13-step One Click garment care
- Bring a garment in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after staining occurs. Stains left unattended may develop and may damage the fabric.
- Water-based stains are more difficult to deal with and can loosen the dye in fabrics.
- Discuss any stains with us. Be especially sure to point out light-coloured or invisible spills, such as those from soft drinks, fruit juices or white wine.
- Allow perfumes, lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants and other toiletries to dry before you get dressed since these products can contain ingredients that affect dyes.
- Rubbing silk, wool or linen may result in permanent removal of the dye which becomes more apparent after dry cleaning. Rubbing wool may cause pile damage.
- Do not be tempted to apply white wine, soda water, salt etc. to stains as it makes the stains more difficult to remove.
- Protect garments from excessive perspiration, especially silks, because it can cause many dyes to discolour.
- Have matching pieces cleaned together, including bedspreads and drapes, so that any possible colour loss will be uniform and pieces will still match.
- Protect your garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or strong artificial light. Keep in mind that even indoor lighting can affect some dyes.
- Don’t iron stained or soiled clothes as the heat may set some stains.
- Plastic bags are provided to protect your garments until you get home. Once there, it is best to store your garments uncovered or in garment bags made of fabric.
- Hang clothes outside your wardrobe for at least two hours before putting away.
Cover the shoulders of your garments and use a cut-off dry-cleaning cover to prevent dust.
- Never rub stains. Instead, blot with a white absorbent paper towel – one piece in front and one behind.
We know how important your clothes are to you, so knowing the cleaning tips and tricks to make them last longer is paramount.
At One Click Dry Cleaners we give advice on all areas of fabric care, so please make time to discuss your needs when you meet the collection driver.
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How to keep white shirts white
- If you have to dry your shirts at home, avoid overdrying in the tumble drier.
- Washing at 35°C is just as good as a 55°C wash when it comes to keeping your whites white, unless collars and cuffs are very grimy.
- Never spray cologne when you’re wearing your shirt.
- If you spill a staining liquid such as coffee, wine etc. and need a short-term fix to keep your shirt looking brilliantly white, never use a rubbing action as this actually sets the stain further into the fabric.
- Don’t leave it too long before the next cleaning even if there are no visible stains.
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What are the emergency tips for spills and stains on carpets?
First and foremost, don’t panic!
Accidents can happen and most can be resolved, sometimes without the help of professional care, but One Click Dry Cleaners are here to assist you no matter what the circumstances.
If something gets spilled onto your carpet, prompt action is required to prevent staining.
It is the recommendation of the National Carpet Cleaners’ Association to have the following items and solutions to hand for dealing with spillages as soon as possible:
- Clean white absorbent cloth or towel;
- Dry-cleaning solution – surgical spirit (usually available from your local chemist);
- Detergent solution – one teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water;
- Detergent vinegar solution – add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar to the detergent solution;
- Ammonia solution – one teaspoonful of branded household ammonia (available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water.
- Always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain.
- Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios.
- Scrape up or blot up any excess spillage prior to treatment.
- Blot, never rub or scrub.
- Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery (i.e. washing-up liquid, washing powders, household bleach and disinfectants).
- Always work from the outside of the stain inwards to prevent it from spreading.
- Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent-spotting material, not directly onto the carpet or fabric.
- Encourage quick drying (carefully use a hairdryer on mild heat to assist).
- Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success.
- Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible.
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What do I need to know about stains and their removal?
- Developed stains: spillages of drinks not containing strong dyes, such as lemonade and champagne, can be blotted away from fabrics to apparently disappear. However, the residual sugar content will be at work in your garment: left unattended for a period of time a yellow or brown stain will appear. This is owing to oxidation of the sugar, similar to a half-eaten apple.
- Coffee stains are some of the most common stains we encounter at One Click Dry Cleaners. A coffee stain can be a real problem to deal with. Stain-removal techniques have to address tannin, protein, possibly sugar, and animal fat in milk. Coffee alone is a natural dye and when combined with other ingredients like sugar and milk, it is much more complex. If the stain is fresh and is coffee only, it’s fairly easy to remove. However, if the stain has dried, has sugar, or has been ironed, it makes removal much more difficult.
- Early on in its life a stain will develop with the help of any heat source, such as ironing. The resulting stain can be permanent.
- The dye in some fabrics is more soluble than the stain. Removing the stain will remove the dye.
- The nature and age of any stain, combined with the colour and construction of the fabric, very much dictates the end result.
At One Click Dry Cleaners stains are dealt with by hand using the secret technique pioneered by One Click Dry Cleaners and developed over 58 years to satisfy the most demanding overseas market. This guarantees the highest standards of quality cleaning. Please click here to find out more about our hand-finished dry-cleaning service.
What is the best way to care for Ugg boots?
Ugg boots are the fashion statement for the winter season. The only problem is that they need proper care to keep them looking good.
The number-one rule about caring for Ugg boots that you should know is to attend to stains or dirt as soon as it appears.
Here are two ways to clean your boots:
- Buy Ugg Cleaner. Get a bucket of water and wet sponge or brush. Gently sponge the plain water onto the entire boot. Take the sponge and Ugg cleaner and gently apply the cleaner to the boot. Do not clean just the stained area. Clean the entire boot so that when it dries it does not leave water lines. Rinse the boot several times with the sponge and the water in the bucket. Don’t immerse the boot in the water. Just take a clean sponge and rinse the boot until the cleaner is removed. You may need to repeat this process one or more times depending on how soiled your boots are. Some stains may become permanent. This is why you should clean your Ugg boots immediately after noticing the stain. Allow your Ugg boots to dry where they are not in direct sunlight. Do not wash in a washing machine. Do not put in a dryer. Removing stains from Ugg boots takes time. Ugg boots need to be cleaned several times during the season.
- Bring your Ugg boots to us at One Click Dry Cleaners! Problem solved!
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