Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tips for Christmas and New Year

Whilst having a great time this holiday season, be careful not to ruin you prized possessions and gifts. Your Clothes. Here's a few tips for the most common stains this summer...

Gravy - No doubt that after a few Christmas 'cheers' and after tucking into our favourite Christmas roast, a big dollop of gravy will appear on your tie, your shirt, your legs, whatever. Wipe off as much as you can without rubbing! If you rub the spot you can cause the colour in your garment to shift. And it will never look the same again. Gravy also contains fatty oils such as butter that can be tough to get out in the wash. Dave can remove oils from your garments.

Strawberry/Cranberry Sauce - Always a tough stain with the most likely place to spill a thick red sauce is on your white or cream dress. Again do not rub, and try not to smear as it will cause a stain across the garment. Best idea is to take it to Dave as soon as possible so he can remedy the situation.

Champagne - The most common of all stains over summer. Major Tip - Do not put back in wardrobe. Either wash or take to Dave straight away. Drink stains when left alone over time can oxidise and cause a larger yellow stain, which is very difficult to get out in the dry cleaning process.

Red Wine - Its never your fault I know, the waiter spilt it, the rude man walking past. I've heard it all. Red wine can often be removed by soaking the garment, or by delicate spot cleaning by Dave.

Beer - See Champagne

Grass - Grass stains may present themselves after diving for a classic catch at the family cricket game after a few too many. With proper treatment, most grass stains can come out of washable clothing, but for tougher stains, Dave can be at your service.

All the very best for the festive season, I trust you will all enjoy and I will see you all in the New Year.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

You shrunk it! Seinfeld Vs Dry Cleaning

If you can't be bothered watching the above video I'll explain on the brief. Seinfeld finds that his dry cleaner has shrink his shirt, enraging him. He then takes said shirt back to the store, where the dry cleaner denies any wrong doing. This is unfortunately a pretty common situation in the world of dry cleaning.

Most reputable dry cleaners read care labels before washing or dry cleaning a garment. Dry cleaners are duty bound to adhere to these care labels and clean the garment according to the instructions. Where confusion can occur is when a garment does not perform in the clean and is ruined / damaged.

The most common and generally first response is to blame the dry cleaner. In a lot of cases, yes, the dry cleaner is to blame. The garment may have been dry cleaned when it shouldn't have, or washed. It may have been washed or dry cleaned at high temperate when it shouldn't have.

But sometimes, and it happens a bit, fault cannot be directed to the dry cleaner or to Seinfeld.

Some garments are labelled prior to testing, meaning that the manufacture assumes that it will perform when dry cleaned, when in fact it won’t. Beading and trimming are often added to a garment after the care label has been made, meaning that the fabric is dry cleanable, but the beading, glues or trimming is not.

Reputable and professional dry cleaners should pick up on these things. But they can slip up. A handy tip if you are worried about an expensive or loved garment; is to take it to a dry cleaner, and have a chat about any risks that may occur during cleaning.