Have you cleaned your bedding since last summer? Bedding can last a long time if cared for properly – five to six years on average.

Unlike clothing labels, which provide instructions for how to properly care for garments, many comforters, bedspreads, duvets and pillows are sold without any instructions. Some bedding can be cleaned safely at home but larger sizes, down, silk and wool filled items should be cleaned by a professional.

Possible Problems
While bedspreads and comforters are often long-term purchases, they can be subject to some problems in use and care. Here are some common ones to know about:

  • Stains: Stains can easily occur from spillage or contact with various substances in use. Once they have contacted the fabric, they should be treated and cleaned as soon as possible. Factors affecting removal include the substance, nature of the material and the age of the stain. The multiple thickness of bedspreads and comforters may also make removal difficult.
  • Color loss: Cleaning may cause color loss some prints or dyes are not stable and may diminished in color or a print to lose its original brightness. All coordinating pieces should be dry cleaned or laundered at the same time and with the same process to prevent color variances within the set.
  • Shrinkage: Shrinkage of two to three percent or more can easily occur if the fabric is not completely preshrunk.
  • Improper construction: If comforters are not quilted with closed channels or pockets the filling material can shift in cleaning and use. Proper construction helps prevent shifting, fabric tears, and a lumpy appearance.

Preserving Your Textiles
While we are garment care experts, we also have extensive experience with all household textiles, which, in addition to bedspreads and comforters, include pillows, draperies and curtains, blankets, slipcovers, decorative pillows and rugs.

If you closed up the cabin last year without having bedding cleaned and packaged properly, we can help get you ready to enjoy sleeping in, lake life and cozy campfires!

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Your Order is Ready!

Did you forget about your cleaning? We can help with order ready notifications! Once you put an email address on your customer file, you will know the minute your order is ready. At Best Care we are constantly searching for ways to improve our services for our valued customers. We utilize these options available in our custom software to let you know when your items are cleaned, pressed and ready for pick up.

We know our customers are busy and want to help them save time. Order ready email notifications give you the information you need; when your order is ready for pick up, which location your items are at, and the store hours at that location.

Next time you drop off, ask your customer service representative to add your email address to your customer file. We can even add more than one email address if you want us to notify both you and your partner.

If you are just too busy to drop off or have had clothes in your trunk for weeks, don’t forget, we offer pick-up and delivery services to home, office or business.

Email us today for more information or to get set up: [email protected]

Thank you for wearing clothes!

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Comforters, sleeping bags, coats, and other cold weather garments are often made with down or fiberfill. Both down–a natural product, and fiberfill, a polyester fill–are effective in keeping out the cold. While cleaning these items is usually not a problem, a garment with poor construction and insufficient quilting can cause the down to shift, lose shape, and become matted.

When purchasing a down or fiberfill garment, make sure that it is well quilted. Preferably, quilting stitches should run both vertically and horizontally with quilting lines about eight to 10 inches apart. Check the strength of the garment’s stitching. Poorly constructed garments with loose stitching can allow down or fiberfill to shift. This quilting may only be visible by looking inside the garment. Check for fullness of the quilted areas. Thicker filling will provide more insulation.

When cleaning, follow the care label. When in doubt, ask Best Care for help. Bulky items such as comforters and sleeping bags are often too large for home washing machines. Many coats and jackets such as Canada Goose, have attached fur or leather trims and need to be specially cleaned with delicate care.

To keep a down or fiberfill garment looking its best, clean the garment at least once during its wearing season and again before it is stored. Before storing, repair any tears, snags, or broken fasteners on the garment, to ensure that it will be ready to wear next season.

Store down and fiberfill items loose, not compressed. Allow garments to breathe–do not store in plastic bags.

For best results, bring your items to us for professional cleaning. Our specialized equipment and expertly trained staff will keep your down filled items clean and functional.

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I often get asked if our dry cleaning or wet cleaning process is hard on clothing. If I were to give you only one clothing tip it would be – that regular cleaning prolongs the life of your garments. Contrary to the belief of some, frequent cleaning does not damage clothes. Frequent cleaning extends the life of a garment by removing stains, ground-in dirt and soils.

