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Cleaning Your Microfibers

Some people like to use microfiber cleaning cloths to clean their homes. These are highly effective products, but what do you do when it’s the cloth itself that needs cleaning? Our Bellevue dry cleaning service offers the following simple tips on how to restore your microfibers to functional working order.

  1. Remember that microfiber is designed to attract and hold on to dirt. With this in mind, you will want to wash them separately from your other items. Otherwise, you may find that your microfibers will come out of the machine with even more dirt and lint clinging to them than they had before you washed them.
  2. If the cloth is heavily soiled, wash it in warm water. Cloths that are more lightly soiled can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle.
  3. When it comes time to dry your microfibers, remember again to not mix them with other fabrics. Microfiber dries quickly, so you will only need a short cycle. Since a load of microfiber cloths will probably be fairly small, you may wish to simply hang up your cloths to dry.

Why Are Armpit Stains So Stubborn?

You may occasionally notice areas of discoloration forming around the armpits of some of your shirts. These can be fairly stubborn, because they are more than just simple sweat stains. They care caused by a chemical reaction between ingredients in your anti-perspirant and the salty components of your sweat. To prevent such stains, you can start by looking at the ingredients in your deodorant. Since aluminum compounds are generally guilty of cultivating armpit stains, try to find an aluminum-free alternative.

If you want to remove stains from your clothes, there are options available. A white shirt can be washed effectively in a mixture of equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. Rub the solution onto the stained area and let it sit for about thirty minutes. Once this is done, scrub the area with a soft brush and wash the garment as normal.

A dark colored shirt usually will not discolor too easily. However, should you notice a stain developing, try mixing in some white distilled vinegar with your wash.

If you stain a garment that cannot be easily washed with conventional means, bring it to our Bellevue dry cleaning service.

Washing Out Vomit Stains

Vomit is an unpleasant stain to have to contend with, but removing vomit from your clothing is generally a fairly straightforward process. The first thing to remember is that sooner is better than later; vomit is highly acidic, and has a lot of potential to damage fragile fabrics. Also, the less you allow the stain to dry, the easier it will be to remove it.

Your first task is to remove as much of the offending substance as you can. Do your best to scrape it away with a spoon or similar object, rather than wiping it away so that it get spread over more of the fabric; you’re not doing your garment any favors by spreading the acid around. Once this is done, run some cold water through the back of the stain and let it soak. Hot water is not ideal, as it has a tendency to cook the protein of the vomit into the fabric. After about thirty minutes of soaking, wash as normal. Use cool or warm water, and not hot water. Repeat the process as necessary.

If the garment is dry clean only, remove as much of the vomit as you can and bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaning service as soon as you can.

Cleaning Your Iron

A lot of us can come to depend on a good clothes iron to keep us looking sharp. However, as we use our iron, it tends to get less and less effective. This is why it is important to periodically clean your iron. Try following these simple tips from our Bellevue dry cleaning service:

  • Start by Reading the Manual: Your user manual should tell you how to properly care for your iron.
  • Don’t Miss the Insides: Sometimes your iron will automatically descale water with a replaceable filter. If so, you will need to replace your filter according to a schedule that should be indicated in your manual. Otherwise, you will need to descale the iron’s insides yourself; try pouring in a mix of one part water and one part vinegar, and then steaming it out. Once this is complete, repeat the process with regular water.
  • Clean Non-Coated Sole Plates: If your iron is non-coated, try cleaning the sole plate it with either baking soda or a metal polish cleaner. For stubborn stains, use an extra fine steel wool.
  • Clean Non-Stick Sole Plates: If you have a non-stick coated iron, use a mild detergent with a soft cloth. Don’t use an abrasive cleaner, as it will remove the coating.
  • Remove Melted Plastic: If you melted plastic onto your iron, don’t try to scrape it off. place a piece of aluminum foil on your iron board and sprinkle it with salt. Iron over the salt until the plastic comes loose.
  • Unclog Vent Holes: If the vent holes are plugged up, use a cotton swab dipped in a mix of one part water and one part vinegar.

