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Wedding Dress

How to Choose a Cleaner to Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Did you say “yes” to the dress?  Now it’s time to say “yes” to the cleaner who will clean and preserve your wedding dress.

One of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll ever purchase in your lifetime is a wedding gown. Many women choose to wear an older gown handed down from an older relative while others choose to purchase a brand, new dress.  Either way, choosing the right person to restore and preserve your special dress is important.

Not many dry cleaners can properly restore and preserve wedding gowns.  At Brighouse Dry Cleaners, we are privileged to be able to be part of your special day and that’s why we use the best processes to make sure you look your best on your wedding day and your special day lives on for years to come.

What’s important when it comes to preserving your wedding dress?

1. Does your dry cleaner truly understand the cleaning process?  Preservation is more than dry cleaning and folding your dress in a pretty box. Our team is trained to properly preserve your wedding gown from removing stains to fixing seams and reattaching sequins or pearls.

2.  Does your cleaner use a cleaning process that won’t damage your gown?  Cleaning a wedding gown is quite different than cleaning any other type of clothing. We specialize in wet cleaning, using our environmentally-friendly, non-toxic detergents and crystal clear purified water. Every step of the way, our professionals will ensure that your gown is treated with the gentleness and care it deserves.

3.  Does your cleaner know what to do after they are finished cleaning your gown? After cleaning your wedding gown, the cleaner shouldn’t hand it back to you in a typical dry clean bag.  We carefully fold into an acid-free box designed to prevent yellowing and keep your dress looking brand new for years to come.  You can pass it on to your daughter, niece, or another family member.

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Hand Wash, Machine Wash or Dry Clean?

How to clean your clothing seems simple enough – place in washer, add water, some soap and it’s a done deal, right? Wrong. The manufacturers of your clothing take the time to print instructions on those little labels for a reason. Read on to learn the details of how and why things are washed the way they are, and why you sometimes need to dry clean instead.

Hand Wash

The hand washing technique is reserved typically for delicates or things that are likely to be damaged by the force and repetition of a machine. To hand wash a garment, find a clean washbasin, tub or sink, fill with cold water and add just a few drops of mild detergent. Then, knead gently for two minutes. Some recommend a hair conditioner rinse for use on silks. Rinse until the soap is gone and lay flat to dry. Hand wash is NOT the same as Dry Clean.

Machine Wash

This is the most common technique of cleaning your clothing – the washing machine. Most washing machines have a variety of settings, hot water, cold, warm, cold then warm, etc. Just remember that hot water contributes to shrinkage and is harder on fabrics than cold. However, there are some serious stains out there that can only be mastered by a hot wash cycle. After a machine wash, you have the choice of a machine dry or hanging the clothing to dry naturally. The latter is better for the clothing but may take hours instead of minutes, depending on the humidity of where you live.

Dry Clean Only

This is our personal favorite, for many reasons – the best of which is that dry cleaning is one of the most efficient and gentle ways to clean your clothing. The label on your garment is a “best practices,” guide. If the label says, “Dry clean only,” that’s the best way to handle the garment. In a pinch, cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be machine-washed. Items made of silk, taffeta, wool, velvet or other exotic fabrics should be dry-cleaned.

Some sources suggest you can wash items that are “dry clean only.” Do this at your own risk. The labels are there for a reason and anytime you vary from the recommended method of cleaning, you run the risk of damaging your clothing.

For more information on dry cleaning your clothes, give us a call!

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Looking after your Towels

There is no house without towels and we use different sizes of towels according to our needs and use with different colours and fabrics. The most popular material for towels is cotton, but the grades are different as the quality of cotton is different. The best towel soaks water from our skin effectively and gives a gentle touch on scrubbing. Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to keeping your towels going, wash after wash.

Don’t Wash them with your other Clothes

Towels are made up differently so don’t wash them with the rest of your load. The stains and grime that a towel usually gather are different from those on ordinary clothing, so should be kept separate. Another reason to wash them separately is to do with their makeup; most are made of fine cotton that absorbs colours present in the wash. Once they catch the color from any other clothing it will remain on them for the rest of their life.

Always use Mild Detergent

Towels are of pure cotton so gentle and soft detergent is best as it is harmless for the cotton fibers. That’s why towel detergents always have different and milder chemicals than the washing detergents we use for our normal washing. The label will help you out a lot here, giving you details on how to care for and wash it. Water temperature is also important for their care; most will need a cold wash, with a warm/hot wash shortening their life span.

Don’t put your towels in the Dryer

The makeup of a towel is woven loosely to feel soft against your skin, and a dryer rotates clothes harshly so loose fibers can be damaged. The best thing to do is to put them on a washing line to dry in the sun or you can iron them gently if the label permits this.

