Silk garments can be some of the most beautiful pieces in your closet – but they are often some of the most fragile, as well. It’s critical to clean silk clothing properly in order maintain their color, texture and shape.
☐ Always wash white silk items separately from colored clothing.
☐ When hand washing a silk garment, wash it as quickly as possible. Never soak silk longer than two minutes.
☐ Most silk clothing shouldn’t be dry cleaned. When you bring silk items to Door To Door Cleaners, we actually treat with a special laundering process.
☐ Iron silk while the fabric is still damp, or use a steam iron. Be sure to use the coolest setting.
☐ And of course – always be sure to read care labels closely before cleaning silk garments. Be careful: many silk garments are not machine washable.
Fragile silk pieces often experience color loss or shrinkage when subjected to improper cleaning. Don’t take chances with your wardrobe. When in doubt about cleaning your silk clothing, bring it to the professionals at Door To Door Cleaners.
Linen is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, and a favorite among our clients who want to look sharp even as the temperature rises. Like cotton, linen is a textile made from plant fibers. Linen is more absorbent and dries more quickly than cotton, making it a popular material for suits, dresses and shirts. It’s easy to keep linen garments looking great with a few simple tips:
☐ Linen care labels often recommend dry cleaning to prevent shrinkage. However, dry cleaning is not always satisfactory at removing perspiration. If you have a linen garment that has absorbed sweat, point it out when dropping the garment off for cleaning. Door To Door Cleaners has a wide variety of laundering treatments safe for most linen items.
☐ Linen garments can be prone to wrinkling, so some manufacturers treat linen with finishes intended to retain an ironed look. Always check care labels to see what is safe for treated linen.
☐ Iron linen when damp, on high heat. Iron from the inside out to prevent shiny heat spots. Linen does scorch easily, so keep a close watch on garments, and never over-press.
☐ Linen starches very well. Be sure to point out if your linen garments have been starched if you bring them to Door To Door for cleaning.
☐ Be careful to avoid abrasion with linen garments – this can cause color loss. Damage from rubbing is most common in heavy wear areas such as pockets, collars and underarms.
Linen stains can be difficult to remove. If you have a troublesome stain, bring it to a professional cleaner – your linen garments are always safe at Door To Door Cleaners.
Dress shirts are a staple of every professional’s wardrobe, and they deserve special attention to remain crisp and clean. Careful cleaning helps prevent these common issues with men’s and women’s shirts:
☐ Rings around the collar are common – it’s caused by body oils released around the neck. To prevent stubborn build-up, clean your shirts at least every second wear.
☐ Sweat can damage the underarms of dress shirt, but antiperspirants that contain aluminum chlorides are actually more dangerous. Avoid aluminum chlorides when possible, and always allow deodorant to fully dry before putting on a shirt.
☐ Many shirts have labels that are glued on rather than stitched. This glue can break down under high heat, potentially staining the shirt.
☐ Oxford cloth is formed with two thin yarns in one direction and one thick yarn in the other direction. This unbalanced construction puts strain on the thin yarns, causing them to break and leave tiny holes. Unfortunately, all oxford weaves eventually develop pinholes from wear and cleaning.
☐ Watch out for poorly fused layers or interfacing when shopping for shirts. On cheap shirts, the outer fabric doesn’t always match the interfacing precisely, causing puckers or wrinkles when pressed.
We’ve found that most dress shirts last between 35 and 50 launderings. Of course, you should expect your shirts to last longer when professionally cleaned than when washed at home. Scheduling a regular home cleaning pickup with Door To Door is an easy way to make sure your wardrobe lasts as long as possible.
Spandex is a manmade fabric with a unique ability to be stretched and twisted without being permanently deformed. Along with it’s various textile cousins – Lycra, Clearspun, Numa and Elastoester – Spandex is used in everything from jeans to swimwear to achieve a snug fit. While these miracle fabrics may stand up to stretching, they can still be damaged in cleaning, so some precautions are necessary:
☐ Always begin by reading the care label: Spandex is found in many blends of varying compositions, so cleaning instructions can differ from garment to garment.
☐ High temperatures can melt Spandex, so never use high heat settings to iron a Spandex garment.
