Alan Spielvogel

National Cleaners Association (NCA)

Technical Director

Alan Spielvogel is technical director of the National Cleaners Association (NCA).

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

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

Why Do Draperies, Slipcovers Shrink During Processing?

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

How Should I Treat Items Musty from Storage?

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

What Causes a 'Skunky' Odor after Drycleaning?

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?

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

How Do I Process Firefighter Turnout Gear?

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

Why Do Polyurethane Coats Deteriorate in Perc?

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

Why Do Poly/Cotton Shirts Discolor with Sweat?

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

Why Do Woolens Shrink after Several Cleanings?

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

Can I Dryclean An Electric Blanket?

Q: We often receive electric blankets from customers. Some of them do...

Why Did Two Pieces of A Suit Come Out Differently?

Q: I recently drycleaned a white suit. Both pieces were processed in the...

Why Won't Spandex Snap Back?

Q: After spotting fabrics that contain Spandex, why does the fabric...

How Do I Handle A Red Wine Stain?

Q: What's the best procedure for handling red wine spillage on cotton...

As A Petroleum User, What Should I Do with These Cartridges?

Q: Our process has used petroleum solvent since 1946. Twenty-five years...

Why Do Shirts Discolor?

Q: Plants have received a number of complaints concerning cotton and...

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