Sunday, January 9, 2022

How to Properly Care for Your Fine Bed Linens

Follow these tips for the best care of your sheets and duvet covers.

Congratulations, you’ve made the investment in some quality bed linens (like ones from Peacock Alley, DEA, Boll & Branch, Hotel Collection, Matouk, etc.). I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is crawl into a freshly made bed after a long day. Good sheets and duvet covers are expensive, but you already know that. You spend as much as 1/3 of your life in bed, so why not do everything you can to maximize the quality of your time there? You want your investment to last, here’s how to care for them (see this post for a complete guide to washing).

Wash your sheets, pillow cases, and duvets in loads by themselves, not with other items, particularly not with towels. Towels, especially new ones, will produce all kinds of lint; this will stick to your sheets and make them look like they are pilling and wearing faster. Also, avoid over-filling the machine. When fully loaded, you should be able to reach in and touch the back of the drum.

Separate the individual pieces when placing into the washing machine. Rolling everything into a ball when removing the sheets makes transport easier but doesn’t allow them to clean properly. Also, separate the pieces again when switching to the dryer.

Skip the bleach. Traditional bleach you might pickup at the supermarket or hardware store is made from chlorine. This will cause your items to grey, and/or yellow over time. It will also more quickly degrade the integrity of the fabric itself. You can use oxyclean if necessary, or just work some soap directly into any stains (like blood) before washing.

No Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets. Quality bed linens are going to wrinkle in the wash, but there are other ways to minimize this. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets can coat the sheets to make them less absorbent, not breath as well, and can even cause them to smell bad over time. If you’re not going to iron them after washing, dry with wool dryer balls instead. Also, once dry do not crush them into a laundry basket (use the basket, but just like the washing machine, don’t overfill it). Either fold or place back on the bed right away while they are still warm.

Of course, you can skip all of these steps and send them to a dry cleaners who knows how to properly care for your fine bed linens. A quality place will gently wash, extract, then press them on a flatwork ironer that automatically feeds your items across the pressing surface to minimize wear and time against the heat. The result takes that freshly made bed feeling to the next level (possibly multiple levels higher). If you haven’t at least tried it, you don’t know what you are missing.

I hope these tips will help your bedding stay beautiful and comfortable for years to come. What other tips have you learned along the way? Share in the comments section below!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Janet Davis Dry Cleaners Guide to Caring For Your (Down & Non-Down) Comforters

Though there are many theories about why we sleep, there is one thing we know for sure: good rest is an essential part of a healthy life.  The CDC recommends 7 or more hours of sleep per day for adults, but it’s far more for kids.  Infants, for example, can doze away up to 16 hours a day!  That’s quite a bit of time for people of all ages to spend in bed.  

Adopting proper sleep habits, a.k.a. “sleep hygiene” is unsurprisingly a key factor to ensuring that you, your family, and your guests get enough rest.  One essential habit for promoting a restful slumber is ensuring that your bedroom is a clean, calm, and relaxing space.  If your comforters are rumpled or dirty, you and those you care for may find it is not so easy to fall into a deep sleep.

Luckily, properly caring for comforters is easier than it seems.  Let’s dive into the basics.

How often should you clean your comforters?

The answer is… it depends.  

The general rule of thumb is that if your comforter has a duvet, you can get away with cleaning the comforter itself yearly.  On the other hand, if you’re duvet-free, you should wash it quarterly.  But there are circumstances in which you should clean it far more frequently.

For example, many of us allow our pets on the bed.  As every pet owner knows, fur, dirt, and dander accumulate quickly. In this circumstance, we recommend increasing your comforter washing schedule to once every two months.  

Asthma or allergy sufferers may need to clean comforters even more frequently.  Unclean bedding can increase symptoms which makes it harder to practice proper sleep hygiene.  At a minimum, wash your comforter every two months, but once a month is preferable if you can manage it.

Is it better to dry clean or machine wash?

Your mom was right when she told you to check the care label. To answer this question for yourself, make sure to read each tag carefully and thoroughly to ensure you know which method is best.  If you don’t know how to read the symbols, visit this handy guide here

If it’s dry clean only, don’t try to take matters into your own hands or you risk ruining your comforters. Don’t worry, dry cleaning this item is faster and more affordable than you might expect but only take them to a cleaner you trust.  If you are close to our Metro-Detroit location, feel free to bring yours to us.  

