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June 2015 Newsletter

Technical Committee

The ARCS technical committee exists to collect technical information and disseminate this information to ARCS members and consumers. The committee held it's first meeting at the annual meeting in New Orleans and has continued to hold discussions about how to implement it's mission statement. As it's first order of business, an updated series of consumer fliers (available below). These fliers can be printed out and handed out to your customers or can act as simple references for your employees. One of the long term projects for the committee is to establish a digital cleaners library, that would be accessible to all ARCS members. There are a number of logistical challenges to doing this but the benefit to members would be significant and we worth the effort.

 

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Abrash

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Dye Bleed

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Insect Damage

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Spotting Tips

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Pet Stains

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Shrinkage

 

Use of Chlorine on Wool in a Historical Context

Recently, chlorine and its use on wool rugs has been a hot topic. Is chlorine a tool of reckless and unethical rug cleaners or one of many tools for the experienced rug washer? I won’t tackle that question here but I thought this might be refreshing break to look at the historic use of chlorine in textile production with wool during the 19th and 20th centuries. Read More...

Succession Planning for Our Family's Small Business

Bah Humbug! My husband and I are both in our 70s and still go to work every day. It is our home away from home where we continue to pour our blood and guts and passion into our small family business just as we have over the last 40+ years. The real world of the entrepreneur is not the one glorified by others as ‘going into business for yourself.’ It takes guts, tenacity, and a belief that the risks are not as great as they really are. My husband started this enterprise back in 1971 and it changed the course of our family forever. Read More...