Have you ever looked at your clothing’s tag and noticed a line of random symbols? While most of us just read the size, a tag contains a lot of useful information on the items care. One of the most important being laundry symbols. The information provided in these symbols is actually required by law. And when followed can add years to the life of your favorite clothing and home goods. So make sure to to treat your clothing with care, following our quick guide below.
What are laundry symbols?
In-short, these symbols provide info on the recommended care of the product by the maker. Wash or dry clean? Tumble or hang dry? Your tag will answer these questions and even provide your dry cleaner with important information about the piece. Including what solvent to use, heat, and more. Below we provide a quick guide to help you read your clothes tag.
Why are laundry symbols on the tags?
There have been three major laws passed that effect clothing labels. The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act was passed in 1960 and effect most of the products made today. The other two are The Fur Products Labeling Act (1952) and the Wool Products Labeling Act (1939).
These laws state that an item must include:
Fiber Content of Tag
Country of Origin
If you have questions about the care of your clothing, send us a message and we will do our best to help you find the best answer.
School is out, camp is in session, and summer is in full swing. We all know how toasty Atlanta gets this time of year. If you’re like my wife and I you’ve recently taken the opportunity to turn over your closet. This time of year means swapping out boots for sandals, pants for shorts, and coats and sweaters for more summer friendly shirts and blouses. We also recently took our comforter and duvet, cleaned it and switched it out for a much more light-weight, breathable quilt for these next few months.
It’s always nice to shed a few layers for summer. When packing up your winter wear and heavy bedding, it’s important to have your items cleaned before storing them till Fall or Winter. There are a number of frustrating stains that can occur if your clothes aren’t properly treated before they are stored.
A few issues we commonly see come fall, are yellow, oxidized and perspiration stains along with insect damage which often appears as small holes in the fabric of a garment. These problems typically occur on fabrics after cleaning them for the first time at the change of season, especially if stains are left on the garment.
In order to inspect damage, it’s important that all food and beverage stains are removed prior to storage. Using moth crystals or balls or storing clothes in a cedar closet or chest can also be really valuable in combating this issue. A variety of moth proofing finishes including moth bags can be used to prevent insect damage. Ask us on your next order and we can add them to your order.
Perspiration stains often appear as yellow or tan stains, streaks, or rings and are typically found in areas that may become damp with perspiration such as underarms, neck, back, and waistband. These stains have a tendency to oxidize over time so it is important to wash and dry clean your garments regularly, so we can remove the stains while they are still fresh.
Yellow stains are another frequent occurrence that we come across. These stains are caused by contact with juices, beer, soft drinks, tea, coee, or other foods or beverages that contain tannin or sugars. The only method of prevention against these stains is to flush these stained areas with water immediately after contact. This is best accomplished by taking the garment to the cleaner as soon as possible and pointed out the stained area. Once the stain has been left in the fabric for a period of time, it can be very difficult to remove.
Oxidized oil stains are mostly invisible when they first contact a fabric, but they oxidize and yellow with age, heat, and/or exposure to the atmosphere. If the stain is fresh, it can usually be removed by professional spotting chemicals and dry cleaning.
Many stains may appear invisible to the naked eye but they do oxidize over time, making them harder to remove. So the moral to the story is to be sure and send in your garments, bedding, etc. on a regular basis. The sooner we clean the garment and treat the stain, the better the odds are that we’ll be able to remove it. So this summer when you pack up your winter clothes and bedding for the season, don’t forget to send them in for one last cleaning. Then you can breathe easy knowing your items will look good as new when you pull them back out of storage this Fall or Winter.
Get Ready to Read this Father’s Day
Shopping for Father’s Day can be dicult. From tools to tech toys, some gifts are used over and over again, but thoughtful gifts that match your dad’s interests can make this year’s present a memorable one.
If he enjoys reading, there are options that align with almost every hobby and interest, from advice for hands-on projects to thrilling mysteries and exploration of the challenges many dads face every day, and these picks can provide a reminder of you every time he sits down to read another chapter.
Practical ‘Dadvice’ for Everyday Tasks
From the host of the YouTube channel that went viral, “Dad, How Do I?,” comes a book of the same title that’s part memoir, part inspiration and part DIY advice. Rob Kenney wished he had someone who could teach him the basics – how to tie a tie, jump-start a car, unclog a drain, use tools properly – as well as succeed in life. In this book, he shares his story of overcoming a dicult childhood with an absent father through the strength of faith and family, and oers words of inspiration and hope. In addition, he provides instructions for 50 practical DIY projects, illustrated with helpful line drawings, as well as the occasional dad joke.