So what if your tag says to machine wash your comforter? It may be tempting to stuff it into your home washing machine but check to make sure you are not potentially overloading it. If it doesn’t fit, not to worry.  Many reputable dry cleaners and laundromats offer larger washing machines which will easily manage the job.

Let’s say your comforter fits comfortably into your home washing machine.  Your first step is to carefully pre-treat the item by targeting any marks found with an appropriate stain remover.  Use a warm water cycle.  Go ahead and use the drier, but keep it on very low heat.  This may mean running it through 2 or even 3 cycles to ensure that the innermost part of the comforter is free from moisture.  If this seems like too much work, you can get away with line drying your comforter outside if your filling is cotton or polyester, but if it’s down, forget it!

How can you reduce wrinkles?

It’s not easy to slide into a healthy rest in a messy room with a wrinkled comforter.  Creating a tidy space helps relax the mind and puts you, your family or your guests at ease.  If you are able to machine wash yours, you can reduce wrinkles by transferring it as quickly as possible to the drier while ensuring you are following the advice above to dry it slowly on low heat over an extended period of time.

When it’s ready, remove the comforter from the drier quickly, fold it or place it back on the bed right away.  Should you still have wrinkles, an iron is not your friend.  Rather, using a steamer is your best bet.  The heat and dampness of the steamer will gently smooth out stubborn wrinkles without causing damage as long as you follow the machine’s instructions.  

 A few final tips:

Storage: When it comes time to store your comforters, check first that they are clean, then place them in a breathable bag, i.e. not plastic. Natural fabrics like cotton should work quite well.

Top Sheets: To extend the time between washes, we absolutely recommend the use of a fitted and top sheet. We are well aware that millennials are not top sheet fans and tend to find them fussy but they do decrease the need to clean your comforter quite so frequently.  Do remember, however, that all sheets should be cleaned or changed out weekly.  If they are color-safe, go ahead and soak them in Oxyclean™ or a similar stain remover if they have marks.  

White Vinegar: White vinegar is a frugal cleaner’s best friend.  In place of fabric softener, which can stick to down, use this odorous liquid in its place. White vinegar will fully, naturally, and effectively flush soap from your comforter without leaving a scent.

Keeping your comforters clean and tidy is an essential part of good sleep hygiene.  By adopting these comforter cleansing habits in your home, hotel, bed and breakfast, or rental, you provide yourself, loved ones or guests with a healthy resting space.

Let us help you maintain this great habit.  Our pickup and dropoff service can swing by for your comforters at your convenience and we will take care of the rest.

Still have questions? Leave us a comment below.

Photo Credit: gerenme

Sunday, August 2, 2020

How to Clean Your Bathing Suit: A Dry Cleaners Guide

Your bathing suit is subjected to some of the harshest conditions. Salt, sand, sweat, oils, sunscreen, and chlorine all work to degrade your prized swim fashions. If you would like to learn how to keep your favorite beach and pool wear looking like new read on.

How Often to Clean?

First, it's important to clean after each outing. You're throwing a lot at the material, and it's best to clean after each wearing to avoid long term spots, stains, and smells. Also, never wring your bathing suit, as this can stretch the material into an unflattering shape. To dry quickly, roll into a dry towel and gently press the water out.

Start by reading the care label. Hand wash in a bucket, or machine wash. I recommend washing ladies suits in a net bag if machine wash is recommended. This allows the machine to do it's job, while reducing the agitation on delicate designs. Most men's swim trunks can be machine washed. It all depends on the designs for ladies swim fashions.


Did you swim in a chlorine pool? The effects of chlorine continue even after your bathing suit is dry. Be sure to use an anti-chlor to stop and remove the chlorine altogether. Vitamin C is a natural anti-chlor and I'll show you how to use it here as well.

Mix 1/2 tsp sodium ascorbate (Vitamin C) for every 4 ounces of distilled water (remember city water has a touch of chlorine in it). Soak for 10 minutes before washing.

Spot Clean

Next, spot clean any noticeable sunscreen or dirty spots. To do this, mix your preferred laundry detergent and water, 50/50 in the detergent cap. Use the BACK of a spoon with the item on a hard surface and work the mix in (you're not necessarily trying to get the spot out, that's for the washing step). Make sure the detergent mix is all the way into the fibers. For particularly tough stains, you can use dawn (use 1/4 dawn with 3/4 water) in the same fashion.

Hand Wash

Lightly agitate in a bucket with water and a bit of detergent (you may not need any if you did a lot of pre-spotting). Agitate and let soak, agitate and let soak. Rinse until you don't smell anything (soap, odors, or chlorine).

