Tips

Corduroy classic.

Autumn favorite, corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy garment is washable, check the label before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together and turn the garment inside out. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap. Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us clean your corduroy for like-new results.


Dress the table.

Our linen specialists put the finishing touches on your tablecloth and napkins. Nothing’s as nice as professional pressing – and our experts can remove most stains, even on delicate lace and heirloom linens. Bring your holiday linens in now and they’ll be clean and crisp for your Thanksgiving festivities.


Cuff notes.

We see all styles of dress shirt cuffs, sometimes the French cuff, most usually the square or mitered barrel cuff. They both add a structured design, with straight, hard-line geometry. The rounded cuff, on the other hand, is soft on the eye, and doesn’t minimize the clean lines that your shirt may already have. It’s finished and deliberate, but doesn’t take your casual denim shirt or rumpled linen to a stuffy or unnatural place. You’re going to see rounded cuffs everywhere – not because they’re necessarily better, but because they walk the middle of the road in an entirely inoffensive way.


Pet hair management.

Consumer Reports cautions that pet hair can clog a washing machine, preventing proper drainage, clumping in drains or sticking to the side of the machine. They recommend you remove the hair from clothes with a lint roller or masking tape. For bedding, put on a rubber glove, dampen it with water, and run your hand over the sheet or blanket. The hair will cling to the glove, so you’ll need to wash it off from time to time. Then run everything through a ten-minute no-heat dryer cycle – most of the hair will be in the lint trap. Throw into the washer, adding 1/2-cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Clean the washer by running an empty cycle, then wipe down the tub with a damp cloth.


Wine+age=good. Stains+age=bad.

Age is the first enemy of successful stain removal. This morning’s coffee stain will come out much easier tomorrow than it will next week or next month. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that the stain will be permanently set in the fabric. Some stains can break down cotton, linen, and silk fibers, causing thinning and holes in the fabric. Bring stains to us as soon as possible, our experts know how to get the spot out and save your garment.


Seasons changing.

Unless you have three or four empty closets in your home, you probably have to switch and store clothes with the changes of the season. Before putting clothes in storage, let us clean them. Cleaning prevents even invisible stains from discoloring and weakening the fabric. Also, food and beverage stains, as well as body oils and perspiration can attract pesky insects.


New denim blues.

Ever wear jeans fresh from the store and notice your hands and shirt turned blue? When dye is transferred by friction, it’s called crocking, and the indigo dye in blue jeans is a notorious crocker. Before you leave a tint of blue everywhere, the laundry is your first stop. Wash with cold water and, before the rinse cycle starts, stop the machine and add two cups white vinegar and soak. After a couple of hours, turn the machine on to finish. Hang and air dry your jeans, then press with the hottest iron setting. Then throw them back into the machine for one more cold-water wash.


Keeping it local.

Want to make a local, sustainable investment? Look no further than your local merchants. Hometown businesses create jobs and contribute to our community in many ways. The numbers are impressive: three-quarters of every dollar stays here in your community compared to only about 40% when shopping at a chain outlet.


Restore and preserve.

Count on us to keep your keepsakes fresh and protected. Preservation’s not just for bridal gowns, we can help save christening gowns, military uniforms, letter jackets and prom dresses. And restoration by our experts can repair stains, tears and loose seams. We not only keep your everyday wardrobe looking its best, we help preserve heirlooms for the future


Scared by care tags.

Hand washing may not always be the answer — “dry clean only” may seem like a scare tactic, but the manufacturer has tested the fabric, patterns and styles prior to production; hand washing may cause colors to bleed, styles to alter or the fabric to break down. Ask us to recommend professional dry or wet cleaning to extend the life and looks of your garment.


Make your bed.

After summer’s hot nights, now’s the time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and dry thoroughly, hanging on the line, if you have one. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace your pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it may be easier to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets or quilts. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up when winter chills arrive.


Crayons in the pocket?

We’re not accusing anyone of coloring outside the lines, but if you open the dryer door to find a colorful myriad of melted wax stains. The easiest way to solve this problem is to bring the garments in for drycleaning. We’re able to remove most, if not all, stains through cleaning and professional stain removal procedures.


Happy Labor Day weekend.

We’ll be closed Monday to celebrate the holiday with our families. It’s a time to remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it right.” Come to think of it, every day is good time to remember the value of doing things right. Have a great long weekend, see you Tuesday.


Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, sand, sweat and chlorine. To wash after a few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay flat to dry. At the end of the season, put your swimwear in a mesh lingerie bag and run through a gentle wash machine cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.


Quality pays off.

