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Sunray pleats take time
Press pleats and box pleats are the most common types of pleating on skirts and dresses. If the pleats are well defined and the press pleats are not too fine, then a competent...
The causes of greying
The term greying describes the discolouration that can occur during drycleaning. It is commonly caused by the removed soiling redepositing on the textiles but also by other factors...
Improving your profit margins
Drycleaners can vary considerably in their approach to counter procedures. Too frequently, inspection on the counter may be confined to a cursory glance at the exterior and perhaps...
Improving solvent mileage
Drycleaners can reduce their solvent consumption and costs by identifying factors that might affect economical use.
Rippling and bubbling
Bubbling and rippling are two of the most common garment problems. Each term refers to a specific fault but they are often wrongly used about the same fault.
The risks of dye bleeding
The conscientious drycleaner will usually avoid the risk of dye bleeding by classifying items likely to cause this problem as “reds” or ”bleeders.
Make allowances for shrinkage
This is the time of year when customers bring in curtains and drapes and other household textiles for cleaning.
The way clothes are presented after they have been cleaned and finished can influence a customer’s opinion both of the service they have just received and of the whole business,...
The care label dilemma
From an academic point of view garments should be processed according to their care label unless the instruction is obviously wrong but some labels can be over cautious in terms...
Water is the safest option
Approximately 70% of stains on garments brought into drycleaning shops are water-based. Ideally such staining should be treated before the garment is drycleaned and kit chemicals,...
Handling bamboo fibre safely
Over recent months I have received several enquiries from cleaners asking about items made from bamboo fibre.
Good inspection lifts quality
Wholehearted commitment by staff and good inspection systems throughout production will lead to a higher quality drycleaning service.
Using owner’s risk disclaimers
Owner’s risk disclaimers are used by the majority of drycleaners but occasionally this strategy can lead to difficulties in the customer relationship.
Minimising the risk of combustion
Fire is one of the main risks faced by drycleaning or laundry businesses. The risk is mainly associated with the accumulation of cellulosic lint on exposed surfaces and also...
Reducing the risk of cage marks
The problem of cage marks appearing on garments is normally confined to older drycleaning machines.
Drycleaners often have problems finishing linen to the correct perceived standard writes Roger Cawood.
Cleaning the still safely
Solvent spills and serious reportable accidents involving such spills are most likely to occur during still cleanin, writes Roger Cawood.