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By Joshua Hannah 26 Oct, 2017

Some natural relaxation shrinkage can show up after cleaning household items such as comforters, bedspreads, and blankets. There is usually a fullness of the backing or shell fabric, causing a puckered appearance. Also, any piping borders, quilting stitches, and seams may be rippled or distorted.

 

Although many factors can contribute to this type of shrinkage, the major cause is the original fabric not being properly preshrunk or stabilized before the article was constructed. When this occurs, the latent strains of relaxation will appear during any acceptable care procedure.

 

Some slight shrinkage (approximately 2-4 percent) is to be expected on all household items, but on properly cleaned items that shrink excessively, the manufacturer should be held responsible. If you have any questions or concerns bring it to Atlas Dry Cleaners.

 

By Joshua Hannah 19 Sep, 2017
The discoloration is usually attributed to one of two problems. Most whites are treated with fluorescent whiteners or optical brighteners during manufacturing to achieve a desired shade of white. Brighteners decompose with age, exposure to light, or, in some cases, the heat of cleaning. Washing the item in bleach will also destroy the brighteners. Decomposition causes the white fabric to ...appear dull and dingy, or have a slightly yellow or green color.

Graying of fabric in laundering can occur for several reasons. Overloading the washer or low water or detergent levels contributes to this problem since soils are not flushed out in rinsing but redeposit on the items in the load. It may be possible to remove impurities from laundered items by rewashing in a load with adequate water and detergent levels.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

The change in whiteness caused by decomposition of fluorescent brighteners is permanent and may be considered a manufacturer defect if the item is relatively new and has been cleaned according to recommended care instructions.  If you have questions about any garment bring it up to Atlas Dry Cleaners and we will give you our professional opinion.

By Joshua Hannah 04 Sep, 2017
Many people do not realize that prolonged contact with deodorants and antiperspirants may cause permanent damage to clothing. Combined with the effects of perspiration, the damage can be extensive. The most frequent damage is caused by overuse of these products, or infrequent cleanings. This leads to the buildup of a stiff, caked-up residue or to fabric damage.

To prevent chemical damage, do not overuse the product and allow... it to dry before dressing. Wear a dress shield with silk garments.

The best way to prevent ruining a garment is to bring it to us for a cleaning, but you can try to remove the stains if you're adventurous.

To remove the residue on washable garments, wash them as soon as possible after wear in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Soaking in a detergent containing enzymes or an enzyme presoak may be necessary. If the stain remains, try using three percent hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach, according to fiber type or care label instructions.

By Joshua Hannah 14 Aug, 2017
By Joshua Hannah 22 Jun, 2017
Dry Cleaning is a method of cleaning clothes without using water.  This methodology originated in 1885 and has improved immensely over the years.  Dry Cleaning usually involves a petroleum-based liquid solvent that is very effective at removing dirt and oil from your clothes.  If your clothes possess stubborn stains they find their way to the spotting board where they can be addressed accordingly. 

Atlas Dry Cleaners has been around since 1937 and we are very good at what we do.  You can trust your garments with us.
By Joshua Hannah 03 Jun, 2017
Atlas Dry Cleaners does offer same day service Monday - Friday and we have one simple request.  We ask that you have your garments to us by 10am if you want them ready by 2pm.  The process takes some time to get your garments looking spectacular so it's very important we are given the time to mark in your clothes, clean and press them appropriately and have them ready for pick-up. 
By Joshua Hannah 29 Apr, 2017
Asking the right questions will help you find the best dry cleaners in your area.  Do not assume that all dry cleaners are alike because every dry cleaners has their own shortcomings.  I will list a few reasons that make Atlas Dry Cleaners one of the best in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, OH area.


1. Services
  Atlas Dry Cleaners offers many services that include Free Pick-Up and Delivery, Same Day Service and On-Site Cleaning.  We also have a seamstress on site Monday - Friday.  If you have a garment that is leather, suede or fur that's fine too.  Have a wedding dress that needs to be cleaned and preserved?  No problem!

2. Process
  Look for a dry cleaners that has a dedicated spotter and dedicated inspector.  The quality improves immensely when you have an experienced spotter and someone that checks every garment before you receive it.  Look for a dry cleaners that pay employees by the hour.  Some dry cleaners incentivize employees by piece count per day and this can lead to a decrease in quality.  Human error is involved in the cleaning and pressing process so make sure your dry cleaners has a standard policy in place if your garment becomes compromised.  A good dry cleaners will always follow the care label to provide recourse for both parties, but things do happen and you want a dry cleaners that will make it right when things go wrong.

3. Reviews
  Always do your due diligence and see what your fellow customers say about the establishment you are considering.  Yelp, Google and Facebook are a good place to start.  You can also check Angie's List and local magazine and newspaper awards within your city.

Happy Hunting!


By Joshua Hannah 23 Mar, 2017
Before you store anything away be sure to wash and/or dry clean everything. The goal here is to get rid of any stains and odors before storing them away for spring and summer fun!

When you think about a storage area think about 4 key words: DRY, DARK, CLEAN and COOL.

A clean suitcase makes for a perfect storage spot.

Mothballs are effective, but they can be extremely harmful to children and pets. It’s not worth the risk. Try a lavender sachet instead.

Ask your local dry cleaners about free storage service. Atlas Dry Cleaners will store your clothes properly until you need them next year. When you get them back they will be cleaned, pressed and ready to go!
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