Well-made garments are getting harder to find and they’re always more expensive, but in the long term they’re almost always a better investment. Treehugger.com tells to look for signs of quality: thicker fabric with a better “hand,” tight weave and more precise sewing. Check the lining, the buttonholes and look for loose threads. Above all, choose a garment that you can wear with clothing you already love.


Lost socks found here.

We know where those missing socks are hiding—they’re clinging inside a pillowcase, to the inside of the dryer drum, or have sneaked under the washing machine. You’ll never lose another with our professional secret: lingerie bags.  Sturdy mesh zip-up bags keep small items together and prevent delicate items snagging or getting wrapped up in larger pieces. Hopday is one popular brand that’s available.


Polo shirts, a brief history.

Originated by French tennis champion René Lacoste and introduced at the 1926 U.S. Open, the polo shirt quickly became favored tennis attire. The combination of comfort, breathability, long tuckable tail and soft collar quickly made the Lacoste popular for golfers. In 1972 Ralph Lauren founded his company on the “Polo” shirt. Today, every major clothing line includes polo shirts, worn by men, women and children for work, play, school and even for tennis. Nothing brings out the style of a polo shirt better than our professional cleaning and pressing. Try it next time, we think you’ll like the combination of crisp and casual.


Sparkling white sneaks.

White canvas shoes are perfect for summer – until they start looking beige. Here’s how to freshen stained sneakers, thanks to How to Clean Stuff. Scrub away dirt stains with shampoo on a nail brush, wipe residue away with a damp sponge. Use dish soap on grass stains and nail polish remover on grease or tar. After you’ve removed as much as possible, apply oxygen bleach with a nailbrush or toothbrush to any remaining off-white areas. If you don’t mind losing the new look, canvas shoes can usually be machine washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Hang to air dry.


Classic jeans.

We all have a favorite pair that fits like an old friend. When you buy a pair made of untreated raw denim, some experts recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? It takes wear to break down super-stiff fibers, and during the process the jeans actually conform to your shape. When you do wash (or have us expertly wash or dry clean), turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle. If you want them to fade, use hot water. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry, avoid a hot dryer.


Fluffy, fresh towels.

After a shower or bath, there’s nothing as refreshing as a big, clean terrycloth towel. Home laundry fabric softener can prevent a towel from soaking up water, incompletely rinsed detergent can harden the fibers. If towels aren’t smelling so fresh, add a cup of baking soda to the wash. White vinegar freshens mildewy staleness. Nothing smells better than a towel that’s dried on a clothesline in the sunshine.


Stains ahoy.

Summer boating adds a chance you’ll bring home more than memories, even on the cleanest vessel. Rust stains are common wherever there’s water and metal. We use concentrated professional products but for home use, try Oxyclean or Wink. Mold and mildew can stain sailing whites in a second—diluted laundry bleach removes just as fast. There’s always grease and oil whenever there’s an engine, and when the heavy-duty petroleum soaks into fabric, you’re going to need our help.  We take most stains out almost every time.


Chino alert.

Warm weather means chinos for most guys, dressed up with a white cotton shirt, dressed down with t-shirt or polo. Chinos come in colors way beyond khaki like classic blue, green, grey, brown and black. And there are a lot more colors in chinos than ever before (try Dockers).  For a crisp tailored look, let us clean and press your cotton trousers.  For home care, wash chinos inside out in warm water, avoid bleach and over-drying. Touch up wrinkles with a steam iron. Then hang on a trouser hanger, ready for wear.


Summer wedding tips for men.

Women have it easy with a simple non-white dress. In summer, a man’s traditional dark suit can be too warm, somber and predictable. For a city wedding, choose a lightweight suit in gray, blue or a subtle pattern. Style it up with a pastel Oxford or poplin shirt. In the country, blazers and sport coats reign, paired with well-cut chinos. Seaside or resort? A tailored white shirt, colored chinos and a light-colored linen blazer. Keep everything understated and appropriate for the venue. And always be ready with a clever toast.


Wedding flowers.

Choosing in-season flowers makes great sense. They’re not only less expensive, they’re fresher and travel less to your bouquet. Favorites include elegant delphiniums, showy dahlias, garden roses, classic astilbe or cosmos. Hydrangeas and sunflowers add splashes of bright color, while Queen Anne’s lace and tuberose fill out a bouquet with volume and delicious fragrance. We’re always ready to help with your wedding garments – from alterations to last-minute wrinkle removal.


Audrey Hepburn’s famous Burberry trench coat.

