Dry Cleaning Tips

Most of the things we use are cleaned either by machine wash or hand wash. Yet delicate fabrics or garments with detailed embellishments are supposed to be maintained by dry cleaning. Dry cleaning, just like other maintenance methods, is helpful in extending the life of the materials. Some of us tend to put away some clothes without cleaning them as we are not certain on how they may be cleaned. Yet this is obviously a wrong practice in caring for our belongings as the stains on the clothes will be the main cause of their immediate deterioration.

Thus having the delicate garments dry cleaned prior to storage will be a more beneficial idea. This method utilize special fluids for removing the stains and soils on the fabric. In effect, the fluids can help dissolve oils and greases that water could possibly remove. Dry cleaning is also advantageous for fabrics made with natural fibers such as silk and wood since they may become loose, distorted or shrunken when washed with ordinary water. Other household stuffs like drapes, linens and blankets may also be dry cleaned.

There are home kits that can be helpful in removing minor stains yet if you want to be more free from the hassles of DIY dry cleaning and if you want a guaranteed dry cleaning result, better take your items to professional dry cleaners. When looking for a reliable cleaner, make a point to check if the cleaner pays attention to what you need. As you present the clothes to the cleaner, the items must be thoroughly inspected and impertinent questions need to be asked by the staff like the stains on the fabric and others.

Check also the offered services of the cleaner. Some dry cleaners offer not just the actual dry cleaning but also ironing services and gown preservation. Special dresses such as wedding gown are preferred by a number of brides to be preserved so that even if they store the dresses away in the cabinet, the dresses will still remain looking great. Old gowns may also be restored by some dry cleaners to remove some offensive odors or other minor damages.

You may also want to check if the company uses solvents which are safe for people and for the environment. Check the company’s affiliation to groups and associations of professional cleaners. Members of such organizations are typically required to undergo ongoing trainings so they are up-to-date with the current trend of the trade. This is to ensure that members of the organization can provide excellent services.

Before making a final deal with the dry cleaner, ensure that you know who will be held liable in case your items end up damaged and any options should unexpected circumstances happen. For example, a piece of your garment got lost while under the care of the dry cleaner; the company must pay you the amount of your lost item.

On your part, make sure that you keep your ticket in a safe place so it will not get lost. Lost ticket may result to some difficulties in claiming the items.

4 Tips for Increasing the Resale Value of Your Ute

Cars depreciate, whether we like it or not. One of the best ways to have your ute hold it’s value is to keep it in tip top condition, both by keeping it free from scratches and by keeping it purring under the hood. But what are some other ways?

Whether you’re looking to resell your ute now, or have just purchased a new ute and you want it to hold it’s value, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to get more return on your investment.

1. Install a ute canopy

Adding a ute canopy to your ute makes the car a lot more useful. The canopy offers protection from the elements for the load that you’re carrying, a lockable exterior and a clean finish to the back of your car. Adding a quality ute canopy will add value to your ute.

2. Add a bull bar

If you’re out in roo country, or do any distance driving, then a bull bar is an essential piece of kit for your ute. Anyone planning on buying your ute from you will want to have a bull bar installed to protect them from critters jumping out in front of them too. With a bull bar already installed, it saves your buyer the cost of adding one – and so increases the value of your ute.

3. Schedule regular detailings

We all know that regular outside cleans help keep your ute in top condition, but do you do regular inside cleans? The inside of people’s utes can get pretty grubby, what with pie spills, muddy boots, and what not. If you’re not the type that can be bothered cleaning the inside of your ute yourself, schedule it in for regular detailing at the experts. Think of it like taking your ute in for a service – a must do activity.

4. Keep records of servicing

It might seem a little obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget to do this! Keeping log books of services, along with receipts is a really good habit to get into. Potential buyers are far more likely to purchase the same car that has regular servicing records, than the one that doesn’t have them. Many garages offer their own log books, to help you keep track.

Your ute is an asset – and as such you should take care of it so that when it’s time for resale you’ll be able to fetch the highest price. More cash at resale means more cash in your pocket – maybe for your next new ute!

