If not, you will need to decide between dry cleaning and hand-washing. …
According to the American Council on Science and Health,
dry cleaning generally poses no health risks to children.
The chemicals used in the process are not hazardous at the levels consumers are exposed to…..
Cleaning with SOLVONK4
SYSTEMK4 is an innovative procedure for cleaning textiles, leather, and furs for which we have applied for a worldwide patent. The heart of the procedure is SOLVONK4, a halogen-free, organic solvent with a purity of more than 99% and excellent cleaning performance. It has the same cleaning power as perchloroethylene which it even exceeds in some regards. It is also a completely biodegradable organic solvent that does not require labeling and is not rated as a dangerous material or substance in Europe; it has also been dermatologically tested with a “very good” result.
The most common reason to visit an alteration shop is to have hems and sleeves adjusted on skirts, dresses, jeans, slacks, shirts, blouses and blazers.
Other popular services include mending and resizing garments. Mending services include repairing holes and tears and replacing broken zippers. Size changes can be achieved by adjusting or adding darts to blouses, dresses, and blazers. Seams can be taken in or let out to improve fit. The waistlines of pants, skirts, and dresses can also be adjusted.
Best fit for pants, dresses, and jackets
Here are best-fit guidelines for men and women:
Ideally, the pant leg falls to the top of the shoe and fabric does not touch the floor.
Jacket and blazer sleeves should fall to the bottom of the wrist bone on the thumb side when arms are resting at both sides. For men, shirt cuffs ideally fall one-fourth to one-half of an inch lower than the blazer sleeve to show a show minimal cuff.
An empire waist flatters women with fuller hips and a smaller torso by bringing attention to the waist. An empire waist also flatters straight female silhouettes by creating the impression of a curvy figure.
Custom, or bespoke, tailoring
Custom tailoring is the process of making clothing to fit an individual and differs considerably from alterations made to a ready-made piece of clothing.
Custom tailors, also known as bespoke, or made-to-order tailors or dressmakers, are highly knowledgeable about how to get a good fit, and about sewing and clothing construction methods. They often work in specialty clothing boutiques and family-owned businesses, or as independent tailors.
Costs depend on the type of item, type of fabric and embellishments, amount of detail requested and prices of the specific tailor. Shirts generally cost at least $100, pants cost at least $250 and the jackets are at least $350.
Custom tailoring takes between one to six months, depending on the amount of detail and garment type.
Tips for finding a tailor:
Research and get recommendations
In addition to consulting Angie’s List, ask friends and family for recommendations for dressmakers or tailors. Ask your favorite dry cleaners if they have an alternation or tailoring staff or could make recommendations since they often work with expensive, custom-made clothing.
Ask whether a sewing professional has to experience creating the kind of garment you want. Ask to see photos or examples of the dressmaker’s or tailor’s work.
Ask for quotes
As noted above, custom-made clothing can be very expensive. However, the price depends on several things, including the type of garment you want, the complexity of the pattern, whether you need a pattern made for you, and the fabric used. If you have to undergo numerous fittings, that will increase the cost. Ask for an estimate before commissioning any work.
You’ll be called in at least once or twice for fittings. Fittings take time, so you may want to look for a seamstress or tailor who works close to where you live or work.
Cost-saving tip: If you can’t afford custom-made clothing, having store bought-clothes professionally altered can be a good compromise. The secret of many well-dressed people is that they take their moderately priced clothing into a dry cleaner, seamstress or tailor for alterations for a close to custom fit.
Sewing experts can provide additional services, including restyling clothes and repairing fine leather. Restyling keeps clothes current. Sewing experts who provide this service can convert necklines to accent the chest or elongate the neck. They can turn a dress into a skirt or alter the style of the sleeves to create a fresh look.
Minor fine leather repairs involve carefully weaving new stitches to blend into the fabric. Extensive damage to a leather garment may require new material to replace the original leather.
Work with a reputable fur salon before deciding to buy a fur coat. It’s best to hire a professional to repair, clean and store your precious fur.
DIY tailoring is not as simple or easy as it sounds. Sewing a hem or stitching a seam is not tailoring. To get the fit and lay you want for your clothes to fit right usually requires a sewing machine, serger, seam breaker, sewing mannequin, irons, and various other seamtress tools. Tailors even use specific type of sissors called shears.
For most consumers, it’s not worth an investment in tools or material. Not the mention the damage that can be done by incorrectly cutting a piece of fabric or finished garment. If you’re not willing to learn or don’t have the patience to apart seam, leave it to the professionals.
Laundering and dry cleaning are both processes designed to cleanse and desoil clothes and other articles.