Christie’s London sale room will feature a collection of the beloved star’s clothing this fall.  Key fashion pieces include a Burberry trench coat, with an estimated price tag of $8,000-10,000, a selection of her ballet pumps and a blue satin cocktail dress by Hubert de Givenchy, one of Hepburn’s favorite designers. Of course, we can help care for heirlooms, collector’s items and couture.


Linen, the summer classic.

Linen’s looser weave allows more air to flow than with tighter wool or cotton. It’s also very absorbent and conductive —wicking moisture back into the air and naturally feels cooler. The wrinkled, rumpled look of linen is a side-effect of the flax fiber’s inherent structure, considered by some to be a sign of comfortable elegance. Linen’s long-lasting quality costs a bit more, and takes a little more care but linen can be a summer pleasure.


Travel plans for summer, big or small.

Use plastic dry cleaning bags like tissue paper when you pack. Tuck the bags between your folded clothes to reduce wrinkling. They’re great to wrap around shoes, too. We’re happy to package your garments for travel, folded and individually wrapped in plastic or paper, ready to slip into the suitcase or garment bag.


Sustain your wardrobe.

The added wearability you get from professional cleaning is actually a benefit to the environment. Every extra use you get from a garment reduces your need to buy a new one, and keeps it out of the rag heap or landfill. Our gentle cleaning and laundry procedures add life and comfort to your wardrobe, preventing shrinking and fading and extending the value of your investment.


Too much of a good thing.

Using too much fabric softener on towels can leave a waxy, water-resistant coating on the fibers that is the opposite effect of a good towel. Would you use wax paper or a paper towel to blot water? To get your towels back to absorbency, add a quarter cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle for a few washes – without softener, ever. If you have the luxury of a clothes line, nothing beats air dried towels for a crispy, fresh feeling.


Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, sand, sweat and chlorine. To wash after every few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay flat to dry. At the end of the season, put your swimwear in a mesh lingerie bag and run through a gentle wash cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.


Summer stain relief.

Beer stains should be blotted as dry as possible. As soon as possible, rinse the stain with cold water from the back of the stain. Mix liquid laundry detergent (or dish soap) with cold water and soak the stain at least ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly and launder in warm water. Yellow mustard can be tough to remove, so bring your garment to us ASAP. We’ll work that yellow spot out – we never charge extra for routine stain removal – like some of the other guys. Getting your clothes clean should be fast, easy and affordable so you can enjoy what matters, like a hotdog with the works. Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday—we’ll be celebrating with family and friends.


Polo shirts, a brief history.

This warm-weather classic is seen everywhere, from beach to casual office. Introduced at the 1926 U.S. Open by French tennis champ René Lacoste, the shirt quickly became favored tennis attire. Soon, polo players ditched traditional button-down Oxford-cloth long sleeves for his crocodile-marked shirt. The combination of comfort, breathability, long tuckable tail and soft collar quickly made the Lacoste popular for golfers, too. In 1972 Ralph Lauren founded his company on the “Polo” shirt. Today, every major clothing line includes polo shirts, worn by men, women and children for work, play, school and even for tennis. Nothing brings out the style of a polo shirt better than professional cleaning and pressing. Try it this summer, we think you’ll like the combination of crisp and casual.


Neckties.

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for “Living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckware to like-new condition.


Odorous sports gear.

You may not play as strenuously as a pro hockey player, but your gear doesn’t need to smell like a combination of sweat, plastic and fungus. Technical tshirts and compression shorts help prevent sweat getting into top layers, pads and leather. Air out gear after use to reduce bacterial growth encouraged by dampness. Wash everything in cold water after removing leather or padding. When home laundry’s not enough, we can provide and cleaning for technical sports gear using professional-strength cleansers, enzymes and stain removal agents.


Dressing for success still works.

According to Inc. magazine’s survey of 500 firms, relaxed dress leads to relaxed manners, morals and productivity. What you wear impacts your attitude, affects others and can influence the reputation of your entire company. Wearing traditional business attire puts you in the mood to work, performing at your best. Wearing sneakers puts you in the mood to exercise. We specialize in helping maintain your professional image – from crisp shirts and blouses to impeccable jackets, suits, skirts and trousers.


Flag etiquette.

Displaying our national symbol is actually covered by an official Flag Code. For instance, the flag should not be flown in the dark or inclement weather. It should not be used as decoration – that’s a job for bunting, streamers and decorative materials. Always display the blue part on top. When the flag is lowered, it should never touch the ground or any other objects, it should be gathered by waiting hands and arms, respectfully and ceremoniously folded (ask a veteran how). Flags should be mended and cleaned when needed – we clean American flags at no charge as a courtesy year-round.  Show your pride today on Flag Day, and fly the flag proudly year-round.


