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Down is a wonderful luxury many people adore. There is nothing dreamier than down but for people with allergies, it may feel like a nightmare. The sneezing, the runny nose and the scratchy throat. Many people with allergies shy away from down bedding thinking that they are allergic to the down and feathers, but that may not be the case.
While it is possible to be allergic to goose and duck feathers, most often the allergy is caused by something else. The runny noses and itchy eyes caused by down bedding are due to dust mites and dust. Who would have ever known?
So what can you do to help reduce dust mite and dust allergens in down bedding on top of bringing it to Arrow to be cleaned? Choose a brand that is made in the USA or Europe. These companies have higher standards for how there down is cleaned. You can add a barrier fabric. It can help keep feathers in and allergens out. You may also add an allergy proof cover.
Remember that Arrow Down comforters are cleaned using a special, natural process, which preserves the life of delicate goose down.
Q. I washed a comforter that shrank. What happened?
A. Some natural relaxation shrinkage can show up after cleaning household items such as comforters, bedspreads, and blankets. There is usually a fullness of the backing or shell fabric, causing a puckered appearance. Also, any piping borders, quilting stitches, and seams may be rippled or distorted.
Although many factors can contribute to this type of shrinkage, the major cause is the original fabric not being properly preshrunk or stabilized before the article was constructed. When this occurs, the latent strains of relaxation will appear during any acceptable care procedure.
Some slight shrinkage (approximately 2-4 percent) is to be expected on all household items, but on properly cleaned items that shrink excessively, the manufacturer should be held responsible.
Here's a pix of Arrow's newest plant, just opened a couple of months ago. The address is 1330 Washington Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66102. It's about 22,000 sq. ft. and is designed to do all the processing for Arrow Fire & Water Restoration - www.arrow-fire.com - Blanc Plume Fine French Laundry - www.BlancPlume.com and Arrow Drapery -www.ArrowDrapery.com
As some of you already know, Arrow is opening another plant to provide additional capacity for our growing business.
Remodeling of the building located at 1333 Washington Blvd., in central Kansas City, KS has been been underway for the last four months.
Arrow's divisions that will be located in the new facility are:
As soon as the move-in is complete, we will post some photographs of the facility. Also, within a couple of weeks you'll be able to visit and take a tour.
Matelassé (pronounced matt-le-zay) is a French word meaning padded, lined or quilted. It is used to describe fabric that appears to be quilted but is not. The looms used to produce matelassé cotton were invented in 1801 by a Frenchman named Joseph Marie Jacquard. The process he developed is still used today to make matelassé fabrics which otherwise could only be produced by the hand-stitching and long hours of dedicated workers.Jacquard looms are most often used to produce matelasse fabrics, with cotton being the most common material chosen for the special weaving process that gives the fabric its signature look.
Special laundering practices are needed to ensure the longevity of your matelasse cotton items. Luxury fabrics like 100 percent Egyptian cotton matelassé are all natural and can shrink or become damaged if laundered in home washers and dryers. A professional cleaner experienced in specialty fabrics is required to assure careful attention to these types of special linens.
Blanc Plume Fine French Laundry, a division of Arrow Fabricare Services, is America's largest French laundry. You can trust your fine linens and bedding to our care. For more information be sure to click here.
The photo above is courtesy of Anichini, Inc., one of America's finest manufacturer of high quality linens and bedding. Anichini recommends ArrowCare™ for their products.
Arrow Fabricare's fine linen and bedding cleaning division, Blanc Plume, offers this advice for asthma and allergy sufferers
The 70 million people with asthma and allergies in the United States may find a new bedding certification program helpful.
The asthma and allergy friendly certification program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited, has been introducing scientific standards for bedding and other types of products. Medical experts advise that reducing exposure to allergens and irritants, such as dust mites, pet dander and formaldehyde should be a critical part of a patient's asthma and allergy management plan, the foundation says. Only bedding items that pass the rigorous scientific testing protocols and meet the strict standards adopted by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are certified asthma and allergy friendly.
The standards are designed to ensure that products don't contain harmful chemicals, can withstand routine machine wash and dry instructions, and under normal use and care, won't allow household allergens to accumulate at high levels.
Click here for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation web pages that will help you find certified products, get information about certification standards, asthma and allergy information and allergen reduction tips and tools. And, of course, be sure to send your special laundry to Blanc Plume.
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