The more traditional cleaning practice, laundering is a water-based cleaning process that most often utilizes
an in-home washer and dryer combination and common soap or detergent. Dry cleaning, much like its name suggests,
uses no water but is a comprehensive process that cleans the clothing just as effectively, if not,
more effectively than the laundering method. While both processes have their purposes, in general,
dry cleaning is better for clothes, especially delicate items, than conventional washing in a machine.
The Dry Cleaning Process
A cleaning process that literally dates back to ancient times,
dry cleaning is a well-established practice that utilizes specially selected cleaning agents and a unique method to cleanse
any number of articles of clothing without damage. While water is not the main cleansing agent in dry cleaning,
the process does involve the use of liquids for stain and soil removal.
Much like laundry, dry cleaning does use a specific machine in which the garments to be cleaned are put.
After being put in the machine, the machine is started and gently rotates the clothes in the basket while a steady stream of clean solvent is pumped into the system.
Simultaneously, the dirty solvent is pumped out of the drum to maintain the constant cleansing of the clothing.
Following the solvent cycle, the next cycle begins by rapidly circulating the clothes and removing all of the solvent.
Finally, the clothes are dried as warm air is pumped into the machine and continues to circulate as the basket of clothes spins.
Advantages of Dry Cleaning
As this process does not require the immersion of the clothes into water and features a gentler process,
dry cleaning has several distinct advantages for cleaning clothes when compared to a washing machine.
1. Soft Process—Comparatively, dry cleaning is considered a soft washing process, particularly when equated to the conventional method of laundering.
The rotation of the drum in dry cleaning is much milder than the abrasive agitator in a washing machine, a
nd the limited amount of water and solvent used helps protect the garments being cleansed.
2. Clothing Preservation—In addition to its soft washing process, dry cleaning is also better for maintaining the new appearance of clothing.
Dry cleaning rarely causes shrinking of delicate fabrics and maintains the color and texture of fabric better than the conventional method of washing.
3. Deep Cleaning—Another one of the advantages associated with dry cleaning is the process’s ability to “deep clean” tough soils and stains.
Dry cleaning has a distinctive ability to dissolve oil and grease in garments that is difficult to do with traditional washing.
This cleaning process is known to restore garments to a “like-new” state with one processing.
4. Finished Appearance—When removed from a washer and dryer, clothes often come out looking rumpled and wrinkled – in need of further ironing and treatment.
However, with dry cleaning, clothes are crisp, fresh, and clean when finished.
While traditional laundering and dry cleaning are both cleaning processes that have their place, dry cleaning offers for more advantages
in terms of cleanliness and clothing maintenance than the traditional washing machine. Dry cleaning gets clothes cleaner,
keeps them looking new longer, and gives them a “like new” appearance with each treatment.
When it comes to the controversy of washing machine versus dry cleaning, the verdict is clear – dry cleaning is superior.
Today’s ‘organic’ products are called so in substantially different meaning than just being simply organic in a traditional sense. Specifically, ‘organic’ is used to refer to a thing made from completely natural non-toxic materials and process without any artificial stuff harmful to human body and environment, additives, supplements and processes.
The cleaned textiles have a fresh scent.
Excellent cleaning power for water soluble and lipophilic stains.
Gentle cleaning of textiles, leather and furs.
Very pleasant and smooth feel.
High wearing comfort.
Increased protection against textiles
Effective environmental protection. Well thought out – Solvon K4 for a sustainable future:We take over responsibility – for the protection of human health and our environment. That is why all components of K4 Systems in such a way that they fulfill stringent, statutory environmental regulations
SYSTEMK4 is an environmentally friendly and absolutely safe cleaning process. The basic component of SYSTEMK4 is a halogen-free solvent. It is designed in such a way that, when properly used, it does not pose a risk to air, water, human beings and soil. And here lies the huge innovative potential of SYSTEMK4: The cleaning effect of the solvent SOLVONK4 is the same as perchlorethylene, and sometimes even better. At the same time, SOLVONK4 is not classified in Europe as either a hazardous material or a hazardous substance! Moreover, SOLVONK4is biodegradable and has been tested dermatologically with the result “Very Good”.
The unique advantages are absolutely clear:
You offer your customers excellent cleaning quality.
You offer your customers dermatologically tested skin friendliness with the result “Very Good”.
Biodegradable solvent : eco-friendly, preserve nature in a sustainable manner.
Increase the safety of your business thanks to the favorable hazardous substance classification of SYSTEMK4.
Satisfy all legal, environmental and work place regulations.
Economical and increased productivity with lower energy expenditure.