Summer 2013 Officewear Trends for Women From Your Dry Cleaner

Staying stylish at work is of upmost importance to appear “with it” and relevant.   Keeping tabs on new ideas for work appropriate attire is a great way to spice up your wardrobe and keep your style fresh.  As Professional Dry Cleaners in Denton Texas, we see on a daily basis new and interesting garments.  I thought it would be a great time to share some of these styles with you.

sleevelessjacketjpeg phixr This is one of my favorite looks, classy and chic, and a great look for summer office wear.  I find the traditional long sleeved, heavy suit jackets are not only confining, but are usually far too hot and uncomfortable.  This is esspecially true if you deal with very hot and humid summers like we do in the south.

By getting rid of the sleeves, you’ve just upped your comfort factor many times over.  A look like this also maintains it’s office appropriateness by remaining structured and modest, while remaining cool and stylish.  The belt accentuates the waist perfectly.  This is a versitile piece that can be worn as shown, layered with a sleeveless blouse, or can be paired with any color slacks.

This look dresses up a pair of bermuda shorts to keep you looking professional and oh so comfortable!  Pairing a tailored short with a breezy white safari shirt and adding matching accessories make this whole look work.

The belt works to dress up this casual shirt and accentuate the waist.  The bag is a neutral color that compliments the entire outfit.  Shoes are heels to keep the whole look office appropriate.

For casual looks, you can wear a sensible pair of flats if your workplace allows, or dress it up with heels as shown.

This look and photo is courtesy of nyandcompany.

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thjpeg phixr Lastly, here we have the belted tunic.  This look is a great look for many reasons; it’s cool enough for those super hot days, shorter tunics can be paired with nice shorts, a complimentary skirt, or skinny slacks.

Again, the belt acsecuates the waist.  Heels are shown in the example and can be switched out for a cute pair of sandals in more casual environments.

Summer fabrics are going to be light and airy by design.  This means that most wont last too long if you were to just throw them in a washing machine.  Pay special attention to care labels and if it says Dry Clean only, be sure to bring it to you Dry Cleaner!

Did Your Dry Cleaner Shrink Your Blouse?

So Why Did Your Blouse Shrink?Dry Cleaners Birmingham Alabama

A customer recently asked us about a problem she had with one of her St. Johns blouses (the photo to the right is not a St. John’s blouse).  St. Johns is a popular label and usually good quality.  She washed it at home and allowed it to air dry on a clean towel according to care label instructions.  So did she do something wrong or is a problem with the blouse?

My opinion is the fabric in the blouse was not pre-shrunk so when the blouse was washed, it shrank to a smaller size.  Garments should be made from fabric that is pre-shrunk and when this has not been done, it is a manufacturer’s defect.

Garment manufacturers stretch fabric as much as possible to get the maximum amount of fabric when making a garment.  When the garment is washed, it returns to its natural state.  When manufacturers use pre-shrunk fabric, that problem is solved.

If shrinkage occurs when you followed care label instructions, here’s how to handle the problem:

  • Return it to the retailer.  Responsible retailers will replace the garment or refund your money.
  • If you get no satisfaction from the retailer, contact the manufacturer.  Use the label information, including the Registered Number (“RN#”) and a quick Google search and you’re usually just a phone call away from a solution…depending on the customer friendly orientation of the retailer or manufacturer.

We have helped scores of customers resolve problems like this and have found that most manufacturers keep data bases on complaints on the different garments.  We’ve heard comments from customer service representatives like, “Yes, we are having a problem with this item.  May we ship you a replacement that should not shrink?”

If you have a garment that shrinks but has been cleaned according to care label instructions, it’s not the fault of the person cleaning the garment…you or your dry cleaner.  We can help you resolve this type of problem.

Mark’s Dry Cleaning and Delivery Service

Serving Denton, Highland Village, Corinth, and Lantana Texas

Denton, Texas 76205   940-323-2200

 

How to Remove Coffee Stains on Dress Shirts, Upholstery, and Carpet

For as long as life goes on, stains will as well.  It’s inevitable that you will find yourself with a stain.

