Americans Turn to Dry Cleaners for Holiday Help in November
November 2, 2009 | Contributed by: Larry Small
With all the festivities of the holiday season, it’s no surprise the “Dry Cleaners” heading sees a spike in the month of November. Whether it’s candle wax or cranberry sauce, many Americans look to the Yellow Pages for help saving their favorite table linens and holiday wear.
Data shows that there are approximately 30,000 dry cleaning stores in the U.S. and that the majority of these businesses are single-facility, family-owned operations. Most users come to the Yellow Pages with a dry cleaning decision to make and 87% who reference the “Dry Cleaners” heading follow up with a purchase.
In case you run up against common holiday mishaps, here are some helpful fabric care tips from the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute:
- Wine and coffee – Lightly touch the stain with an absorbent towel to draw up liquid; blotting can spread the stain. After dinner, rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar.
- Cranberry – Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing.
- Salad oil – Cover a big spill at the table with absorbent powder and shake off after supper. Apply a mild detergent mixed with household ammonia as soon as possible. Wait 5-10 minutes and wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
- Candle wax – Gently lift off the larger pieces and treat with a solvent-based stain remover product. Wash in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.