Machine Wash

Warm, or room temperature is best. Set to gentle cycle. Optionally, you can use a net bag to reduce agitation. Use the appropriate amount of detergent (note: read the cap as you'll likely need much less than you are accustomed to).

Air Dry

Regardless of how you clean, you'll want to lay flat or hang to AIR DRY ONLY after it's clean. This goes for all bathing suits. The dryer is not your friend here.

That's it! By cleaning your bathing suit after each wearing, and by following the tips provided, your swimsuit will look great and last a long time.

What is your favorite brand of bathing suit? What other cleaning tips would you like to see in future blogs? Comment below!

Download Care Label Guide

Click here to download your very own copy of our guide to care label symbols. Save on your phone, in your laundry room or in your purse to quickly decode the care labels on your clothes to save money, time and frustration down the road.

Photo Credit: Mim Tasters

Thursday, April 2, 2020

How to Make Your Own Face Mask: Guest Post by Anthony Manno

Pat Manno & Anthony Manno
In wake of CODIV-19 and Michigan's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, Manno Clothing and Tailoring in Dearborn, MI has decided to keep their tailoring shop open to construct protective masks. They have used their knowledge, tools, and materials to create a face mask assembly line. To date, they've donated over 1000 masks to Metro-Detroit hospitals.

Anthony Manno was kind enough to create a guide so that you can create a mask for yourself, your family, or to create a donation assembly line of your own (the following was written by Anthony Manno):

Creating masks has been an absolute joy to our staff. It gave us purpose during a time of closure and encouragement during a time of crisis. Each mask makes a difference for a nurse, pharmacist, grocery store worker, or other individual at risk of exposure. Even if it takes a few to get it right, stay with it and know your creation will make a difference for someone.

Materials & Supplies:
100% cotton fabric – cut into 6.5” x 9.5” rectangles
¼” elastic OR 18” strands of cotton/nylon binding
Fusible interfacing (optional)
Sewing machine

Step 1

1. Start by cutting fabric into 6.5” x 9.5” rectangles. Once fabric is cut, face the pattered sides together so they match up evenly. It will appear that the mask is inside out.
a. At this point, you may apply fusible interfacing in between the fabric pieces if you so choose.

Step 2
2. Sew along the 9.5” side using ¼” seam allowance. Make sure to leave space in the center of the fabric to turn mask right side out.

Step 3
3. Cut two pieces of elastic (no longer than 6 inches) OR four strips of binding (19 inches each). Sew across sides making sure to secure the elastic or binding in place.
a. If you choose to use binding, knot one end to avoid unraveling when tying the finished product.

Step 4

4. Now, turn the mask right side out and press the mask flat. Fold in three pleats on each side an equal distance apart from each other.
a. You can use pins to keep the pleats in place if you prefer. The pleats should stack on top of each other.

Step 5

5. Press the pleats into place and try on your homemade mask!

To learn more about Pat, Anthony, and Manno Clothing, please visit or call 313-561-1419. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

An Important Message from Janet Davis Cleaners

At Janet Davis Cleaners, nothing is more important than ensuring the safety and health of our staff and customers. We appreciate the trust you place in us daily for your garment and textile care needs.

Our team has met and reviewed the findings of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) after they've conferred with the CDC.

We want to assure you that our textile cleaning process is effective against viruses (coronavirus, influenza, common colds, etc.).

Additionally, from the outset of this coronavirus news we've increased our cleaning and sanitization of all common touch points within our stores. We are closely monitoring and following the guidance from the CDC on personal hygiene and cleaning standards to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

As a means of practicing social distancing, we'd like to remind you we can pickup and deliver your items within our service area at no additional charge. If regular pickup and delivery isn't for you, we can also do this for you on a one time or occasional basis.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mens Button Down Dress Shirt Fabrics and Materials

Photo Credit: Menswear Market

True style isn’t about pomp and flash, it’s a matter of getting the details right.

When it comes to dress, all elements matter, from your watch down to your socks. Your shirt selection is arguably one of the most important of these elements, so you’ll want to take the time to truly understand what each shirting fabric is ideal for.

In this post, we’ll dive deep into the nitty-gritty of men’s button down shirt fabrics. By knowing the differences between basic shirt fabrics and weaves, you’ll find selecting the right option for each occasion much simpler.

Here we’ll break down what distinguishes one fabric from another and tackle what makes each weave special. Once you understand these details, you’ll be set to look stylish and appropriate, whether you’re going to an important meeting, wedding, funeral or for work.


