Can Dry Cleaning Remove Stains?

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In life, we do come across stains on our clothes at one time or the other. Removing these stains becomes necessary for good grooming and staying smart. Most people opt to have their clothes cry cleaned but the question is, will this remove the stains. Read on and find out a number of dry cleaning facts you have never heard of before.

While removing fresh stains can be quite an easy task and also the best way to do it, it is not always possible as you may be in a place where it is not possible to do so. For non-washable fabric, you need to take them to the dry-cleaner as soon as possible in order to have the stains removed. This way, you will have greater chances of removing the stains or at least reducing them.

Unfortunately, some stains are permanent and simply become part of the fabric. In case of continued attempts to remove the stain, the fabric will be damaged. One can be eager to remove a stain but also cautious so as not to damage the fabric in the process. In the case of stubborn stains, strong solutions are needed in addition to a significant amount of mechanical action in order to remove them. When taking the garment to the dry cleaner for cleaning, it is advisable to point out the stain. This way, the stain can be identified early enough and the correct type of treatment applied in order to remove the stain.

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In recent days, garments are becoming more and more delicate especially the designer garments and the more costly ones. These should be taken care of properly and in case of stains, they have to be removed quickly before they become permanent. Most of the garments that have been stained are usually taken to the dry-cleaner because the person has been unable to remove the stain at home. With professional dry-cleaners, special solvents and equipment are used in order to remove or attempt to remove the stain.

Since not all kind of fabric can withstand the cleaning and stain removal agents used at the dry-cleaner, some stains cannot be removed. In order to get the best services you can at the dry-cleaner, always be honest and open with the type of stain and what caused it.

In conclusion, dry cleaning stain removing depends on the kind of stain and how long it has been on the garment. Not all kinds of stains can be removed as too much cleaning agents may damage the fabric. However, the stain can be reduced and become less visible.

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What is difference in Laundry and Dry cleaning?

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Depending on the type of clothing you have, it may need to be dry cleaned or wet-washed. Each methods has its advantages but knowing the best way to wash your clothes will ensure years of wear and enjoyment.

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Dry Cleaning

The dry cleaning process uses solvents or chemicals to clean the clothes. It is “dry” because it doesn’t use water, as in normal wet laundering. Most laundries use the chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) to remove grease and stains from clothing. The clothes are put into a machine and washed during the tumbling cycle. Then the solvents are removed, filtered and recycled. Next, the clothes are dried in the dry cleaning machine and removed for steaming and ironing to remove wrinkles. Dry cleaning has some advantages over normal laundering: It effectively gets rid of grease and oil stains better; reduces garment shrinkage; minimizes decolonization; and protects the original condition of clothing.

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Laundry or Wet Cleaning

The traditional wet laundry cleaning method involves using detergent in water with the clothing during the washing cycle. Sometimes a spot remover is sprayed on a stain before washing. The detergent removes the dirt during the agitation process. Then the water then removed from the clothes during the spin cycle. The clothes are dried either in a dryer or hung up to dry and afterwards steamed and pressed to remove the wrinkles. Wet laundry also has its benefits: it is cheaper as only water and detergent are used; a quicker process since you can wash and dry at home in a few hours; no chemical odors as associated with chemicals used in dry cleaning; cloth softeners can be added for fragrance; laundry is more energy efficient, because energy consumption is almost fifty percent less than dry cleaning. While each method has its benefits, before you decide on which cleaning method to use, read the care label found on the clothing item or ask a professional at a laundry service for advise.

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How to Keep your Sneakers Clean

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Everybody loves to keep a favorite pair of white sneakers spotless and clean, especially during the summer and spring seasons. Just one scuff on your favorite white sneakers is enough to ruin a great spring outfit, and we know that white sneakers (like the famous Converse) tend to get dirty easily. Fortunately, there are ways to protect them from getting stained.

There are many methods that can help you to protect your white shoes, regardless of the material they are made of, including leather, mesh, suede or canvas.