Coffee stains are some of the most common stains we encounter at Marky’s Dry Cleaners in Denton, Texas.

A coffee stain can be a real pain to deal with.  Stain removal techniques have to address tannin,protein, possibly sugar, animal fat in cream, or non-dairy creamer. Coffee alone is a natural dye.  When combined with other ingredients like sugar and cream, it is much more complex.

If the stain is fresh and is coffee only, it’s fairly easy to remove.  If the stain has dried, has sugar, or has been ironed, it makes removal much more difficult.  On some light fabrics such as wool or cotton, or if the coffee includes sugar or cream, usually multiple attempts are needed.

Here’s our advice on How to Remove Coffee Stains.

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Oh No, I spilled coffee on my shirt!

Customers most frequently inquire about stain removal on their clothing.  From Dress Shirts, to Silk Blouses, coffee loves to find it’s way onto your clothes, especially right before you head to work.  If you’re running short on time, you may opt to just change into a new shirt.  It’s always best to treat a stain immediately for the best possible chance at removal, but we understand that life happens.

So here’s what you do:

  1. Determine if the garment is Dry Clean Only or machine wash.  If Dry Cleaning is recommended based on the care label, do not put anything on the stain and take it immediately to your Dry Cleaners. Try to absorb as much of the excess liquid as possible.  Do not rub vigorously…just soak up as much of teh spill as possible.  Skip the rest of the following steps and head to your dry cleaner right away.
  2. If you can wash the garment (i.e., not a “Dry Clean Only” garment), grab a sponge and carefully dap the stain with cool water. You can also soak the entire item in cool water for about 30 minutes
  3. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.
  4. If you added any sort of dairy in your coffee like milk or cream you will need to use a laundry detergent that contains enzymes.
  5. Launder the item, and if safe for the fabric, use a chlorine bleach.
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Oops, I spilled Coffee on the couch!

Coffee stains on Upholstery is an even bigger pain that a simple spot on your shirt.  Since we can’t throw the living room sofa or Grandpa’s old recliner in a washing machine we have to take a slightly different approach.

  1. Make a solution of one tablespoon liquid dish detergent and two cups of clean, cool water.
  2. Obtain a clean white cloth and sponge a hidden area for colorfastness.
  3. If no color appears on the cloth, move to the coffee stain and sponge.
  4. Blot the area until the coffee stain disappears
  5. With a new white cloth, sponge cold water onto the area to help “rinse” the stain.
  6. Blot with a dry cloth to dry the area.
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What if it’s in the carpet?

Besides hauling out the heavy machinery, (big ol’ carpet shampooers which may do more harm than good) there is a way to treat Java on the floor.

  1. Blot up as much as you can with a dry cloth, try using a pinching motion like you would to add a pinch of salt to your cooking, as simply applying pressure can push the coffee further down the fibers and possibly into the padding.  You definitely want to avoid getting the padding wet as the stain will wick back up into the fibers, over time making the stain reappear.
  2. Use plain water and a white cloth first and sparingly sponge the stain.  When the fibers start getting more than damp, blot up the moisture with a dry white cloth.  This is to avoid too much liquid on the carpet, again to protect the padding.
  3. If the stain isn’t budging, use a solution of one tablespoon liquid dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water.
  4. Just like in step 2, dab a little solution on the stain, then blot dry.  Continue until the stain disappears.
  5. Use plain cold water and dab the area, then blot dry to “rinse” the dish detergent/vinegar solution out of the carpet.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute also suggests a commercial stain remover known as Wine Away as an effective treatment for coffee stains.  Follow application instructions on the bottle and always test an inconspicuous area first.

Always remember, If the garment is Dry Clean Only, take it to your local Dry Cleaners like Marky’s Dry Cleaning Delivery Service where Professionals will get the job done right.

 

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Get Help With All Your Spots From Marky’s Dry cleaning delivery service.