Pinstriping Brushes – 3 Tips on Care and Maintenance of Pinstriping Brushes

If you want to create the perfect pinstriping designs on any vehicle you need to make sure that the brushes you use have been well cared for. In this article we offer some tips on how to care for pinstriping brushes so that they won’t have to be replaced any time soon.

1. The glue used to hold the bristles of the pinstriping brushes to the handle are water soluble and if exposed to water too much then it will become softened. Because of this the hairs will eventually become loose and start to fall out so avoid cleaning them in water if you can.

To clean the brush it is far better if you use a mineral spirit instead. It is best to initially rinse the brushes in the minerals spirits you have been using for cleaning the pallet whilst you are pinstriping. Although the cup in which the spirits is may look unusable remember you are using this to get most of the paint out of the brush.

After you have rinsed in the used spirits now to get rid of even more of the paint wipe the brush with a paper towel. Then having poured some fresh mineral spirits into another cup or jar you will be able to wash the rest of the paint out from it. Remember don’t just to wash the hairs of the brushes in the spirits but also the furrel as well.

You will recognize that your brush is thoroughly clean because no more paint will appear on the fresh paper towel you have used. After you are happy that the pinstriping brushes have been thoroughly cleaned you squeeze a small amount of 3 in 1 oil on to it and then shape it with your fingers. Using the oil prevents any oil that remains not to become and hardened and which could ultimately ruin the brush.

2. Although you may find it difficult to handle the brushes initially you should never be tempted to trim them. Sometimes however there may be a need to remove a small amount of the brushes tip but b before you do so you need to look closely at your pinstriping brush first. If you then decide to trim off any of the hairs then do so very carefully.

When trimming it is crucial that you oil the brush first as this will help it form the natural shape and then lay the brush flat on a sheet of paper or some other white surface. Doing this you will then see just what needs to be trimmed and very carefully using a sharp razor blade trim only the smallest amounts of the brushes hair as you need to from the tip. If you take off too much hair this will make the tip of the brush blunt and it won’t be able to create those perfect pinstripes for you.

3. If you find that your brushes begin to develop kinks or waves in them then you should find this problem relatively easy to fix. To remove these kinks or waves you first need to rinse any pinstriping brushes thoroughly in the mineral spirits and then rinse them very carefully in water. However, you must make sure that the furrel into which the hairs are set does not get wet and then dab the brushes on a paper towel to help remove as much water as possible.

After removing as much of the excess water as you can now add a little dish soap to the hairs and then shape the brush using your fingers. If the problem isn’t too severe then lay the pinstriping brushes flat, but if it is then put it between the pages of a book which will help to press it flat. You need to leave the brushes like this for around a week then after this time rinse the soap out with mineral spirits and hopefully its original shape will have been restored.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Pros and Cons – Hot Water Extraction Vs Encapsulation

Carpet in your commercial office or facility is most often a substantial investment. An investment that requires periodic maintenance, like changing the oil in your car or washing and waxing your car. If you don’t wash and wax your car the condition of the paint will deteriorate much faster. The same is true with the carpet in your facility.

Which method of cleaning is right for your needs? In today’s article I’m going to cover the pros and cons of both Hot Water Extraction and Encapsulation. First we must understand what kind of carpet we are maintaining. Most all commercial carpet manufactured today are a loop construction with a olefin chemical composition. Olefin is an oil based product therefore it is oil attracting. Which sometimes make it a challenge to clean. Fear not with the right maintenance schedule based on the amount of foot traffic will give you a clean looking carpet for years to come. At the end of this article I will give a final recommended cleaning schedule.

Let’s first look a the pros and cons of Hot Water Extraction. Let’s put 1 important point to rest. There is no such thing as “steam cleaning”. There isn’t enough moisture to rinse and flush a carpet pile with “all steam”. Besides there is no commercial carpet cleaning machine or truckmount that has the ability to produce steam only at the wand tip. So,, all wand water based cleaning is hot water extraction. Water boils at 212 degrees at sea level. Yes. There can appear to be a flume of steam coming out of the wand tip when cleaning, although it’s still the same effect when you go out on a cold day breathe hard and see vapor or what appears to be steam coming out of your mouth.

