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Gary Shif

Gary Shif


Best Cleaners
2140 W. Church Street
Orlando, FL 32805

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Together we build a strong community!edgewoodheader

Here at Best Cleaners, we are grateful for the trust and patronage bestowed upon us and are proud to be a partner in the communities in which we serve.  This time of year we enjoy helping the Edgewood Children’s Ranch. Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been around for nearly 50 years.  They provide discipline, education, athletics, guidance, counseling and most importantly, a strong sense of direction and love.  Their program has helped at-risk families and children find hope in a Christ centered environment through generous financial gifts from our community. They are a co-educational residential facility accommodating 63 children ages 7-17.   For additional information or ways you can assist the great mission of the ranch, please visit www.EdgewoodRanch.com  or call 407-295-2464 (Gaby or Joan) 

 When you pay it forward....everyone wins!

$5.00 Free Dry Cleaning with a donation of 2 non-perishable goods.

Max discount is $10.00 per customer per visit\drop-off.

Needs: Cereal, Ketchup, Tuna, Peanut Butter, Spaghetti Sauce and Pasta.

Discount excludes household, specialty garments, alterations\tailoring or wash\fold service.  May not apply towards prior order\balance

Valid at Drop-Off Only -  Exp. 11/30/2016


Learn More About Edgewood Children's Ranch

If you would like to donate more, or help in other ways,  please click here


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Let's face it,  if you're like most of us you probably indulge yourself during 4th. of July and Memorial Day feasts.  Sure, those events are lots of fun and beside...Who can say no to a cookout.  But no celebration or feast is conquered without some battle wounds...Those infamous dribbles! 

Don't fear the sauce, here are easy DIY Stain Removal methods for those Mustard Stains and Ketchup Stains


Ketchup Stain Removal


  • Always and as per ANY stain, remove stain from surface of material immediately.  Simply wiping gently (don't scrub or scratch fabric) or by dabbing stained area.
  • Cover stained area with Baby Powder or Sweet'n Low which will absorb some of the stain.  Brush off powder application after several minutes.  At this point you should be left with a stained surface area which is free of excess sauce and also dryer to the touch.
  • Rinse garment under tap water allowing water to flush through the fabric from backside, this forces the stain to flush out in the direction in which it came from rather than working it further into the fabric. 
  • Stain Treatment.  Place fabric flat on a hard surface and work a drop or two of dishwashing detergent onto stained area.  Dabbing lightly with a soft brush will work the detergent through the fabric hence into fibers.  Rinse treatment per rinsing procedure above.  This may be repeated prior to placing in washing machine.  Peroxide (Bleach) and Vinegar (Acid) are powerful stain removers but you must be careful as they both have a tendency to fade and distort the dye in fabrics so, prior to applying either you must test the fabric in an inconspicuous area of the garment. 
  • Machine Wash in cold water and air dry. NEVER PLACE A STAINED GARMENT IN A DRYER!
  • Provide garment to your trusted Dry Cleaner and advise them of the stain.  When it comes to stain removal and fabric restoration "Time is of the essence" states Gary Shif of Best Cleaners in Orlando.

Mustard Stain Removal


Mustard is one of the most difficult stains to remove even for professional Dry Cleaners.  Mustard contain oil and dye creating an extraordinary challenge.  Mustard is a seed and generally is not the source of the challenge...It's the yellow dye (food coloring) which is a derivative of Turmeric (Ginger family) spice.  Follow these steps to remove mustard stains. 

