One of the most common questions we get at our store is “What is dry cleaning?” While most people understand that some clothes need to be dry cleaned. The actual process and how dry cleaning works is not common knowledge. So to better help understand what we do at Fabricare Center Dry Cleaners in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
What is dry cleaning and how does it work?
Dry Cleaning is the processes of cleaning clothes and fabrics with a liquid solvent, rather than water.
This is the part of the process that throws most people off. With dry cleaning your clothes will still be washed in a liquid. This liquid is a solvent, not water. There are several advantages to this:
When you use water to wash your clothes it causing swelling of fibers in the material. This is what causes clothes to change size and lose their color over time. Solvents do not do this.
Solvents are also better at removing oil and grease residue. These tend to be present on most stains. Making solvents better for handling them.
What solvent do you use?
There are many solvents being used in the dry cleaning industry today. Here at Fabricare Center Cleaners we use GreenEarth Cleaning solvent. GreanEarth Cleaning non-toxic and earth friendly, essentially using liquefied sand as the solvent. You can read more about it here.
What is Steaming and Pressing?
Steaming – Steaming helps relax wrinkles and get the material ready for pressing. It is also one more step in killing bacteria on the material.
Pressing – Pressing is the final step in the dry cleaning process. Providing a smooth and crisp finish. One that is hard to replicate with a home iron.
Our Step by Step Process
Pressing & Finishing
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Fabricare Center Cleaners is proud to use GreenEarth Cleaning solution at our facility. Not only is it better for the environment when compared to typical dry cleaning solutions. It is also more gentle on clothes fabrics and colors. Leaving no toxic residue that may come in contact with your skin. But what is GreenEarth Cleaning? This is a question we get a lot so today we are going to look into it a little more.
What is GreenEarth Cleaning Solution
GreenEarth Cleaning solutions is a silicone based cleaning agent. It is basically liquefied sand. And has been recognized as safe for the environment for air, water, and soil release by the EPA.
This is important because the majority of cleaners (roughly 80%) use the cleaning solvent perchloroethylene. Otherwise known as “Perc.” This solvent has been classified as a Toxic Air Contaminant by the EPA. Is classified as a likely carcinogen. And must be monitored because it can contaminate ground soil and water.
Why is GreenEarth Better For Your Clothes
Most importantly GreenEarth Cleaning is completely non-toxic. Meaning you can rub it against your skin without any issue at all. This is important because it is going to be in your clothes. So overall it’s better for your health and the environment.
Next, GreenEarth has a lower surface tension than traditional cleaning solutions. This allows it to more effectively penetrate the fabrics in your clothes. Increasing it’s ability to clean more thoroughly.
GreenEarth Cleaning solution is also chemically inert. Meaning it wont react with other textile materials or dies in the cleaning process. This minimizes even the most small of abrasions to the fabric reducing wear over time.
Whether it’s getting worn on the ball field or around the house. It’s incredible how fast our favorite hats get dirty. Making knowing how to wash a baseball cap correctly an important part of adding years of life to your favorite ball cap.
How to Wash a Baseball Cap
Don’t wash your hat in the dishwasher. This famous trick has a reputation for wearing out hats due to the high heat.
If you use the washer, make sure you use something to keep the shape of the hat. Then air dry.
The safest way to wash your hat is by hand. It’s an easy process, and we will cover how to hand wash your baseball hat below.
Hand Washing your Baseball Cap
What you will need:
Large Bowl or Tub
You will start by filling up the larger bowl/tub with warm water and a little dish soap. From here you will use the toothbrush, dipping into the water/soap mixture and then working it into any staines. Pre-treating the hat.
Once you are done pre treating any spots you want to address. You are next going to soak the hat in the tub for around 10 minutes. You can also use the toothbrush to agitate and spot treat and staines while the hat is under water.
After the 10 minutes and you are happy with any stains you are trying to remove. You are going to rinse the hat thoroughly with room temp to cool water. You want to get out any remaining soap residue.
Once you have thouroughly rinsed the hat you will now let it air dry. To help keep the form place the smaller bowl upside down and place the hat on top to dry. This will help maintaine the hats form.