A Riveting Race Against Time
“New York Times” bestselling author Linwood Barclay returns with a riveting thriller, “Find You First.” Diagnosed with a terminal illness, tech millionaire Miles Cookson begins a search for the children he’s never known. Somewhere out there, after having been a sperm donor, he has nine unknown kids who might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him – maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse. One by one, Cookson’s heirs are vanishing – every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all.
An Exploration of the Challenges Fathers Face
Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Craig Melvin, news anchor of NBC News’ “Today,” had a fraught relationship with his father. Lawrence Melvin was a distant, often absent parent due to his drinking as well as his job working the graveyard shift at a postal facility. A powerful, intimate exploration of fatherhood, addiction and resiliency, “Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father” is the story of their long journey to reconciliation and understanding, as well as an investigation of the challenges facing all dads.
Swimming Safety Tips for Summer
Playing in or around water is one of the joys of summer, but this treasured seasonal pastime comes with some serious risks. Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, many families will have informal gatherings and take trips to the beach, increasing the potential for children to have unsupervised access to water. Because of this, it’s important for children to take swimming lessons to learn water safety skills and create safer habits in and around water. As swimming lessons begin across the country, many are being conducted safely with COVID-19 precautions in place.
Protect your family’s safety around water this summer with these tips from the Make a Splash Tour, presented by Phillips 66 and the USA Swimming Foundation.
Designate a Water Watcher and Closely Monitor Children.
Designate a water watcher when you are in, on or around water. Watch all children and adolescents swimming or playing in or around water, even if they know how to swim. Keeping young children or inexperienced swimmers within arm’s length at all times can help ensure you’re able to provide assistance if and when it’s needed.
Wear a Life Jacket.
Anyone participating in any boating, paddling or towed water sports, regardless of swimming ability in pool or open water situations, should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Preschool-aged children (5 years old and younger), who are not protected by touch supervision, in particular, should always wear a life jacket. Swimming aids and water toys – such as water wings, inflatable water wings and rings – are not intended to be life-saving devices.
Learn to Swim.
Research has shown formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of childhood drowning by 88%. Through the annual Make a Splash Tour, the USA Swimming Foundation, with the support of Phillips 66, encourages children’s swim lessons. By equipping your child with the skill of swimming, you’ll open doors to a lifetime of safety, fun, fitness and even employment opportunities.
Swim in Designated Areas and Obey Posted Signs and Flags.
Ropes, buoys and flags in larger bodies of water like lakes or oceans are commonly used to mark o safe swimming areas and provide visual cues about changes in depth, underwater surfaces and currents. Teach children what these signs and markers mean and that they’re in place as safety tools, not toys to play with or float on.
If the unthinkable does happen, knowing how to perform CPR allows you to take immediate action, which has been shown to significantly better the outcome for children with submersion injuries. In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, you could save someone’s life. Seconds count; the quicker CPR is started, the better the chances of recovery. There are many places that offer CPR training, including community organizations and nonprofit groups. Remember to keep your certification current once you have completed the initial requirements.
Kid-Friendly Summer Snacking
Summer sun means it’s time for warm-weather fun for kids of all ages, and all that activity and playing calls for snacks and hydration to recharge. Whether your children like to play poolside or take a bicycle adventure through the neighborhood, the right nutrient-dense foods can keep the fun going all day long.
For an option that quenches hunger (and thirst) without sacrificing nutrition, try an assortment of ways to enjoy watermelon. As a refreshing ingredient or standalone treat, watermelon includes just 80 calories and no fat while providing an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and higher levels of lycopene (12.7 mg per 2-cup serving) – an antioxidant being studied for its role in sun protection – than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Plus, it’s made of 92% water, meaning it’s a flavorful way to encourage kids to rehydrate during some fun in the sun.
Make watermelon part of a balanced snack plate with this Kids Charcuterie Snack Board including assorted watermelon, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sliced veggies, sliced fruits, crackers, pretzels and more. In addition to the nutritional benefits, the simplicity of this snack means children can help assemble it while showing off their creativity.
