Top 8 Best Care Tips to Make Your Garments Last

1. Bring a garment in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after staining occurs. Stains and soil left too long can be impossible to remove and will shorten the life of your garment.

2. Discuss any stains with your cleaner. Be especially sure to point out light-colored or invisible spills, such as those from soft drinks, fruit juices or white wine.

3. Allow perfumes, lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants, and other toiletries to dry before you get dressed since these products can contain ingredients that affect some dyes.

4. Protect your garments from excessive perspiration, especially silks, because it can cause many dyes to discolor.

5. Have matching pieces cleaned together, including bedspreads and drapes, so that any color loss will be uniform and pieces will still match.

6. Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or strong artificial light. Keep in mind that even indoor lighting can affect some dyes.

7. Don’t press stained or soiled clothes. The heat may set some stains.

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Poison Ivy Q&A

Poison Ivy Q&A

Q: My daughter had poison ivy last week and I am worried that the clothes she wore will cause her to relapse. Is there anything I can do to be sure she won’t get it again from her clothes?

A: Both drycleaning and laundering are acceptable cleaning methods for removing poison ivy from clothing. Laundering is preferred because of the multiple flushes used in this process. Also, it is best to wear gloves and wash the contaminated clothing separately. Casual contact with your daughter’s clothing should be okay, but be sure to wash any areas that contact the clothing with soap and water. This precaution will usually prevent a rash from appearing.
Garments must contain sap from the plant to transmit these chemical contaminants, and not all people are sensitive to them. Remember to wash them separately so the poison won’t be able to spread to other garments.

Robinson Cleaners is a family owned and managed business and operate two state-of-the-art cleaning facility and have been in business over 40 years in the Greater Cincinnati area. Unlike most cleaners, all garments are cleaned on premises and we stand behind every garment we clean. Robinson Cleaners is a proud member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute.

Is Club Soda Really a Miracle Stain Remover? 

Does club soda really work on spills? Everyone “knows” club soda is the ultimate remedy for instant stain removal, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Our 107-year-old professional trade association, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), recently completed an in-depth study of the merits of club soda versus plain old water in stain removal, and as members, we’re pleased to share their findings. The short answer is “yes” club soda can be a big help in the short term, but “no” it is not the end-all, be-all stain removal miracle it is made out to be.

When applied immediately to 10 commonplace food stains DLI tested, both club soda and water removed anywhere from some to most of the stain. However, neither treatment will completely remove the stains and if left untreated the remaining stain residues can become permanent stains over time or when the garment is cleaned. On the 10 common spills that DLI’s stain removal experts used for the test, they found that after blotting a spill with either club soda or water some or most visible traces of the substance were removed; however, an analysis under ultraviolet light showed that at least a portion of nearly every stain remained after club soda or water was used.

Therefore, although it is best to try and rinse out the stain with water immediately after contact with the clothing, it is then also advisable to take the garment to a professional cleaner who can completely remove the last traces. Point out to the cleaner the area of the stain, the type of staining substance, and what attempts you made to reduce the initial spillage. If this is not done as soon as possible, the invisible remaining residue can oxidize over time and leave a permanent discoloration later, which in many cases on some fabrics cannot be removed.

For Best Results, Act Fast
When it comes time to remove the stain, the chances are greatly increased if club soda (or water) is used to rinse the stain before it dries. After it dries the degree of effectiveness drops considerably. In a coffee stain, for example, there may be sugar residue present that you may not be able to see, but it can caramelize during the drying or pressing processes, leaving a yellowish stain. A stain removal expert can remove this residue if he or she knows the stain was there in the first place. It is always recommended that customers mention any spills or attempts to remove stains at the counter. This way we will be better prepared to restore your garment to a like-new appearance.

There are also some stains that club soda actually makes worse. Ballpoint ink is almost always made up of water and solvent components. If water or club soda is used to remove this kind of stain, it could set the stain permanently into the fabric. So, with ballpoint stains, it is best to leave them to the professional stain removers.

Club soda or water will hold the stain off until you can get the garment to a cleaner: we can usually remove the stains completely if you bring it in without delay.

Robinson Cleaners is a family owned and managed business and operate two state-of-the-art cleaning facility and have been in business over 40 years in the Greater Cincinnati area. Unlike most cleaners, all garments are cleaned on premises and we stand behind every garment we clean. Robinson Cleaners is a proud member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute.

Dealing With Bed Bugs

Most householders have never seen a bed bug. Until recently, they were also a rarity among pest control professionals. However, bed bugs have made a comeback.

They are increasingly encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, health care facilities, dormitories, schools, shelters, movie theaters, furniture rental outlets, office buildings and modes of transport.

Drycleaning & Laundry Institute has provided the following information.

Bed bugs are small wingless insect that can feed on sleeping humans. Adults are small (about 1/5 inch), oval, and rusty red. Nymphs, or immature bed bugs are smaller and lighter colored.

Bed bugs feed only on blood and must have one blood meal prior to molting to the next larger state. Adults can feed every few days but can survive many months without food. Bed bug feeding is painless. Victims usually remain asleep. Areas around bites may redden, swell, and itch.

These nocturnal insects hide along seams of mattresses, in box springs, or in cracks and crevices near sleeping areas. How does a bed bug infestation start? People can carry bed bugs on luggage, clothes, bedding, furniture, or other objects. Hotels, furnished apartments, dormitories and homeless shelters are most at risk. Second-hand mattresses and furniture can be a source. Furniture and other home area infestations. Eliminating an infestation requires removing or treating all infested materials and monitoring to be sure bed bugs are gone.

Heat and cold can kill bed bugs. If the outside temperature is below 25 Degrees F, place mattresses and furniture outside for several hours to kill bed bugs. Fragile or delicate items can be placed in a freezer. Toys, backpacks, or other small items can be placed in a dryer at a temperature setting of 120-125 Degrees F for 25-30 minutes and a 5 minute cool down. You may wish to consider hiring an experienced pest control professional.

Remove or treat all infested materials as soon as you detect bed bugs. Wash all bedding and clothing in hot water – 120-125 Degrees F – and dry in a hot dryer.

Vacuum along mattress seams, baseboards and other areas and place vacuum bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag for disposal.

If bringing items to a professional cleaner, secure all items in a plastic bags

Robinson Cleaners is a family owned and managed business and operate two state-of-the-art cleaning facility and have been in business over 40 years in the Greater Cincinnati area. Unlike most cleaners, all garments are cleaned on premises and we stand behind every garment we clean. Robinson Cleaners is a proud member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute.