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Starch Levels in Shirts

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2016 No Comments

Starch Levels in Shirts

Few consumers understand the reasons why starch feel varies from fabric to fabric.  I will try to explain below.

Starch is a rinse additive.   This means that when your shirts are processed, the starch is immersed into the load with the rinse water.  I have heard complaints over the years, “this shirt doesn’t have enough, but these two are fine.”  Even though the shirts were cleaned in the very same load, fabrics vary and some will retain starch and some will not. We have also had requests from customers to use heavy starch on the collars and cuffs and none on the rest.  This is impossible since starch is contained in the rinse.

Every fabric holds starch differently.  Therefore, if you like a “crispy” feel, be sure the fabric you are purchasing allows for that.  My recommendation is to go with the 100% Cotton broadcloth.  Cotton holds on to starch for a clean crisp look.  If you want to look professional, but don’t like the way starch feels, the 60/40 poly blend is the shirt for you. We can still starch them for you, they just won’t feel as “hard.”

The next time you are faced with the feeling that the shirt doesn’t feel like it has enough starch, take a peek at the tag.  Each customer has their own preference.  We do our best to accommodate, but keep in mind, fabric is the ticket!

If you have questions, please drop me an email or give me a call.




Athletic Uniforms

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2016 No Comments

Caring for Athletic Uniforms

With spring comes the arrival of the spring sports season- and spring athletic uniforms. As sports uniforms are bound to experience significant soiling and wear, special attention should be paid to their care.

Sports uniforms are usually made from synthetic fibers, such as nylon, polyester, spandex, or a blend of these fibers. The biggest problem athletic uniforms may experience is dye bleeding during the cleaning process. For this reason, it is important that you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions carefully. Because some dyes are water-soluble, resulting in fading or dye transfer during washing, many uniforms have care labels that recommend a cold water wash. The color should be safe if washed in cold water, but it will often bleed if washed at a higher temperature.

If the color bleeds when washed at the recommended temperature, the manufacturer should be held responsible and the uniform returned to the retailer for an adjustment.

Here are some tips on how to keep those athletic uniforms looking great:

• Check the care label to determine the best method of care. Laundering is usually considered to be the most effective method for removing heavy soiling.

• Prior to cleaning, test for colorfastness to avoid color pick-up on other articles.

• Wash in a low temperature to reduce the chance of bleeding colors. Mud and grass stains may require treatment before washing.

• Avoid high drying temperatures. Shrinkage and permanent wrinkles may result. Laminated synthetics should be air dried.

• Do not allow items to soak or be wet for long periods of time.

• Dry athletic uniforms at low temperatures.

• Immediately remove athletic uniforms from the dryer and hang to avoid permanent wrinkles.

• When ironing, make sure it is set at the proper setting. A low temperature setting, such as polyester, is usually safe.

School Supply Drive

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2016 No Comments

Malibu Cleaners is sponsoring a School Supply Drive in an effort to help the students in the community. Between now and August 8th, for any donation of four or more packaged items the customer will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the drive, the lucky winner will receive $100 in free dry cleaning.

Due to the lack of funding in Public Schools, each year teachers and students are often required to purchase their own supplies.  Many families are not in a position to afford these supplies and consequently the children lack the tools they need to succeed.

Presidents Day

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2016 No Comments

Be sure to check your email for Presidents Day Specials!  We appreciate your business.

How Insects Damage Clothes

Uncategorized Nov 05, 2015 No Comments

IFI BULLETINS - TABS NO. 356 - HOW INSECTS DAMAGE CLOTHESEver wonder how insects damage your clothes?

Sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, mysterious small holes or loss of surface fibers appear on a fabric.

Normally this damage looks like small holes in the fabric. In some instances, however, mainly on soft fabrics with a nap, the fiber damage appears as irregular “trails” or veins across the surface. This damage can appear in just one area or could be in several areas of a garment at random.

Bugs. Many insects, such as moths, silverfish, cockroaches, and beetles, are attracted to textiles with food, beverage, and perspiration stains left on them. Insect damage is more common on wool fabrics, since these fibers are made from a protein that particularly attracts moths. Moth damage is actually caused by larvae of the hatched eggs that were laid in the fabric while in storage long before the damage appears. It may show up on just one garment in a closet or affect several garments.


Separating Fabric

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2015 No Comments


The problem arises when the material bonded to the shell fabric to add body to the garment begins to separate from normal wear and care.


Many garments have a separate fabric fused to the inside in some areas to give support, maintain shape, and add body. When this interfacing material separates from the shell fabric or shrinks, the garment appears puckered or blistered.


Interfacing separation can be caused by a number of deficiencies in manufacturing. It could be due to insuffi- cient time, temperature, or pressure used in the fusing process. Another reason is that not all fusible materials

Beverage and Yellow Stains

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2015 No Comments

These stains originate from accidental contact with soft drinks, tea, coffee, juices, beer, wine, fruits, candy, or any other foods or beverages that contain sugarS.  After any moisture evaporates from the substances only an invisible residue remains. Over a period of time in storage this residue will attract oxygen from the air and oxidize, eventually becoming yellowish and notice- able. This type of staining is often referred to as “invisible stains.” Since these stains are basically water soluble, they are not readily removed by dry cleaning. Subsequently, the heat of tumble drying and/or steam pressing after dry cleaning accelerates oxidation of the residue and causes the stains to become much more visible.

Yarn Slippage

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2015 No Comments

Q: Upon delivery of her finished goods, a customer noticed a shifting and distortion of the yarns appearing as thin areas in the underarm of her blouse. What could have caused this?

A: This condition is known as yarn slippage, which is not a breakage of the yarns but an actual shifting or slipping of the yarns. The damage originates from local stress and strain on the fabric during wear. Yarns that have been disturbed from conditions of wear alone can be further aggravated from the normal agitation of a cleaning process. Woven fabrics should be adequately supported by the manufacturer to withstand the normal stress and strain of wear without allowing any yarn slippage or distortion. If the item has reached its life expectancy, then this type of damage can be reasonably expected.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month . . . .

Uncategorized Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

October . . . Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of all Dry Cleaning Sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure! Please come support this cause. As always, we appreciate your business!

Hiram Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Uncategorized Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

Hiram celebrated 2 years with us on September 13th. He is dedicated, dependable and a pure joy to have on our staff! We frequently receive notes and comments regarding his Excellent Customer Service!! Thank you for your service Hiram!!