  • Always and as per ANY stain, remove stain from surface of material immediately.  Simply wiping gently (don't scrub or scratch fabric) or by dabbing stained area.
  • Cover stained area with Baby Powder or Sweet'n Low which will absorb some of the stain.  Brush off powder application after several minutes.  At this point you should be left with a stained surface area which is free of excess sauce and also dryer to the touch.
  • Rinse garment under tap water allowing water to flush through the fabric from backside, this forces the stain to flush out in the direction in which it came from rather than working it further into the fabric. 
    Option1:  Place fabric flat on a hard surface and work a drop or two of dishwashing detergent onto stained area.  Dabbing lightly with a soft brush will work the detergent through the fabric hence into fibers.  Rinse treatment per rinsing procedure above.  Repeat treatment upon success. 
    Option 2: Soak stained area with a 50/50 mixture of Laundry Detergent and lukewarm water.  Soak area for 10 minutes and rinse per above rinsing instructions.
    Option 3: Soak stained area with a 50/50 mixture of Vinegar and lukewarm water.  Soak area for 10 minutes and rinse per above rinsing instructions.
    Option 4: Soak stained area with a 50/50 mixture of Alcohol and Dishwashing Detergent.  Soak area for 10 minutes and rinse with HOT WATER.
    Option 5: When all else fails....Treat stained area with Hydrogen Peroxide and allow to steep for 30-45 minutes.  Rinse per above instructions. 
  • This may be repeated prior to placing in washing machine.  Peroxide (Bleach) and Vinegar (Acid) are powerful stain removers but you must be careful as they both have a tendency to fade and distort the dye in fabrics so, prior to applying either you must test the fabric in an inconspicuous area of the garment.
  • Machine Wash in cold water and air dry. NEVER PLACE A STAINED GARMENT IN A DRYER!
  • Provide garment to your trusted Dry Cleaner as soon as possible and advise them of the stain. 

Mustard stain removal from suit.  Pictures provided by Best Cleaners Orlando of recent success in removing mustard stains from a suit and silk tie.
Best Cleaners Orlando Mustard Stain Removal

 Other related links:
Greener and Fresher Laundry - The use of Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Vinegar.

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When You Look Good.....You Feel Good!


Self-Esteem or Self-Confidence? 

It is often said that wardrobe or fashion improves our Self-Esteem and\or Self-Confidence.  Dress for Success(1)  suggests that attire will boost the confidence in disadvantaged women. ExpertBeacon(2) advises that “personal fashion” and how you look will increase your Self-Esteem...Confused?  Lets define and understand the difference:  

Self-Esteem generally describes ones personal feelings towards  self-regard, self-love, self-respect and personal positive regards.  

Self-Confidence generally describes ones ability or self-assurance.  Hence, it is possible to have Self-Esteem but lack Self-Confidence! Example, looking and feeling good doesn't give us any know how.  Experts often interchange the two suggesting they are closely linked and correlate to each other....we won't debate. 

Boost Your Self-Esteem with Fashion! 

Since Self-Esteem is about our feelings, how we look physically influences our feelings and attitude.  Such success has been achieved by organizations like Dress for Success(1), Career Wardrobe(3) and Career Gear(4) who provide proper attire to underprivileged men and women. Several factors are to be considered when selecting proper attire; 

  • The Occasion

  • Color & Print

  • Style

Understanding the above and their importance can be reviewed in detail at 3 Easy Steps To A Winning Wardrobe 

We all agree that what we wear does not necessarily portray our qualities however, our appearance without a doubt will transform the way we feel and perceived by others.....Just ask Vivian (Julia Roberts) from “Pretty Woman”.





1- https://www.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/donate/ 

2 -http://expertbeacon.com/personal-fashion-can-increase-your-self-image-and-self-esteem/#.VPnF4JU5Cpo

3 - http://careerwardrobe.org/  

4 - http://www.careergear.org 

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As culture is rapidly changing, the affinity to health and the environment has grown exponentially.  According to SocialTime “health conscious shoppers could become powerful brand advocates”.  Consumers are demanding healthier foods, beverages, cosmetics including recyclable products or those who are made of.  However, most of us are ignorant about or neglect the awareness of Toxic Laundry Detergent and Household Cleaning Agents.  So, what active and inactive (Inert Ingredients) ingredients are found in common Toxic Laundry Detergents?

Is my laundry detergent toxic?

The answer to the above is most likely YES! The following are common active ingredients used in many laundry detergents which are considered to be air pollutants, contaminants and even carcinogens according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These are ingredients which are said to be cancer causing and present danger to respiratory systems.

