Taking out the iron every time there’s a wrinkle that needs to be removed can be tiresome. Luckily there are many different methods you can use for spot checking wrinkles on the fly. Here are a few that are pretty easy to follow.
Method 1: The Dryer
This is the simplest way to get a few wrinkles out with little effort. Simply toss a few garments straight into the dryer. You should either spray each item or put in a damp towel along with them to help create steam. Don’t put in a full load because the clothes need physical space to breathe. Try to keep it to five articles of clothing or less and keep an eye on the timer. They should only be in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Make sure you get them out immediately or they may re-wrinkle while sitting in the dryer.
Method 2: The Shower
If you don’t have a dryer readily available, the shower is your best bet. Simply hang your clothes over a curtain rod (make sure the rod is clean before hand), and let them hang while you take a shower. The steam will fill the room and help your clothing relax. This method is a little tricky because you don’t want to splash water onto your clothes, but if you are the type to take long, hot showers, this is a way to knock out two birds with one stone.
Method 3: Damp Towel
For this method, each article of clothing will require its own towel (maybe even two for a dress). Simply lay the garment over a flat surface i.e. a bed or a clean table. Then lay the damp towel straight on top and smooth it out with your hands. The towel can be recently used, but it should be a relatively fresh and clean one. This process will take a little longer than the other two and may require some drying time afterwards.
Be advised that different fabrics will yield different results and wait times. Hopefully these methods will work for you the next time you’re in a bind or a bout of laziness.
One of the dry cleaners worst feelings is not being able to remove a stain. The unfortunate reality is that some stains are permanent and become part of the fabric. Continued attempts to remove them can cause dye loss or fabric damage, known as “chafing” or “fraying”.
Most stains are removed by the dry cleaning machine and require no additional effort from the dry cleaner. A group of stains, called “stubborn stains”, require the attention of a stain removal specialist called the “spotter”. Spotting stubborn stains requires a high level of skill, knowledge, and experience.
The Spotter’s Dilemma – When presented with a stubborn stain, spotters are eager to do everything humanely possible to remove it. A combination of strong stain removing solutions and unique mechanical actions are required to get them out. Initially the spotter will try using the mildest stain removal methods and solutions first. If the stain remains, they will try something a little stronger. They will continue to repeat this process until either the stain is successfully removed or the fabric begins to show early signs of dye loss or chafing. At this point, they will stop working on the stain because they risk damaging the fabric.
The Process to Permanent – A stain can consist of virtually any liquid substance that comes in contact with your clothes. Time usually determines whether a stain can be removed or not. Almost all stains can be removed if treated quickly enough. However, most stains will become permanent if left untreated too long. When first coming into contact with fabric, most stains will initially remain on the surface and can be removed relatively easily. Over time, stains permeate the fibers and begin to react with the fabric’s dye. A chemical change takes place and the stain literally changes the color of the fabric. Stains often turn light fabrics darker or dark fabrics lighter. These color changes in the fabric are almost always permanent. Once this takes places, even if the spotter removes the original stain, the fabric where the stain was is now a different color. It looks like the stain is still there, but it’s not. What you are seeing is the permanent damage that the stain caused.
Heat causes the same type of stain “setting” that time does. You should never apply heat of any kind to a stain. Do not iron a stained garment and do not put it in the dryer.
If unsure how to treat a new stain, simply bring it to Discount Cleaners and we’ll be happy to assist you!