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Quick Cleaning Tips


Laundry tips

Travel tips

Stain tips



Laundry Tips

Separate dark and whites into different loads of laundry. Dark colors, especially those that have never been washed, may bleed onto light colors leaving them tinted.

Don't wash sweatshirts or towels with permanent press clothes as they can leave lint on your velvet, corduroy or permanent press clothes.

Zip up zippers to prevent clothes from snagging on them.

Check for troublesome stains before washing clothes. Some stains will not respond well to a presoak or spot laundry treatment; see our special stain tips section or send the item to Boomerang.

Delicate fabrics: Follow the manufacturer's care and cleaning instructions. For some delicate fabrics the less time they spend in water, even cold water, the better.

Rayon and Silk: These fabrics typically require dry cleaning. Silk and water are usually not compatible. Some silk garments are able to be washed in water, but carefully read the care labels first. Certain silk dyes can dissolve in water which can lead to dye transfer, so be sure to test multicolored clothing before washing.

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Travel Tips

How to hand-wash your clothes while travelling. Courtesy of eHow.com

  1. Plug a sink, and add about 1/4 cup detergent.
  2. Fill the sink with hot water—as hot as you can comfortably put your hands in. Leave room for the clothing.
  3. If you're washing whites and want to bleach them, now's the time to add about 1/4 cup bleach to the water.
  4. Put your clothing in the water and get it thoroughly wet and soapy. If
    it's stained, you may want to let it soak for a while.
  5. Knead the clothing with your hands in the water for a few minutes, much as you would knead bread.
  6. Unplug the sink, drain and start the water running. Rinse your clothing until the water runs clear, not soapy.
  7. Wring out and hang to dry, or place clothing in the dryer. Or wrap in
    like-colored towel to easily remove excess water.

Wash items of similar colors together; separate dark clothes from white
or light-colored clothes.

Pretreat heavy stains with laundry detergent or stain remover.

If you are using bleach, be sure to wear rubber gloves while washing clothes, and be careful not to get bleach water in your eyes.

Some fabrics and garments require gentle, cold-water washing and mild detergent; check the labels on your clothes for specific directions.

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Stain Tips

Basic Stain Guidelines

Coffee Stains

Deodorant Stains

Dirt Stains


Basic Stain Guidelines

It's best to treat stains as promptly as possible as fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Keep in mind that while some stains do come out of clothing, some stains cannot be removed.

At Boomerang, we do all we can to help our customers and their clothes look their best. Dry cleaners are best equipped to deal with non-washable fabrics. Give the item to Boomerang and describe the nature of the stain in the Special Instructions section of your order ticket.

If you attempt to remove the stain yourself, carefully read garment instructions and stain removal product instructions before cleaning. Testing stain removers on hidden area of garment for color fastness, perhaps an inside seam, is always a good idea. To test, apply product and let stand 2-5 minutes, then rinse. If color changes, do not use the product on garment.

For bleach safe garments it's best to bleach the entire garment to avoid uneven color removal. When treating a garment, place stained area face down on a clean paper towel or white cloth. Apply stain remover to the underside of the stain. This way the stain is forced off the fabric surface instead of through

Be sure to launder washable items after treating to remove residues of
the stain and the stain remover.

Remember if a delicate, very expensive or favorite item gets stained, take it straight to the dry cleaner.

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Coffee Stains

After reading garment care instructions, apply a pre-treatment stain remover to the stain. Rub the stain with liquid detergent and launder in hottest water safe for the fabric.

Don't use soap. Bar, flake, or detergents containing natural soap could make stain permanent or at least more difficult to remove.

If stain remains, launder with bleach if it is safe for the fabric.

Ask Boomerang for help if all else fails


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Deodorant Stains on Cotton

Get to the stain as quickly as possible.

Read garment care instructions.

If treating a light stain, rub a dab of detergent moistened with water on the stain.

For heavy stains, use a spot remover product, or take the item to the dry cleaner.

Launder using an all fabric-bleach.

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Dirt Stains

Gently scrape off whatever dirt you can.

To remove additional dirt, soak and agitate the garment in water before washing.

Soak tough stains using a detergent or enzyme presoak product for about 30 minutes. Soak old stains for at least several hours.

Launder normally, rinse, and inspect. If stain remains, soak an additional 30 minutes, then rewash.

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None of the tips above are guaranteed. They may not necessarily be correct, accurate or reliable, and may not apply to your specific situation. Always read the care label on your garment before washing or treating an item.


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