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9/23/11 - Fashion Craft Going PINK for Breast Cancer Month in October!

Fashion Craft is a strong supporter of Breast Cancer awareness month.  A portion of every sale during the month of October will go to support Breast Cancer research.  Please join Fashion Craft in our efforts during the month of October.  Your cleaning can help in the fight to save lives.

8/1/11 - Fashion Craft Cleaners starts Free Home Pick-Up and Delivery Service!

It’s the news everyone has been waiting for!  We are now offering FREE home pickup and delivery service!  For a reasonable minimum, Fashion Craft will is pleased to come to your home and pick-up your dry cleaning and return it to you free of charge.  How’s that for good service.  Simply sign-up by CLICKING HERE, and we will get you started with our exciting new service.

8/22/11 - Neckties: Always a Dry Cleaner’s Challenge!

While wearing a suit and tie has declined with the evolution of the casual business attire, maybe the evolution is coming full circle so that suits and ties are more in vogue today than over the last five years.  It could be that the soft economy has led the businessman to realize that looking professional has many career benefits.  Or it could be that the casual look has run its course and we might be heading back to the suit and tie look.

But whatever the case may be, ties are an integral part of every businessman's attire.  Maybe for some, it's not daily wear, but every businessman has the professional attire needed.  And that look is capped off by a necktie.

So how can you care for your ties?

As a dry cleaner, we always expect to find either stains or wrinkles on neckties whenever we get them.  Why else would anyone send them to the dry cleaners?  We always give neckties special attention whe we get them. 

So let me give you a few pointers on caring for your neckties.

Clean Hands

First, when you take off or adjust the knot on your tie, do it with clean hands.  Most ties are made of silk and even the oil from your hands can cause a tie to have unexpected stains that only dry cleaning can remove. 

Tuck It In

Don't view your tie as a bib when eating.  If you are going to drop food down your shirt, it's easier for your dry cleaner to get stains out of a cotton dress shirt than a silk necktie.  Just carefully tuck your tie into your shirt when eating...except at those special occasions when it might be inappropriate. Then, just eat your meal more carefully!

Remove Your Tie The Right Way

My next suggestion is to remove your tie by loosening it enough to slip it over your head.  Don't pull it all the way around your collar through the knot.  Each time you do this, you are stressing the material and can cause a distortion that eventually causes it to become rippled and uneven.  Also, pulling it can cause the lining of the tie to become separated from the silk, which also causes additional rippling on the tie.

Ripples in neckties cannot always be corrected by your dry cleaner steaming out the tie.  The same goes for twists and wrinkles in the knotted area of the tie.  If the ripples or wrinkles (say that 5 times!) are bad and do not come out when steam is applied, our seamstress may have to adjust the slip stitch inside the tie and perhaps reposition the interlining.  This should relax the tie and return it to it's more normal surface features. But this costs extra and it will be cheaper for you to just remove the tie the way I have described.

Inspect Regularly

Each time you take off the tie, look at it carefully in good light.  If you see stains on it, get it dry cleaned right away.  The longer you wait, the stains can oxidize and the harder it is to remove the stain.  And be sure to tell your dry cleaner what caused the stain if you know the cause.  That really makes it more likely that the stain can be removed successfully.

Rack It Right

If you use a tie rack, make sure the bar where the tie rests is padded or rounded so as not to cause a crease.  Make sure the ties are not touching each other...and are not touching the wall which can cause the ties to curl up.

Some Do Nots

And finally, when you're eating or having drinks at a social event or on an airplane, etc., and have a spill on your tie, here are your DO NOTS:

Do not rub the tie with a napkin or towel.  Use a spoon to carefully remove any excess food.  Use a napkin or towel to blot the tie.  Then STOP.  Don't rub it!  Get the tie to your dry cleaner ASAP.  Rubbing it will cause the yarns to deluster making an obvious "stain" on your tie that cannot be corrected.

