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1931 - Laundering and Dry Cleaning
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, by Mary Brooks Picken

Table of Contents

Preface

Home Laundering

Need for Cleaning Knowledge

Room for Laundry Work

Equipment for Laundering

Selection of Equipment
Washing Machines
Dolly Type
Cylinder, or Rotary, Type
Oscillating Machine
Vacuum Washer
Washboard Type
Relative Merits of Wood and Metal Machines
Other Equipment
Tubs
Washboards
Wringers
Boilers
Clothes Driers
Ironing Boards
Irons
Mangle
Laundry Aids
Soaps
Bluing
Starch
Softening Water

The Laundering Proceses

Program for Laundry Work
Sorting the Clothes
Washing White Cottons and Linens
Washing Colored Clothes
Ironing
Fine Laundering
Laundering Laces
Laundering Special Silk Articles
Laundering Garments of Synthetic Fibers
Laundering Special Woolen Articles
Bleaching
Tinting
Washing Garments Having Offensive Odors
Sterilizing Infected Clothing

Laundering as a Business

Dry Cleaning

Meaning and Scope

Fabrics Suitable for Dry Cleaning

Dry-Cleaning Mediums

Classification
Absorbents
Solvents

Stain Removing

Scope and Equipment
Methods for Removing Stains
Removing Fresh Stains
Using an Abosrbent
Using Gasoline
Using Alcohol
Using Commercial Stain Removers
Using Bleaches
Preventing the Formation of a Ring
Table of Stain Removal

Equipment for Dry Cleaning

Dry-Cleaning Processes

Precautions
Overcoming Danger
Overcoming Strong Odors
Securing Better Results
Protecting the Hands
Dry-Cleaning Program
Method of Procedure

Pressing

Equipment for Pressing
Method of Pressing
Hard-Finished Material
Soft-Finished Material
Material with Nap
Pile Fabrics

Steaming

Equipment for Steaming
Steaming Processes
Steaming Garments
Lifting the Nap on Pile Fabrics
Steaming Feathers

Cleaning Special Articles

Furs
Gloves
Hats
Feathers
Velvet
Silks
Ribbons
Laces
Miscellaneous Articles
Mattresses, Bolsters, and Pillows
Coat Collars
Rain Coats
Shoes and Slippers
Carpets and Rugs

Restoring Fabrics

Special Processes
Removing Shine
Brightening Colors
Freshening Black Goods
Pressing Specific Garments
Coats
Vests
Trousers
Knickers and Riding Breeches
Skirts

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