Don’t Know What That Spot is or How to Get It Out?

Call 940-323-2200 for assistance or visit any of our three locations.

 

Fuzz Balls on Your Sweaters?

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Ever get those teeny balls of fuzz all over your sweater? Want to stop looking fuzzy? Here’s how!

 

 

This phenomenon is called “pilling,” and it results from short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric getting tangled together and forming a ball called a pill. 

 

Why Pilling?

 

This happens simply from the natural abrasion of the fabric against objects and itself during normal use and wear. Pilling frequently shows up around the arm pits, the sleeves, and the front of the sweater where abrasion is most common.

 

It can be minimized…and here’s how

 

  • Turn it inside out before washing, and

  • Wash it using a shorter wash cycle, and

  • Remove it from the dryer as soon as it is no longer damp.

 

To “repair” a sweater with a Pilling problem try this.

 

Spread the item (usually a sweater) tightly over a flat surface. Now get a razor. Yes, even just a cheap one will work!  Now, shave the sweater. Sounds crazy, but it won’t damage the fabric itself and it will scrape off those annoying pills. You can also cut them off gently with scissors, but it will take longer and you’re more likely to cut a hole in the fabric that way.  You can also get a sweater stone which does a good job.  But use the razor to get the stubborn pills.

 

Electric Pill Removers

electric pill removerIf you want to get a bit fancy there are battery operated pill removers that work like  an electric razor, but these don’t necessarily work better than elbow grease.  We use these on your sweaters.  Of course, once the pills are removed they are likely to come back, so you’ll have to give your sweater some loving attention every now and then.  If you’re gentle with it and don’t wash it too much, you can keep your sweaters looking fresh and pill-free for a long time.

 

Here is a link to a You Tube video showing the process with a razor.

 



What is Spot Clean Only?

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So that beautiful dress you found at that trendy little boutique fit perfect and looked amazing on you! Yay! It’s definitely a keeper, so now it’s time to clean it and have it ready for your next fancy shin-dig. Looking at the care label, you realize it says Spot Clean Only… Well what does that mean? Should you do it at home or take it to the cleaners?

Unfortunately this is a situation I see daily.  Clothing manufacturers are required by law to attach care labels to indicate the best way to clean a piece of clothing.  If any part of the garment is too delicate to be machine washed, dry cleaned, or even hand washed, then it may be labeled Spot Clean Only

In theory, to spot clean something means to only clean a stain and not immerse the entire garment for cleaning.  Realistically, this is quite difficult or impossible. To treat most any stain or spot, water or chemical formula must be used. Even if the stain is removed, the water may leave a ring or the chemicals may leave a stain of their own requiring immersing in water or dry cleaning solutions. The chemicals must be flushed out as long term effects are uncertain. They may bleach, erode, or completely eat away at the fabric. The chemicals can also give you a nasty allergic reaction. When pressed, ironed, or steamed, the chemicals may also oxidize into an ugly yellow stain that is sometimes impossible to remove. So how does one go about removing this new hassle?

Well, that’s where knowledge and expertise come into play. For most garments, there’s no real way to “Spot Clean Only.” Usually the entire garment will have to be immersed or cleaned in some way to avoid water rings or residual chemicals. A Certified Professional Dry Cleaner will be able to determine the best method based on the garment. If she feels there is a risk to the garment, she should let you know in advance and have you make the decision as to whether or not you feel comfortable. Sometimes, especially with high value items, they may ask you to sign a waiver releasing them of responsibility in case the garment doesn’t come out as planned.

But why are some garments labeled as “Spot Clean Only?”  Usually it is because of the combination of fabrics in a garment that require different and mutually exclusive cleaning methods, the presence of embellishments like beads and rhinestones that cannot hold up to immersing, or fabric that does not hold dyes when cleaned.  Unfortunately, the care labels don’t have to say why it cannot be cleaned using traditional dry cleaning or wet cleaning methods.

seamAbove is the ruined hem of a Spot Clean Only Debutante’s gown. The hem was poorly sewn with raw edging under the skirt. The dress would have shredded it it were cleaned. The only issue was with the hem so the best result could be obtained by making it shorter an wearing it as a party dress.

