green cleaning

Ink Stains

Should I use hairspray to remove a ballpoint ink stain?

Hairspray and water can remove ballpoint ink, but you may be trading one problem for another. That’s because hairspray could contain alcohol and oils such as resins and lanolin. The alcohol in the hairspray can cause color damage especially on silk; likewise, oils and other ingredients could lead to additional stains.

Rayon Care

How should I clean my rayon garments?

Rayon is a manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose derived from wood pulp or cotton linters. It is absorbent and comfortable to wear. There are different forms of the fiber know as rayon, viscose, cuprammonium, high-wet modulus and lyocel sold as Tencel™.

 

With the exception of lyocel, rayon is very sensitive to water. Many dyes applied to rayon are not colorfast and will bleed or migrate upon contact with moisture. In addition, manufacturers often add sizing to rayon in order to achieve a desired body or drape. Some sizings are water-soluble, and washing will distort the shape of the garment. drycleaning is recommended for most rayon garments. Although substantially similar in chemical composition to rayon, lyocel can be either drycleaned or washed. However, when caring for garments made of lyocel it is important to follow the care instructions carefully. If a garment made of lyocel is washed when should have been drycleaned, it may result in excessive shrinkage and a wrinkled appearance.

 

Drycleaning and Garment Lifespan

Does frequent drycleaning shorten the life of a garment?

On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects are attracted to soiled clothes and will cause further damage.

Wool Care

Some of the coldest months of the year are upon us. We all have those essential garments we depend upon to keep us warm, cozy and happy, and often they are made off wool. Our favorite wool garments can often be expensive.  They are worth caring for so they stay fitting, smelling and looking like new.  When they look good, we feel our best when we wear them.

 

To Wash or Not to Wash

Washing wool garments in your home washer can be a little risky – the fibers of the wool can sometimes tighten and cause your favorite garment to look like something you wore to your first day of school. Hand washing on occasion is a great practice, and can take care of small spots and spills, but life can sometimes send more challenges our way. Spending time in the kitchen or playing with the kids outside can sometimes lead to lingering cooking or other undesirable odors and stains. Regular dry cleaning can take care of any of those undesirables that enjoying life may bring.

 

Really, one of the best things we can do is follow the care instructions on the the tag of the garment. When those favorite sweaters fit well and smell good we feel great – and with proper care they will last a lifetime.