Is Your Professional Cleaner The Best Way To Care For Your Wardrobe?

How Does A Consumer Recognize A Professional Cleaner?

Is There A Special Risk To People Who Live Above A Cleaner?

It Sounds Unlikely, But There are Invisible Stains!

Why It May Cost More to Launder Some Shirts and Blouses.

Puckering and Bubbles in Jackets, Coats, and Raincoats.

Professional cleaning is certainly the best way for you to care for your cherished wardrobe. A professional cleaner will process a garment based on which process will produce the best result. Sometimes, he will wet clean a particular garment, instead of dry cleaning because that will produce the most beautiful product. Most times, it will be dry cleaned because that is the best method of treatment to keep the garment looking its best. Always, it will be handled by people knowledgeable in the fine art of fabric care and finishing.

1. Look for a professional affiliation. Being a member of a trade association means that the cleaner has access to the latest information on new fabrics, dyes, trim, designer construction, etc. He is in the best position to offer you quality service.

2. Look at the store. Choose a cleaner who takes pride in keeping the operation clean and neat.

3. Use your sense of smell. If the store or the garment have an odor about them, find another cleaner.

4. Get referrals. Ask your well groomed friends and neighbors who they trust their wardrobe care to.

Not in New York State! The 1998 enacted NYS environmental regulations insure residential tenants are protected. The NYS Department of Health has established an infinitely small "guideline based in the assumption that people are continuously exposed to perc in air all day, every day, for as long as lifetime." This guideline value of 15 parts per billion (ppb) is so low, the DOH does not expect any health effects, even when it is slightly exceeded. According to Dr. Elizabeth Whelan of the American Council on Science and Health the NYS levels are 'less than 1/1000th of the levels at which any health effects have been observed' and characterized the level as miniscule, when compared to the already cautious OSHA workplace standard. Dr. Whelan equated the NYS indoor air standard of 15 parts per billion to 15 seconds in thirty two years! Both the ACSH and the New Yore State Department of Health agrees that no health effect of any kind have been noted at this microscopic level.

For more information contact NCA toll free hot line.

It Sounds Unlikely, But There are Invisible Stains!
A group of stains called "tannin" are often invisible until age (garments hanging in your closet for a long time) or the heat of processing turns the stain yellow or brown. It's just like an apple that's been cut open-after a while. the are exposed to air turns brown.

Other possible sources of tannin are soda, tea, coffee, liquor, and fruit juices. These stains are difficult to remove after they age. You can save yourself and your cleaner by bringing stained garments to us soon as a mishap occurs and pointing out the problem areas.

It Doesn't Always!
The cost difference occurs in the finishing (pressing) of the garment.

Why does that make a difference?
Many men's shirts can be finished on automated production machinery that can press from 40 to 75 shirts an hour.

Can Woman's Cotton Blouse Be Put On These Machines?
If they fit, they are. But these machines accommodate shirts sized from men's 14 through 18 and similarly tailored women's shirts over size 0. Shirts that don't fit must be finished by hand, a much more labor-intensive process and, therefore, more costly to the customer.

Also, many women's shirts require dry cleaning or hand finishing because of tailoring, trim, lace, and other details.

It's not whether it's man's or woman's shirt. It's strictly a matter of extra handling.

When the appearance of your jacket, coat, or raincoat is marred by puckering and bubble, what has happened?

Clothing manufacturers now use a method of garment construction with fusible interfacing instead of sewn-in interfacing. Fusible interfacing is intended to help the garment better retain its structure.

Where the manufacturer:
1) uses the proper interfacing
2) pre-tests the garment's performance, and
3) exercises quality control in manufacturing,
the garment will be serviceable - and most interfacings are serviceable.

If the manufacturer fails to do his job, puckering and bubbles may result. Your professional dry cleaner can sometimes correct puckering and bubbles when they occur without you ever knowing that they have occurred.

When garment cannot be corrected, return it to the place of purchase. Reputable stores will accept these garments for credit.