It might happen that a Dry Cleaner will not clean a Spot Clean Only item. That usually means that they know that any cleaning will ruin the item or that it is already beyond salvaging. It’s unfortunate but this does happen. Creative alterations can sometimes solve the problem.

Finding out an item is Spot Clean Only after it’s been worn is a real bummer. Here are a few tips to avoiding a blunder:

  • Always check care labels when shopping. If something is spot clean only, you can then decide if you love it enough to be worth potentially only being able to wear it once.
  • If you wear a spot clean only item, take precautions. Avoid getting things like hairspray and perfume on the garment. Don’t use spray tan. Be extra careful to keep it clean.
  • If you do happen to get a stain or spot on the garment, take it to a dry cleaners immediately.

If you happen to see that a garment is labeled Spot Clean Only, take it to a Professional Dry Cleaner immediately. Attempting cleaning at home will more often than not lead to a ruined item.

How to Clean A Handmade Quilt – Advice From A Dry Cleaner

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Quilts are perfect in the winter; they add warmth to the bed as a blanket or warmth to the walls as decor.  Cleaning a Quilt is a little more difficult than cleaning a standard blanket.   A quilt that is mass produced and purchased from a commercial retailer can be cleaned as directed on the care label.  Hand and machine artisan quilts (home-made) are quite different and require a more hands-on approach.  Antique and heirloom quilts are the most delicate of the three types.

How often should my hand-made quilt be cleaned?

Artisan quilts should be cleaned once per year, two or three times if a pet sleeps in the bed at night or your quilt happens to be a stain magnet.  Antique and heirloom quilts should be cleaned even less often due to their delicate nature.

As always, the best way to care for any quilt is to take it to a Professional Dry Cleaners like Marky’s Dry Cleaners in Denton, Texas.

You can do it yourself so here is our DIY Advice For Cleaning Your Quilt.  Be aware that many dry cleaners will not clean hand-made quilts or any quilt without a care label so don’t be surprised if you get a rejection from your dry cleaner.  Not having a care label is an automatic rejection due to the liability the dry cleaner may incur with something a valued as a family heirloom.

So how do I clean a quilt at home?

  1. Test for color-fastness. Take white fabric and moisten it.  Rub on all the colored parts of the quilt.  If any color shows on the white fabric, then the colors will run if washed traditionally.  Take this quilt to a Professional Dry Cleaners.
  2. If the white fabric stays clean, fill a large sink or clean bathtub with cold water.  Use a gentle laundry detergent, preferably with no dyes or fragrances.
  3. Agitate gently and allow to soak for 10 minutes, longer for heavy soil.
  4. Drain tub and refill with clean water; repeat until water is clear and no longer suds.
  5. When the water is clear, drain the tub and fashion a sling from a clean white sheet.
  6. Carefully drape quilt over a sling and allow to drain.  Lay out towels on the floor, Lay quilt flat on top of towels and cover with an additional layer of towels.
  7. Roll towels and quilt together to squeeze out water.  Repeat till fairly dry.
  8. Place yet another layer of towels down and again lay the quilt flat.  Allow to sit until completely dry.  Note:  A quilt feels dry on the outside may not actually be fully dry.  The batting on the inside of the quilt can still be moist.  Placing a fan in the room can help speed up drying time.  This process may require several days to completely dry.  You may also need to turn the quilt over to allow it to thoroughly dry.
  9. Another option is to dry the quilt outside.  Place a clean sheet on the ground and lay the quilt on top.  Cover with an additional clean sheet.  Allow to lay flat until dry.  Note:  Never hang a quilt to dry.  The quilt will be very heavy when wet and hanging can and will cause stitches to pull or break and the piecing will become misshapen.