Toxic Laundry Detergent Ingredients 

  • 1, 4-DioxaneDioxane is a byproduct used in detergents and other cosmetic products.  It is classified as Ether.  Dioxane is irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract.  Dioxane has the ability to effect the kidneys, liver and nervous system according to the USDA and FDA.  The FDA advised and recommended to manufacturers to remove 1,4 Dioxane from many products however, it is not required by Federal Law (FDA/CFSAN-Handbook Part 3).  All agencies including The National Institute of Health (NIH) confirm that 1,4 Dioxane is expected to be a Carcinogen.
  • Sulfates & SurfactantsToday’s detergents and cosmetics encompass several types of Sulfates including, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS).  Sulfates are used as surfactants (detergents, emulsifiers, foaming agents and wetting agents).  Simply described, “Surfactants brokers a marriage between oil and water in an effort to remove soil, protein and other contaminants from surfaces” – Says Gary Shif owner of Best Cleaners in Orlando, FL.  Surfactants are found in laundry detergents, shampoos, toothpaste and other cosmetic products.  Surfactants are known to be Toxic and Contaminant to our ecosystem, animals and humans. According to the Environmental Working Group.  Exposure to SLS has caused concerns:
          • Irritation to skin, eyes and lungs
          • Organ System Toxicity
          • Ecotoxicology (Environmental Toxin)


The above are a couple which are present in most laundry detergents considering them toxic.  Most laundry detergents, fabric softeners, household cleaners and cosmetic products contain Dioxane, Sulfate, Surfactants, Petro-Chemicals, Alcohol and Dyes….

A Toxic Cocktail! 


Toxic Laundry Detergent Alternatives

YES, when it comes to greener and healthier laundry detergents and household cleaners you have options.  Below we list healthier and friendlier laundry detergents that can be found in local supermarkets.  You also find other non-toxic option at Simple Steps To Greener and Fresher Laundry


Green and Non-Toxic Laundry Detergents:


The Dirty Bunch

The following are “F” rated laundry detergent due to toxicity and non-friendly ingredients as surveyed by The Environmental Working Group (EGW)

  • Tide Liquid (Plus Alternative, Tide Free for Cold Water, Liquid Mountain Spring, Plus Bleach HE, Clean Breeze HE, Tide 2X, and several other labels)
  • Gain Liquid Detergent (W\ Baking Soda, and several other labels)
  • Era 2X Ultra Liquid
  • Downey
  • Ivory Ultra
  • The Laundress Baby Detergent
  • Green Works
  • All 2X Ultra
  • Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean
  • Purex
  • Shout
  • Cheer Bright Clean HE Liquid

       See details to Healthy Laundry Detergent Guide and Rating here > http://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry?grade=f


Today’s laundry detergents, fabric softeners, household cleaners and even cosmetics contain multiple toxic and un-friendly agents.  Most contain Dioxane, Sulfate, Surfactants, Petro-Chemicals, Alcohol and Dyes.  Consumers need to be aware of the risk presented by the above ingredients and make a greener and healthier choice. 

As Gary Shif from Best Cleaners in Orlando explains “Most cleaning agents are indeed dirty!”


Greener and Fresher Laundry - The use of Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Vinegar.

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How To Care For Your JeansBest Cleaners Orlando Care For Your Jeans

If you are like most of us...You probably have a favorite pair of jeans or a dozen!  A pair that makes you feel good, look good or simply comfortable.  Some of us are so passionate about jeans that we are willing to pay hundreds of dollars regardless of how often we wear them.    

"I wish I had invented blue jeans.  They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope in my clothes." ~ Yves Saint Laurent

So, with so much too loose, what is the best way to care for jeans?


3 Easy Steps

1 - Before wearing your new jeans.  Turn inside out and rinse in cold water and a little vinegar.  While rinsing will remove excess dye, the vinegar will set the dye preventing premature fading.

2 - Always wash jeans inside out and in cold water.  You may place jeans in dryer set at low heat as high heat may yield to shrinkage.  We recommend drying on low heat or hang to dry right side out.  DO NOT dry in direct sunlight as UV rays may cause fading.

