Posts Tagged ‘washing’

Cotton t-shirts

I stumbled across a t-shirt years ago which, if memory serves, was produced by Russell. The fabric was really thick, heavy, and the crew neck was great.  Even after years of washing it is still in good condition although a bit faded. As I search for similar t-shirts what sort of gauge material should I look for?  I have seen designations such as 5.5 oz but I do not know how that compares to others.  Help! Thanks By: James Tiefel

Soft shirts and polos

I’m starting a clothing brand line soon and I want to know which types of cotton would be best for producing super soft and comfortable t-shirts and for soft, yet durable polos? I know some companies use Pima cotton and some companies soften merchandise even more by salt-washing them or using enzymes– would you recommend this? By: alexander

What is Dry Cleaning and What Should I Dry Clean?

  Image via Flickr   Finding a good dry cleaners doesn’t have to be a trial and error process.  Friends and neighbors may have suggestions of their favorite dry cleaners but before you take your garments in do a visual of their parking lot and store.  Is the parking lot clean and well kept?  Are the floors in their store clean?  Windows clean?  Attention to detail is important!  If the owners/operators can’t keep their store clean, what does that say for the details of cleaning your garment. HowStuffWorks has a detailed article on how dry cleaning works.  HowStuffWorks “How Dry Cleaning Works” home.howstuffworks.com4/1/00 Dry cleaning, on the other hand, is different. It’s a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the …   There are changes coming in the dry cleaning industry.  Although some establishments say they are “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” this isn’t always the case.  Just ask the owner or manager what solvent they use in their machines.  The newer EcoFriendly machines do not use perc but products like SOLVONK4. Looking for Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning in Carmel, Indiana? Look to … greendrycleaningindiana.com2/5/13 Classic Cleaners Green Dry Cleaning Indianapolis Area Locations In the thriving community of Carmel, Indiana, residents know how to do things right. The city has not only grown as a fine place to live just outside of …   Until an Eco-Friendly dry cleaning comes to your area, a few suggestions to extend the life of your garments that have to be dry cleaned. If you have a stain, make note on a Post-It and tape it to your stained garment.  The type of stain is key to removing the stain when dry cleaning. Always remove the dry cleaned garment from the plastic bag as soon as possible.  This allows the solvent to evaporate off of your garments. Clean all garments before storing for the season.  Stains left on can discolor the fabric and attract insects. If your dry cleaner is unable to remove a stain, be patient and kind.  Most establishments try everything to remove stains and keep their customers happy.  Perhaps they have a solution or perhaps the problem was something you caused.   Drycleaning secrets Inside Edition visits Meurice Garment Care for a lesson in Drycleaning 101. For more cleaning tips and tricks visit our site www.GarmentCare.com or follow us at http    …
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Lycra skirt look alike been bleached, help!

I have a lycra skirt. After washing it, I used wooden clothes peg to hang it. Later, when the skirt dried, I found the area that I use the clothes peg looks bleached out….What should I do? By: Jill

Cleaning up after the holiday?

Image via Flickr   Removing stains in clothing before the stains are set by heat in the dryer is suggested by most experts.  There are many web sites with directions on how to remove stains but I prefer the web sites that aren’t associated with one specific brand of cleaner.The University of Illinois Extension’s Stain Removal has very good step-by-step instructions for treating and removing almost every stain.   Image via Flickr     Confused about the difference and origins of soaps and detergents?  The American Cleaning Institute has an easy to read and understand web site that starts with the history of soaps and detergents to chemistry, safety, products and ingredients as well as soaps and detergent manufacturing.   I highly recommend this informative web site!     Image via Flickr         Now that the stains are pre-treated and the detergent selected it is time for the washing machine to take over.  In the Evolution of the Washing Machine the author suggests that sailors put their dirty clothes in a bag and drug the bag behind the ship.  The water was forced through the bag and the clothes and when the clothes were clean, although smelling like algae, they were hung out to dry.   Thankfully we don’t have to pound our clothes on rocks or rub them with sand to clean them, we just put them in the washer and dryer.  How fortunate we all are!

Sizing in fabric

I wish to remove sizing from dress fabric prior to making up. Could you advise the quickest, most effecient method please? I have tried washing. Could I add vinegar to the rinse water? Many Thanks,  Sue By: Sue

Ravaged Threads: Acts of Terror by Fiber Fiends

Note: this column was to have been about fabrics with dual personalities. However, a reference book I need for this subject hasn’t arrived so that topic will be  postponed until April. Meanwhile, spend some quality assurance time with your vintage stash. Are you guilty of fabric abuse? Is the Fabric Rights Protective League breathing down your back? Are you ready to take the pledge? Then this column is for you.percale with muslin and organdy with dimity which has a crisp finish. Establish agreed-upon definitions of vintage or old — to some sellers, 1980 is vintage — and how seller determined estimated age. Fortunately there are many knowledgeable sellers who will be glad to help you. Be leery of sellers who do not answer your email  or who have no idea what they are selling. For some unbelievable examples, see my favorite auction goofies at the end of this column. If you have old plush, it is washable as long as it is cotton backed. Test if you’re not sure. Plush and fleeces other than cotton could be washed successfully but test to be sure. Remove lining before washing. Usually linings will be heavy sateen or twill and washable. Expect to lose some color. Reams have been written about proper care and storage of fabrics. Tiptoeing around all the expert’s verbiage so as not to duplicate their advice, here are a few more pearls of wisdom learned the hard way. May my personal mishaps help you avoid some painful pitfalls. Where to find vintage fabrics The most prevalent sources today seem to be on the Internet, both auction and individual web sites. The selections are staggering and a windfall for fabric lovers. Besides poking around  estate sales and antique stores, don’t overlook second-hand and thrift stores; flea markets; church bazaars; doll shows; and classifieds in fabric, vintage clothes and doll magazines. Purchasing  Collectors of anything tend tend to make three mistakes when buying– impulse, gotta have and the worst offender, nostalgia. I plead guilty to all three. Actually there is a fourth: disregarding common sense. It’s never around when we need it most. To avoid post-purchase suicidal hysteria scenes in front of family and friends, your first step in buying is to inspect, inspect, inspect. Hold fabric or garment up to light to check for pinholes and thin or worn spots; lay out to check for rust spots [foxing], browning at fold lines, fading or uneven color, severe creases and tears. The sheerer the fabric or denser the pile,…
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