Do not apply water, club soda, or any other liquid to a silk tie.  If the stain is oily, you may help set the stain and make it impossible for your dry cleaner to remove it.  If the stain is water based, you may spread the stain and maybe even cause cause the dye to bleed.

Be sure to let your dry cleaner know about any stains on your ties.  This will make it more likely that we can restore your ties and make them wearable again.


Take as much care choosing your dry cleaner as you do choosing the clothes you buy. The county’s consumer affairs division suggests getting recommendations from friends and relatives, and making sure the dry cleaner you use is a member of a dry cleaners’ association such as the National Cleaners Association or the South Eastern Fabricare Association. See if the company is listed on the Better Business Bureau’s website, or call consumer affairs to get more information about a specific business.

Think about the cleaning process before you buy clothing. Monica Saumweber, an investigator with Palm Beach County’s Consumer Affairs Division, said most of the damage complaints her office receives are about missing buttons, hooks and other decorations. “It is standard in the dry cleaning industry for cleaners to disclaim any liability and refuse to pay for damage to decorations,” Saumweber said. “Some cleaners recommend removing these items before having the garment cleaned, but this is not always possible. It would be a good idea for consumers to consider this when buying ‘dry clean only’ clothes with embellishments.”

Read the care label. If it does not require dry cleaning, make sure your dry cleaner knows that, or wash it yourself.

Make sure your claim ticket lists all items. Check store policies about lost or damaged items.

When picking up clothes, look through the items before you leave the store. Make sure everything you dropped off is there and that there is no damage.

If there is damage and it’s the manufacturer’s fault, check the Federal Trade Commission’s website. It has a search page that consumers can use to find a manufacturer’s name and address using the registered identification number on the care label.


Once you arrive home with your freshly laundered &/or drycleaned garments, take the plastic poly bags off them and put the garments away in your closet or drawers. By taking off these poly bags you ensure that no humidity will be trapped underneath it, exposing your clothes to odor and/ or mold. Also, any residual soft scent from the cleaners will dissipate much more quickly if these poly bags are taken off.

Knit sweaters should be stored folded over a hanger or folded and laid down with tissue paper inside any folds so as to minimize the crease of the fold. Breathable sweater bags are ideal to store sweaters and all knitwear.

Any items that are stored must be clean so as to avoid any moth holes in your garments.


Clothing is an expensive investment and proper care of your investment will help ensure a longer shelf life for all your wearables.

1. Should you stain your garment while you are out first blot the stain as much as you can off, then saturate that small area where the stain is with water and blot once more. Try not to rub the surface aggressively as this will loosen the fibers of the fabric, integrate the stain even deeper into the fabric and/or cause the dye in that area to become dull. Truly the best answer is to leave the stain alone and take it as quickly as possible to the cleaners so that they can take off the stain with the proper solutions and not harm the fabric. Do keep in mind, however, that by attempting to take the stain out yourself, you may leave the stained area looking worn, dull & still have a residual stain in it. This stain, after it has been set in by water, is much more difficult to take out by the cleaners a day or two later.

Point out any spots to your drycleaner and tell them what the origin of the spot is to help them remove it efficiently.

2. Use good quality hangers on your garments, especially heavy garments. The better hangers are those that are sturdy and that have a slight curve that follows your shoulder line. Avoid any hangers that make your upper sleeve poke out as this indent will mark the fabric over time and will appear as a pucker on your upper sleeve upon wearing the garment.

3. Try not to bunch your garments too tightly in your closet as this causes the clothes to wrinkle and possibly permanently crease a garment.

Follow all care label instructions and do not leave your items in the dryer for too long. It is best to take them out of the dryer while they are still damp and hang up to dry so as to avoid shrinkage, if possible lay sweaters on sweater net racks to dry, do not hang to dry and try to avoid drying in the dryer as much as possible.

7/28/11 - The Fabric Care Dictionary

Do you know your cleaning terminology?  If not, don’t worry.  Fashion Craft has a great Dictionary of all the terms you need to know!  CLICK HERE for all the information.

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