Never machine wash a handmade quilt.  The agitation, even on the gentle cycle is far too rough for a quilt.

That’s a lot of work!

It really is.  There are a lot of areas that Home Quilt Cleaning can go wrong.  For this reason, we always suggest taking any quilt, or garment of value, to your Local, Professional Dry Cleaners for Expert Care and Cleaning.

 

Care and Cleaning of a Christmas Tree Skirt

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Cleaning a Christmas Tree Skirt, regardless of the fabric composition, is a tricky process.  If done improperly, it can result in disaster.  The Professional Dry Cleaners here at Comet Cleaners in Denton Texas have been cleaning Christmas Tree Skirts for over ten years and have perfected methods based on what it’s made of.  Felt cannot be cleaned the same way as silk, cotton cannot be laundered if it’s on a skirt with embroidery thread, etc…  For the best possible results, we recommend taking all tree skirts to a Professional Dry Cleaners.

Common tree skirt stains include:

  • Dirt, Dust
  • Sap
  • Animal messes
  • Water Spots

As all materials are treated differently, there is no one way to clean a tree skirt.  We NEVER suggest cleaning one yourself. If you insist on trying, be sure to test out anything on a hidden area to avoid completely ruining the skirt.

Things to note:

  • Felt is prone to shrinking and fading and must be handled carefully.
  • Dyes are rich in tree skirts.  They can easily bleed onto other fabrics.
  • Never attempt to clean a tree skirt that is lying on carpet.  The dye leakage could result in a permanent stain on your carpet.
  • Do not agitate or rub
  • Do not attempt to clean if there are both dark and light colors, like red and white.
  • Always follow the care label.  Most will say Dry Clean Only.  If there is no care label, err on the side of caution and take it to a Professional Dry Cleaners who holds a Certification in Dry Cleaning and a Certification in Wet Cleaning.  This ensures that any cleaning will be properly handled.
  • If you have pets, check you’re skirt often. Animals seem to love using tree skirts as potties.
We know all kitties love Christmas, but when they potty on a tree skirt it’s time to pause the festivities and deal with the stain.  The ammonia in urine can cause the dyes of the fabric to run and stain anything underneath.  You also face the tree skirt itself being ruined.  Should you notice a spot, take to your dry cleaners immediately.
 

How do you remove olive oil from a wool sweater?

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How do you remove olive oil from a wool sweater?

You recently splashed some olive oil and lemon juice mixture on a wool sweater. How can you get that out? You haven’t done anything yet except blot as much as you could.

Removing stains from wool can be a little tricky to tackle yourself. It’s often best to take it to a professional cleaner and allow them to treat the stains. If you want to remove them at home, here is a method that many have found safe and effective. If your item is machine washable, see the additional tips for a quicker cleaning option.

You Will Need:

Cornstarch
Mild bleach-free dish detergent (ex: Dawn or Ivory)
Tub or basin
Cold water
Large sheet of paper
Pencil or pen
Large absorbent bath towel

Steps to Remove the Oil Stains:

1. If the oil stain is minor, you may be able to remove it with a simple absorbent.
2. Cover the stained area with cornstarch.
3. Allow it to set for 30 minutes so the cornstarch can absorb the oil.
4. Brush clean with a clean, white cloth.
5. If the stain remains, you can repeat the above steps or wash the oil out with the following steps.
6. Start by laying the sweater on the large sheet of paper.
7. Trace around it with the pen/pencil. This will provide a template to lay the sweater back out to its original shape and size while it dries.
8. Fill a tub, sink or basin (depending on the size of the item being washed) with cool to cold water.
9. Add a few drops of bleach-free dish detergent. If the stain is really tough, try applying some detergent directly to the stain.
10. Agitate the water lightly to mix.
11. Immerse the sweater in the water.
12. Swish it around gently a few times to work the soap and water into the sweater. Do not wring, twist or pull on the sweater or it will lose its shape.
13. Let the sweater sit in the water for 2-3 minutes and allow the soap to work.
14. Remove the sweater carefully being careful not to pull any parts and drain the soapy water.
15. Refill with clean water
16. Place the sweater back in the clean water to rinse.
17. Remove the sweater and drain the water.
18. Repeat steps 10-12 until all of the soap is removed.
19. Once rinsed, lay the sweater on a large, absorbent towel.
20. Roll the towel up with the sweater inside.
21. Gently push the water out of the sweater.
22. Repeat until the sweater is damp.
23. Lay the sweater on top of the paper with the outline traced onto it.
24. Make sure it fits the original size and shape. Make adjustments as needed as the sweater dries.
25. Allow the sweater to air dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

