and fold your laundry to free you up for more important things.  We take care of emptying pockets, sorting lights and darks and all you have to do is put it away.  If you use our Free Pick up and Delivery Service, you don’t even need to set foot in the store.

 

 

 

Dress Shirt Folding Services

 

 

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folded shirts

 

Travel is usually inevitable.  Whether for business or pleasure, the key to a good trip is packing properly.  Bringing a variety of clothing can give you a better selection so you are comfortable and prepared of whatever comes up.

Business trips happen.  Garment bags are big and bulky, and really don’t do much to preserve the integrity of the clothing inside when jammed in the overhead bin of a plane.  So what do you do?

 

Allow Marky’s Dry Cleaners to fold those items for you.  This saves you the headache of trying to jam everything in your suitcase.  With all your items neatly folded and suitcase ready, all you need to do is stack and go.  From Button up shirts, polos, and slacks, we can make packing your dress shirts and your casual shirts a breeze.

 

 

Using a Full Service Dry Cleaners (like us!) can really help you save time, money, gas, and effort.  We take pride in all we do so you can rest assured it’s done right or it’s free.  It is both an honor and a pleasure to provide these services to our customers and if there’s anything else you could need, please to not hesistate to ask.

 

789,000 miles (1284256 km)

 

789,000 miles (1284256 km)789,000 miles in thier lifetime.  Here’s a breakdown of what we’re doing.  9,100 hours is spent commuting to work, 4,050 hours stuck in standstill traffic, 4,320 hours is spent at stop lights.

 

789,000 miles (1284256 km)

 

Dry Cleaning Delivered Right to Your Door:  Get $10.00 in FREE dry cleaning and laundry.

 

Did you know that for no extra cost Marky’s will pick up and deliver your cleaning…twice each week…replace missing buttons…repair lose hems and seams…for FREE?

 

Schedule your delivery service and get $10 off your first order.