3 - Dry Cleaning using GreenEarth process is most effective.  GreenEarth process which uses silicone base cleaning solution, not only cleans fabric but also preserves the dye ....prevents fading.


It is important to know that jeans may not need to be cleaned every time you wear them...In fact, most designers and manufacturers suggest wearing them multiple times and using your best judgment as to when your jeans should be cleaned.



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So, “if we are what we eat” the same can be said that “we are what we wear”. How we dress expresses more than our flavor of fashion. Covering the great majority of our body our attire is silent by nature, yet it yelps about our success, self-confidence, character, attitude, economic, moral, social and even educational status. Human Resources often make decisions upon close evaluation of the prospect's wardrobe and reciprocate the method with respect to promotion consideration. Self-confidence, assurance and poise is often garnished by how we feel about our wardrobe.


If you're like most, the first question in preparation for any activity is ”WHAT DO I WEAR?” which is closely followed by “UGH...I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”. If that sounds like a familiar tune, trust that you are normal.


3 Steps To A Winning Wardrobe


The Activity

Understanding the activity, event or occasion is the base necessary for us to build a successful and proper dress attire. I'm often astonished when attending an activity as many attendees appear overdressed, underdressed or simply out of context. I recently attended a Run for the Roses cocktail reception in which sevaral attendees appeared in Tommy Bahama Caribbean style attire and even jeans. With a little effort and research they could have learned that the Run for the Roses and the Kentucky Derby is NOT a beach party. KNOW THE ACTIVITY.

When planning for a Job Interview research the dress-code and dress alike. Remember, if a company invited you to an interview they already know you can do the job however, they would like to know more about you. How you dress provides a lasting first impression.


Your Style

Our fashion type is often expressed through our desire for certain fabric types, patterns, prints or textures. In addition, accessories play an important rule in expressing our style. Common styles are Traditional (Conservative), Sporty and Trendy. When expressing our style through wear, we are most comfortable and confident.

Our son has an affinity for Traditional\Conservative attire which can be challenging when planning to attend a sporting event. So, often we exchange a coat with a cardigan and leather shoes with a pair of canvas fabric lace-up shoes hence providing us with a Traditional\Conservative style in a sporty flavor.

Understanding our style preference will yield to a useful and joyous wardrobe collection that will satisfy us for years to come.


Colour & Prints

Recently an article published by the Huffington Post named “Clothes And Personality: What Your Favourite Colour Says About You (INFOGRAPHIC)suggested that if you're always wearing black, it's not just because you want to look chic.

Wearing black could mean you're authoritative and timeless — at least according to the infographic below.  The graphic lists popular colour tones and explores what they mean for the person who wears them. Some are pretty obvious: green (think the shade of our $20 bills) makes one appear wealthy or refreshing, and wearing white portrays cleanliness.

One study published in Glamour Magazine found wearing shades of red makes you appear sexier. While other colours like teal, rose and eggplant flatter every skin tone(that according to RealSimple.com).

What's more, our colour or shade sartorial choices change depending on our mood. In the summer, we tend to wear lighter and brighter colours, and, in the fall, our choices get warmer and darker. 

Best Cleaners Orlando - Color-Meanings

As we can see, colours can express our personality, mood and even make a statement about our personal agenda. Bases for choosing the colour of our wardrobe could be complex nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a colour the most important rule is..... YOU MUST LIKE WHAT YOU WEAR! Never choose a color in which you do not feel comfortable in for any reason.

PRINTED wardrobe is popular among Traditional\Conservative and Sporty styles. Florals are universally flattering. There’s really no age group, skin tone or style that flower motifs don’t work for,” explains Shannon Davenport, the fashion and media editor for Stylesight.com. “We’re still in a very print-heavy moment in fashion, and in many ways florals are sort of a neutral print. This means you can combine them with other patterns, like stripes or dots, or you can wear them on their own.”  Polka Dots, Plaid and even Leopard Print can be fun and valuable to your wardrobe. Although, some prints may not be appropriate for a job interview or a presentation they may be a winner for a social event.


