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Wedding Gown Preservation- Preserving Your Memories for a Lifetime

A wedding gown is a symbol for many things- love, commitment, personal growth… However, it also stands for the memories that you share with the person you love, and the beginning of new memories in your new life with your soulmate. That’s why it’s important to preserve your wedding gown, and thus those special memories, in order to create a long-lasting symbol of everlasting happiness by treating and

maintaining the quality of your wedding apparel. After all, your gown deserves a happy ending too,
right?

Wedding Gown Cleaning Techniques

From traditional ballgowns to elegant mermaid and modern mini dresses, maintaining the emotional atmosphere of that special day takes time and energy- as well as quality resources and products. One of the problems that many wedding gowns face is the worsening of unseen champagne and sugar stains that are left embedded into the many folds and sequins of your favorite dress, which slowly oxidize and
turn yellow or brown over time if left untreated.

Many gown specialists will use the wet cleaning method to treat your gown, which consists of simply wet washing the gown by hand utilizing gentle cleaning agents that address all stains seen and unseen. However, Rey’s tends to prefer the more vigorous, effective, yet safe traditional dry-cleaning method:

  1. Gowns are inspected to select the best cleaning agents and dry-cleaning methods specific to your wedding gown or apparel.
  2. Stains are pre-treated by one of our Master Dry Cleaners with solvents that powerfully removes stains while nourishing fabrics in a lovely sheen.
  3. A post-cleaning inspection is done to assure all stains are removed.
  4. Your wedding gown is then hand-packaged in an acid- and lignon-free preservation box. This allows the gown to breathe and adjust to fluctuations in outside temperature.
  5. Preservation is finished by wrapping your wedding gown in a cotton dust cover and securing it with a ribbon for long-term storage.

What You Can Do

At Rey’s, your wedding gowns are handled by qualified professionals who have decades of experience behind their belts. However, there are still some things you can do before and after letting us treat your wedding garment to ensure that the integrity of your wedding gown remains as pristine as it did when you walked down the aisle to your new life:

  • Do not wrap the dress in plastic. This helps seal in moisture and promotes mold and mildew.
  • Hang your dress on plastic or padded hangers that can withstand the weight of your dress. This prevents the dress and fabric weave from stretching or distortion.
  • Keep your dress in a dark, cool environment, with a humidity of no more than 50%.

Don’t wait until your stains begin to set in and ruin the dress that changed your life- contact us now to preserve your precious memories for you and your future family!

Velvet: The Seasonless Classic

While velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, the soft smooth fabric can
also be worn as a seasonless classic. Even crushed velvets and velvet
garments with decorative trim are now made stretchy and light for hot spring
and summer weather.
What is velvet?
General velvet is made on a special “double action” loom that weaves two layers of fabric at the same time. One of the threads is fed into a foundation fabric, and then the two layers are cut apart as they come off the loom to create the soft face of the velvet known as the pile. This piling effect gives velvet its characteristic smooth touch, and also lends to
the usage of the word “velvety” for suave, comfortable surfaces.
Pile length and fiber type may vary in length, and can even characterize the type of velvet. True velvet is usually made of rayon, acetate, silk, or a blend of these fibers, and typically has a short, closely-woven pile. Finishes are often applied to velvets to maintain pile durability and protect the fabric.
How to keep your velvets fit for royalty
All velvet fabrics can experience a variety of problems that can result in a
distortion of its original design and a loss of fabric softness, such as flattening and matting, pilling, tufting, and shrinkage. Therefore, it is important to maintain your velvet garments with the following steps:
  • Clean velvet garments immediately after each use.
  • Preserve your velvet garments in a well-ventilated closet. If you are looking to store velvet garments, make sure that it is in a climate-controlled storage space such as the one we offer.
  • Shake excess dampness from your velvet garment and allow It to dry. Do not blot or apply any pressure to damp areas as that can distort the fabric.
  • Do not iron your velvets. Instead, hang it in your bathroom and steam the garment to remove any unwanted wrinkle

While these steps may help prevent further damage when accidents such as spillage occur, some tough stains may need a professional touch to fully remove the blemish and restore the velvet fabric’s smooth surface you love. If you do get a stain on a velvet garment, our stain removal experts are ready to help. e will even pick up and drop off your garment from and to your home or office at no extra charge. Give Rey’s Cleaners a call today.

Less laundry, more time for the things you love.

The apprehension on “laundry day,” when you have fa
mily-sized loads of laundry that must be collected,
washed, dried, and folded, and appears to take so l
ong that it consumes your whole day. You want to
read your new favorite novel, or go on summer excur
sions with the family, and spend more time on
doing the things you love to do. But alas, the endl
ess monotony of wash, dry, fold, repeat calls to you
from the laundry room.
Thankfully, we know how you can turn “laundry day”
into “laundry hour” with some great tips on how
to handle loads of laundry in an easier and more ef
ficient way. The following will allow you to invest
more time enveloped in your hobbies and focusing on
yourself rather than focusing on hampers of
unfolded clothes:
  1. Evaluate your laundry schedule. Choose a schedule that works for you: either do it more often with smaller loads, or less often with larger loads
  2. Learn how to wash everything properly. Learn the meanings of the symbols on the care label and sort clothes according to their washing instructions and color.
  3. Organize clothes with multiple hampers. It will save you time picking out whites from colors in a mixed load.
  4. Wash all lingerie and socks as a separate load. Instead of getting small items of clothing mixed up in mounds of larger ones, separate them and expedite the folding process.
  5. Fold faster. Learn the proper way to fold all of your garments. Try the Japanese T-shirt folding method (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNr1oLhZ0zs) for an easy guide.
  6. Fill drawers from front to back. Don’t stack them vertically! A horizontal alignment creates fora more organized, easy-to-grab drawer that’s effort less to create.
  7. Multitask! If you become so bored you can’t continue, try doing something else while completing laundry, like watching TV, listening to an audiobook, or talking on the phone.
The final most important thing, of course, is motivation! Get yourself motivated to do the laundry by visualizing the state of your room after your laundry is done, with organized rows of clean clothes and a more open positive atmosphere. Another thing you can do to limit the amount of laundry is to go through all of your clothing, one by one, and ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Does this item ofclothing really make me happy?” If the answer is ever “No,” then toss it in a giveaway pile that you can bring to a local charity or goodwill.
Of course, for those clothes that you need to be spotless and professionally cared for, we will handle all of the laundry process for you! Bring your clothes to Rey’s Deluxe Dry Cleaning and we will help you save time so you can get on with your busy life and do the things you love to do.