Store Them in a Cupboard when they’ve Dried Completely

Wet towels are the real source of fungal allergies so keep them dry before use. To do this, keep them out in the natural air after every use and make sure they are completely dry if you plan to store them in the cupboard.

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Easy Tips on Storing Your Winter Clothes

Since Summer’s coming up fast, I thought it was an appropriate time to address a task that I’ve been putting off for several weeks – putting away my winter clothes. I desperately needed to pack away my sweaters and boots to make room for shorts and sandals! But rather than just taking stacks of sweaters out to the shelf in the garage, I thought I’d do a little research to make sure I’m storing my clothes properly.

There are several threats that clothing face in storage, including light, moisture, and insects that like to snack on your clothes! Light can quickly cause discoloration, while moisture and insects can cause irreparable damage (not to mention unpleasant smells!) But with just a little extra time and effort, you can ensure that your winter clothes will still be clean and fresh when you unpack them in Autumn.

Here are some simple tips for storing your winter clothes:

  • Wash (or dry clean) everything BEFORE you pack them away. Lingering oils from deodorants and perfumes can discolor your clothing over time, and no one likes pulling musty-smelling clothes out of storage.
  • Store your winter wardrobe in a cool, dark place, avoiding direct sunlight and stuffy air. A clean shelf in a closet or garage works perfectly.
  • If you’re using a storage container, choose an opaque one rather than a clear one. An opaque container will keep light out, which will keep your clothes from getting discolored. (Just make sure to label your containers so you know what’s inside.)
  • Help keep the shape of your shoes and accessories by stuffing them with tissue paper, toilet paper, or paper towels. If you’re using tissue paper, use white tissue paper to avoid any color transfer or staining
  • Before packing boots and shoes away, sprinkle a bit of baking soda into each one. Baking soda will help absorb any odors, and keep them from spreading to your other clothes. When it comes time to pull out your winter wardrobe again, simply dump the baking soda out before wearing.
  • To ensure that colors don’t rub off or transfer between your sweaters or pants, place a sheet of white tissue paper between each article of clothing.
  • Clothing made from natural fibers should be folded for storage, rather than hung up on a hanger. Hangers will stretch items over time, especially items made from natural fibers.
  • If you’re using garment bags to store winter items, use garment bags that are made of muslin or cotton, rather than plastic. Plastic garment bags don’t allow for air flow, so humidity build-up could become an issue. Muslin and cotton garment bags will allow your clothes to “breathe” while in storage.
  • Traditional mothballs contain insecticides designed to deter moths, but they can actually be quite harmful to children and pets, too. A safer, but still effective, alternative to mothballs is a lavender sachet.
  • If you have suitcases or travel bags you don’t use very often, you can save on storage space by storing your winter clothes in them. (But if you travel a lot, this may be more trouble than it’s worth!)

By using these tips and taking the time to properly pack away your winter wardrobe, you will not only cut down on a number of items that go missing between seasons, but you’ll also lengthen the lifespan of your clothes. Since many winter items like coats and boots are quite expensive, you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit of money if you can use each item longer!

And lastly, taking the time to properly pack away your winter clothes will ensure that when winter comes around again, you’ll be ready to face it with fresh, clean clothes, rather than wrinkled, musty ones.

For help with storage or cleaning before packing away your winter clothes, give us a call! 

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The impact of Johnsons dry cleaners moving off the high-street

For a few years now, we’ve been hearing about closure after closure of Johnsons Dry Cleaning branches across the country.

They’re not disappearing forever though, having been bought out by Timpsons- a name you might recognise for cutting your keys or mending your shoes in your local supermarket! In a bold move, Timpsons plan to integrate the dry cleaning into your local petrol stations and supermarkets hoping it will make it easier for housewives and busy professionals to just drop it off when they do their everyday shopping.

So how will this affect the dry cleaning industry as a whole? Well there are several points to think on:

 

  • While it will be more convenient to drop off and pick up your dry cleaning in a place you visit every week, most dry cleaning places already offer a pickup and drop-off service.

 

  • There won’t be any actual dry cleaning machines or facilities in store, meaning they’ll have to send your clothes out to another place to be cleaned. You won’t know where your clothes have been sent or to who!

 

  • Outsourcing the actual dry cleaning also means a slow turnaround- you’ll most likely have to wait a week or more for your clothes to be done!

 

  • Clothes are more likely to be lost or damaged during transport to where they’ll actually be dry-cleaned.