"The Essence of Success is Wardrobe. How We Dress Contributes to Our Success and Self-Confidence." -- Gary Shif








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How To Do Laundry 

Laundry Day

Easy Steps to Understanding and Restoring Your Fabrics

Beginner or veteran, young or old, chances are you are confused, uncertain or simply don’t know what you don’t know. Understanding laundry tools and fabrics assures safe and proper restoration of fabrics hence enhancing the look and feel while reducing the laundry budget.

Washing Machine

One of the most important processes in cleaning fabric is mechanical action. Mechanical action is the physical process which engages the fabric absorbed by lubricants a\k\a detergents, water and soil. Years ago mechanical action was applied by working the fabric against a boulder at the rivers edge which was succeeded by the soap bucket and washboard. The invention of the washing machine is less physically demanding and provides greater cleaning ability. Not overloading the washing machine will allow for proper mechanical action hence satisfactory cleaning results. 

Laundry Detergents

In order to assist the mechanical action (agitation) and water with the removal of soil, we add lubricants a\k\a laundry detergent. Detergent and soaps are essential for the removal of oily and organic type stains\soil. Detergents and soaps contain surfactants which reduce the water’s surface tension. “Think of it like this…Surfactants are like a broker succeeding in a deal which both water and oil agree to mix for a little while” – Gary Shif, President of Best Cleaners in Orlando. By succeeding in such “deal” we are able to dispose of the soil during the rinse cycle.

Today’s detergents include more than just surfactants, they also include bleaches, enzymes, alkalis and fragrance to improve cleaning while penetrating a spectrum of stains\soil types.


Fabric is a product of weaving or networking natural or artificial fibers. How the fabric is constructed and\or dyed dictates how we will care for it. Example, loose weaved wool fabric has the tendency to shrink more so than a tight weaved synthetic fabric. Unless preshrunk, natural fibers like cotton and linen will likely shrink in hot water while polyester is found to be more durable. While water temperature is a factor it is not the only factor in caring for fabrics. Dye, Ph. Level and Yarn create many variables in which need to be considered prior to washing or restoring fabrics. We recommend following manufacturers cleaning instructions. The latter is due to FTC laws and the assumption that the manufacturer and its garment engineers developed a satisfactory product. 

Pre-Washing Procedures

Sorting is a most critical step as proper sorting will prevent dye bleeding, shrinking and improve cleaning and restoration of your fabrics. In general, there are three main wash groups:

Lights (Whites, Tan, Beige, Cream, Silver etc.)

Darks a\k\a Deep Colors (Red, Navy, Green, Black etc.)

Mediums a\k\a Pastels (Pink, Mint Green, Yellow etc.)

NOTE: Each group should be separated in to sub-groups e.g. dark hand washables, light delicates and even light household (sheets, towels, pillow cases etc.)


After removing all foreign matters from pockets:

1 - Load the proper group into wash wheel. Always be aware that overloading the wash wheel will reduce the cleaning ability and life of your washing machine (for load capacity refer to Owner’s Manual).

2 - Choose the proper wash cycle. Most fabrics may be restored by washing and rinsing in cold water. However, household items should be washed in hot water for proper sanitation while rinsed in cold water.

NOTE: Rinsing in anything but cold water is simply a waste of energy.

3 – Detergent should be added according to your water type, size of load and degree of soil. In most cases, an over the counter detergent will work fine if used according to instructions.

NEVER: Apply detergent directly to fabric. Use dispenser or allow machine to fill with water prior to adding detergent.


  • When in doubt read garment label.
  • Check pockets.
  • Sort in to groups.
  • Always run full loads but don’t overload machine.
  • Wash only household in hot water and always rinse in cold water.
  • Never place detergent directly on fabric.
  • Never leave wet fabrics in washer as they will sour and mold.


Other Related Sources

Caring for Holiday Garments and Fine Fabrics

Greener and Fresher Laundry - The use of Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Vinegar.



Doing laundry can be loads of fun

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Simple Steps to Greener and Fresher Laundry......





