A: Yes! Be very careful how you attach your cell phone or beeper to the waistband and pockets of your garments. The repetition of removing the clip from the fabric will abrade it. As the garment is cleaned the damaged fibers will become more noticeable and cannot be mended.
A: This type of damage happens during wear and cleaning as the garment is rubbed. It occurs on trims that are not properly anchored or secured by the manufacturer. There is no way to avoid or remedy this situation except to replace the trim.
A: Yes. These spots, which dryed invisible after contact, were caused by accidental contact with moisture solutions. Usually they are from hairsprays, hair products, or even rain which carries impurities. They evaporate, but leave residue which becomes evident after aging (oxidation) or when heat is applied. Some cannot be removed safely. The sooner the item is cleaned, the better your results will be.
A: This condition is called “Yarn Slippage,” which is not a breakage in the yarns, but actually a shifting or slipping of the yarns/fibers. The damage comes from local stress and strain of the fabric during wear.
Example: Your back rubbing across a seat or fabric rubbing under your arm. The cleaning process further aggravates the consumer damage during normal agitation.
A: Many clear alcoholic beverages, such as champagne, don’t appear to stain at the time of the spill. But the slightest residue will, over time, turn brown. Your best bet, after blotting (never rubbing) the spot, is to bring it to us. Dry cleaning will not remove this type of stain. But professional spotting and wet cleaning techniques will.
“On everyday of Christmas, a stain came onto me, off to TarzanaCleaners.com I went with glee!”
In the “old days” you would have guessed that the cleaning solvent was not pure, but old, turning the garments a dingy grey.
Today cleaning machines use freshly filtered solvent on each load.
The garments will become dingy grey or yellow or a slight grey-green color. (Be careful not to overload your washer at home so that the garment will get the best cleaning action. This will help soil to rinse out of the garments by avoiding soil redeposition).
When you have the decomposition of a brightener by solvent or chlorine, and you have followed the instructions on the care label, the damage is considered a manufacturer’s defect and should be returned to the retailer immediately.
Any garment should perform well under its care label instructions.
Should the retailer not be cooperative, you can file a complaint with the FTC. You may reach them at www.ftc.gov.
Please visit our lobby and pick up your copy of the Care Label Rule and a Care Label Guide so you can understand the labeling in the clothes that you purchase.
2. Have all of your Spring & Summer clothes cleaned.
3. All clothes should be stored in a temperature and moisture controlled area.
5. Do not store clothes in plastic of any type.
9. Looking for a new suit for the new season? Be sure to inspect the care label and check the fabric for quality when shopping. TarzanaCleaners.com can help you with any questions regarding care and quality. Fabric is our business.
10. Mix and match your older garments for new combinations and keep fabric samples trimmed from their seams in your purse when shopping for new items.
After the gown is cleaned:
Follow these simple rules when informing your drycleaner.
Do you have small pinholes or broken yarns areas in your oxford weave shirt? This is a common problem. It will appear that yarns are missing or a small hole has appeared. Oxford cloth is woven with two thin warp yarns over one thicker yarn. The unbalance of the weave causes strain on the thin yarns which will break under the stress of agitation during wear and cleaning.
Unfortunately, neither you nor your drycleaner can prevent this damage. Should the manufacturer use a heavier or higher twist-wisp yarn, the life of the fabric would be extended. If you have experienced this problem and the age of your shirt is under two years, return it to the manufacturer. The life of a shirt should be two years or 35 – 52 washings.
For every week you leave these stains untouched, you will loose 10% chance of restoring your gown to its original look. Avoid letting the stains age, turning yellow and brown over the years in the heat of the attic. Here’s how.
During the winter, you will be wearing your favorite winter coat just about every day. You need to treat the garment with great care in order to preserve it for several seasons of wear. The best care method for your garment will vary according to the fiber content. Coats made of wool, leather and suede will require more care than other coats. Follow these steps to get the longest possible life from your coat.
We do the cleaning and altering of leather garments with the newest technology available. To clean a leather takes about 14 different steps, much more than the cleaning of your pants or skirts. What is leather? It is the outside of the animal skin with all the hair removed. Suede is the underside of the same hide which has been buffed or treated to create the look and feel similar to velvet.
Here are some tips to help you purchase and care for your leather garments.
Reduce the possibility of color loss in your clothes by following these steps:
5. Blot all stains immediately. Do Not Rub!
If any part of the garment fails, it should be returned to the retailer. Consumers typically wear their rainwear far too long before cleaning them. Soils will become deeply embedded in the garment and stains will set with age. To get the best results and the longest life out of the garment, clean it often. Here are some fabrics and their care problems.
How often have you lost the use of a treasured garment due to storing it in the attic without drycleaning it first to protect against moths? How often have you pulled a white garment out at the beginning of the season to find that it is covered with yellow or brown stains that weren’t there when you put it away? Both of these dilemmas can be cured by properly cleaning and storing your clothes at the end of each season.
1. Clean or dryclean everything before storage, even if you wore it once.
2. Make all necessary repairs before storage.
3. Store in a well ventilated, cool area.
4. Store away from all forms of light.
5. Use Moth-Proof Bags available from TarzanaCleaners.com.
6. Use acid free tissue when folding sweaters.
7. Store woolens in airtight containers with acid free tissue.
8. Furs should be stored in TarzanaCleaners.com’s Professional Fur Vault.
The months of May, June and July are great for flag waving. Everyone places banners by their front door or displays a flag to celebrate. When the celebration is over, it is time to take care of the item in order to make your investment last.
7. The storage box or container should be stored in an area free of insects, moisture, excessive heat, and cold.