 

  • The Timpsons employees won’t be trained specialists in dry cleaning, and while they may get some initial basic training, they’ll have no experience in the industry meaning they can’t really help with any queries or know how hard a stain might be to remove.

 

  • They’ll be dealing with a large amount of clothes in a small space, likely causing mix-ups and loss.

 

Teething problems in the first few years of turning their hands to dry cleaning could mean mistrust in the dry cleaning industry and the move could take business away from local dry cleaners that are experts and specialists in their fields.

 

For help with your dry-cleaning or more information on our collection and delivery service, contact us on 01484 721 536 or visit our website!

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Four Things to do before taking your clothes to be dry-cleaned

Professional dry cleaning is the only way to care for certain articles of clothing, so it’s a service that most of us will use at some point in our lives – but not everyone is aware of how to get the most out of it. For optimal results, be sure to do the following before dropping off your garments to be dry-cleaned:

 

1) Read The Label

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It’s important to review the labels on your clothing. This is where you’ll find any special care requirements that the manufacturer may have suggested. You’ll probably want to confirm that the garments are indeed “dry clean only”, because some items may be cheaper to launder. When in doubt, though, dry cleaning is always safer than machine washing!

2) Note Any Stains

If you are aware of any stains on the garment, bring them to the attention of your local dry cleaners. Many stains require specialised attention to be fully removed. If you know the source of the stain, be sure to mention that as well – it’ll make the cleaning process easier and give you the best results.

3) Check For Existing Damages

Take a few minutes to fully examine the condition of your clothes or textiles. Look for missing buttons, broken zippers, and loose threads. It’s important to let your dry cleaner know about these concerns upfront so that they can make a note and make any special arrangements necessary (including making repairs or cleaning your garments separately).

4) Empty Your Pockets!

Sometimes when we’re in such a rush, we forget to check what we’re carrying before dropping off garments. Everyday items like coins, pens, paperclips, and keys can actually damage clothing during the dry cleaning process. And because your garments will often be cleaned alongside those of other customers, forgetting to empty your pockets puts their valuable clothes at risk as well. So do the kind thing, and remember to search everything carefully before having your clothes dry cleaned.

If you ever need help preparing your clothes for dry cleaning or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01484 721 536 or check out our website!

Pillow

The one thing most people forget to clean: Your Pillow

It’s Saturday – laundry day. You do a quick walk-through of your home, adding dirty laundry to the basket as you go. You add in dirty towels and washcloths. You add in bathroom mats and hand towels from the kitchen. You may even go as far as to wash your comforter and sheets. But you’re forgetting one important thing – your pillow!

The pillow is the one item that constantly gets missed when gathering laundry, and it might quite possibly be one of the most filthy. Think about it – on a nightly basis, your pillow is exposed natural body oils, makeup, sweat, hair products and even saliva. Sure your pillowcase provides a layer of protection, but who’s to say these things don’t leak through?

Here are three tips for ensuring your pillow stays fresh despite everything we put it through.

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Wash Your Pillow
The reason why people forget to clean their pillow is because they don’t realise that it is machine washable. That’s right. Many pillows can be thrown into the wash (be sure to check the label first). For the best results, it is recommended that you soak the pillow in hot water mixed with laundry detergent and a pinch of bleach for about an hour, and then wash as you normally would. You may want to use a second rinse cycle.

If your pillow has stained yellow with age, use these handy tips for turning it sparkling white again. 

Dry Your Pillow
Of course, after washing your pillow, you will want to dry your pillow. Be sure to check the garment care label to ensure the manufacturer intended the pillow to be machine dried. Even if it is okay to tumble dry your pillow, you will want to ensure that you use the proper temperature setting. It’s a great idea to throw some balled up socks in the dryer with your pillow to fluff them as they dry and prevent them from becoming lumpy.

Regular maintenance
Switching out your pillowcase regularly is one way to keep your pillow from becoming old and worn before its time. You may also want to consider showering and removing makeup before bed to prevent dirt build-up.

Machine washing and drying your pillows is recommended 3-4 times per year in order to keep them fresh and in brand-new condition.

If you don’t want the hassle of washing your own pillows, just drop it into us and we’ll sort them for you, keeping them in top condition and freshly cleaned!

So, the next time you’re doing a walk-through of your home on laundry day, don’t forget the pillows!

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The Winter Coat Care Guide

Winter Coat season has most definitely arrived so it’s time to pull them out, dust them off and stay warm. If your coat doesn’t look quite right, we’re here to help!