Before jumping headfirst into fabrics, here’s a very brief run-through of the most common fibers you’ll find in men’s shirts.

Cotton: The majority of shirts in your closet are likely cotton, and there is good reason for that. Cotton is wonderful fiber. In addition to its softness, cotton is a natural and breathable option, thus making it easy to wear even in high temperatures. It is, however, prone to wrinkles (we'll discuss non-iron in just a bit).

Linen: Like cotton, linen is a natural fiber. It’s even better suited than its counterpart for hot days. To boot, linen is quite beautiful, though a common complaint is that it wrinkles even more easily and those wrinkles are harder to remove than with cotton.

Polyester: A man-made fiber that is stain and wrinkle resistant. It typically isn't used for button down shirts because it lacks body.

Rayon: A manufactured fiber that is made from naturally occurring sources. Rayon can wear like cotton or polyester, but typically needs to be cared for like wool.

Wool: Used in thicker sport shirts. Typically darker in color. Most often worn in cold weather. Needs to be dry cleaned.

Spandex: The addition of spandex to cotton shirts has become popular, but seems to cause shirts with this fabric blend to wear out faster than their all-cotton counterparts.

Fabrics (Weaves)

Poplin/Broadcloth: Poplin is a straightforward fabric consisting of a one-over and one-under weave, commonly referred to as a plain or tabby weave. This seemingly simple fabric has a smooth texture and is quite sturdy. Poplin regulates temperature well, and can work across seasons.

Due to its smoothness, it showcases patterns very crisply. It’s also quite versatile, as it can work well in formal settings as well as for daily 9-to-5 wear. Keep in mind, however, that poplin wrinkles easily.

When it comes to fabric classifications, poplin and broadcloth are often used interchangeably. Each utilizes a tabby weave structure and may appear almost indistinguishable from its sister fabric, however, there is a subtle distinction between the two. The difference is simple: poplins consist of yarns of varying sizes while broadcloths utilize only one thread size across the warp and weft.

Oxford: Durable oxford fabrics have long been popular for casual shirts and can work well in more informal business environments. Unlike broadcloths or poplins, these fabrics utilize a durable basket weave. This basket weave structure produces a thicker fabric that is often quite comfortable and warm.

Twill: It’s easy to pick out a twill fabric from among the other selections here due to the fabric’s distinctive weave. Twill showcases a beautiful diagonal pattern, unlike the more grid-like poplins or oxfords.

Twills are quite strong, are often lightweight fabrics, and they don’t easily accumulate dirt. In addition to these benefits, twill fabrics do not wrinkle as easily as several of the other options on this list.

Hounds-tooth, herringbone, and denim are all examples of commonly utilized twill fabrics. Just because your jeans consist of a twill fabric, however, don’t necessarily pass this cloth by when it comes to dress shirts. Twills tend to drape well and are more wrinkle resistant than poplins, broadcloths, and oxfords.

Chambray: Though chambray often has a denim-like appearance and durability, in fact, it consists of an entirely different weave structure. Similar to poplin and broadcloth, chambray is a tabby weave, not a twill.

The denim-esque look comes from the colors of the thread used. Rather than weave the warp and weft with the same color, chambray fabric incorporates white threads in the weft and a different color on the warp. In turn, this forms a subtle check-like pattern.

Though chambray shirts aren’t welcome in formal offices, they are often now acceptable fabrics to wear in more casual work environments, particularly in creative industries.


Non-iron cotton shirts aren't a special cotton or even a special weave. Non-iron shirts can still be ironed. When a shirt is labeled non-iron, that means the cotton was treated with a substance (that involves formaldehyde) which helps to prevent wrinkles.

With these shirt fabric basics in hand, you’re well-prepared to make the right dress choices for your workplace and lifestyle when you go shopping for new button down shirts. Each fabric and weave is ideally suited for different environments, seasons, and individual preferences.

Don’t forget to take great care of your shirts and dress shirts to keep them in top shape. At Janet Davis Cleaners, we take great pride in caring for your finest shirts. Learn more about how we take care of your button down shirts for work, special occasions, and more now.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Everything You Can and Cannot Dry Clean

Anyone familiar with the television show The Jeffersons knew the main character owned a dry cleaning business. It was his way of moving up and out of his low-income neighborhood in Harlem.

To dry clean clothing and items doesn't mean, no fluids. The opposite is true. But when it comes to taking your personal belongings to the dry cleaners use caution. 