Bleach: Lemon juice is an all-natural bleaching agent. Pour lemon juice on stains (test for colorfastness in a hidden spot first) and hang in the sun to dry, then machine wash as usual. For an allover white brightener, replace the bleach in your wash cycle with 1 cup of lemon juice.

Soak Solution: For very soiled or perpetually dingy items (not just clothes—think towels, sheets, tablecloths), soak overnight in hot water with ½ cup lemon juice. Machine wash as usual. You may subsitute lemon juice using white distilled vinegar.

Odor Eliminator: Adding ½ cup baking soda to the rinse cycle will neutralize odors and leave your laundry smelling fresh without fragrance.

Brightener: To give your regular liquid laundry detergent a stain-fighting boost, add ½ cup baking soda to your regular wash cycle.  Baking soda helps neutralize the pH in your wash water, improving the way detergent interacts with your clothes. Your whites will come out whiter and colors brighter.

Stain removal: A paste of baking soda and water can be rubbed into tough stains like blood,wine, perspiration, and vomit to kill the odor and help remove the stain.

One cup of white distilled vinegar added to the laundry rinse cycle will keep your clothes soft and colors bold while eliminating odors caused by detergents, smoke, pets and many others.

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Every year we suffer from anxiety related to purchasing and, caring for our holiday garments.  We're afraid to wash them fearing they will shrink or fade and, hesitant about "schlepping" to our local dry cleaners questioning the outcome.  Nevertheless, we conclude by doing something, hence taking a risk or, doing nothing which is even a greater risk.

So, what is the answer? How do we eliminate the risk or fear of damaging our favorite holiday garment?  

There are several simple steps to assure a clean, restored and, fashion filled holiday season and, it always starts with reading care labels. There are specific guidelines in which garment manufacturers must obey by and, you must follow in order to properly care for a garment.  




Labels - Reading and understanding cleaning labels and instructions.  "Every season we receive holiday garments in which the customer could have saved themselves lots of headaches and, money if they simply read the instruction stating, spot clean only or do not wash or dry clean" -- says Gary Shif of Best Cleaners in Orlando. A consumer who distrusts or dislikes dry cleaners should not purchase a garment instructing them to Dry Clean.  Conversely,  a consumer who enjoys convenience should not purchase a garment instructing to Hand Wash Only.  Here are some universal cleaning labels:



 Ornate Trimming and Fine Fabrics – Assuming you just had to have it, it is you, It is all the confidence that you need for your holiday reception….BUY IT. Caring and, maintaining ornate garments and, fine fabrics can be conquered.. 


-         “Dry Clean” or “Dry Clean Only” , if stated, is the preferred method. Your only option here is to find a reputable Dry Cleaner using the proper fluid and finishing procedures. “Dry Clean” or “Dry Clean Only” is not necessarily a substitute for “Hand Wash” 

-         “Hand Wash” requires more attention and, care. In order to properly hand wash a garment you should first button it, zip it and turn inside out. In a sink or tub, prepare a mixture of cool water and, mild detergent, (Baby Shampoo works great). Once detergent and water have been mixed you may insert the garment by softly pushing it underwater. The cleaning will occur when you rock and, turn the garment back and, forth. Do not twist, ring or scrub the garment. Drain the water. Rinse with fresh water and, softly squeeze water from the fabric. Lay garment flat on top of a white towel. Do not dry garment in direct sun or, close to fluorescent light as both can contribute to fading. 

-         “Delicate Wash” is often recommended to avoid the burden of “Hand Wash”. However, delicate wash may damage your garment if improperly used. Prior to placing in the washing machine, button, zip and, turn garment inside out. Place garment in a net bag and, secure properly to avoid opening during the wash cycle or spin. For top-loading machines wait until water level is reached and, detergent has dissolved or mixed thoroughly.  Proceed placing garment (net bag) in machine. In a front loader you may place the garment (net bag) prior to starting the machine or place on washing rack if provided. 

Common Mistakes:

-         Too much, wrong or direct exposure to detergent.