Kids Charcuterie Snack Board
• cubed watermelon • watermelon balls, skewered • watermelon wedges • watermelon sticks • flower-shaped watermelon cutouts • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, halved • ham and cheese pinwheels • sliced veggies, such as cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers and celery • sliced fruit • pretzels • crackers • small bowl of candy (optional)
Employee Highlight – Melanie Blevins
Client Care Advisor – Team Leader 2 Years of Service
As the Team Leader for Fabricare Center’s Client Care Team, I am motivated to wake up and go to work by the knowledge that, in a small way, I am helping our clients by ensuring that their needs are taken care of, and the quality we present them is the best.
My job entails a little bit of everything. I assist our clients in all aspects of their experience with us, from onboarding, intake, production, to our delivery service.
Having grown up in the northeast I am a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles. When I’m not working I’m baking, reading, watching tv or playing music. I enjoy playing a multitude of instruments including the Piano, Viola, Cello, and Harp and play viola for the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.
My favorite project on the job has been coming up with ideas to make our clients experience with us more personal with our retention and new client kits.
Relocating to Atlanta and being part of the Fabricare Center team has been so exciting and I am so happy to bring joy to our clients lives.
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT – Spring Cleaning
Do you have sweaters and coats that need cleaning before storing for spring and summer?
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Our cleaning process removes sugar, oil and perspiration stains that can cause lasting damage to your garments. Even though many of these stains may be invisible, over time these hidden stains will deteriorate fabrics and attract moths (invisible to the naked eye) that feed on the stains and create holes.
One of the most common questions we get at our store is “What is dry cleaning?” While most people understand that some clothes need to be dry cleaned. The actual process and how dry cleaning works is not common knowledge. So to better help understand what we do at Fabricare Center Dry Cleaners in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
What is dry cleaning and how does it work?
Dry Cleaning is the processes of cleaning clothes and fabrics with a liquid solvent, rather than water.
This is the part of the process that throws most people off. With dry cleaning your clothes will still be washed in a liquid. This liquid is a solvent, not water. There are several advantages to this:
When you use water to wash your clothes it causing swelling of fibers in the material. This is what causes clothes to change size and lose their color over time. Solvents do not do this.
Solvents are also better at removing oil and grease residue. These tend to be present on most stains. Making solvents better for handling them.
What solvent do you use?
There are many solvents being used in the dry cleaning industry today. Here at Fabricare Center Cleaners we use GreenEarth Cleaning solvent. GreanEarth Cleaning non-toxic and earth friendly, essentially using liquefied sand as the solvent. You can read more about it here.
What is Steaming and Pressing?
Steaming – Steaming helps relax wrinkles and get the material ready for pressing. It is also one more step in killing bacteria on the material.
Pressing – Pressing is the final step in the dry cleaning process. Providing a smooth and crisp finish. One that is hard to replicate with a home iron.
Our Step by Step Process
Pressing & Finishing
Bagged & Tagged for Pickup
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With spring in the air, we are coming into the peak of wedding season. The breezy spring weather in Atlanta is so beautiful and makes for a popular time of year to tie the knot. It’s not so long ago that my wife and I were celebrating our wedding day here in Atlanta. Unfortunately, over the past year, we and many others missed the opportunity to attend friends’ and families’ weddings. Many were rescheduled, postponed, or done on a much smaller scale, with just immediate family to be in line with the CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Now that many people have been vaccinated, people are starting to feel more comfortable being with friends and family and are eager to gather to celebrate special milestones like weddings. I think were all excited to celebrate with one another and see the bride and groom all dressed up for their special day.
There are many ways to treasure special memories from your wedding day. Of course, beautiful photo albums and wedding videos encapsulate the day in a meaningful way. These are two items to be enjoyed for years to come. Many brides will opt for other creative ways to commemorate the day with anything from framing their wedding invitation to having it transcribed on a glass vase or silver plate. I’ve also seen brides have their wedding bouquet preserved and displayed in a shadowbox, a lovely and interesting way to remember the day. Another wonderful way to remember your special day is to have your wedding gown preserved.
At Fabricare Center we offer wedding gown cleaning, preservation and restoration. We like to schedule a consultation with each bride to perform a complete inspection of your wedding gown and review your options for cleaning. Our expert cleaners with over 40 years’ experience will personally hand clean your gown. After a thorough cleaning and pressing, we like to have our brides review their gown before it is preserved and elegantly boxed. With approval from our brides, we then store their gowns in a Museum Quality Wedding Gown Box, allowing them to cherish their wedding dress for years to come. Let us help you treasure the memories from your special day by preserving your beautiful gown.