Go GREEN: Recycle hangers – we do!

You probably already know the importance of recycling- it reduces waste, conserves resources, saves energy, and helps protect the environment that creates our home Planet Earth. However, what to recycle can sometimes be a hassle: looking at the numbers on the bottom of plastic items, figuring out whether your metal trash should be thrown away or sent to the recycling plant. We’re here to help you figure out at least one item that many people tend to throw away and not think twice about- hangers.

Why Recycle?

Made in the 1800’s exclusively for protecting the delicate fabrics of women’s skirts, hangers have become an indispensable and innumerable household item. Danny Schraeger, CEO of Mountain Valley Recycling in Tennessee, predicts that most overseas garments coming into the United States are packaged with coat hangers, resulting in an estimated 30 to 40 billion coat hangers being imported each year. With this many hangers stretched end to end, we could create an 8 million mile bridge that couldtake us far beyond the orbit of the moon!

To make matters worse, a majority of clothes hangers are made from wood, wire, and plastic, making it difficult to determine which type of hanger will be accepted by a recycling plant. Wood hangers are not typically recyclable, because they are usually coated with a shiny varnish that is nonrecyclable. Wire hangers, on the other hand, may be accepted no questions asked. However, it is important to check with
your local solid waste district to see whether your area does in fact accept all types of metal wire
hangers. Plastic hangers are the most difficult to recycle, as they can be made of a blend of many
nonrecyclable materials such as K-resin and polystyrene. Many of these hangers are also accompanied with a menagerie of other harmful products, including plastic and foam wrappings to help protect more expensive garments.

We’re here to tell you how you can practice the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle, for these difficult-to-handle materials.

1. Leave your hangers at your local dry cleaners when you drop off and pick up your clothing. They can reuse them for other garments and usually have a method of recycling them.

2. Make sure not to accept hangers when you pick up your clothing. Instead, leave them at your dry cleaners and use the one’s you already own at home

3. While wood hangers are not typically recyclable, they usually are combined with metal wire frames that an be recycled. The remaining wood can be used for many things, including door stops, paper weights, and even art!

4. Give up hangers to local thrift stores, as they have a large influx of used clothing that need
hangers. This helps them refrain from buying new ones and compounding the recycling problem.

5. If possible, check which materials are used on plastic hangers that you buy, and try to refrain
from buying ones made from K-resin and polystyrene.

And most important of all, entrust us with your clothing and leave your hangers at Rey’s! We understand the importance of a green earth, and want to help you keep it that way by reusing and recycling old hangers that you bring in. We’ll help you help us Go Green!

 

Can club soda REALLY clean that?

If you’ve ever gotten stains on your clothes, furniture, or other household items, you’ve probably researched home remedies to finding a cost-effective way of cleaning up the mess yourself. In this case, you’ve most likely stumbled upon the debate over the cleaning prowess of club soda: while some say it does nothing more than make your clothes wet, a majority of these methods purport the miracle abilities of club soda to remove tea, make up, and even red and white wine stains.

But does club soda really possess these stain removal abilities? If so, what exactly can it clean, and how well? The answer lies in the science behind the fizz.

What makes club soda fizz

The fizzy bubbles in club soda are formed from a process called carbonization, which is really just the addition of carbon dioxide into water. However, when CO2

(carbon dioxide) and H2O combine, it does
more than make your drink bubbly: the two molecules combine to form H2CO3, or carbonic acid. This byproduct, as the name suggests, is an acid, which makes club sodas have a lower pH, or higher acidity, than regular water. But with an acidity between that of orange juice and apple juice, are those bubbles really that much more effective than regular water?

Carbon Dioxide vs. Water

Due to the slightly lower pH, or higher acidity, of seltzer water (pH 3-4) to plain water (pH 7), seltzer water can be used as a quick fix for most surface stains on fabric materials. However, it is not exactly the instant stain remover it is made out to be. In one experiment carried out by the Dry-cleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI), the stain removal properties of both carbonated water and plain water were
tested on ten assorted fabric items.

Sadly, the differences between the two did not show significant results: both water- and seltzer-based treatments ended up having the similar ability to quickly remove the surfaces of the stains, but not

completely remove them altogether. As stains can quickly seep into most fabrics and begin to
permanently set in, stronger acidic cleaning agents are necessary for cleaning deep into the fabrics.

The verdict?

While the quick answer is “yes,” seltzer water does provide a temporary solution to a big stain, you should begin to lose faith in seltzer water once you realize that the deeper portions of the stain remain visible after the initial treatment. In this case, you should put your trust in more effective stain removal methods like ours at Rey’s, where our Deluxe Dry leaning services effortlessly and efficiently remove set-in stains, without having to waste time on only partially effective club soda home remedies. Call us
at 786-235-0795 today!