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Can I Process a Garment with a 'Clean by Pile Method' Care Label?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Whenever a customer brings in a coat with a care label that reads “...

Is There an Easy Way to Handle a ‘Lipstick Load?’

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I recently had a “lipstick load.” Since I had to work on each piece,...

How Can I Prevent Breaks When Wetcleaning Silk?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: What’s the best way to prevent the white break lines that sometimes...

How Can I Remove Oils and Grease from Khaki Pants in Wetcleaning?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Khaki pants seem to be a good candidate for wetcleaning, but I often...

What’s the Best Way to Remove Candle-Wax Stains?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: A customer brought us a tablecloth that was stained with candle wax....

How Can I Prevent Discoloration from Shirts’ Seam Adhesive?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: After laundering and pressing a shirt several times, sometimes a dark...

How Do You Prevent Swirls when Finishing a Twill Weave?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: When my finisher presses slacks that are constructed with a twill...

How Do You Restore an Acetate Fabric?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Is there any way to restore sizing damage or color loss in acetate...

Can a Drycleaner Switch to an All-Wetcleaning Operation?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: With perc under so much pressure from regulators, I’m interested in...

How Can I Remove Easter-Egg Dyes Consistently?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Easter is always the time I get lots of frilly, child-sized dresses...

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Paying Per Piece?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: We currently pay our finishers by the hour. To reduce production...

What’s the Best Way to Remove Rock Salt Stains?

Ian P. Murphy |

Q: With all of the snowstorms this year, we’ve been getting a lot of...

What's the Difference Between Starch and Sizing?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: What’s the difference between starch and sizing? Can spray starch be...

How Can I Stretch and Soften a Sweater with Felted Yarns?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: How do I stretch out and soften a sweater vest that has “tightened up...

How Can I Protect Ties in Cleaning?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Are there any tips for cleaning ties? They always seem to shift...

What's the Proper Procedure for Removing 'Combination' Stains?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I recently installed a hydrocarbon drycleaning machine after using...

How do I Spot Pigment-Printed Fabrics Without Losing Color?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I’m having difficulty spotting pigment-printed fabrics. They always...

Why Do Draperies, Slipcovers Shrink During Processing?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: We have a problem with shrinkage when drycleaning household items...

How Should I Treat Items Musty from Storage?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: A customer has some garments that have been in storage for seven...

What Causes a 'Skunky' Odor after Drycleaning?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I received a white silk blouse that had a foul, “skunky” odor prior...

How Can I Get Rid of the Green Residues Left After Cleaning Grass Stains?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I’m having difficulty removing grass stains. I’ve used various tannin...

How Do I Process Firefighter Turnout Gear?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: A smaller fire station near me asked if I could clean their turnout...

Why Do Polyurethane Coats Deteriorate in Perc?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: We use perchloroethylene as our drycleaning solvent. For the past...

Why Do Poly/Cotton Shirts Discolor with Sweat?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: I own a promotional products company in Cincinnati. One of my...

Why Do Woolens Shrink after Several Cleanings?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: A number of customers are complaining that their woolens are...

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