Some wool sweaters are machine washable (check the care instructions on the tag), which will make the stain removal process much simpler. In these cases, you will be able to spot clean the stain and machine wash the entire sweater. Do not machine dry it, as the heat will cause shrinkage. Wool is natural hair, and some have found basic shampoo effective in removing oil and grease stains. Never use any products with bleach to clean wool. It will weaken the fibers.

If you would just like the experts to take care of it give us at Marky’s Dry Cleaners a call at 940-323-2200 or visit our website:  www.markysdrycleaners.com.   Our delivery services the Highland Village, Corinth, Lantana and Argyle TX areas. That’s zip codes 76205, 76210 76226 and 75077.

Help from Marky’s Dry Cleaners of Denton, TX to Clean your Keurig Coffee Maker

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker With Vinegar and a Toothbrush

Melissa Maker @ Clean My Space shares a quick and easy method of cleaning your expensive Keurig coffee makers with a toothbrush, vinegar, dish soap, and a microfiber cloth. Most of the machine can be cleaned in your dishwasher, with minimal manual labor involved.

Head on over to Clean my Space for the full instructions, along with a how-to-video.

 

 

Marky’s Dry Cleaners

507 W. University

Denton, Tx 76201

940-323-2200

www.markysdrycleaners.com

Serving Denton, Corinth, Highland Village Lantana and Argyle TX

76205 ,76210, 75077, 76226

Marky’s Dry Cleaners of Denton, Texas helps you Removing Urine stains from Vinyl floors

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Karen asks: We have vinyl tile in our bathroom. A family member struggles with incontinence at times, and there is a dark brown stain around the toilet. I think if may be due to urine/feces being on the floor. Is there any way to remove the stain without damaging the tile? The rest of the floor is fine; it’s this one area that is the problem.

You Will Need

Rubber Gloves
Paper Towels
Broom
Vinegar, 1 cup
1 Gallon bucket
Liquid Dish Washing Detergent, 2 tsp.
Warm Water
Long Spoon
Brush with soft bristles
Abrasive Sponge
Multiple Washcloths
Rubbing Alcohol
Baking Soda

Steps

Wearing the rubber gloves, pick up any excess urine and feces with the paper towels
and dispose of properly. The gloves will help to protect against bacteria.

Sweep the area with the broom to rid it of any excess dirt and dust. This will
ensure you have the most direct access to any stains.

Mix together the cup of vinegar, the dish washing detergent, and warm water in a
bucket. Stir with the long spoon, and be careful not to create too many suds.

Dip the soft bristled brush into the mixture, and scrub the stain. Then, rinse with
clean water. If there is still a stain, use the more abrasive method described next.

Mix equal parts water and baking soda to create a paste. Spread the paste over the
stained area and allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes.

Scrub with the abrasive sponge, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Finally, scrub the area with a clean cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Additional Tips and Advice

Remove the stain as soon as possible, as letting it sit for too long may ruin your floor.
Just for the sake of clarity, never mix bleach and vinegar. Using bleach on your floor
is OK, but be sure to NOT add vinegar, as it will create a chlorine gas.

If you need help with Dry Cleaning give us a call at Marky’s Dry Cleaners, 940-323-2200 or visit our website:  www.markysdrycleaners.com.   We service the Highland Village, Corinth and Denton, TX areas. That’s zip codes 76205, 76210 and 75077