The Easiest Way to get Your Baseball Hat Cleaned
Why hand washing your baseball cap is easy, its even easier to have us clean your hats for you!
We all love spending time in our favorite outdoor space. And one of the most important parts of our outdoor relaxing and entertainment space is the seating. More specifically those comfortable outdoor cushions. Nobody likes to sit on a dirty looking seat and those cushions require maintenance to keep them looking fresh. Knowing how to clean patio cushions will add years to their life. While keeping your guests sitting comfortably.
If your getting ready for spring or putting your cushions away for the winter. Let’s look at the proper way to clean your outdoor cushions!
How to Clean Patio Cushions
What you will need to clean your outdoor cushions:
A bucket or large bowl
2 clean wash rags, preferably white to prevent any color transfer
Your favorite fabric protection (Optional)
How to Clean Outdoor Cushions – The Steps
1. First, take your bucket or bowl and mix your dish soap with warm water.
2. Then dampen one of the wash rags in the soapy water mix. And then use the rag to saturate both sides of the fabric. Gently rubbing as you go. You can can use as much of the soapy water mixture as you want or is needed.
3. Wait for the cushions to dry.
4. Now you are going to use the second wash rag and plain water to rinse the the patio cushions thoroughly. You want to get all of the soapy water mixture out of the fabric.
5. Wait for the cushions to dry.
6. Add your favorite fabric protections. (Optional)
Outdoor Patio Cushion Cleaning Atlanta
If you want to save yourself some time and have your patio cushions professionally cleaned. Fabricare Center Cleaners offers Metro Atlanta residents access to free pickup & delivery for your patio cushions!
That’s right, contact us today for free pickup and delivery for all of your home good and dry cleaning needs!
The secret to fashion isn’t in how mush you spend, it’s in how well the clothes look and fit. If you’re looking for ways to step up your style with the clothes you have or on a budget you have come the right place. These alterations tips are a great way to make almost any level of clothes fit like designer garments.
Here are 5 clothing alterations tips that will make your clothes look more stylish.
5 Clothing Alterations Tips
Hemming Your Pants
This one is a must do for any of your nice pants. Making sure the leg length fits you properly will not only keep from fraying the bottom of your pants, but will also make them look like they fit correctly. You can click here to get our full price list for this and other alterations services. And if you are not in the Atlanta area, we recommend checking around with your local cleaners.
Shorten Shirt Length
While sometimes we are lucky and find the perfect top with the perfect fit. That’s not always the case. If you have something that is just a little too long, shortening the length can give you a couture fitted look for a very reasonable price.
Replace Broken & Missing Zippers or Buttons
Nothing screams old hat more than missing or hanging buttons. Anytime you have to struggle with a zipper it’s never a good look while out on the go. So make sure to have any of your clothes, jackets, or pants buttons and zippers replaced or repaired. At our Fabricare Center locations we replace buttons for free with any dry cleaning.
Taper Your Trousers
Wanting that sleek silhouette look. One of the best ways to add this to your looks is by tapering your trousers and pants. This classy look and along with a hem will give your pants the perfect stylish look on you.
Hem Your Shorts
If you want to look in style this summer, don’t be caught wearing extra long shorts. The “short shorts” style is in. Save money by revamping your old shorts and have them hemmed. Or get a new pair to fit the perfect look.
If you’re in the Atlanta, GA area and interested in learning more about our clothing alterations. Click Here to contact us to schedule a call with one of our master cleaners!
A valuable part of most people’s wardrobe, there is something special about that perfect fitting pair of jeans. But how do you keep that favorite pair of denim looking good for years to come? Today we’ll look at how to wash jeans the right way. Keeping them looking good wash after wash.
How to Wash Jeans
1. Read the Tag
One of the first thing you want to do before washing any piece of clothing is read the tag. With jeans you are looking for them being labeled “pre-shrunk” or “pre-faded.” If they do not say this, then there is a chance that your jeans are “Raw Denim.” This is the term for jeans that have not been pre-washed or had the die set. This will allow your new jeans to conform to your body. While developing a wear pattern unique to your jeans. If you do have raw denim then following step two is even more important as they are known to bleed die for the first few washes.
