This is your resource for expert advice on garment care and cleaning.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Color loss on shirt collars.

The problem arises with the sudden appearance of local
color loss areas on or near the neck edge of blouses and shirts.

In most cases, the color loss appears along the neck fold of
the collar. The discoloration can be all around the collar or
just in localized areas, such as in only the right and left side
front areas. Depending on the color of the fabric, the color
change usually shows up as orange, pink, yellow or cream.
Some fabric colors, however, may change to other shades.

Chemical testing and colorfastness tests on these shirts
indicate that the dyes are affected from the prolonged effects
of solutions containing either alcohol or mild oxidizing
agents (bleaches) or both. Some common solutions containing
alcohol include perfume, cologne, after-shave lotions,
skin fresheners, hair tonics or plain rubbing alcohol.
Oxidizing bleaches can be found in many skin preparations
and medicines, such as medicinal lotions, acne creams,
depilatories (agents for removing body hair), and other skin

Sometimes, the dye damage is not immediately visible
because of perspiration and body oils, which produces a stain.
Furthermore, the damaging solution itself may contain some
color or oil of its own that masks the damage. Therefore, the
dye disturbance may not actually appear until after the stain
is removed in subsequent drycleaning or washing processes.
Only in some cases, if the damaging solution is removed from
the shirt by cleaning it immediately after wear, can subsequent
dye damage be prevented.

Only the consumer can be held responsible, since the solution
that causes the dye disturbance originally made contact
with the garment during wear.

There is no method to reverse this type of color loss.

Sources:  International Fabricare Institute

Friday, April 8, 2011

Can Dry Cleaning be Green and Clean?

Since it's Earth month, I thought I write a short piece on the environmental issues with dry cleaning.

Did you know that organic dry cleaning is hardly “organic”? Any chemist knows anything with a carbon atom in it is organic, like gasoline.  Some dry cleaners have exploited this term, and many unsuspecting people think “organic dry cleaning” is chemical free. Most dry cleaners nationwide are still using traditional dry cleaning methods involving hazardous chemicals called PERC or Hydrocarbon (a "natural" petroleum solvent).

There is an entirely new process developed by Solvair we installed in 2008 called our Glacier Dry Cleaning.
The advantages of our Glacier Dry Cleaning vs.traditional dry cleaning are:

• A truly “green” way of dry cleaning; every step considers the environment.

• Cleans better than traditional dry cleaning.

• Keeps white garments, bright.  No yellowing or graying.

• A truly gentle and cold process; heat is not used so stains never set.


In the past 50 years, dry cleaning has not changed much until now. As a family owned dry cleaner for over 50 years this is the first innovation that we have seen which is truly amazing.  It not only solves all the environmental issue but it cleans better too.  A win-win for us and the consumer.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The case for the missing garment?

Situation:  You believe you did not receive one of your garments back from the cleaners so you ask them to look for it.  Your cleaners search for the garment but cannot seem to locate it anywhere so they suggest you (the customer) misplaced the item.  You (the customer), double checks at home and still cannot locate the garment so now you are for sure it’s the cleaners who misplaced the item.   

Has this scenario happened to you?

If so, perhaps your cleaners still tracks garment items manually and has not invested in advance software systems and heat seal barcode technology.  The advantages of using a cleaners that utilizes heat sealed barcode technology are: 

Tracking garment history- Dates and # times cleaned, service performed (cleaning, alteration, etc.)
Track garment details- brand, color, item type.
Track garment processing stage- when it’s detailed, cleaned, finished, delivered/sold. 

At Nu Yale Cleaners, we are committed to tracking your garments with the highest level of accuracy.  That’s why years ago we invested in advance software systems and heat sealed barcode technology to provide you (the customer) with the best garment tracking/details possible.  So don’t wait for another garment to go missing at your cleaners.  Come see the Nu Yale difference today!