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Tips for Laundering at Home

Hello Cleaning Fans,

On a daily basis, we get requests from customers on how to sucessfully launder garments at home. Here are some useful tips help avoid disaster and keep your launderable garments looking new.

  1. Read all care labels on the garment to see if laundering is an option. If it is, make sure you follow the directions regarding water temperature. If you would like to launder a “dryclean only” garment, talk to me first and I will give you some good advice.(I will address the process in a future article)
  2. There are 2 ways to remove stains: mechanical action(using the different agitating cycles) or soaking.
  3. For tough stains, soak first for 30 minutes before washing.
  4. If you want to apply a stain stick, test first on an unexposed seam before proceeding. You can also use a small amount of detergent mix and rub the stain between your fingers to help loosen.
  5. Test for color fastness by mixing soap and water-rub or blot 10 times on a hidden seam to see it if bleeds.
  6. For most garments and stains, use a detergent with a bleech additive like Tide with bleech. For garments with an oil stain, use a soap like Era that is specially formulated to remove oil or grease stains
  7. If stains remains-do not dry in dryer………hang dry and bring to me to evaluate
  8. When using a dryer for garments other than underwear, socks etc, do not dry completely. This will cause shrinkage and pilling on some garments. When garments are almost dry(slighly damp to the touch) hang or lay flat to dry(for all sweaters or knit itmes)
  9. For delicate garments, use Ivory, Woolite or Dreft to process

Please call me at 860-677-2030 if you have any specific questions………Happy Laundering

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