Ice Cream Made with Love for Mom
Few relationships are as special as a bond between a mother and her child. There is often so much laughter, so much love and so many good times spent around food and family over the years. From trying new foods together and cooking lessons at a young age to time-honored family recipes, there are few things better than mom’s cooking. This delicious Very Berry and Creamy Coconut Ice Cream was created with mothers in mind. It’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious, especially when it’s made with fresh ingredients right at home for a perfect addition to Mother’s Day festivities.
Very Berry and Creamy Coconut Ice Cream Yield: 11 cups
Berry Ice Cream: 2 pounds frozen berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon salt
Coconut Ice Cream: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mint leaves for garnish
1. To make berry ice cream: In blender, pulse frozen berries, sweetened condensed milk, honey and salt until smooth, scraping down sides. 2. Pour mixture into 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. Freeze uncovered 4 hours, or until set. 3. To make coconut ice cream: In large mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. 4. In medium bowl, whisk sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, salt and 1 cup whipped cream until combined. Add remaining whipped cream and whisk until combined. 5. Pour into 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. Freeze uncovered 4 hours, or until set.
How to Welcome a New Puppy to the Family
Introducing a new puppy to your household can bring many rewards. However, getting the hang of things can take some time, especially for first-time pet owners.
In fact, it takes the average pet owner almost four months to get into the flow with a new four-legged family member, according to a survey by Royal Canin. Eight in 10 respondents said the first year of pet ownership is the most important, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The survey found 64% believe the first year is also the most difficult and deciding how to train a new pet was cited as the most important decision pet parents have to make.
“Bringing a puppy home is a hugely rewarding experience for pet owners, but it’s also a time of huge challenges and steep learning curves,” said Dr. Jill Cline, pet nutritionist and site director of Royal Canin’s Pet Health and Nutrition Center. “In addition to helping your puppy adjust to its new home, you can support your puppy’s health now and always with a nutritionally complete diet tailored to its specific needs.
Make welcoming a new puppy a rewarding experience for the whole family with these tips.
Arriving Home Your puppy may be feeling stressed by new sights, sounds, smells and the separation from its mother. Manage the noise and activity to avoid adding to this stress. As soon as you get home, take your puppy to your yard or outside area so it can go to the bathroom. Use positive verbal reinforcement when the job is done. Once indoors, block off a safe area and let your puppy sniff and explore on its own time. Getting acquainted with a new place takes time and lots of exploring. Some puppies can be overwhelmed by too much human contact, so allow your puppy to come to you.
Getting Settled Puppies like to know what to expect. Plan your routine for feeding, potty trips, exercise and grooming so you can get started on day one. If you know what routine your puppy had before adoption, it’s best to continue for consistency until your puppy is settled. Any sudden dietary changes can cause stress or digestive problems, so for the first week or two, give your puppy the same food as its previous owner, following the feeding recommendations on the package. Nutrition tailored to specific developmental needs can help fragile, young puppies grow into strong, healthy dogs. It’s important to select a high-quality food based on age and expected adult size. Your puppy’s eating spot should be away from where you and any other pets eat. Allow your puppy to eat in peace to prevent it from feeling nervous or protective. Puppies tire easily and need as much as 18-20 hours of sleep per day for healthy development. A crate near where you sleep lets your puppy see and smell you but keeps it from wandering off. Put something that carries your scent in your puppy’s bed along with a blanket to snuggle into.
Remember to schedule regular veterinarian visits and gradually introduce your puppy to new experiences like sounds, car travel, walks and other animals. It’s also important to begin behavior training right away to develop good habits from the start.
5 Tips to Promote Health During Spring
As seasons change, there’s often a great deal of shuffling and movement, including common allergy triggers like trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander along with pesky sinus pressure. Combined with changes in barometric pressure and weather patterns bouncing up and down, spring can be one big pain – literally.
“This is the time of year when most of us are excited to see the change of seasons, but millions of allergy and sinus sufferers welcome spring with trepidation,” Dr. Ian Smith, M.D., said. “Common triggers such as trees, pollen, mold spores, dust and dander can wreak havoc for many. With a reliable multi-symptom product stashed in your medicine cabinet, and the combination of simple modifications like being mindful of your indoor climate, eating more fruits and veggies, and staying hydrated, can help limit sinus discomfort this season.”