Method 1- Using Powder Cleaners

In this method, you can use an abrasive powder detergent along with some heated water in a bowl. When you mix the detergent with heated water it will form a paste-like consistency. Dip a toothbrush into this mixture and scrub the shoe, especially the rubber areas, in a circular motion. Forcefully rub the areas that are more stained, then use some warm water to rinse the shoes. Wipe the sneakers with a clean towel or cloth and check whether it still has stains that require the whole process to be repeated again. If yes, then just repeat the process, and if not, then let your shoes dry. You can also use baking soda instead of an abrasive powder if you prefer.

Method 2- Using Toothpaste

It’s a fact that toothpaste actually works very well for brightening white shoes. Use a non-gel white toothpaste to stain your shoes instead of cleaning them. Apply the white toothpaste to an old toothbrush and start applying it to the shoe’s surface areas where the stains are. When you are finished applying the toothpaste, leave it on the shoes for 10 minutes. After that, you’ll need to wipe the toothpaste off the shoes with the help of a damp cloth or towel. You can repeat the process to get the desired results.

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Method 3- Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

Form a paste-like mixture by adding one tablespoon each of white vinegar, hot water, and baking soda. Apply this mixture with the help of an old toothbrush to the rubber sole and canvas portions of the shoes. You can use more of the mixture if required to clean tough stains. After this, rinse the shoes with lukewarm water to remove all the baking soda and vinegar. Keep the shoes in a warm sunny location to dry them completely.

Method 4– Using a Washing Machine

For this method, you will need a bucket half filled with lukewarm water. Add 2/3 cup of baking soda and a small amount of dishwashing detergent to the lukewarm water, then stir the mixture for some time. Put your sneakers in the bucket and vigorously brush the front area, toe patch, tongue, and eyelets. Remove the dirt as much as possible, then take the shoes out. Next, start your washing machine on a low cycle. Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent and put the sneakers in the machine. Make sure there is no other garment in the washing machine. Don’t use bleach, otherwise any patterns on your sneakers can deteriorate. A cold rinse is recommended for this technique.

These methods can help you keep your white Converse sneakers in good condition and will help them last longer. Make sure you follow these instructions carefully and do not modify the quantities.

How to keep your sofa looking smart

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Typically, a sofa lasts seven to 15 years, but between takeaways, muddy feet and moulting pets, they regularly bear much of the brunt of family life. Here’s how to keep your sofa looking smart…

1. Give it a weekly vac
This is just what brush and crevice tools were made for, and very satisfying it is, too, to suck up the debris from the side of the sofa! Check for any coins first – you’d be surprised at how many can be lurking down there. Avoid vacuuming with the main head, as crumbs and other nasty bits and pieces can rub up against the fabric where you sit, which can gradually wear away the weave and pile.

GHI tip: lost something down the side? Get an old pair of tights and use them to cover the end of the vacuum hose, keeping the fabric taut. Turn the vacuum on and any small items will be sucked on to the surface.

2. Plump up the cushions 
Pull them back into shape at the end of an evening’s sitting – that way, they’re more likely to stay in shape for longer.

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3. Protect it!
Use throws and blankets to protect the sofa – and keep everyone warm. Consider using arm covers to protect upholstery from perspiration and other fluids, which can affect the long-term durability of fabric. You can buy ready-made covers over the internet (search ‘antimacassar’ online), or get some made up to match your upholstery.

4. Pet rescue
If you have a pet, it’s well worth using throws – make sure they are ones that can be washed frequently in the machine.
If throws aren’t an option, remove pet hairs with a lint roller or by donning rubber gloves and running your hands over the upholstery, before plunging your gloved hands into hot water and watching the hairs float off.

GHI tip: When you are deciding where to put your sofa, try not to place it in direct sunlight, which can cause it to fade. If it’s a leather sofa, keep it away from radiators or other sources of direct heat, as these can cause it to crack.

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5. Be a stain-buster
The most common stains are tea and coffee, chocolate, wine and juice. Throws and cushions are a great cover-up as a last resort, but if you tackle them quickly, you should be able to remove most marks.
If you spill something, act fast for the best chance of avoiding a permanent stain. Blot up as much as possible using white kitchen paper and then, working from the outside in, gently clean with warm water. Check a hidden area first for colour fastness.

6. Love the leather
If you have a leather sofa, remove all-over grime by wiping it with a soft, damp cloth. Occasionally, apply hide food or saddle soap to prevent the leather from drying out and to protect against stains.

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