2. New Jeans are Known for Bleeding Ink
New jeans are freshly died and a a lot of times there is extra (loose) die left on the fabric. To prevent this from bleeding onto your other clothes, either soak your new jeans in the tub in cold water. Or wash them alone on a cold water gentle cycle. You may need to do this more than once to get rid of all the excess die.
3. Turn your Jeans Inside Out Before Washing
Turning your jeans inside out before washing will do a couple of things. Since the majority of the die is on the outside of your jeans, turning them inside out will prevent friction against other clothes cause the die to transfer. This will also keep your jeans from fading over time. Especially for darker colored denim.
4. Wash your Jeans on Gentle in Cold Water
While denim is a very durable that doesn’t mean you should treat it that way. Using the gentile cycle an cold water when washing your jeans will help prevent shrinking and keep the color from fading after multiple washes.
5. Let Them Air Dry
It’s not secret the heat can cause damage to fabric and that’s exactly why it’s better to let your jeans hang dry rather than tossing them into the dryer. And while one time may not hurt your favorite denim, the repeated heat of the drying cycle can cause fading and yellowing over time.
6. DON’T Wash Your Jeans After Every Wear
This may sound counter intuitive to keeping your jeans looking new. But jeans do not need to be washed at the same frequency as other fabrics that tend to absorb stains faster. So keep the washing to a minimum and spot treat stains if necessary.
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to cleaning your bedding is washing your pillows. It’s recommended that you do this twice a year, while most go years before we wash or replace them. But cleaning your pillows is much easier than you think. So let’s review how to wash a pillow.
How to Wash a Pillow
Step 1: Remove the Case
Remove your pillow case. Some pillows will have an extra zip case that will need to be removed also before washing.
Step 2: Read the Tag
Once you have all the cases removed, make sure you read the tag. This is very important. Some pillows are dry clean only, others will have specific instructions. These may include water temperatures, cycle strength, and drying instructions. Always follow what is recommended on the tag. Especially if the pillow says dry cleaning only (see below).
Step 3: Place your Pillow in the Washing Machine
For most pillows (unless the tag states otherwise) you are perfectly safe placing your pillows into the washing machine. We recommend placing 2-3 pillows in to help balance the load.
Step 4: Add Detergent and Set your Cycle
Again, make sure you are reading your pillows tag or label before this step for specific instructions. Otherwise add your favorite washing detergent and set the cycle to normal or delicate, hot water, and double rinse (if the option is available).
Step 5: Place your Pillow(s) Into the Dryer
Once in the dryer set the machine to “low heat” or “air fluff/no heat”.
Dry Clean Only Pillows
For pillows labeled dry clean only it is important to take them to the professionals unless you want to risk ruining the pillow. We offer free pickup and delivery in Metro Atlanta for all of your dry cleaning and dry clean only pillows.
For the first time, the city of Dunwoody will put on a display of 25,000 lights for the holiday season at Brook Run Park. Come enjoy the display from December 12-28 starting at 6pm. Viewing the holiday lights is free to the public.
The display of lights is being put on by the Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Department. Dunwoody Recreation Supervisor Rachel Waldron was quoted as saying; “This is a first for us, but it’s something we began imagining and planning last year,” and “With the pandemic, we think this is the right time to celebrate and connect in a different way.”
To kick off the celebration there will be a lighting ceremony. Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch will be flipping the switch on at 6pm December 12. To add to the event the characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen” will also be onsite until 8pm. They will be offering photos but the event has politely asked, “Please no hugs or high fives.” And that “Park visitors are invited to enjoy this light display safely by wearing masks and social distancing.”
With a two week running time you will have plenty of opportunities to check out the lights. So make sure you’re adding this to your holiday to do list for the family. Brook Run Park is located at 4770 North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody.
