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.

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 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

 

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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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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.

Ever wonder what those funny symbols mean on the care label

What do those crazy symbols mean?

Many of today’s garments have care labels with symbols that may appear to be hieroglyphics to some.  These labels give the consumer and the Professional Dry Cleaner invaluable information about the care required to keep your garment in like new condition for as long as possible.  Some labels have only these symbols.  Other will have a combination of symbols and text to help you understand what is the best way to care for your clothes.

An industry standard for these symbols is available on line at http://www.textileaffairs.com/lguide.htm. The first page of this guide just categorizes the labels. Click on the individual cleaning methods for more detailed symbols.

At Marky’s Dry Cleaning we are always looking for ways to make your clothing care easier and more affordable.  Let me here from you if you’ve got questions about how
to care for any item.

Marky’s Dry Cleaning 507 W., University Drive Denton, Texas 76201  940-323-2200

Serving Denton, Corinth, Highland Village and Lantana Texas. 76205, 75077, 76210, 76226

 

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!

“Best of Denton” – 2013

"Best of Denton"

A great big thank you to all my customers who voted for us this year for best Dry Cleaners in Denton Texas.  I believe that my customers are my business and do what ever it takes to ensure they get the best service possible.

 

Visit my website, www.markysdrycleaners.com to find information and discounts for your next visit.  I hope to continue to provide the best Dry Cleaning service possible.  Let me know how I can better serve you by sending an email to mark@markysdrycleaners.com or contact me at my website using this link.  Contact Marky.

 

Marky’s Cleaners   507 W. University Drive Denton, TX 76201   940-323-2200

we serve customers in the 76205, 76226, 75077, 76210 zip codes

Hanger Recycling – Dry Cleaners Care

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Marky’s Dry Cleaners has joined with the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute to  reduce the energy, raw material, landfill space needed for steel hangers and contribute to a greener planet.

Our Goal

30 Million Less Hangers in 2013!

2013 will see thirty million fewer hangers making their way to landfills thanks to cleaners participating in the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute’s “DLI Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling Program.” The new program spans the globe and encourages members to recycle hangers to reduce waste.

 

The Problem With Custom-Made Comforters Is…

comforterCustom-made things, whether suits, shirts, quilts or comforters, are beautiful and usually fit just right.  After all, why shouldn’t they?  You pick out the colors, the fabric, the style, the trim and you measure for the exact fit.  So how could there be a problem with anything custom made, especially comforters?

One thing that can go wrong is shrinkage.  When the fabric used in a comforter is not pre-shrunk the comforter may shrink and no longer fit the bed as you intended.

Most tailors get it right for custom-made clothes.  But we occasionally see comforters, quilts,slip covers and bedspreads that will shrink with the first cleaning.  Sometimes custom-made comforters are made with different fabrics and trims.  Its not uncommon to see these items shrink more than you might think possible after cleaning.

Imagine a custom-made comforter made with three different fabrics – one fabric shrinks a lot, one just a little and one none at all.  This is a mess!  But it can happen.

Custom-made comforters will not have a care label so you should ask the maker if the fabric has been pre-shrunk and what fabric was used in the comforter.  And don’t forget about the filling that could be polyester batting, wool, silk or down feathers.

So what should you do if that custom-made comforter is suddenly 4 inches shorter or tightens up in the stitching after cleaning? 

Take it back to the maker…and we can explain what you should do!

Professional Comforter and Bedspread Cleaning with free pickup and delivery.

Marky’s Dry Cleaners serving Denton, Highland Village, Corinth and Lantana, Texas.

507 W. University Drive

Denton, Texas 76201

940-323-2200

 

Get Rid of Moths In Your Clothes and Closet – Cleaning Required!

A customer recently brought us three sweaters and each had one or two holes is them. What Moth Holes in Sweatercould have caused this problem?  We don’t have equipment here that punches holes in clothes so we sent one of the sweaters to a garment testing lab to learn why this happened.

The report said moths had caused the holes and if you look carefully at the photo to the right, you can see the holes and the uneven pattern made by moths eating the wool.

When moths lay their eggs, the larvae hatch and begin to hunt for food.  The larvae won’t touch cotton, silk or synthetics.  They prefer fabrics made from animals like wool, fur and feathers, especially when they are soiled by perspiration, pet hairs and food.  The larvae tend to stay away from well-cleaned clothes (yes, this is true!)

If you find that you have a moth problem, here is what you need to do:

1. Remove all clothes from the closet and launder or dry clean all of them.

2. Vacuum the closet thoroughly, getting into all of the corners and cracks.

3. Place moth repellent, cedar blocks, lavender or tansy inside the closet.  Moth balls can be used but should not contact the fabric.  Place moth balls from a hanger on the inside or garments bags because the fumes are typically heavier then air and tend to move to the bottom of the closet.  Follow safety instructions on repellents carefully.

4. Check for signs of moths regularly and replace the repellents when the odor fades.

5. Clean the inside of closets regularly to prevent the build up of dust and debris that might attract moths.

Most dry cleaners (including Marky’s Dry Cleaners) have moth bags available for a small charge that can help with this.

Here is a link to Wiki.Answers.com for their view on getting rid of moths.

 

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We Can Improve Improve the Water Repellency of Your Rain Coat, Sleeping Bag, Jacket or Hat.

Marky’s Dry Cleaning Delivery Service serving Corinth, Denton, Highland Village and Lantana Texas