Good Advice For Stains & General Garment Care

All of your dress shirts, and shirts for the office should only be worn once, suit jackets twice and suit trousers twice before they are cleaned. Sweaters and knitwear are recommended every three wears. Having your clothes properly cleaned at regular intervals ensures proper garment care, and that problems don’t become permanent disasters.

Stains Generally

Dry cleaners are able to quickly assess and advise what stains can or cannot be removed. Some stains will never be completely removed due to age, material or saturation. We use professional grade chemicals and techniques to remove stains. We cannot guarantee that all stains can be be fully removed.

Yellow Underarm Stains

This is often a combination of sweat and deodorant stains, this can build up due to poor or irregular cleaning. Go to a dry cleaner who is prepared to use several techniques and lots of effort to remove such stains. White shirts are often the most visible stains. White cotton or linen shirts can often have good results with this kind of stain removal.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Wine, Grass and Blood stains are often the easiest to remove from clothes. Grease / Oil stains usually come out if garment hasn’t been washed before you take it to the dry cleaner. Curry is by far the hardest stain to remove if the item cannot be washed at high temperatures. Make up marks and stains are usually ok to remove, but generally nail varnish can be hit or miss. Old and ingrained dirt and stains can prove tricky, again this depends on age and material being dealt with.

Dry Cleaning & Laundry Top Tips

  • Hang to dry items that have been laundered before they put them in the dryer to allow fibres to relax. It is advisable to dry items on a warm cycle (not hot) to carefully dry your clothes.
  • Don’t iron in stains or dirt, dry clean or wash or dry clean them first.
  • Rubbing stains can deepen and spread the stain, blot them instead.
  • For best garment care never put a clothes away for a season without cleaning them first.
  • Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to sunlight or strong artificial lights.
  • Always clean matching parts of an outfit together.
  • Use perfume and hairspray before you get dressed. The alcohol in the spray can fade, discolor, or stain clothes.
  • Store your sweaters folded. Don’t put them on hangers or stuff them in a drawer.
  • Protect garments, especially silks, from excessive perspiration, as it can cause many dyes to discolour.
  • Discuss all stains with us. Make sure to advise us on any light-coloured or invisible spills, such as soda, juices, or white wine.
  • Dry cleaning will extend the life of garments by reducing the wear and tear from cleaning in a washing machine.
  • Always hang leather & suede garments on padded hangers to help retain their shape.
  • Have your suits dry cleaned every 2-3 wearings to prevent grease and dirt build up around the collar and cuffs.
  • Dry cleaning your denim will help preserve the dye and keep the denim dark.
  • Sunscreen and suntan lotions and creams can fade or stain your garment.
  • Plastic bags are provided to protect your garments until you get home. When you put away your clothes store them either uncovered or in fabric garment bags to prevent mold.
  • Always store clothing in temperature-controlled environments, such as a wardrobe, closet, or under your bed.
  • Washing garments without first treating the stain may set the stain and make removal difficult.