Frequent cleaning does not damage garments; in fact it extends the life of your clothes by removing stains and ground in dirt that can cause fiber abrasion.
Many stains dry clear. Therefore, you cannot see them and once they are left untreated they can oxidize. Once a stain has oxidized it is very challenging to remove.
Garments with a pile (mohair, angora, cashmere) tend to pill. These garments need to be processed regularly to avoid damage to the fibers.
Outerwear is especially susceptible to the atmosphere. There are many elements in the air that can cause damage to garments. Dirt, soil, light and other debris that can build up on a garment and cause abrasion as well as color changes.
Dry cleaning is a method to remove soiling and stains by using a solvent instead of water. This is a very effective way to remove stains, without adversely changing the garment shape and altering the texture and the color of the fabric materials.
The term “dry cleaning” is misleading; it is called dry cleaning because the solvent contains no water and does not penetrate the fibers as water does. Dry cleaning uses solvent to remove soil and stains from fabric. When combined with detailed stain removal, the cleaning process of the solvent rinses and flushes away the impurities present on a garment. Leaving the garment fresh and free of odor.
Tips to Keep Your Clothes Clean
When not in use empty the pockets of the garment and hang on a solid shaped and curved hanger. This helps prevent distortion in the shape of the garment.
When storing your clothes keep them out of the light (both sunlight and artificial light). UV light damages dyes in clothes.
Rotating your wardrobe between seasons has the advantage of stopping your clothes from getting squashed and creased. Clothes like to breath!
The main cause of wear in clothes is dirt, dust and grit that accumulates in the fabric. Regular brushing does much to prolong the life of the garment.
What causes yellowing and/or fabric damage?
Exposure to heat or the passage of time may cause stains from food, drinks and other oily substances to oxidize and discolour your clothes to a yellow or brown colour. At this point it is more difficult to remove garment stains.
Certain chemicals found in antiperspirants, perfumes and household cleaners can react with clothing; this can be a problem for shirts and blouses in particular.
It is therefore recommended that your garments are cleaned soon after use without long periods of time left for these chemicals to work on the fabric.
Morgan Heights Cleaner’s goal is to maintain high industry standards and quality of service and is only reinforced by our cutting-edge dry-cleaning equipment which removes soils and stains from our fabric in an environmentally safe manner. We take pride in the fact that all of our equipment and processes meet, and in most cases, exceed environmental standards set out by Environment Canada.
10 Great Tips To Get The Best Results From Your Dry Cleaner
- Tell your cleaner everything you know about the stain. Substance of stain, home stain remover attempts and the age of the stain are important to the cleaner who is trying to remove the stain.
- Don’t allow a stain to set. The sooner the garment is cleaned, the more likely the stain will be removable. Don’t be tempted to iron the stain – heat sets stains.
- Note the invisible stains and tell your cleaner. Some stains from white wine, soft drinks and sugary substances seem to disappear but can turn brown and are often permanent.
- Never remove a care tag. The label has important information for you and your cleaner.
- Don’t store your clothes in plastic bags. drycleaning bags are meant to protect your clothes in the store and on the way home. Once home, store in a cool dry place.
- Prevent prolonged exposure to light. Many white garments are treated with optical brighteners that yellow when exposed to light and heat. Colorful garments will often fade. Be careful of both sunlight and artificial light.
- Have matching pieces cleaned together. Normal fading may occur in any cleaning process. Even a slight change can ruin a matching set.
- Protect your clothing.Perspiration, perfume, hair spray etc. are all tough on clothing, especially silks. Use garment shields for protection.
- Check for rips, tears and loose buttons. Your cleaner will examine your garments for these, but two sets of eyes are better than one.
- Work with your drycleaner. If a garment bleeds, shrinks, or tears, there could be a number of causes. Any International Fabricare Member can send the garment to be analyzed to help find the cause and possible solution.
SPOT CLEANING TIPS
Most stains are better left to the experts at Morgan Heights Cleaners. We have the most advanced spotting agents coupled with experienced and skilled spotting technicians. Often when the consumer attempts to remove the stain by themselves, it can further aggravate the removal process and can make the stain more difficult to remove. The sooner you can get the garment into one of our stores, the better chances we have to successfully remove the stain. Notify our staff when you drop the garment off what the stain is, how long it has been on the garment, and if you used a home spotting method on the stain.
If you want to try removing the spot yourself, here are some helpful links to assist you. Be advised that there is always risk involved with trying to remove stains, and that you might make the stain worse or pull color from fabric when using the spotting methods or chemicals. Always test the spotting solution on an area of the garment that can’t be noticed to see if there will be any changing of color or texture to the material.
Also, most of these spotting tips are for WASHABLE GARMENTS ONLY. Using washable spotting tips on DRY CLEAN ONLY garments may damage the fabric color, texture (appearance) or feel.
These resources have useful spot cleaning ideas and tips if you decide to try removing a spot yourself:
- LifeTips Cleaning Tips
- About Stain Removal Ideas
- About Stain Removal Tips
- Pioneer Thinking Cleaning Center