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Here’re some ways to keep your coats looking great all the way to Spring:

  1. Keep them clean. Moisture can shorten the useful life of your coats. Never put them away wet. Allow them to air dry outside of your closet when they get wet from rain or snow.
  2. Allow coats room to breathe in the closet. A couple of inches on both sides should do the trick. Air circulation is important for the long-term usefulness of any garments, including coats.
  3. A coat that repels water helps keep dirt from finding the fabric and making a home. When you get a water repelling coat cleaned, apply a water repellent to ensure it’ll keep doing it’s job.
  4. Don’t leave your coat in your car just to be convenient when it turns cold. A coat left in a hot car, especially after getting wet and left crumpled on the back seat, can result in shrinkage, loss of shape and even a musty smell.
  5. Leather, suede and fur coats are a completely different deal. They require special methods of cleaning, conditioning and care. Make especially sure you wipe down these coats when they get wet or after a spill. Annual cleaning and conditioning will make sure your leather and suede last for decades.
  6. When in doubt, seek professional assistance. We’re professionals in cleaning and maintaining your winter coats. If you’re not sure where to turn when you spill that coffee or get caught in a snowstorm, bring them down to us and we’ll take care of it.

To take advantage of convenient laundry and dry cleaning services near you, give us a call or drop by!

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Specialist Wedding Dress Cleaning

It’s getting cold outside, and another wedding season is coming to an end. If you got married this summer, congratulations! We hope that your day was magical. Now that you’re back from your honeymoon and have settled into your happily ever after, you have a decision to make about the beautiful wedding dress that helped make your big day special: you can store it or sell it.

Whether you’re attached to your dress and want to save it for your children or need to make room in your wardrobe, you need to clean it as soon as possible. Even if you haven’t decided, it is important to clean it before getting started on those thank you notes.

Wedding are fun, and weddings are messy. Whether it’s from the wedding cake, spilled champagne or dancing the night away on the lawn, it’s unlikely that your dress will make it through the celebration without at least a few stains. (And if you think that champagne spills are not a problem because you can’t see them the next morning, google “invisible stain”- a type of stain that doesn’t usually show up until AFTER it’s been cleaned.)Wedding dress

The longer you wait, the more the stains will set. The dry cleaner will have to clean the dress for longer, but the stains are less likely to come out. Not surprisingly, wedding dresses are not made with durability in mind. The delicate materials that make wedding dresses so beautiful also make them fragile: heavy cleaning will take its toll.

According to eBay, second-hand wedding dresses are now one of the fastest-growing fashion items. However, it wasn’t long ago that wearing a used dress was considered taboo – unless it was a family heirloom. If you are ready to part ways with yours, getting it as clean as possible will help you get the best price and help the next bride look (almost) as good as you.

If you are keeping the dress after the occasion, we know how to store it so it will last forever in the box. wedding dress
Last tip: don’t forget to store the box in a safe place. We had a customer who kept hers in the attic. When the roof leaked, the dress got wet and mouldy- we don’t suggest taking the risk!

To find out more about our wedding dress cleaning service, please follow the link to our page:

Wedding Dress Cleaning

 

 

Properly caring for your cashmere jumper

It’s ugly sweater season, and Brighouse Dry Cleaners is here to help you keep those babies in their best (or, in this case, worst) shape. Here are some tips for properly caring for your Christmas cashmere jumpers.

Hand wash
If the care label says “Dry Clean Only,” don’t waste another second. Bring it on down to Brighouse Dry Cleaners. We’ll clean and press it for you. But if there is flexibility, you ought to hand wash your sweater. Make sure you use cool water and use baby shampoo or a mild detergent. Mumsnet recommends Woolite.

Never wring
After washing, you’ll want to thoroughly rinse the garment, but never wring the water out of the sweater. While it may be tempting, it could ruin the shape of your sweater for good.

Lay flat to dry
Avoid the dryer at all costs. Instead, lay your sweater flat to dry. As the garment dries, you can reshape the sweater by gently tugging and smoothing out the fabric.
Tip: Wet cashmere can take days to dry. To cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water. Use one with a pull cord; they’re more effective. Then lay flat to dry.

Iron inside out while damp
If your sweater has wrinkles, turn it inside out and iron it while it is still damp. You’ll also want to place a press cloth between the iron and the cashmere. You can always buy a press cloth, but household items, including hand towels or dish cloths, will work just fine.

Fold to store
To avoid a line running down the middle of the sweater, fold each side of the sweater inward by a third. Smooth the arms down, and fold in half. Never hang a cashmere sweater―it will cause shoulder dimples, and the pull of gravity will distort the overall shape.

There you have it! Some quick and easy tips for caring for your cashmere sweaters. Following these tidbits will ensure that your ugly sweater is in tip-top shape year after year.

