Summer brings out the brightest colors. Reds, pinks, yellows, purples, blues, and whites. White?
Yes, white is a color.
In their natural state, many fabrics have an off-white or yellowish cast and are often bleached
remove this natural color. Manufacturers often add optical brighteners to make fabrics appear
and brighter. Occasionally, these agents break down, causing the fabric to revert to its natural
off-white or yellowish color.
Exposure to light can break down fluorescent brighteners, causing the areas not exposed to light
be unaffected. Thus, the front of a sweater laid out to dry in the sun may turn yellow while the
back remains white. Once this happens, it usually can't be corrected.
Graying of whites is another story. Dingy-looking white is most often caused by incomplete soil
removal over an extended period of time despite repeated washing.
This can be caused by any or all of the following:
Not pre-soaking heavily stained garments
Too little detergent
Overloading the washing machine
Water temperature too low
Sorting clothes incorrectly
To remove this soil buildup and restore whiteness, take the following steps with washable
Use the hottest temperature of water acceptable for the fabric
Add 1-2 cups water conditioner
Add detergent and
Add clothes and run through a complete wash and rinse cycle.
We hope these tips help. If you run into any trouble with any of your garments, we'll be happy
We appreciate the opportunity to make your clothes (and you!) look and feel their very best. We
forward to working with you to keep your wardrobe at its finest.
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