-         Scrubbing, twisting and, ringing in hand wash process.

-         Drying in dryer, sunlight or in proximity to fluorescent lighting. 

Following the proper procedures and caring for your holiday garments and, fine fabrics can be easy and, will insure complete restoration and availability for years to come.




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shirtpicMost likely by now you have experienced this mystery once or twice in your life and struggled to receive a proper explanation as to Why or How stains and a discoloration appear on underarms areas.

The Problem:

A discoloration, normally yellow or brown in color on or about the underarm area. Staining may appear as ring, streak, splotch or lightened areas. Some cases the fabric is weakened and yields to small hole or tears.  Blue fabrics will reveal a pinkish stain or discoloration, white or beige fabrics may reveal a yellow or gold discoloration.  Although the discoloration may not be noticed immediately after wearing, it does surface within days.  Tears may occur during cleaning as the weaken fibers are exposed to cleaning process.

What Causes Underarm Damage and Discoloration?

According to a study performed by International Fabricare Institute, Antiperspirants are the leading cause.  Antiperspirants remaining on the fabric for a period of time forms hydrocellulose (chemical degradation) hence creating staining and weakness in the fabric.  However, some Antiperspirants and Deodorants are harmless to fabrics.  Stick and cream contain a higher pH (less acidic) than liquid.  Liquid tends to penetrate the fabric quickly and thoroughly.    

Understanding Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Purpose and Function

In early generation oils and perfumes were used to mask odor generated by perspiration.  Today, there are two common methods:

  • Deodorant which prevents the development of odor in perspiration through anti-bacterial ingredients and does not reduce the amount in which a person may perspire. 
  • Antiperspirants act in opposite to deodorant as it works to prevent our body from perspiring.  Most antiperspirants contain the same odor killing ingredients with additional chemicals (Astringents) to plug the sweat glands. Most antiperspirants include Aluminum Sulfate or Aluminum Chloride.

Both methods are available in forms of liquid, cream, stick and spray in which consumers may choose based on preference. 

Preventing Underarm Discolorations and Staining

With prompt and proper care the mystery and challenges can be easily concurred.

  • Always wash garment as soon as possible hence, removing any residue of Antiperspirants, Deodorants or perspiration.
  • Switch from Antiperspirant to Deodorant with a neutral pH.
  • Undershirts shield your body from outer wear…lets face it, its cheaper to replace an undershirt than an expensive silk blouse or shirt. 
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b2ap3 icon DryelStarterKit 021610By now most of us seen or considered a home dry cleaning kit.  As consumers tighten their belt and work on rebuilding their balance sheet, home dry cleaning kits become appealing.  There are several brands currently available at local supermarkets:

Product: Dryel 

Manufacturer: Procter & Gamble 

Description   • Dryer bag and dryer-activated cloth

                       • Stain removal solution and absorbent pads

                       • Instructions

Product: FreshCare

Manufacturer: Clorox

Description: • Dryer bag and dryer-activated cloth

                      • Stain removal solution and absorbent pads

                      • Instructions

Product: Dry Cleaner’s Secret

Manufacturer: Dry, Inc.

Description: • Dryer-activated cloths that are also

                         used for stain removal

                      • Instructions

Product: Custom Cleaner

Manufacturer: Dial/Henkel LLC

Description: • Dryer bag

                      • Dryer-activated cloths that are also

                         used for stain removal

                      • Instructions

The above kits claim to have the ability to remove stains, odors and some claim to be a complete replacement for a dry cleaner.  In 2000, DLI (Dry Cleaners & Laundry Institute) conducted a variety of cleaning tests with the products above derived with interesting results.  Similar results were published by Consumer Reports.

  1. In tests conducted using ketchup, lipstick and soiled cuffs stains.  Products failed to completely remove stains and further failed in every test done on ground-in soil.
  2. In some cases the stain removal solutions caused rings or chafing (white discoloration) in which could no be removed or reversed.
  3. Products yield to a poor finish and look as opposed to the crisp and tailored appearance produced by dry cleaners.