Getting Caramel Out of Clothing

Caramel can be fairly hard to get out of fabric. Sticky and stubborn, it has a tendency to harden on your clothing so that it’s resilient to conventional washing techniques. So, if you find yourself stuck with a bit of leftover from your ice cream sundae, try following these steps:

  1. Start by mixing a tablespoon of water with three tablespoons of Borax. Be careful with the Borax; it’s a powerful stain fighter, but it is a potential irritant to your eyes, lungs, and skin. Apply it generously to the stained area and allow the solution to sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
  2. Rinse thoroughly, then check to see if any of the stain remains. If you still see caramel, proceed to the next step.
  3. Gently rub liquid detergent on the stain until the area is saturated. Let it stand for a minimum of five minutes.
  4. Rinse with water through the back of the fabric. Use as hot a temperature of water as can safely be used on the fabric in question.
  5. Apply a stain remover, then wash the fabric as normal.
  6. Before drying the fabric, check to see that the stain is gone. Sending any remaining caramel through the dryer will only solidify the stain further.

If your garment is too delicate for such procedures, bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaning and we’ll have it restored to normal in no time.

Are You Washing with Hard Water?

Most of the United States is plagued with hard water, defined as water with a high level of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Though these are both perfectly good nutrients, they can be a little hard on your laundry.

There are ways to tell if your laundry machine is running on hard water. Consider what your laundry looks and feels like after you wash it; is it going grey or yellow? Does the fabric feel stiff? Are the fibers weakening and breaking down? Do you notice any soil build-up? These can all be symptoms of hard water.

One of the problems with hard water is that it is reducing the effectiveness of your detergent. More of your soap is going to softening your water when it should be cleaning your clothes. To fix this problem, consider using a water softener.

If you have clothing that has been damaged by hard water, put it back into the machine at the hottest advisable setting. Put in four times the usual amount of detergent, along with a cup of water conditioner. Agitate long enough to get the clothes wet, and then soak them for about twelve hours. When this is done, drain and spin without agitating, then launder regularly with no detergent and one cup of water conditioner. If you have any problems that cannot be solved with a conventional washing machine, give a call to our Bellevue dry cleaning service.

What Temperature Do I Wash My Clothes In?

Much of the time, you don’t have to think too hard about what kind of water to wash your laundry in. After all, the garment probably has a tag that gives you all the information you need. Should you not know what to do with a particular item, though, you can follow these guidelines to help assure that you get the best out of your laundry:

Hot Water: The benefit of hot water is that it is the most effective in getting your clothing clean. However, it also runs the risk of shrinking certain fabrics, fading colors, or causing excessive wrinkling. It’s therefore going to be used mostly for sturdier articles, like linens or white clothing.
Warm Water: This is going to be the best temperature for most of your laundry. It is a good choice for permanent press items and jeans
Cold Water: Cold water is the safest temperature, representing a good choice for delicate items. However, it is less effective at removing stains, so anything that can stand to be washed in a warmer temperature should be.

Of course, certain items are best washed without the use of water. This is where our Bellevue dry cleaners comes in. Should you have anything that is too delicate for the washing machine, like lace, or which does not respond well to moisture, like leather, bring it in for a proper dry cleaning treatment.

Removing Egg Stains from Your Clothing

If you ever do any baking, chances are good that you handle eggs every now and then. It also means that you may have to deal with the occasional egg-related stain. Though such stains may not seem like such a big deal, they can be difficult to remove, particularly if you let them dry. Therefore, when you get egg on your clothing, follow this simple procedure to salvage the article:

  1. Scrape away as much of the egg as you can with a spoon or dull knife.
  2. Dab the area with a clean, absorbent cloth to get rid of any remaining residue.
  3. Use a sponge to apply cool water to the front and back of the stain. If the egg is already dried, add a little liquid laundry detergent.
  4. Soak the stain in cold water until it begins to soften and break down. Try soaking for about fifteen to thirty minutes, periodically rubbing the stained area with your fingers.
  5. Allow the fabric to air dry, then check to see that the stain has been fully removed. Repeat the above steps as necessary.
  6. Wash the garment according to its normal instructions. Should the garment require dry cleaning, please bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaning service.

Removing Cooking Oil Stains

If you’re an avid chef, you’re probably familiar enough with the hazards of cooking oil and vegetable oil. These substances splash and splatter about in the kitchen, and they can be quite stubborn when they get into your clothes, tablecloths, and other laundry items. Our Bellevue dry cleaning service can help you out with your more delicate items, but try the following on anything that is not specified for dry cleaning:

  1. Use a dull knife or spoon to remove as much of the oil as you can, taking care to scrape it away and not spread it around.
  2. Apply a liquid detergent to the stain and let it sit for three to five minutes. If your laundry detergent doesn’t do the job, try a liquid dish soap.
  3. Wash the garment, using the hottest temperature of water that is advisable for the fabric in question.
  4. Check that the stain is fully removed before drying the clothing. If you still see a hit of oil, repeat the above steps.