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.

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

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.

 

Restoring Clothes After Flood, Fire, and Other Disasters

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Should you replace or restore clothing that has fallen victim to a flood, fire, or other natural disaster?

I would suggest restoring it. Instead of replacing your entire wardrobe and household fabrics, you can often restore them to the same condition or nearly the same as before the disaster for a fraction of the price.

Some people have contacted us after having spent days washing and rewashing clothing at home.  Clothes that have molded due to the moistness of post-flood conditions and smoke damaged items will not give up their stains and smells easily.

We provide expert dry cleaning and restoration services in Texas for clothing and other textiles damaged by smoke, water and mold.  We work with the following groups to restore garments and other textile products to their pre-loss condition:

 

  1. Insurance Companies
  2. Restoration Building Contractors
  3. Victims of Disasters

Our services include odor remediation, soot removal from smoke and fire disasters, and mold remediation from prolonged wet conditions.

The types of items we can restore after a disaster include:

  • Clothing
  • Wedding gowns
  • Uniforms
  • Bulk laundry items
  • Household textiles, including bed linens, sheets, comforters, and bedspreads
  • Towels
  • Draperies
  • Rugs and carpet
  • Furniture
  • Vintage and heirloom garments

 

We also clean and restore these items to achieve their pre-loss condition:

  • Leather and suede garments
  • Shoes and boots, from high fashion shoes, to work boots and sneakers
  • Purses
  • Belts
  • Hats

Why Preserve Your Wedding Dress

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The decision to clean and preserve your wedding dress is very important.  Whether you’re hoping your dress becomes a family heirloom or you expect to wear it again yourself one day, understanding the delicate nature of your special garment may help make the decision a bit easier.

In normal wearing, skin oils and perspiration are absorbed into the fabric – wine, champagne or other sugary beverages may have even spilled on your dress; these organic compounds will undoubtedly damage the fabric if they are not neutralized or properly removed.

Here at Marky’s Dry Cleaners, we uphold the importance of having your bridal gown professionally cleaned before being stored long-term.  In fact, in addition to cleaning, proper storage is vital to the overall safety and security of such a special garment.  Scientific research proves that archival materials can protect delicate fabric from age and decay.  For these reasons, we strongly advise against having gown vacuum-sealed as plastics are used.  Instead, the preservation process must ensure that your gown be wrapped in acid-free materials before being placed in an acid-free textile storage box.

The box should be stored in an area where temperature and humidity levels are as constant as possible, preferably in a closet that is located on an interior wall; attics or basements are not appropriate locations for storage – in fact, spaces that are in close proximity to heating or air conditioning vents, pipes and even spaces that are exposed to direct sunlight should be carefully avoided.

Upon storage, about every 2-3 years your box should be opened and your gown inspected.  But brides remember, always wash your hands with a small amount of baking soda and warm water before handling this precious garment or wear cotton gloves.

At Comet Cleaners of Denton Texas we follow the guidelines recommenced by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. This is just the final detail that protects all of your wedding day memories and guarantees your gown’s perfect preservation for years to come!

 

What is Dry Cleaning?

Dry CleaningDoing laundry has been a common household activity for years. Whether the techn­ology­ was­ beating the garments on rocks by the river or pushing buttons on programmed washing machines, this process depends on water and a mechanical action usua­lly assisted by soap. Dry Cleaning uses the same washing machine principle but replaces the water used at home with a cleaning solvent.

Like many inventions, dry cleaning came about by accident. In 1855, Jean Baptiste Jolly, a French dye-works owner, noticed that his table cloth became cleaner after his maid accidentally overturned a kerosene lamp on it. Operating through his dye-works company, Jolly offered a new service and called it “dry cleaning.”

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The modern dry cleaning machine is generally a “dry to dry” machine like the one above.  That means the clothes go in dry, are cleaned as in your home washer and then dried as in your home dryer.  The primary difference is that as the cleaning solvent evaporates during the dry cycle it is condensed and returned to the storage tank at the bottom of the machine. The solvent is continuously filtered to remove soil, dye, oils and other “dirt” from the clothes.

A variety of solvents are used. At Marky’s of Denton Texas we use a petroleum solvent. Safe, gently and environmentally friendly it cleans well without the health risks of other chemically engineered solvents.

Dry cleaning allow us to cleaning many natural and synthetic fibers without the risk of damage or shrinkage that would otherwise occur if washed in water.  It is generally much gentler and keeps your clothes looking new much longer.  A real benefit when you find something that you really like to wear and want to keep it around for a while.

 

 

Starch In My Dress Shirts

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Found in vegetables like potatoes and corn, starch is a very versatile substance.
Anyone who has dropped off dress shirts at the Dry Cleaners like Comet Cleaners in Denton Texas knows a little bit about starch. They know there’s the option of no starch, light starch, medium starch, heavy starch and extra heavy starch (Cowboy Starch). What kind of starch do you choose? There are both pros and cons to starching clothing, and not all clothing will react to being starched in the same way.
What is it?
Starch is a carbohydrate produced by all green plants as a source of energy. It is used in the Dry Cleaning industry as a stiffener for fabrics. There are three different types of starch that are used in a commercial laundry; corn starch, wheat starch, and synthetic starch.

Corn Starchzoom Corn Starch is a natural starch derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. It’s fine texture in powder form make a paste when mixed with water. This natural ‘glue’ sticks to the fibers of your shirt offering resistance against wrinkles when worn. It is a water soluble starch and will eventually wash out of your shirts. The drawback of corn starch is that the particles are rather small and a large percentage of starch added to the clothing is rinsed away in the rinse cycle.
 Wheat Starch Wheat starch is also a natural starch that has a “glue-like” consistency. It is the starch of choice for most commercial cleaners who use natural starch since it sticks to fibers better than corn starch. Since the particles are larger microscopically, they are able to be caught and entwined in the fibers of the shirt with less being wasted in the rinse cycle.
 starch sources Synthetic Starch, also known as poly vinyl chloride or PVC is basically a plastic polymer. The particles are larger, like wheat, so they stick well to the fibers and less rinses away. During pressing of the shirt, heat is applied to the fabric which melts the PVC and bonds it semi-permanently to the fibers. This encases the fibers with a layer of plastic and keeps the individual fibers extremely rigid. This is fantastic for a crisp looking shirt that resists wrinkles well. It does wash out over time. Synthetic starches can also be made from a combination of difference natural starches with added plasticizers.

Here at Comet Cleaners in Denton Texas, we use the finest combination of natural and synthetic ingredients in our starch to make your shirt perfect every time. By combining, we are able to reap the benefits of both. Our starch features the consistency of natural starches with the staying power of synthetics.
Why Use it?
Starch is added in different amounts to different types of fabrics. Slight variances in fabric content, size of the individual strands, and even the type of weave can have an effect on how a particular shirt looks and feels after being starched. There are pros and cons to starch usage:
Pros:

  • Leaves a crisp, clean appearance to dress shirts
  • Makes ironing easier
  • Helps resist stains

Cons:

  • Some may find starched clothing itchy and scratchy
  • May reduce the lifespan of clothing by stiffening fibers. When fibers come into contact with anything else, they offer more resistance and can fray or break.

Tips:

  1. Know what type of starch is currently being used on your clothes.
  2. Do not over starch shirts if you intend to keep them in usable condition for a while.
  3. Starch of any kind will coat the individual strands of a shirt. Dark shirts do not respond well to starches and will begin to develop a “shine” if overly saturated.

If you have any questions regarding starch, take your shirts to a Professional Dry Cleaners.

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.