Although home dry cleaning kits may be a cheaper approach to freshening your garments, its inability to effectively remove stains, soil and restore fabrics, precludes it from being a substitute for a professional dry cleaner. 

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Best Cleaners Orlando Dry Cleaning Machine

Dry Cleaning is a process used to remove soil, stains and restore fabrics without the use of water. The Romans used ammonia derived from urine to restore their woolen and fine fabric which was replaced by petroleum (gasoline and kerosene) by the French during the 19th century. Today there are a variety of fluids available, some are environmentally friendly and some are a potential hazard. Nevertheless, Dry Cleaning is not dry.

  • The Process

A dry cleaning machine resembles the basic appearance of a front loading washing machine with the exception of being much larger. Regardless of the make, model and size, all dry cleaning machines function in a similar manner. Dry cleaning machines incorporate:

• A large vat (basket or wheel) capsulating 10 lbs. to 90lbs. of soiled garments. The vat’s design includes paddles which are used to create a mechanical action hence cleaning the garments. • Since dry cleaning fluid is stored in tanks and must be transferred from and to the vat, a fluid pump is added to the base of the machine.

• A filtration and distillation (vaporizing process) process allows for the purification process of the fluid and its reuse.

• Computer processor monitors the vitals and processing steps to insure safety and quality. Basics processing steps are: Filtered Wash 1, Filtered Wash 2, Extract and Dry.

  • Dry Cleaning Fluids

Thanks to research and development dry cleaning fluids have become safer and friendlier to our fabrics and environment. Much more advanced from ammonia (derived from urine), gasoline or kerosene, operators and consumers have the following choices:

• Invented in the 1930’s, “Perc” a/k/a Perchloroethylene is a chlorocarbon synthetic fluid used by dry cleaners today. It is a colorless and is nonflammable. It has great oil base stain removing ability however, it posses a great risk in processing garments containing plastic trim such as sequins, rhinestones or silk screening. Irresponsible use of “Perc” may lead to human and environmental hazard therefore, “Perc” is closely regulated by EPA, OSHA and other state and federal regulators. According to TCATA the demand for “Perc” has declined by 500% since 1985.

• Hydrocarbon has become more popular among operators as the alternative to “Perc”. Hydrocarbon manufactured by Exxon-Mobile as DF-2000 or Chevron as EcoSolv are petroleum based VOCs (volatile organic compounds) fluids. Although Hydrocarbon fluids are flammable the risk is reduced by modern technology and proper handling. Hydrocarbon is a less aggressive fluid than “Perc” hence is safer for plastic trimming and polyurethane fabric.

• Glycol Ethers (DPTB- dipropylene glycol tertiary-butyl ether) used in dry cleaning fluids such as Rynex and Solvair are friendlier to the environment than “Perc” and perform better on water soluble soil and stains. The fluid has a low level of toxicity and high flash point. Rynex is considered a VOC and is regulated accordingly. Per Solvair, fluid is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. The fluid does not add to greenhouse gases or smog.

• Carbon Dioxide (Liquid CO2), Although liquid CO2 is superior to traditional dry cleaning fluids most operators including the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) agree that it is a much weaker cleaner. Liquid CO2 is effective on removing fire odor, soot and toxic residues. It has minimal environmental impact and generates low greenhouse gas in comparison to organic fluids.

• GreenEarth (Volatile Methyl Siloxane – D5), is liquid silicone fluid which odorless and colorless. Used in many products like lotions, lip balm, hair and skin products. GreenEarth is gentler on garments than “Perc” or Hydrocarbon and is dye safe with virtually no color loss. GreenEarth is nontoxic and non- hazardous. In the environment it will degrade to silica, water and CO2 and is not considered VOC by California Air Resources Board (ARB) or EPA.

  • Stain Removing

Prior to cleaning, garments are inspected for soil and stains which need extra attention. Using a special Spotting Board equipped with air, steam and vacuum a trained operator will treat stains and heavy soiled areas to improve cleaning results. A Dry Cleaning Spotter is a skilled position which requires knowledge of fabrics, dyes and stain recognition. 

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