Fiction: "You only need to remove surface dust with a vacuum if your quilt looks fine."
Fact: Over time, dust & soil actually cut fibers as they expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. Vacuuming only removes loose surface dust particles. In addition, over time invisible stains oxidize and become colored stains.. Properly cleaning quilts prolongs their beauty and life as well as value. TLC® not only cleans cellulose fibers but also preserves the condition & extends a textile's life.
Fiction: "Simply treat spots individually with lemon juice and gentle detergent".
Fact: Spot treating leaves rings around spots and only a portion of the textile has been manipulated leaving unevenness. In addition, scattered spots called foxing are impossible to effectively spot treat. TLC® removes soils and acid in an effective fiber-friendly manner.
Fiction: "Storing textiles in boxes, wooden chests or plastic bags is best for preservation".
Fact: First, plastic bags contain damaging petroleum products, don't allow fibers to breathe, their static electricity actually attracts dust and they promote mold and mildew. In addition, boxes contain harmful acid and dyes. Finally, wooden chests, drawers, shelves and paper are all acidic. TLC® neutralizes acid and can reverse or greatly diminish most storage damage. We can also recommend proper acid free storage and wrapping items and proper storing procedures.
Fiction: "Do not clean any textile unless you absolutely have to. The less you clean them the longer they will last".
Fact: A textile's natural cellulose fibers easily absorb dust and numerous types of soil. Also, insects are attracted to the protein fibers in fabric leaving small spots long after any evidence of an insect is gone. TLC Cleaning Systems® can address numerous problems leaving your textile clean, soft and more flexible.
Fiction: "Dry cleaning is the safest method for cleaning quilts and other special textiles".
Fact: Dry cleaning is anything but dry...it uses harsh solid, gas and liquid solvents and chemicals along with harsh agitation, friction and high heat to clean items. TLC® uses an exclusive flushing system which is stress and agitation free. This is especially beneficial to eliminate lumping of batting in quilts. Items are then gently air dried without harmful heat. In addition, quilts are blocked to remove distortions and unevenness and improve aesthetic properties in a gentle process developed especially for cellulose fibers.
Fiction: "A good ‘airing out' to remove soil and odor is the only cleaning textiles require".
Fact: Temporarily diminishing any "odor" in a quilt, garment, etc. does nothing to address all the other issues vital to a properly cleaned item. TLC® uses no perfumes or optical brighteners. In addition to all the other benefits of TLC® Cleaning Systems...it removes the odors too. Seeing (and smelling) is believing!