Take steps this spring to ease the impact of sinus and allergy problems and focus on your overall wellness for a smooth transition with these tips:
Control your allergy and sinus triggers. Knowing what flares your allergic reactions can help prevent discomfort. For many people, monitoring pollen counts and limiting time outdoors on high-pollen days can help reduce reaction
Find some pressure release. When nasal congestion or sinus pressure build, it can feel like a ton of bricks have landed on your head. However, you can find relief with products designed to help clear up your stuffy nose, relieve headaches and thin and loosen excess mucus.
Manage your indoor climate. Even when you start spending more time outdoors, it’s important to keep close tabs on the quality of the air inside your home. If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or sinus infections, manage the humidity level by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. Also be sure to change filters regularly and use an air purifier for added protection.
Commit to revisiting regularly.It’s easy to let clutter and disorganization slide when you get busy with life’s demands. Once your spring cleaning and reorganizing is complete, commit to reassessing your home on a monthly or quarterly basis so you can make small adjustments along the way, rather than face a major project every year.
Update your medicine cabinet. A seasonal change is a good time to take stock of your medical supplies and medications to ensure you have what you need for the months ahead. Discard any expired prescriptions or over the counter medicines and be sure restock common spring and summer essentials like bug bite ointments, sunburn spray and multi-symptom products
5 Tips to Enhance Your Wedding Decor
Wedding days are meant to be filled with love and celebration, and what better way to ring in the new stage of life as newlyweds than with a well-decorated venue to match the joyous occasion. Whether a couple is on a tight budget or picky when it comes to theme ideas, these decorating tips can help add more flair for the big day.
Use a natural venue. Many couples choose wedding venues that require immense amounts of decorations, but a venue with organic scenery or a beautiful view can help alleviate the stress. Consider having the ceremony near a garden or beach with enough natural surroundings to keep guests in awe.
Make the cake a centerpiece. Wedding cakes are almost guaranteed to be filled with flavor, but they can also serve as a decorative centerpiece for the reception. Choosing a cake topped with flowers, highlighting bright colors and placing it in a prominent spot at the reception can grab guests’ attention while also keeping them eager for a bite.
Choose table accessories that pop. Leave guests in amazement as they make their way to their seats for the reception with beautifully decorated tables. Table accessories can be anything ranging from patterned table runners to flowers in full-bloom placed in simple, elegant vases. If you are not having a formal sit-down reception, try using paper lanterns or hanging flowers from the ceiling to create an eye-catching atmosphere to remember.
Add classic lighting. At times, finding the right lighting to match the mood of a wedding venue can be tricky. In this case, less may actually be more. Try opting for a classic candlelit ceremony or reception to create a more romantic setting. This can save both money and countless hours spent attempting to configure elaborate light fixtures, and also provide a timeless feel.
Place engagement photos around the venue. With any wedding, you want the day to feel personal and intimate for the couple and guests alike. Consider decorating the venue with engagement photos of the soon-to-be spouses as they popped the question. This can allow the newlyweds to reminisce while guests view those cherished moments and revel in the occasion.
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT – Wedding Gowns
Let our cleaning and restoration experts help you make your wedding dress look like new again. Then keep it safe in our museum quality wedding gown box.
Every gown is inspected, hand cleaned, reviewed, pressed and preserved by the owners David and Ben.
Get started today by scheduling a consultation with our master cleaners.
Fabricare Center Cleaners is proud to use GreenEarth Cleaning solution at our facility. Not only is it better for the environment when compared to typical dry cleaning solutions. It is also more gentle on clothes fabrics and colors. Leaving no toxic residue that may come in contact with your skin. But what is GreenEarth Cleaning? This is a question we get a lot so today we are going to look into it a little more.
What is GreenEarth Cleaning Solution
GreenEarth Cleaning solutions is a silicone based cleaning agent. It is basically liquefied sand. And has been recognized as safe for the environment for air, water, and soil release by the EPA.
This is important because the majority of cleaners (roughly 80%) use the cleaning solvent perchloroethylene. Otherwise known as “Perc.” This solvent has been classified as a Toxic Air Contaminant by the EPA. Is classified as a likely carcinogen. And must be monitored because it can contaminate ground soil and water.
