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Why your whites, creams & pastels look dingy and gray after dry cleaning

 

Why your whites, creams & pastels look dingy and gray after dry cleaning

By: Stu Bloom

Do your white, cream and pastel garments look dingy or gray after you get them back from the cleaners?

In this regard, we’re referring to your white, cream and pastel garments that have, indeed, been dry cleaned as recommended by the care label. We’re not referring to your “dry clean only” garments that have been washed or wet cleaned. Nor are we referring to your “machine washable” garments that have been washed and not dry cleaned as you specifically requested.

Ever wondered why your whites, creams and pastels turn dingy or gray?

Here’s why…

Garments and household textiles should always be cleaned in dry cleaning fluid that’s both continuously purified and continuously filtered. Every single drop.

This way your garments and household textiles are cleaned in dry cleaning solvent or fluid that’s absolutely crystal clear. As clear as bottled mountain spring water.

Continuous purification is much like boiling your tap water at home to obtain pure water; continuous filtration is much like filtering your tap water to remove any additional impurities.

Fact is, crystal clear, freshly purified and filtered dry cleaning fluid is your only guarantee against grayish and dingy whites, creams and pastels; dull and faded colors; and that all-to-familiar “dry cleaning solvent smell”.

Unfortunately, very few ordinary cleaners both continuously purify every single drop of their dry cleaning solvent or fluid before and after each load, and continuously filter every single drop of their dry cleaning solvent or fluid during each load.

So soluble impurities, such as bacteria, food oils, food fats, body oils, creams and lotions accumulate in the dry cleaning solvent or fluid. And insoluble impurities, such as sand, dander and hair, float around in the dry cleaning solvent or fluid.

These soluble impurities are then absorbed by the fibers of your garments during the dry cleaning “wash” cycle. In particular, natural fibers, such as silk, wool, linen and cotton, absorb these soluble impurities like a sponge absorbs liquid.

Instead of your cleaner both continuously purifying and continuously filtering his dry cleaning solvent or fluid, your garments are functioning as your cleaner’s “dry cleaning machine filter.”

In effect, your garments are being cleaned in “dirty dry cleaning solvent.” It’s just like washing your clothes at home and reusing the same dirty water over and over again.

Cringe at your leisure.

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Author

Stu Bloom

Stu Bloom is Founder and President of RAVE FabriCARE. RAVE FabriCARE, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, cares for fine garments, household textiles and accessories and serves clients throughout the USA and Canada. Stu is the author of various ebooks on these subjects, all of which are available from www.ravefabricare.com/freestuff. He is an evangelist for true quality cleaning and is a contributor to and editor of True Quality Cleaning, RAVE FabriCARE’s blog. You can find Stu on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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