Kathy Upton

I am a graphic and web designer, writer, and photographer and handle all those types of needs for Margaret's Cleaners in La Jolla, California. Margaret's is a very high-end dry cleaner with 70 employees and 3 locations. The job looked like so much fun I sold my printing company after 18 years to work here instead.

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Did you ever wonder the REAL meaning of each of those little icons in your nice clothes?  Here's the "official" translation of these common symbols.


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What’s “Bugging” You? — Introduction 

Insect Damage on Civil War UniformHave you ever noticed mysterious little holes that appear in your clothes and you can’t remember ever snagging or running into something that would have caused them? You could be looking at an example of insect damage! Little tiny pesky insects, so small you hardly see them, may be doing considerable damage to textiles around your home. Generally, you won’t notice them, or the damage they’ve done, until it’s too late. And it’s the babies (larvae) that do the damage…to everything from sweaters, pants, and jackets, to wool rugs, and decorative needlework on your walls. The only damage the parents do is leaving behind their eggs, which hatch the larvae, which then feast on your fine items! Moths and carpet beetles were the originators of the “high protein” diet, as that’s what they thrive on…the protein found in fabrics containing natural fibers.

Click Here for PDF or pick up bookletDepending on the time of year, insect damage ranges from the 2nd to the 5th most common consumer problem related to clothing. Insect damage to textiles in the United States is estimated at $200 million annually. According to the National Pest Control Association, fabric pests are making a comeback because most of the residual insecticides formerly used in their control (dieldrin and DDT) have been banned. This has caused those who deal with the insect damage to take a multi-faceted approach to spotting early signs of infestation, recognizing its causes, controlling the environment, understanding the life cycles of the pests and their “preferences,” and developing new and creative control measures and eradication techniques, and consumer education programs.

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