Q: Will dry cleaning shrink my clothing?
A: Not if it’s done properly. Art Imig’s Dry Cleaners has the know-how to dry clean clothing and fabrics in such a way that avoids shrinking.
Q: Can sunlight cause clothing to fade, the way it causes drapery and furniture to fade?
A: Exposure to direct sunlight over a long time can not only cause colors to fade, but it can weaken most types of fabrics, clothing included.
Q: Can light other than sunlight cause fading?
A: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causes the most damage, because of the ultraviolet light that is part of the sun’s rays. Ultraviolet light is also generated by florescent and halogen lights, but levels are quite low compared to sunlight. Other factors affecting the color and integrity of fabrics include heat, humidity, air, and certain chemicals (ozone being one example). A fabric’s age, and how well it was dyed, can also contribute to how well it keeps its original color. (Fading is not the only possible effect from the above elements. Fabrics originally blue, purple, or green will sometimes turn reddish.)
Q: What is velvet?
A: Velvet can be a blend of rayon, acetate, or silk, in various combinations that produce various types of velvet. Its short, closely-woven pile gives it a smoothness that has resulted, over the centuries, in the word “velvety” meaning smooth in texture. It is a special fabric, requiring special care.
Q: I see spots on my clothing. But I don’t remember staining them. Where did they come from?
A: Oils or sugars in foods will possibly not stain your clothes when you spill on them. Or, your cleaning of a stain may seem to have cleaned the fabric thoroughly, and left no spot. But if some of the oils or sugars are still there, they can combine with the oxygen in the air over time, and become visible as brownish or yellowish spots.
Q: What is the typical life expectancy of a shirt?
A: The International Fabricare Institute gives the average shirt’s life expectancy as 35 to 50 washings. Of course, many factors can raise or lower that number: quality of the fabric, care taken when washing, wear and tear on the shirt, etc.