☐ If the care label indicates that laundering is best, avoid chlorine bleach. Exposure to this agent can lead to discoloration, strength loss and eventually cause the spandex fiber to break.
☐ Stumped about cleaning swimwear? Try scrubbing your suit in body wash – the same kind you have in your shower. If it’s gentle enough for your skin, it’s safe for your delicate swimwear.
☐ Avoid leaving Spandex items in harsh sunlight: the sun’s rays can actually break down the color and fibers in Spandex, ruining garments.
Keep your Spandex garments bright and maintain their perfect fit – trust it with the professionals at Door To Door Cleaners.
If you’ve ever noticed small holes in your clothing that seem to appear from thin air, you’re familiar with the sneaky damage that can be caused by insects. Moth larva are the most common culprits, but beetles, silverfish, roaches and other insects harm fabrics, too. It’s not always possible to prevent insect damage, but there are steps you can take to make it less likely.
☐ Often, damage to your garment is the result of bugs feeding on leftover food, perspiration, beverage spills and excess starch. Therefore, any type of stain, especially food and beverage residue, should be removed before clothing is stored.
☐ Careful storage can go a long way toward mitigating damage. Don’t stash your threads in a forgotten corner of your attic or basement – keep them in a trafficked area where you’d notice a pest infestation.
☐ Not all textiles are equally attractive to pests. Most often, garment-eating insects attack wool, mohair, natural bristles, fur, feathers and down.
☐ Store clothes with cedar. The scent of cedar chests and chips repels insects. Mothballs work too, but can leave garments with an unpleasant odor.
At Door To Door, we’d like to help protect your clothes from insect carnage. Bring us seasonal garments for cleaning, and we can store them in our secure, climate controlled storage. That way you’ll know they’re handled properly – insect free – and they’ll look great when you need them next. Best of all, storage is free for the first 30 days when garments are stored after cleaning.
Wool is a classic cold-weather fabric that remains warm and comfortable while resisting wrinkles. Made from the fleece of sheep, woolen textiles come in all shapes and styles, such as flannel, soft-finished tweeds and melton. Worsted wool fabrics have a distinct weave pattern and are hard finished like gabardine and serge. Wool is a durable fabric that’s generally easy to clean, but like all fabrics, it can require special care:
☐ Start by reading the label: blends are common with wool garments, and depending on what fabrics are woven in, different cleaning methods may be required.
☐ Most wool textiles should be dry cleaned, but in some cases hand-washing is acceptable, too.
☐ Wool pills are a common issue, they’re caused by loosened fiber ends balling up. Piling typically occurs in areas of high wear, such as elbows, sleeves, seat, etc. Never pull a pill – try brushing or a razor instead.
☐ Wool garments are a tempting treat for insects. Be sure to store wool garments clean, and don’t neglect them in areas susceptible to pest infestation.
☐ Never dry wool items in a dryer – this will cause them to shrink!
Sturdy wool garments are among the most durable investments you can make in your wardrobe. Protect that investment with professional care at Door To Door Cleaners – the easiest way to keep your knitwear looking new.
Leather and suede are timeless materials made from animal hides preserved with a process called “tanning.” Generally smooth, leather is from the outside of the animal skin. Suede, made from the inside of the animal hide, is usually mechanically treated to raise the nap and give the surface a velvety look and feel. With proper care, leather and suede garments can last a lifetime, so it pays to look after these items:
☐ Always buy leather goods from a reputable dealer. Look at stitched seams to make sure the panels match in texture and color.
☐ Avoid leather garments with an overly tight fit. Hides are stretched in the tanning process, so it’s natural to experience some shrinkage as the garment ages.
☐ Brush suede frequently with a soft brush to help remove surface soils.
☐ If leather gets wet, air-dry it away from heat. Store in a cool, ventilated area.
☐ Leather can dry out if exposed to heat, mildew or if stored in a hot and humid environment. Do not store leather in plastic bags.
☐ Clean leather items at least once a season, more often if needed.
If your leather or suede items become stained, it’s best not to clean them at home. Bring it to Door To Door Cleaners so we can evaluate the blemish to determine the best way to treat it.