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HELP!!! cleaners are closed and my coat is dirty!!!

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  • HELP!!! cleaners are closed and my coat is dirty!!!

    We only have a few decent cleaners in our area. The one we go to happens to be on vacation and didn't tell us that the other day... Good news is, they open up again on friday which is the day i need my shad and my grey coat, which is at the cleaners. However, when I went to take in my other show clothes to be cleaned--which i need to wear on thursday, they were obviously closed. We went to all the other places, and they said they couldn't get it done fast enough One place said they could try steam pressing it to make it unwrinkled and look clean, except that if there's any sweat in the fabric (which there's tons of for the jacket!! i soaked the lining when i wore it recently, was SO muggy and hot out!) it will not work and make it look even worse :/

    What can i do?!?!?

    I am showing thursday. The breeches are not a problem, they don't look dirty at all,and theyre not really wrinkled. It's the jacket I'm worried about. it's not even dirty, it's just VERY wrinkled and stinky. (the stink i can deal with i guess. spritz a little fabreeze?) If i hang the jacket up in the bathroom and put the shower on really hot will the steam be enough? This coat's pretty wrinkled.. I know i used to do this when other clothes got a bit wrinkled and couldn't be ironed, but I don't know if it will do much for a wool coat.
    (|--Sarah--|)

    Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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    You can buy "dry cleaning" sheets that you toss in a dryer on super-low or maybe even no heat - they are supposed to work pretty well.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Cleaners-S.../dp/B0006G3PM8
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    • #3
      Dryel the coat and you can wash the breeches in a front loader machine with Leather Therapy Wash. I actually don't trust my TSs to a dry cleaner and use the Dryel for when my coat isn't that bad.
      "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC

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      • #4
        They make that spray stuff that releases wrinkles, too. You spray it on and pull the fabric taut and the wrinkles are supposed to come out. I've never used it myself but I know people who use it on their show drapes. I don't know what it's called, but it's probably right next to the Febreeze in the supermarket.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
          They make that spray stuff that releases wrinkles, too. You spray it on and pull the fabric taut and the wrinkles are supposed to come out. I've never used it myself but I know people who use it on their show drapes. I don't know what it's called, but it's probably right next to the Febreeze in the supermarket.
          is it safe to use on wool? lol maybe that's a silly question but my coat is Grand prix and even though i got it used for pretty cheap, i try to keep everything in the best condition
          (|--Sarah--|)

          Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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            #6
            Originally posted by Dirty Little Secret View Post
            Dryel the coat and you can wash the breeches in a front loader machine with Leather Therapy Wash. I actually don't trust my TSs to a dry cleaner and use the Dryel for when my coat isn't that bad.
            I've seen dryel before but never used it.. I know that you have to put it in the drier, though. I'm worried that my coat could get beat up in the drier. (or shrink? even though I think it has to be wet to do so) I can see the buttons getting caught up on something and really making trouble I could put it in one of those mesh bags, but I think that would kind of ruin the purpose.
            (|--Sarah--|)

            Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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            • #7
              I used to do all my coats with Dryel (All of them were Grand Prixs). Never had a problem with anything happening to them. I always resewed the buttons on when I got a coat because they always came off, but never saw any button damage from the dryer.

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              • #8
                Spraying with alcohol can also help get the dirt out, if you're afraid of the dryer. Basically all Dryel is, IMO, is a febreeze-like wash cloth and the power of steam. Spray the jacket with alcohol where it's dirty, hang it in the bathroom when you take a hot shower - voila.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by superpony123 View Post
                  is it safe to use on wool? lol maybe that's a silly question but my coat is Grand prix and even though i got it used for pretty cheap, i try to keep everything in the best condition
                  I have no idea. I've never used it. It should probably say on the bottle. I think it's Downy Wrinkle Releaser or some other brand, but I think Wrinkle Releaser is in the name. Maybe try Google?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dirty Little Secret View Post
                    Dryel the coat and you can wash the breeches in a front loader machine with Leather Therapy Wash. I actually don't trust my TSs to a dry cleaner and use the Dryel for when my coat isn't that bad.
                    I Dryel my coat and breeches in between visits to the dry cleaners. They have a great spot remover and both will come out smelling great. Be sure to remove from the dryer right away to avoid wrinkles. I love the stuff! It is safe to use on your finer fabrics.
                    Last edited by chawley; Aug. 12, 2009, 12:05 PM.

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                    • #11
                      My mom always uses Dryel on my coats in between dry cleaning.... and i also wash all my breeches ( i have the professional tailored sportsmans too) I dont dry them though
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                      • #12
                        Where in NJ do you live? Tirpok does same day cleaning.
                        http://www.tirpok.com/pages/locations.html
                        You'll probably pay out the butt for it, but they are reliable!
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                        • #13
                          In by 9AM, ready by 6PM is pretty standard for cleaners here. I can't imagine having to wait more than a day for basic dry cleaning!

                          Anyway, I've put coats in the dryer on medium temperature with just a very lightly dampened towel (like tea towel size, using very hot water) for about 15 minutes, then shook it out and hung it up properly overnight. Works pretty well if you can't get something you need to the cleaners.
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                          • #14
                            When my coat gets a bit wrinkly I put it in the dryer for 10-20 minutes with a damp towel, take it out as soon as the dryer is done and then hang it up immediately. It is a Grand Prix as well and has so far suffered no ill effects!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chawley View Post
                              I Dryel my coat and breeches in between visits to the dry cleaners. They have a great spot remover and both will come out spelling great. Be sure to remove from the dryer right away to avoid wrinkles. I love the stuff! It is safe to use on your finer fabrics.

                              Wow, that's some product.


                              Dryel- Now with improved grammar!

                              Sorry. Had to.

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                              • #16
                                I spot clean with a slightly damp towel, then Febreeze to get any smell out, when that's dry, I use the Downy Wrinkle releaser. That stuff is amazing, and safe for any fabric.

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                                  #17
                                  thanks everyone hopefully i can get my coat all spiffied up by thursday! i think i will try that tirpok place. flemington is .. well kind of far but 30 mins.
                                  (|--Sarah--|)

                                  Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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                                  • #18
                                    I've seen somebody else use the dryel sheets for dryer drycleaning and it worked well. I don't want to tell yuo to use them on a wool coat though unless somebosy else had had good results.

                                    For stink, fresh air works miracles. Try hanging it or wawing it around outside for a while to get the worst smell out. You can also stick some dryer sheets in conspicous places or leave them in your coat bag to conceal the worst.

                                    If wrinkles are your biggest problem try hanging your coat in the bathroom while you're taking a shower. Old housewifes trick to steam out wrinkles!
                                    After that you can try ironing out the rest on low heat. Start slow and if the wrinkles doesn't come out increase the heat little by little until they do.

                                    Same with the breeches, get them a little damp either in thebathroom or with a spray bottle and just run an iron over them at low heat to get the worst out and then wear them straight. Spot clean any big stains if you want, but unless they are terribly dirty they are probably not going to look a lot worse then they would after 1 hr on the show grounds anyways! LOL


                                    Good luck at your show! Have fun and win something if you can!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                                      Wow, that's some product.


                                      Dryel- Now with improved grammar!

                                      Sorry. Had to.
                                      I told you it was an amazing product!

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                                      • #20
                                        [QUOTE=DancingQueen;4301127]I've seen somebody else use the dryel sheets for dryer drycleaning and it worked well. I don't want to tell yuo to use them on a wool coat though unless somebosy else had had good results.



                                        QUOTE]

                                        I not only use it on my wool riding coats, but my nice work suits too!

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