Important facts you should know about caring for your wedding gown:
Avoid leaving the dress on a hanger which can ruin the shape, or in a plastic bag which can cause yellowing.
Get your gown preserved as soon as possible to ward off irreversible damage.
After preservation, store your dress in a dry, cool environment. Avoid basements, musty attics and direct sunlight.
Pack accessories separately to avoid discoloring your gown.
TOWN CLEANERS BROOKDALE CLEANERS
35 Route 202 - Far Hills, New Jersey, 07931 1294 Broad St. - Bloomfield, New Jersey, 07003
Cleaning Tips from Town Cleaners
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Place garment in plastic bag and put in freezer. Scrape off frozen gum.
Remove stain by stretching the stained area over a bowl and then pouring hot water from a height of several feet through the stain.
Candle Wax or Crayon
Place the stained area between clean paper towels or pieces of a brown paper bag and press with a warm iron.
Soak the garment in warm vinegar water.
Removing Hem Creases
White vinegar will help remove a permanent crease. Sponge the material liberally with the vinegar and press with a warm iron.
Remove those little balls of fuzz from an old shirt collar by going over the surface with a clean shaver. It will not harm the fabric.
Apply detergent solution. Blot. (Use enzyme detergent if cream was present.). Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Apply enzyme detergent. Blot. Rinse with water, blot until dry.
Apply detergent solution. Blot. Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse thoroughly with water. Blot until dry.
Apply amyl acetate, if available, to remove chlorophyll. Blot. Apply enzyme detergent. Blot. Rinse with water. Blot. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Apply vinegar solution.
Blot. Rinse with water. Blot until dry.
Apply detergent solution. Blot. Repeat as needed. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse with water. Blot until dry. Apply POG on aged, hardened paint. Blot. Apply
dry-cleaning solvent. Blot. Repeat as needed.
Apply dry-cleaning solvent. Apply POG sparingly. Blot. Apply dry-cleaning solvent. Blot. Apply detergent solution. Blot. Apply ammonia solution. Blot. Rinse with water,
blot until dry.
Jam or Jelly
Apply detergent solution. Blot. Apply vinegar solution. Blot. Rinse with water. Blot. Apply enzyme detergent. Blot.
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is why men's shirts cost less than ladies' to clean.
There are several reasons for the difference in cost. First, let's talk about which shirts can be commercially laundered. The shirt must be made of 100% cotton or
cotton and polyester blend. All other fibers should be dry cleaned and hand finished (pressed). Most ladies shirts these days are cotton and spandex. These shirts
should not be laundered, as the spandex can become distorted and will not withstand the intense heat used in the finishing process, thus possibly causing shrinkage
and damage to the shirt. Rayon, polyester and polysonic shirts require low heat when pressed or the fibers could melt and get a shine that cannot be removed. Cotton
flannel shirts can be laundered but they can become stiff, so I recommend dry cleaning if you want to keep that soft flannel feel. Silk, wool and cashmere must be dry
cleaned to prevent damage to the fibers and color.
If a shirt is cotton or cotton poly and is a regular button down shirt (men's or ladies) it can be laundered.
The laundry process consists of the shirt being washed and starched (if you request starch) in sophisticated washers with a mixture of special soaps and additives to
ensure a thorough washing with maximum stain removal. Some stains will not come out with water like oils inks and old blood. These stains should be pointed out so
they can be properly cared for, to ensure that they are removed. While the shirts are still damp, the first step in the finishing process is to press the collars and cuffs on
a collar cuff machine, than onto the sleever which presses both sleeves simultaneously, and last on to the buck press where two large plates press the front and back
of the shirt simultaneously. When the shirt is finished it is dry and press crisp. The finished shirt proceeds to the quality control inspector who makes needed touch-ups
as well as checking and replacing any broken or missing buttons. The inspected shirts are than sorted, bagged and ready for you.
One of the reasons a dry cleaned shirt or blouse costs more is because they take 4 to 7 times longer to hand finish, depending on the cut of the garment or the fabric.
Getting a properly finished shirt is a painstaking process that requires special attention by a well-trained staff.
| Main Office: Town Cleaners | 35 Route 202 | Far Hills, NJ 07931 | Phone: (908) 234-0727 | www.cleanersatyourdoor.com
Hours: Monday ~ Friday 7:30 am to 6pm | Saturday 8am to 4:30pm
Main Plant: Brookdale Cleaners | 1294 Broad St. | Bloomfield, NJ 07003 | (973) 338~7900
Hours: Monday ~ Friday 7:30am to 5pm | Saturday 8am to 4pm