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Wednesday
May282014

Klinke Cleaner’s Summer Garment Care Tips

Did you know that some of the warm-weather essentials we use during the spring and summer months can damage our clothes? Here’s a list of common warm-weather products — including sun tan lotion, insect repellent and deodorant — that can damage clothes, followed by time-tested tips to help minimize damage to garments.

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Wednesday
May212014

How Do You Clean Crepe?

Crepe is an interesting fabric. It’s typically made of silk, wool or polyester, and is woven using a special technique that gives it a gauzy texture. Crepe can appear crimped, crinkled, puckered or pebbly — and can be quite smooth and soft, or stiff and coarse depending on the variety. Some crepe surfaces even resemble tree bark.

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Monday
May122014

How We Track Your Garments Through the Dry Cleaning Process

Have you ever wondered how we keep track of your garments after we’ve received them from you? Although we don’t expect you to be as obsessed as we are with dry cleaning, we thought you might be interested in a little behind-the-scenes peek at our process. 

Before your garments are dry cleaned, we tag each piece of clothing so it can be easily identified. The tags we use are specially made to ensure that the ink and dye don’t wash out of them during dry cleaning. Next, we group all garments that require the same cleaning process together. This ensures we’re cleaning your clothes safely, and to your specifications.  

Once we’ve separated clothing into similar groups, we weigh the garments to make sure we place the right amount into our dry cleaning machines. At the end of the cleaning cycle, clothes are taken to the finishing department to be pressed on machines specifically designed to handle a great variety of fabric types and garment designs. 

After pressing, clothes go to an assembly area where our coworkers collect all of the items in your order and place them together for packaging. When the number of items we’ve placed together match the number of items on your invoice, the order is complete and ready to be packaged. 

Garments are placed in polyethylene bags, or in your EarthSmart Bag if you have one, before we attach the invoice to your order. Your clean, packaged dry cleaning is then placed on our conveyor system to await pickup.  

Thanks for taking a moment to better understand our dry cleaning process! If you have any questions, feel free to contact (or drop by) your local Klinke Cleaners. We’re always happy to help!

Wednesday
May072014

Cleaning Clothes that Have Come in Contact with Poison Ivy

If a person comes in contact with poison ivy, the first course of action is to treat the rash. But what about the clothes that were worn when the person made contact with the plant?

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Tuesday
Apr292014

How Do You Clean Cotton?

Cotton is a fabric that’s typically easy to care for. Although most cotton garments are machine washable, some require dry cleaning — making it important to check the care labels before you wash any garments at home.

For example

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