Three laundry myths debunked

When it comes to laundry, there is so much information out there that it’s hard to tell which is right when caring for your garments. Today, we’ve picked three common laundry myths and debunked them!

Myth #1: Color-safe bleach is not safe to use with colored laundry.

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The word “bleach” can be pretty intimidating for people. Just the mere thought of adding bleach to a load of laundry raises a red flag for many, but understanding ingredients can make all the difference. The active ingredient in many regular bleaches is sodium hypochlorite. Most people use this type of bleach as an additive to their white load to help remove tough stains and the dull appearance whites have over time.  The active ingredient in color-safe bleach is hydrogen peroxide. Almost all washable colored items can be laundered with hydrogen peroxide-based bleaches. In fact, as a general rule, if you can machine wash a colored item with detergent, then you can also wash it with detergent and color-safe bleaches, where the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide (i.e. Clorox2).

If you’re still unsure, you’d better test the garment. First, apply a drop of color-safe bleach to a hidden part of the item. Wait five minutes, and then rinse with water. Allow the item to dry completely and check for a color change. No discoloration means the item can be safely laundered using that brand of color-safe bleach.

In 2013, Consumer Reports reported that color-safe bleach is useful if you need to whiten or lighten up an item (1) that cannot be bleached with chlorine bleach, (2) that has a stain that’s out of the ordinary on it, or (3) that has been run through the wash but a stain did not come out. However, the agency recommends that it is only used as an additive only if needed and that a good detergent is sufficient.

Myth #2: There is no such thing as an invisible stain. 

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Every now and again, a dry cleaner is accused of putting stains on garments. The customer is adamant that the garment was free of stains prior to being dry cleaned, but a stain was present upon pickup. This type of incident occurs because of invisible stains – stains that show up as a result of oxidation.

Take an apple for example. When the apple is cut in half, it starts off white or off-white, but the air will cause the apple to oxidize and eventually turn brown. The same goes for certain stains. While they may appear colorless at the time of contact with the fabric, after a period of time they absorb oxygen from the air and develop into a visible stain. Invisible stains can occur on any type of fabric or garment. Some examples of invisible stains include vegetable and cooking oil, liquor, tea and many certain types of medicines.

Myth #3: The more detergent, the better. 

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It’s perfectly logical to think that the more soap you use to clean something, the cleaner it will be. But in the case of laundry detergent, more is not better. Adding more detergent than recommended can actually compromise cleaning rather than enhance it. Too many suds can cause soil to redeposit onto fabrics and leave a residue on fabrics and in the machine. Always use the amount of detergent according to the directions and only use more if your garments are heavily soiled or if your water is hard.

Spinning Jenny, Brighouse Dry Cleaners

Take A Journey Back in Time

If you could choose what time or era to travel back to what would it be? The age of battles and gladiator fights, the treacherous Tudor courts or perhaps the glamour 1920s? Either way it would be incredibly exciting, but since time travel unfortunately hasn’t been invented yet, we love bringing a little history to our dry cleaning premises in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. In fact we’re the only dry cleaners we know of that sport late 19th century decor and showcase antiques and early 20th century gems in our reception area!

Why do we like to transport our clients back in time?

As well as it being fun and making our customers’  wait for their clothes and curtains to be dry cleaned, altered or repaired more interesting, did you know the building that houses our dry cleaners is around 110-years-old? Our property used to serve as the old Salvation Army building in Brighouse. This is why our floor slopes slightly downwards so people on the back pews could see the service being conducted at the front and it still slopes today!

The building below is located just a little bit up the road from us on Bethel Street on the opposite side of the road and holds the plaque marking the fact that Salvation Army founder William Booth was a minister in Brighouse from 1857-1858.

 

Due to our building’s historical significance, our owner Martin started sourcing old antiques online to make our dry cleaners charming and unique. Some items though, like the Spinning Jenny (below) was amazingly handcrafted by a skilled customer! In the past it was used to get thread from sheep’s wool which was then weaved or dyed.

 

Spinning Jenny, Brighouse Dry Cleaners

Handcrafted: This Spinning Jenny was made by a customer.

 

We have a selection of antiques you’re more than welcome to enjoy, most of them laundry themed of course! Check them out in the gallery below or drop in and see us on Bethel Street, Brighouse!

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Brand New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website courtesy of Pivotal Web Solutions!

Launched on the 1st June 2016, it is up-to-date and works on mobiles and tablets as well as computers so you can organise your dry cleaning from on the move.

If you like our website or have noticed something missing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@brighousedrycleaners.co.uk

Happy browsing 🙂