Why is GreenEarth Better For Your Clothes
Most importantly GreenEarth Cleaning is completely non-toxic. Meaning you can rub it against your skin without any issue at all. This is important because it is going to be in your clothes. So overall it’s better for your health and the environment.
Next, GreenEarth has a lower surface tension than traditional cleaning solutions. This allows it to more effectively penetrate the fabrics in your clothes. Increasing it’s ability to clean more thoroughly.
GreenEarth Cleaning solution is also chemically inert. Meaning it wont react with other textile materials or dies in the cleaning process. This minimizes even the most small of abrasions to the fabric reducing wear over time.
Whether it’s getting worn on the ball field or around the house. It’s incredible how fast our favorite hats get dirty. Making knowing how to wash a baseball cap correctly an important part of adding years of life to your favorite ball cap.
How to Wash a Baseball Cap
Don’t wash your hat in the dishwasher. This famous trick has a reputation for wearing out hats due to the high heat.
If you use the washer, make sure you use something to keep the shape of the hat. Then air dry.
The safest way to wash your hat is by hand. It’s an easy process, and we will cover how to hand wash your baseball hat below.
Hand Washing your Baseball Cap
What you will need:
Large Bowl or Tub
You will start by filling up the larger bowl/tub with warm water and a little dish soap. From here you will use the toothbrush, dipping into the water/soap mixture and then working it into any staines. Pre-treating the hat.
Once you are done pre treating any spots you want to address. You are next going to soak the hat in the tub for around 10 minutes. You can also use the toothbrush to agitate and spot treat and staines while the hat is under water.
After the 10 minutes and you are happy with any stains you are trying to remove. You are going to rinse the hat thoroughly with room temp to cool water. You want to get out any remaining soap residue.
Once you have thouroughly rinsed the hat you will now let it air dry. To help keep the form place the smaller bowl upside down and place the hat on top to dry. This will help maintaine the hats form.
The Easiest Way to get Your Baseball Hat Cleaned
Why hand washing your baseball cap is easy, its even easier to have us clean your hats for you!
We all love spending time in our favorite outdoor space. And one of the most important parts of our outdoor relaxing and entertainment space is the seating. More specifically those comfortable outdoor cushions. Nobody likes to sit on a dirty looking seat and those cushions require maintenance to keep them looking fresh. Knowing how to clean patio cushions will add years to their life. While keeping your guests sitting comfortably.
If your getting ready for spring or putting your cushions away for the winter. Let’s look at the proper way to clean your outdoor cushions!
How to Clean Patio Cushions
What you will need to clean your outdoor cushions:
A bucket or large bowl
2 clean wash rags, preferably white to prevent any color transfer
Your favorite fabric protection (Optional)
How to Clean Outdoor Cushions – The Steps
1. First, take your bucket or bowl and mix your dish soap with warm water.
2. Then dampen one of the wash rags in the soapy water mix. And then use the rag to saturate both sides of the fabric. Gently rubbing as you go. You can can use as much of the soapy water mixture as you want or is needed.
3. Wait for the cushions to dry.
4. Now you are going to use the second wash rag and plain water to rinse the the patio cushions thoroughly. You want to get all of the soapy water mixture out of the fabric.
5. Wait for the cushions to dry.
6. Add your favorite fabric protections. (Optional)
Outdoor Patio Cushion Cleaning Atlanta
If you want to save yourself some time and have your patio cushions professionally cleaned. Fabricare Center Cleaners offers Metro Atlanta residents access to free pickup & delivery for your patio cushions!
That’s right, contact us today for free pickup and delivery for all of your home good and dry cleaning needs!
The secret to fashion isn’t in how mush you spend, it’s in how well the clothes look and fit. If you’re looking for ways to step up your style with the clothes you have or on a budget you have come the right place. These alterations tips are a great way to make almost any level of clothes fit like designer garments.
Here are 5 clothing alterations tips that will make your clothes look more stylish.
5 Clothing Alterations Tips
Hemming Your Pants
This one is a must do for any of your nice pants. Making sure the leg length fits you properly will not only keep from fraying the bottom of your pants, but will also make them look like they fit correctly. You can click here to get our full price list for this and other alterations services. And if you are not in the Atlanta area, we recommend checking around with your local cleaners.
Shorten Shirt Length
While sometimes we are lucky and find the perfect top with the perfect fit. That’s not always the case. If you have something that is just a little too long, shortening the length can give you a couture fitted look for a very reasonable price.
