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Clean Care for Comforters:

Most duvets and down-alternative comforters can be machine washed despite the fact that the labels indicate dry clean only. At Launder All, we process drop-off comforters all the time and our clients have been very happy with the results. If you are doing this task yourself though, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, make sure the washing is done in cold or warm water in gentle cycle. Use milder soap without bleach or similar whitener. Excessive soap will not easily be removed and this will affect loft after the comforter has been washed and dried. When it comes to drying, dry THOROUGHLY to prevent mildew. Down can be destroyed if it is not properly dried. It is a good idea to use tennis balls in the dryer to prevent the comforter from bunching up and to keep it fluffy. And the following advice may appear somewhat self serving, but washing comforters is a job best done in a commercial laundromat with machines that are larger than typical household washers and dryers. Small machines will compress and damage the filling and in many cases the damage will be permanent. Silk and wool-filled duvets must be dry cleaned. Posted Sept 15, 2013

Shirt Washed or Dry Cleaned?

Many of our customers (more frequently, men) are not sure whether their dress shirts can be just laundered or they must be dry cleaned. In most cases, especially for cotton shirts, they should be washed and pressed rather than dry cleaned. Not only is laundering cheaper (we charge $3.50 per shirt washed and pressed vs $5.00 for dry cleaning), washing is actually better for removing body oil and perspiration from the garment. Dry cleaning should be done when the garment is actually soiled (food stain, wine for example). So unless you are dealing with acute stains, it is advisable to keep dry cleaning frequency to a minimum because excessive dry cleaning can deteriorate the garment, not to mention burn a hole in the pocket. Posted Sept 20, 2013


Storage of out-of-season clothing

With the change of season, it is time to store away summer clothing and bedding. Before you put them out of sight for next few months though, the garments must be thoroughly laundered or dry cleaned. Unwashed dirt and debris can cause considerable damage to clothing as they can eat into fabric or attract pests. There is no one best way to store clothes, as long as they are contained in an environment as air-tight as possible. Bugs need air to breath and survive, so that sealing the containers will minimize potential damage and a nasty surprise when you take the stuff out of the storage in Spring. Plastic or cardboard containers sealed with tape are a good idea. And if you prefer unused suit cases, make sure they are carefully cleaned before clothes are stored. Some people use cedar blocks to keep the moth away, and they work although there is no 100% guarantee. Posted Oct 7, 2013