Some items need dry cleaning, but others don't. 

If you're unsure about which clothing or bedding items need the professional care of the cleaners, it's okay. Follow along as we discuss what you can and can't dry clean.

What Is Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning is the washing of delicate fabrics with other solvents than water (the most abundant solvent on the planet). Water may damage fabrics like silk, leather, and wool, so dry cleaning helps preserve the quality, according to Live Science. 

History of Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning dates back to 79 when fullers would cleanse clothing with ammonia made from urine, lye, and clay known as fullers earth. The mixture of these items removed stains well.

The first modern dry cleaner was Thomas Jennings, a free African-American and the first to receive a U.S. patent in 1821 to dry clean clothing through "dry sourcing." His tailoring and dry cleaning business thrived in New York City. 

Unfortunately, the flammable petroleum-based chemicals used in the process caused significant risk for fire. 

A handful of solvents are used today and all have a much lower risk of catching fire. 

What Can You Dry Clean?

Before tossing that sweater or jacket into the washing machine, read the label. While checking out the label during shopping is best, if you missed this step pre-check-out, it's okay.

But reading the label saves you the frustration of ruining that new dress or comforter.

If the label suggests machine washing, then you're in the clear. When the words dry clean only appear, it's wise to abide by this suggestion. 

Machine washing items meant for dry cleaning could severely damage the material and appearance. People learn the hard way to not machine wash cashmere in hot water. 

Taking your clothing to the dry cleaners can save you time in your busy schedule and reduce the risk of damaging the fabric.

Fabrics that need dry cleaning include:

  • Silk
  • Velvet
  • Suede
  • Leather
  • Rayon
  • Wool


When people mention the word silk, it creates thoughts of prosperity and luxury. Silk is delicate and should be dry cleaned. When selecting a dry cleaner, learn if they have experience with dry cleaning silk items. You don't want your treasure silk blouse ruined by inexperience.

Velvet and Suede

Velvet and suede feel nice but need dry cleaning if dirty. Pure velvet is made of acetate and viscose. It should get dry cleaned to keep the material looking and feeling beautiful. 

Suede material feels pleasant to the touch. There's nothing better than a comfortable pair of suede shoes. Unfortunately, suede stains easily even from water, so dry cleaning is the best option for removing dirt.


Leather deserves dry cleaning treatment (although it does require a special cycle). The water darkens and damages the fabric, according to How to Clean Stuff. It's not ideal to wear a leather coat during inclement weather unless you want the rain or snow to change the appearance.


Wool can shrink in the dryer and usually comes with a dry clean only label. To lessen the risk of damage, take your wool items to the cleaners. 


Rayon is a semisynthetic material. Dyed rayon could bleed, lose its shape, and shrink during machine washing.  

What Shouldn't You Dry Clean?

Thank goodness, not all clothing requires the dry cleaning process. 

But it's crucial to pay attention to the garment material and the label suggestions. Certain fabrics like cotton, nylon, polyester, spandex, acrylic, and acetate don't need dry cleaning. Durable materials can withstand the exposure to water, detergents, and a dryer machine.

If you're unsure as to whether a sweater, t-shirt, or slacks should get the rinse cycle check the tags. After learning if machine washing is okay, then select the right water temperature and detergent.

When in doubt, lay an item flat or hang dry to avoid shrinkage or fading.

Dry Cleaning Grey Area

Some items with dry clean labels can be hand washed. Cashmere falls into this category because handwashing can soften the material over time. 

If you decide to handwash cashmere use a mild detergent and press out the water. Don't wring the fabric and lie flat to dry for several days. Wools and cashmeres are susceptible to damage when wet. 

Washing silk at home is possible, but it takes patience and care.

Use lukewarm water to wash and cool to rinse. Adding a water softener may improve the quality of the cleaning. White vinegar could preserve the color of the silk. But don't soak the items for too long. Rinse thoroughly and roll in a towel to remove water. Then hang away from direct sunlight and heat to dry.

Velvet and polyester blends are safe for machine washing in lukewarm water to avoid shrinking.

If you're still unsure, contact a dry cleaner to ask questions about whether to wash or dry clean. 

Decide For Yourself

The decision of whether to dry clean or machine wash is up to you.

Read the labels and use your best judgment. If handwashing can remove a stain without ruining a garment, then do it. But if you want the security of knowing professionals cleaned your clothing go for dry cleaning.

For more information on whether dry cleaning or machine washing is right, please read our blog