Most commercial equipment will push nearly 200 degrees out the wand tip. That’s Hot! This is one of the cons. Too much hot water extraction tends to deteriorate the carpet backing. It can also create another condition called Dry Rot. Technically Dry Rot isn’t Dry Rot. It’s caused when the carpet is wetted then dried too often. It should be called Wet Rot. Another con is the amount of wet time or the amount of time required to dry. Security issues with the doors being unsecured during cleaning which is normally done after hours. The biggest Pro of the Hot Water Extraction process is it’s ability to flush the carpet pile then extract. Almost a total removal of allergens, dust and soiling. Let’s next discuss Encapsulation. Then we will cover how the two working together will create a nearly perfect maintenance plan for your facility.

Pros and Cons of Encapsulation. First I must briefly describe the encapsulation process. Caution: this encapsulation description is not scientific. It is kept basic so most everyone can easily understand.

Encapsulation: is a specialized solution that’s applied to the carpet by some sort of sprayer. Then it is worked into the pile by some sort of agitation – normally a rotary floor machine with a bonnet or carpet safe scrub pad. The solution surrounds the fiber like carpet protection. While on the fiber, it will repel or release more surface soil. When the carpet is vacuumed it will further pull more soiling from the fiber. Eventually the non soil attracting coating on the fibers break off being sucked into the vacuum. The pros of encapsulation are most spots don’t return – the carpet doesn’t get wet enough to wick, dries fast and carpets stay cleaner longer. It also reduces the chances of Dry Rot and does not damage the carpet backing. It’s a much faster cleaning process. The only con I can see with the encapsulation process is not fully flushing the carpet pile. This is where we marry the two processes for a nearly perfect carpet maintenance schedule. The Carpet & Rug Institute, the leading authority on commercial carpet maintenance suggest that for every 3 to 4 encapsulation processes that 1 hot water extraction process be done. This will lessen the amount of times required for hot water extraction and extend the life and look of your commercial carpets without sacrificing indoor air quality or cleanliness.

Depending on how much traffic goes through your facility usually determines the frequency of cleaning. Frequency could be every other month, quarterly or every 6 months. Having your carpets encapulated will also save you money. Encapsulation is a much less costly process because of its quickness and not running truckmount equipment. I’ve heard of encapsulation cleaning as low as 5 cents per square foot. I haven’t seen a reputable company offering hot water extraction any less than 10 cents per square foot.

Your carpet cleaning professional can give you a better idea of what’s best for your facility. I hope this article helps you make an educated & informed decision on the carpet maintenance for your office or facility.

"I Need to Get the Bird Droppings Off My Convertible Top" She Said

Is your car going to the birds? Are your local tweets putting droppings on your car’s convertible top day after day? Don’t despair, let me explain to you how to clean it off. You see, many people who have convertible tops just cringe when they see bird droppings on top, but I always remind them it’s a good thing that the convertible top was up, because had been down that bird crap would have been on their seats, dashboard, center console, and floorboards.

Worse, they might come back and find the car now has a nest which has been built under their seat. Still, you should never let the birds ruin a perfectly good day. And luckily, there are a couple tricks of the trade for cleaning bird droppings off the convertible tops.

Also, you should realize that it’s a lot easier clean bird droppings off of the convertible top, then off of the paint of your car, once those bird poops have dried on. Below are a few tips to clean it off all by your lonesome without taking it to a professional car wash or auto detail shop;

– First, you must loosen up the bird droppings and make them moist so that they come off without damaging the fabric. I know you are saying “Oh yuk,” but hang with me for a moment while I explain this. To make the bird crap moist, I recommend a garden hose with a spray nozzle and some warm soapy water in a bucket.

– Next, take a dishwashing sponge, those little small kinds that have the abrasive on one side and a sponge on the other. Use the soft side of the sponge first and try to get most of it to wash away, then flip it over and without applying too much pressure move the abrasive side of the sponge back and forth over the bird dropping along with the grain of the fabric.

– You will note that this gets most of it off, sometimes all of it. If not, repeat this step several times. Do not get inpatient and use too much pressure to scrape it off, as you can permanently damage or put scars in the fabric.

This is how the top auto detailers do it, and some of them have foam sprays which help dissolve the bird droppings. However, this technique amounts to the same thing, and generally it works every time. Please consider all this.