Here’s why – As we wear our clothes they absorb perspiration, body oil, dust, food spills and odours. When these contaminants are present, they not only wear the fibres but can attract insects. Stains allowed to sit are also more difficult to remove. Ground-in dirt is abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibres.

Take a look at your items after each wear, if there are visible stains or odours, have your garments cleaned before you put them away. Light coloured garments, silks and linens should be cleaned after each wear as they tend to be more vulnerable to soil. If you are unsure, a good rule to follow is to have garments cleaned before storage at the end of the season.

One more tip: Not all dry cleaners are equal. Specifically with cleaning and finishing processes – machinery, equipment maintenance, technology and solutions used are very important. Technology changes quickly in our industry. At Best Care we utilize advanced equipment and eco-friendly procedures. We love to learn about the latest in garment care and apply that knowledge every day while handling your precious clothing.

Thank you for wearing clothes! 

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Sweater Pilling got you Down?

Those pesky fuzz balls known as pills can form on garments of any material and price point, from a high-end cashmere sweater to a less expensive acrylic blend. Pilling tends to get worse with frequent wear and always seems to occur on your favorite cashmere sweater.

I recently spoke with a customer about caring for wool and cashmere sweaters. She was concerned at how little she had worn her sweaters before they started to show pilling. She had invested in very expensive garments and felt they should withstand regular wear.

I explained to her that pills form when yarn fibers in a garment become loose, break or when ends are exposed and tangle together. Sweaters often pill because of their visible yarn, but nearly any knit or woven garment has the potential to show those unsightly fuzz balls. When examining her sweaters, our customer also noticed pilling was more common under the arms and on longer sweaters around the hip area and pockets. We discussed how areas of friction accelerate pilling, for example people who wear shoulder bags notice pilling along the shoulders and from seat belt use across the chest.

Sometimes the material used may provide hints as to whether it will pill. With natural fibres like cashmere the length of fibres are particularly important. Longer fibres can be wound tighter making loose ends less likely. With today’s manufacturers trying to be price competitive many choose shorter less expensive fibres.

With temperatures dropping in Winnipeg and sweaters being the perfect thing to keep you warm, what can you do to prevent pilling? One option is to wear your favourite garment sparingly—because the more a garment is worn, the more likely it is to pill. Another option is to have it cleaned, blocked and de-pilled by your trusted professional dry cleaner. What you shouldn’t do is pull off the little balls by hand, you risk yanking the yarn it is attached to and making it worse. At Best Care we use a variety of safe, eco-friendly, effective methods to clean, block and restore knits of all types. Why not drop by one of our locations with your favourite sweater today and let us care for what you wear.

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Cleaning Processes & Clothing Care

There are various processes that can be used to clean clothes. The basics are hand washing, machine washing, and dry cleaning.

Hand Washing 
involves soaking the item in water and detergent to gently remove soils from the fabric. This method is very restrictive, and has very little or no agitation.

Machine Washing garments are cleaned in a machine with water and detergent. Bleach and/or other laundry additives may be used. The garments are subjected to mechanical action by an agitator. Although there are several different cycles available on most washing machines, they are not as gentle as hand washing.

Wet Cleaning is the profession­al process of removing soils from garments and other textile items through the use of water in specialized equipment. This equipment allows the precise control of additives (such as detergents) water level, temperature and rotation speed. Careful control of these factors is necessary to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and fabric distortion.

Dry Cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabric. The term “dry cleaning” is misleading; it is called dry cleaning because the fluid contains little or no water and does not penetrate the fibers like water. Common solutions currently used for dry cleaning include perchloroethylene, GreenEarth, Solvon K4 and petroleum or other hydrocarbon based solvents. In most cases, garments are cleaned and dried in the same machine — they go in dry and come out dry. This process is followed by finishing procedures using special equipment, such as steam presses.

How should you decide?

Look for a manufacturers care label attached to the garment. This should contain fabric content and recommended care instructions.  Unfortunately our years of experience have taught us that garments can be labeled incorrectly or sometimes can undergo more than one care process safely. Some manufacturers don’t take the time and expense to have each garment they produce tested for safe care processing. As garment care professionals we consider: fabric content, fabric finish, soils or stains, combination of colours, attached trims and construction. At Best Care we utilize dry cleaning, wet cleaning, stain removal and occasional hand washing to process customers garments safely. When you trust us with your garments, have confidence knowing that we use our experience and expertise to give your clothing the Best Care possible.