Avoidable summer stains.

Summer stains. When the heat is on, sweat happens. Temperature, humidity, stress or activity can trigger perspiration, it’s natural. But stains aren’t. Moisture combined with deodorant can create hard-to-remove yellowing or white residue. Too much product is often the culprit – apply one thin layer and allow it to completely dry. A little is enough to do the job. Good old-fashioned dress shields contain perspiration and protect your garment. Men’s cotton undershirts absorb dampness. When a stain does happen, bring the garment to us for professional stain removal. Our experts use specialized products and techniques, specific for fabric type and finish.


Camp collars.

With bold prints and patterns, men’s camp collar shirts will be popular this summer with open-neck casual comfort, boxy fit and straight bottom hems. Tuck into chinos or wear oversized over a t-shirt for a youthful look, under a sports jacket for a more classic look. Valet magazine recommends classic camp collar shirts with wild prints and colors for the latest look.


Summer wedding tips.

A woman’s first rule: keep the spotlight on the bride by avoiding white, cream or pale pastels. Prints with light backgrounds are fine, as long as they don’t read as “white” from a distance. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, cover your shoulders with a sleeved dress or jacket. If the wedding’s outdoors, skip the heels and wear comfortable flats that won’t sink into the lawn. A fancier evening reception demands a cocktail dress or the classic little black dress. Beachside festivities are casual, time for a graphic sundress with a cardigan or short denim jacket for after dark. And don’t forget the sunscreen.


Between cleanings.

A few simple steps can save a trip and add at least another wear to your dressy clothes. After wearing, hand the garment on a sturdy wooden hanger, remove pocket contents, belts or accessories, then give jackets, skirts or pants a thorough brushing to remove lint, dust and surface grime. Ease out wrinkles with a steamer or a hang near the shower.  Let the garment air overnight before storing.


Men’s spring shopping.

Add a few new pieces to bring your wardrobe into style. Look for a bomber or army-style jacket to wear with lived-in jeans and a graphic t. This season’s relaxed-fit pants are far from baggy: legs are tapered, cropped or cuffed, there’s room in the seat and thighs. Lived-in jeans have rolled or frayed bottoms and may have a couple of holes, scrapes or shreds, authentic or factory-made.


Laundry money savers.

Most loads in your washing machine can be effectively cleaned with cold water. The only time you really need to use hot water (with bleach) is for germ-killing sanitation on diapers or sickroom linens. Today’s detergents are formulated to work in warm or cold water, and heating water for laundry can chew into your utility bill. Be sure to carefully measure detergent – most people use up to twice as much as needed.


Stowing winter leathers.

Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter conditions. Wipe shoes and boots with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.


Bridal planning 101.

Book early – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Think seasonal: flowers in season are prettier, fresher (and a lot cheaper) so choose your flowers and let them guide the color scheme for your special day. Visit a bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals. We are very, very experienced with wedding gowns, alterations, formal wear and the inevitable last minute emergency. You can count on us for more than archival gown preservation — get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your total wedding plan.


Spring (closet) cleaning.

Make space by eliminating any garment that is: (1) truly stained or stinky. We can do a lot, but some stains and smells are forever. (2) Damaged beyond repair, even by a talented seamstress. (3) Would you buy it right now? (4) It does not fit. Not now, probably never. (5). Wrong look, wrong image. (6). Brings up bad memories. (7) It outlasted a trend. (8) Have yet to wear it. (9) It is worn out, stretched, faded or pilled. Donate or recycle the mistakes and make room for more room.


Mother’s day this Sunday.

Give Mom a break from laundry – let us do the chores with professional wet and dry cleaning, laundry and finishing. She’ll appreciate time away from the washer, dryer and ironing board. Call us for a gift certificate today.


Green cleaning.

We use earth-friendly cleaning products and methods to take care of your clothes, without charging extra. We are locally owned and operated and passionate about saving our neighbors’ money and getting more out of their garments. Trust us to keep you looking and feeling good about your cleaning choices.


Help us help you.

We always inspect incoming laundry – looking for stains, tears, tissues in the pocket, broken buttons or snagged zippers. You can help by tagging anything that needs special attention with a piece of masking tape. Let us know the details, our stain experts can almost perform magic, but it’s always better if they know what caused the problem.


Spring clean.

Bright skies, warm breezes and longer days mean it’s time for a good spring cleaning. We always start in the bedrooms, stripping beds down to the bare mattress. We clean comforters, dust ruffles, pillow shams, even area rugs and curtains. Launder everything washable and send the rest to us for professional cleaning. We expertly clean and restore loft to down duvets and pillows. For more cleaning tips, see this article from HGTV.