Replace Broken & Missing Zippers or Buttons
Nothing screams old hat more than missing or hanging buttons. Anytime you have to struggle with a zipper it’s never a good look while out on the go. So make sure to have any of your clothes, jackets, or pants buttons and zippers replaced or repaired. At our Fabricare Center locations we replace buttons for free with any dry cleaning.
Taper Your Trousers
Wanting that sleek silhouette look. One of the best ways to add this to your looks is by tapering your trousers and pants. This classy look and along with a hem will give your pants the perfect stylish look on you.
Hem Your Shorts
If you want to look in style this summer, don’t be caught wearing extra long shorts. The “short shorts” style is in. Save money by revamping your old shorts and have them hemmed. Or get a new pair to fit the perfect look.
If you’re in the Atlanta, GA area and interested in learning more about our clothing alterations. Click Here to contact us to schedule a call with one of our master cleaners!
A valuable part of most people’s wardrobe, there is something special about that perfect fitting pair of jeans. But how do you keep that favorite pair of denim looking good for years to come? Today we’ll look at how to wash jeans the right way. Keeping them looking good wash after wash.
How to Wash Jeans
1. Read the Tag
One of the first thing you want to do before washing any piece of clothing is read the tag. With jeans you are looking for them being labeled “pre-shrunk” or “pre-faded.” If they do not say this, then there is a chance that your jeans are “Raw Denim.” This is the term for jeans that have not been pre-washed or had the die set. This will allow your new jeans to conform to your body. While developing a wear pattern unique to your jeans. If you do have raw denim then following step two is even more important as they are known to bleed die for the first few washes.
2. New Jeans are Known for Bleeding Ink
New jeans are freshly died and a a lot of times there is extra (loose) die left on the fabric. To prevent this from bleeding onto your other clothes, either soak your new jeans in the tub in cold water. Or wash them alone on a cold water gentle cycle. You may need to do this more than once to get rid of all the excess die.
3. Turn your Jeans Inside Out Before Washing
Turning your jeans inside out before washing will do a couple of things. Since the majority of the die is on the outside of your jeans, turning them inside out will prevent friction against other clothes cause the die to transfer. This will also keep your jeans from fading over time. Especially for darker colored denim.
4. Wash your Jeans on Gentle in Cold Water
While denim is a very durable that doesn’t mean you should treat it that way. Using the gentile cycle an cold water when washing your jeans will help prevent shrinking and keep the color from fading after multiple washes.
5. Let Them Air Dry
It’s not secret the heat can cause damage to fabric and that’s exactly why it’s better to let your jeans hang dry rather than tossing them into the dryer. And while one time may not hurt your favorite denim, the repeated heat of the drying cycle can cause fading and yellowing over time.
6. DON’T Wash Your Jeans After Every Wear
This may sound counter intuitive to keeping your jeans looking new. But jeans do not need to be washed at the same frequency as other fabrics that tend to absorb stains faster. So keep the washing to a minimum and spot treat stains if necessary.
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to cleaning your bedding is washing your pillows. It’s recommended that you do this twice a year, while most go years before we wash or replace them. But cleaning your pillows is much easier than you think. So let’s review how to wash a pillow.
How to Wash a Pillow
Step 1: Remove the Case
Remove your pillow case. Some pillows will have an extra zip case that will need to be removed also before washing.
Step 2: Read the Tag
Once you have all the cases removed, make sure you read the tag. This is very important. Some pillows are dry clean only, others will have specific instructions. These may include water temperatures, cycle strength, and drying instructions. Always follow what is recommended on the tag. Especially if the pillow says dry cleaning only (see below).
Step 3: Place your Pillow in the Washing Machine
For most pillows (unless the tag states otherwise) you are perfectly safe placing your pillows into the washing machine. We recommend placing 2-3 pillows in to help balance the load.
Step 4: Add Detergent and Set your Cycle
Again, make sure you are reading your pillows tag or label before this step for specific instructions. Otherwise add your favorite washing detergent and set the cycle to normal or delicate, hot water, and double rinse (if the option is available).
Step 5: Place your Pillow(s) Into the Dryer
Once in the dryer set the machine to “low heat” or “air fluff/no heat”.
Dry Clean Only Pillows
For pillows labeled dry clean only it is important to take them to the professionals unless you want to risk ruining the pillow. We offer free pickup and delivery in Metro Atlanta for all of your dry cleaning and dry clean only pillows.