Thank you for wearing clothes!

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Have you been to our new location at 1290 Kenaston?               Thank You – we are grateful for your support!

To show our appreciation to current and new customers – we are offering you a chance to win *Free Dry Cleaning for a Year!

Taking advantage is simple…

  • Mention this offer when you drop off cleaning or call for pick-up & delivery.
  • Set up your Customer File with an Email address.
  • Your Email address will be automatically entered to win.

We will select one winner each month for our first year, that’s 12 chances to win!

Offer Valid at these locations:

1290 Kenaston Blvd. (at Rothwell Rd)

998 Main St. (1 block N. of Selkirk Ave)

*limitations apply see in store for details


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1290 Kenaston Blvd location – NOW OPEN!

After much anticipation our south end location is now open. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your clothing. Need help to find us? From IKEA head South down Kenaston Blvd/Rte 90 S, turn left on Rothwell Rd and left into our parking lot (across from Tim Hortons). For easy morning drop off, ask us for a complimentary yellow express bag. If you’re too busy to come visit us, please take advantage of our pick-up & delivery service to your home or business.

We appreciate your continued support. Thank you for wearing clothes!

Store Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – CLOSED

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Since 1970 Best Care Dry Cleaners has been keeping our customers clean, pressed and well dressed.  Our home base for over 40 years has been the main plant located at 998 Main Street, in the heart of the North five minutes from downtown. This location is very busy and will continue to be there for our loyal customers.

We value our customers and take their comments very seriously. One request we have heard hundreds of times over the years… “You need to open another location in the South end.” Well, we listened and are very excited to share news of an additional location, opening in May at 1290 Kenaston Blvd.

Just like on Main Street, we will offer the same fast, quality dry cleaning and laundry service that you are accustomed to. We will offer repairs, alterations and of course pick-up and delivery to home or business. We know you’re busy and want to help you save time so take advantage of our wash and fold service.

We wish to send a sincere thank you out to all of our loyal customers for wearing clothing! Please continue to visit us on Main Street and watch for news of our 1290 Kenaston location grand opening, coming soon!

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Puckering is for kisses not Suits!

Recently I was having a drink with business associates when I noticed a suit jacket that had seen better days. I asked the gentleman as politely as I could who his dry cleaner was and what happened to his jacket? He looked at me and said he was very upset about it and it used to be his favourite suit. He let me know that he used one of our competitors, however, he did take off his jacket and ask me to ‘fix it’. I gladly accepted the challenge. Hopefully his jacket can be a learning experience to help you to prevent ‘puckering’ unless of course you are going in for a kiss!

What is the Problem?

The problem arises when the material bonded to the shell fabric to add body to the garment begins to separate from normal wear and care.

What does it look like?

Many suit jackets have a separate fabric fused to the outer fabric in some areas to give support, maintain shape and add body. When this interfacing material separates from the shell fabric or shrinks, the garment appears ‘puckered’ or ‘blistered’.

What causes it?

Interfacing separation can be caused by a number of manufacturing deficiencies. It can be due to insufficient time, temperature or pressure used in the fusing process. Not all fusible materials are compatible with the base fabric and will not form a good bond. In other cases, the interfacing and base fabric may have different rates of relaxation shrinkage that only show up after cleaning as bubbled fabric. Improper cleaning process can accelerate this shrinkage and make it more visible.

Can it be prevented?

When shopping, look for quality brands that stand behind their product. Paying more doesn’t always mean its better. We can tell you from experience cleaning thousands of jackets that the big box discount brands are usually the ones that don’t pre-test their garments. When choosing a dry cleaner, be sure they have the necessary experience to clean your suits according to the safest care method. After cleaning, your garment should be finished by an experienced presser, using the best equipment available.

Can it be fixed?

Well judging from our before/after photo, our new customer can wear his ‘favourite suit’ again without the embarrassment of puckering. Trust Best Care with all your clothing care and don’t forget to ask if we can ‘fix’ your problem garments too.

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