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Vintage Wedding Gown Restoration

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Dirty News and Views | 1 comment

Kelchner Cleaners is a dedicated preservationist! We specialize in on-site Museum Quality vintage Wedding Gown restoration and preservation, the archival alternative to boxed and sealed gown preservations to prevent yellowing and creasing. Let us restore the beauty of an heirloom garment, because you want your wedding to last forever. Vintage garment restoration applies to any garment with nostalgic importance to the customer. This may include military and baseball uniforms, quilts and other important family heirloom pieces.  ...

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Fire Hazards of Laundry Spontaneous Combustion

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Dirty News and Views | 0 comments

 Laundry Fires Due to Spontaneous Combustion Spontaneous combustion refers to the gradual increase in temperature  of a flammable material to the point of ignition. The process is a chemical reaction in which heat is generated. For this application, the exothermic reaction occurs from oxidation of oils on fabric. Once the oils are exposed to a certain amount of heat, the temperature continues to rise until the oil and fabric smolder and ignite. The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with the Whirlpool Corporation investigated the...

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Friend, Inc Coat Drive Updates

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Dirty News and Views | 0 comments

“Coats do Roam” Kelchner Cleaners has made the first delivery of  freshly cleaned coats to Friend, Inc in Kutztown, PA. Kelchner Cleaners has been collecting gently used winter items to clean and distribute to Friend for the last 35 years. Thanks to the community at large the coat drive was a huge success! Over 175 coats along with snowsuits, hats, gloves, scarves, comforts and blankets were donated for distribution to our neighbors in need. These items will be made available for participating folks who rely on the food pantry for...

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Wedding dress hemline cleaning

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Dirty News and Views | 0 comments

Pre-inspection of a wedding dress prior to cleaning is required to observe the condition of the gown. The wedding gown’s hemline is the area of the dress where concentrated stains are most often seen. Damage to the fabric, tears and wood floor splinters are common in the hemline. The area is pre-cleaned using a gentle tapping motion with a soft bristled brush. Care must be used to prevent additional damage to the fabric. The pre-spotting is a time consuming process. The dress is then hung to dry. Next the entire gown is wet cleaned and...

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Aged stains occur when storing uncleaned garments

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Dirty News and Views | 0 comments

Caramelized sugar and oxidized oil are the most common “ aged stains ”. The summer heat has faded and the leaves are giving us a backdrop of orange, gold and yellow. The mornings are brisk and your drycleaning customers are breaking out those sweaters and jackets that were put away last spring. Any stains left behind are now a major undertaking, due to time and heat “setting” the stain. I want to throw out some estimated failure rates contrasting stains that are four weeks old verses stains that are less than 48 hours old. After as much as...

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Save $ on Ugg’s Cleaning

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Dirty News and Views | 0 comments

Good through 12/31/16!   Kelchner Cleaners provides dry cleaning, cleaning services, and wedding gown preservation to people around Kutztown, Fleetwood, Topton, and...

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Kelchner Cleaner’s Friend, Inc Coat Drive

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Kelchner Cleaners annual coat drive has begun! Kelchner’s will clean your donated “gently-used winter wear” and distribute to Friend, Inc. Let’s make 2016 a banner year for our neighbors in “need”. Items will be accepted up till 12/31/16.   Kelchner Cleaners provides dry cleaning, cleaning services, and wedding gown preservation to people around Kutztown, Fleetwood, Topton, and...

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Cleaning and Storing Garments to Prevent Insect Damage

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Dirty News and Views | Comments Off on Cleaning and Storing Garments to Prevent Insect Damage

  Insect damage may appear as mysterious holes. Often the holes may not be readily apparent until after cleaning. Garments that have been stored for a long time are particularly prone to insect damage. Moth damage is commonly seen on wool fabrics, but beetles, silverfish, roaches, and other insects feed on stains and sizings on fabrics made of other fibers. The type of fabric or food substance insects are attracted to determines whether the damage they cause is direct or indirect. Direct damage occurs when insects such as webbing cloth...

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Poison Control Centers Field Calls Regarding Laundry Detergent Pods

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Dirty News and Views | Comments Off on Poison Control Centers Field Calls Regarding Laundry Detergent Pods

Consumer Reports put out an alert regarding eye injuries and the use of Laundry Detergent single use detergent pods and children. These individual detergent packets have great color combos and are small enough to resemble candy in a child’s mind.  Previous warnings have been given from the Cleaning Institute to “keep these and all detergent products  up or locked out of reach from children”.  Accidental poisoning and vomiting have occurred when ingested by youngsters who view these packets as a sweet treat. Now there is...

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Garment Care Label Confusing to Public

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Dirty News and Views | Comments Off on Garment Care Label Confusing to Public

The Garment Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to clothing: to insure the instructions, if followed, will cause no substantial harm to the garment. Federal Trade Commision (FTC) requires only one method of care be listed on garment. Reasonable Basis: The manufacturer must have a reasonable basis for all care instructions.  Defined as reliable evidence supporting the whole garment will not be damaged when cleaned as directed. Warn about any part of the recommended method of care that a consumer...

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