In difficult times it’s important for communities to come together and provide a lending hand when needed. As a local family owned and operated business serving the Atlanta area for over 40 years, we feel it’s important that we do our part for the community. That’s why Fabricare Center Cleaners wants to offer anyone out of work a free outfit cleaning for your next job interview.
That’s right! We know how important it is to look and feel good when walking into an interview. That first impressions can make all the difference. So don’t let that wrinkled shirt hold you back from getting that next job. Bring your outfit into either of Fabricare Centers’ two locations, in Sandy Spring or Dunwoody, and tell them you are there for the “job interview special.”
When times are tough, Fabricare Center is here to help you look your best.
*Offer is not valid with delivery, limit one per customer, not valid with any other offers.
Hello! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Ben Feingold. I am one of the owners of Fabricare Center Cleaners. I started my journey with the business over 12 years ago joining my Father, David, who celebrates his 42nd year in business. Starting as a delivery driver and working my way through every facet of the business, I have had the opportunity to meet many of our wonderful customers. I enjoy providing a service that provides happiness to so many smiling faces.
Together my wife and baby Charlie, we love to entertain and spend time with family and friends. Cooking is a big passion of mine and I hope to share some wonderful recipes with you. Kids grow up so quickly and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing Charlie helping around the store.
Our guarantee has always been simple, we want you to be satisfied with our service. If you don’t like something, anything about your Fabricare Center experience, contact us, we will make it right. We are currently undergoing some radical changes in industry. We want you to know that we’re here for you, whatever your needs are. Thank you for being a client of Fabricare Center. We hope to provide you with exceptional service for many years to come.
Care Label Changes
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mulling an end to a 50 year old care label law required for clothing.
It says the current ‘Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods’ may not be necessary to ensure manufacturers provide care instructions. This repeal could have a significant and devastating impact not only on dry cleaners but for consumers as well.
It is a routine part of our business to check the care label for cleaning instructions on almost every garment. Yes, there are some basic garments like 100% cotton khaki pants or jeans but sometimes even those, if they contain additional fibers, can cause a problem if the care instructions are not followed. The Care Label Rule is essential to professional garment care. Since garment designers and manufacturers are the only people who know what types of fabrics are used in the garments they construct and sell, it is incumbent upon them to share safe handling instructions. Without a care label it becomes a challenge to guarantee safe handling of items.
Fabricare Center along with many other industry professionals have provided comments to the FTC in favor of renewing this rule. We hope as a protection for you that our voices are heard.
Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving
Consider these tips to keep the whole family motivated and moving you might be surprised to find that exercise can be fun.
With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside.
Regardless of age, being physically active provides numerous health benefits. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity for adults each week, and 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for kids between the ages of 6-17 each day. Finding ways to move daily can help everyone in the family maintain their health – and prevent them from going stir crazy. Although prioritizing activity in a quarantined environment might be one of the last things on your mind, parents who model healthy behaviors can inspire their kids to do the same.
Go for a walk or bike ride. Incorporating walks or bike rides into your family’s daily routine can help get everyone moving as well as create quality bonding time. If your family is more on the adventurous side, consider venturing outside your neighborhood to find new trails or rougher terrain to explore nature while getting active. While your annual family vacation might’ve been canceled, there are likely hidden trails within a short drive from home.
Take a virtual class. Many fitness instructors and gyms are sharing free classes online designed for the whole family. Simply connect a streaming device to your television and search for virtual classes that are geared toward getting families moving, regardless of fitness level. Fitness instructors and studios are also sharing a variety of workouts – from family yoga to dance cardio in various time increments – on social media that you can find by searching various fitness-related hashtags.
Play a family game. Playing games together is an old-fashioned way to get the whole family moving and having fun. An activity as simple as tag or racing around the house, or even a game that requires some equipment such as soccer or basketball, can get everyone’s heart rate up. You can even create a fitness deck or activity dice to turn working out into a fun game.
Build your own obstacle course. Set out hoops, pillows, rope, ladders, cardboard boxes and other items you find around the house to create a fun and challenging obstacle course either indoors or out. This can be easily adapted to varying levels of difficulty to meet each family member’s level. Don’t forget a stopwatch to see who can complete the course the quickest.
