When you properly clean and care for your comforter, you should
receive many years of use from it
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
Brooklyn green dry cleaners Bridgestone Cleaners are offering their expertise in giving long life to comforters with advice and tips with proper care and cleaning.
"One of the topics I am asked about the most from my clients is regarding the cleaning and care of comforters," said Bridgestone Cleaners Owner Ken Kinzer.
Comforters and spreads most of which are imported, come in a variety of sizes, content, construction, and material. Manufactures place care labels on the item which prescribes a suitable cleaning method.
"When a manufacturer care label is missing from a comforter in cases where there is no Care Label to advise us as to the manufacturer's intent on cleaning we are forced to use our professional judgment. Some comforters are meant to be Dry Cleaned and others are meant to be laundered."
Mr. Kinzer continued. "There's no way to look at the comforter and tell for sure which method would be safest. We'll use our best professional judgment."
When comforters are presented for cleaning certain preconditions, which include construction, fabric selection, dye stability, and trim may present challenges and create problems which occur in the cleaning process. Quilting manufacturers maintain certain standards of construction which are intended to preserve the integrity of the comforter and to enable it to last, with proper care for a considerable length of time. I.e.: The quilting pattern used shall not exceed an area that is adequate to control shifting and separation of the batting after performance testing (three agitator wash and tumble dry cycles. Suggested patterns are: box or diamond:100 square (for example 10" x 10") Straight line rows: 8 inches, Diamond shape with cross over stitching.
Some problems that can occur when cleaning comforters or bedspreads are: shrinkage, color loss, dullness (loss of sheen), and tears.
"You can avoid some of these issues at the time of purchase by checking to be sure that the bedspread has been preshrunk and that down or fiber-filled bedspreads are well quilted. Quilting stitches should run both vertically and horizontally with quilting lines 8 to 10 inches apart. Stitching should be strong, as loose stitching can allow the filling to shift during cleaning. For example: a few short stitches spread through out the item is not sufficient to stabilize the content during the cleaning process."
Mr. Kinzer even offers advice when buying a comforter.
"In purchasing quilting you should avoid spreads and comforters which only have an occasional light stitching randomly place on the quilt to hold its content because even through normal wear, the content will shift and gravitate to the sides and ends. In the cleaning process, because mechanical action is required, comforters made with this type of construction will usually result in intensified movement of content and make the content or filling near impossible to reposition inside the comforter."
"When you properly clean and care for your comforter, you should receive many years of use from it."
Bridgestone Cleaners are Brooklyn's real green dry cleaning serving brownstone Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. Call 718-222-9958, or visit our Dumbo (109 Front Street) or Cobble Hill (175 Court Street), Brooklyn, NY locations. Follow us on Facebook. and Twitter @nycgreencleaners.