Fruity Fall Flavors for Dessert
Comfort food typically calls to mind soups, stews and hearty meals meant to warm you up on a chilly day. However, you can also turn to tasty treats as a way to end a cold day on a hot note. This Walnut Apple Pear Crisp combines two fall favorite fruits in a sweet and simple yet flavorful nibble.
Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Walnut Crisp Topping: 1 1/2 cups California walnuts, divided 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup butter, chilled and sliced into pieces
Apple Pear Filling: 4 apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices 3 pears, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon lemon juice
Heat oven to 350 F.
To make walnut crisp topping: In food processor, pulse 1 cup walnuts until finely ground. Set aside in separate bowl. In food processor, pulse remaining 1/2 cup walnuts until chopped. Set aside. 2. In medium bowl, combine ground walnuts, flour, brown sugar, oats and cinna-mon. Cut butter into mixture until coarse crumb forms. 3. To make apple pear filling: In large bowl, toss apples, pears, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice. 4. Pour fruit mixture in bottom of 12-inch cast-iron pan. 5. Layer walnut crisp topping mixture over fruit.
Bake 45 minutes, or until fruit mixture is hot and bubbly and topping is golden brown.
Top with ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired.
Easy Ways to Enjoy Life’s Everyday Moments
For many people across the country, carving out time from busy schedules to spend with loved ones can be difficult. However, when opportunities arise to experience bonding activities together, the results can be fond memories and a deeper sense of security.
“Many families, mine included, usually put a lot of energy into planning fun events and special trips to create memories,” said Amanda Mushro, TLC lifestyle expert and fairlife ambassador. “These get-togethers help us cope with challenges and remember to make the most of each day. This year, while disappointing, has revived our chances to slow down a little and savor the little moments that happen at home every day.”
Build Strong Bonds Life gets busy, and in the shuffle it’s easy to overlook the importance of quality time with your friends, family, and significant others. Commit to regularly (and safely) spending one-on-one time with each loved one as a special treat you can all cherish. Even if it’s just snuggling and watching a favorite show together, crafting or doing an activity you both enjoy, try making an effort to slow down and strengthen your bonds.
Head Outdoors Leave the technology behind and go for a walk or a bike ride together once or twice a week. It’s a ritual you can look forward to while taking advantage of the time together and the chance to burn some energy. You can take outdoor appreciation even further by planning camping trips to enjoy the joys of wildlife through activities like bird watching, fishing or impromptu scavenger hunts.
Make Meals a Family Affair Not only does getting the whole family involved make the preparation faster, it’s a chance to squeeze in some time and maybe even some learning and sharing. Kids can help with measuring and other age-appropriate tasks, and the casual setting is a good environment to get kids talking about what’s on their minds. If evenings are too rushed to make an all-hands approach practical, instead try carving out some time on the weekends or once a month for a few hours of baking up batches of a favorite treat. You can also find new and fun family-friendly recipes. Even if the recipe doesn’t turn out well, the time spent doing it together is a treat on its own.
Enjoy Tasty Treats Together There’s nothing quite like a bowl of ice cream to light up a face and mood so break out the scooper and make some sweet memories. Set up your next sundae bar with a tasty option like fairlife Light Ice Cream, a delicious, lactose-free frozen dessert with a strong nutrition profile compared to traditional ice cream. It comes in seven flavors, so there is something for everyone.
Avoid Life’s Stressors Outside influences can have a major impact on your mood and ability to enjoy your time at home. Try turning off your phone notifications for a few hours of uninterrupted home time. If clutter is creating havoc, look for ways to improve your home’s organization and get everyone in the house to pitch in to keep things in place.
Schedule Weekly Fun Nights Designate a night each week to have fun together playing games, watching movies or dancing. Pull out the board and card games or get some fresh air with yard games like croquet or bag toss. Sign up for a virtual cooking fitness class. When it comes to movies, enjoy old favorites together or introduce kids to beloved classics from the ’80s and ’90s and incorporate fun traditions with snacks and special treat.