The pocket square returns.

Whether you choose the classic, pesko, puff, crown or flower fold, your look in a blazer or suit jacket is always smarter with a pocket square. The splash of color and texture adds style and splash of personal expression. The quickest is a puff: lay the fabric flat, pick up the center, form a ring with thumb and index finger of other hand and slide down, fold over the pointed edges and tuck into your breast pocket.


Folded by robot.

Now there’s a robot to fold your laundry, thanks to a new invention from Israeli Gal Rosov. His new Foldimate machine, featured in Inc. magazine, will cost about $850 but will fold a load of dry laundry in minutes. Even though it doesn’t handle small items like socks or underwear, almost 200,000 people are signed up for one of these gadgets. We wouldn’t trust your laundry to a robot, our trained staff carefully inspects, repairs, stain-removes, cleans, irons and hangs, or folds, all to your exacting specifications.


Women in business, 2

Glamour magazine offers specific wardrobe tips for careers in retail, law and the arts. What’s in common? Choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident – and that’s appropriate for the work environment. A fitted silk blouse, skinny jeans and flats might fit into a techie environment, but always be sure you’re dressed to show that you take your new job seriously. Companies tend to hire people who fit best with the rest of the team.


Women in business, 1

Glamour magazine advises that how you dress for an interview can be as important as spell-checking your résumé. The obvious no-no’s: showing too much skin, wrinkles or stains, chipped manicure or scuffed footwear. Dress for the position and the industry, avoid loud patterns, large accessories and jewelry. Slim, tapered pants with a well-tailored blazer count as a power suit for most office positions. We’ll help make sure you’re looking your best.


Grandma’s laundry secret

Vinegar’s back! This inexpensive miracle worker gives brighter, cleaner, fresher laundry. For instance, it removes sweat and deodorant stains, replaces fabric softener to reduce static, and boosts detergent power while eliminating buildup from powdered cleaners. An overnight soak in half and half vinegar and water can help kill stubborn workout smells. Add a half cup to your next load and see the difference.


Skin-friendly fabrics.

Choosing a garment that’s flattering and fits body and budget is not enough. Some fabrics actually irritate or harm skin. Bamboo, for instance, is treated with harsh chemicals during manufacture. Synthetics are the worst. Polyster, for instance, doesn’t breathe, traps odors, feeds bacteria and releases irritating chemical components and the latest wrinkle-resistant fabrics are treated with irritant formaldehyde. Natural fabrics like cotton, merino wool, cashmere, hemp, silk and linen are the most skin-friendly – of course we’re experts at cleaning and finishing natural for long life and crisp looks.


Cloth napkins.

Don’t cheat yourself of one of life’s little luxuries by saving the cloth napkins for company. Even regular cotton or linen napkins are easy to care for and make every meal a little bit nicer. Choose a dark or richly patterned fabric for extended use (stains don’t show). Smooth and fold napkins right out of the dryer to avoid wrinkling and help speed (or skip) ironing. Of course, our laundry specialists make your table linens and napery always look clean and crisp.


Vera Wang’s wedding secrets, 2.

Glamour magazine asked her how to pick the right dress. “My biggest advice is to try things on. In a way, you’re trying on personalities and each of us has many sides. When you get married to a guy or a girl, they don’t expect to see someone completely different on the wedding day. They fell in love with you; don’t disguise yourself.”


Vera Wang’s wedding secrets, 1.

Glamour magazine asked Ms. Wang what the most important thing a bride should think about. “She should be herself…when you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, there’s a confidence and an ease that comes through. …When it comes to weddings, there are lots of voices in one’s head, but it all begins and ends with the bride. It’s her day.”  We’re here to help make your wedding perfect, let us help.


Packing a suit.

Here’s the right way to fold a suit to fit into a carry-on. Lay the jacket flat and button it up, flip over and fold one shoulder over halfway to the middle. Lay the sleeve directly over the fold, repeat with other half. Fold the pants in half lengthwise, then once again. Place the pants on top of the folded jacket shoulders, then fold the jacket in half so the pants are nested inside. When you arrive, unpack and hang.


Prepare for clean.

A few minutes preparing your laundry before throwing it into the machine will save grief and add life to your clothing. Unroll shirt sleeves and pant cuffs. Zip up zippers to avoid snagging the metal teeth on knits and woven garments. Unbutton button-down collars and button-front shirts to avoid stressing buttons and buttonholes. Tie drawstrings together so they don’t snake into the sweatpants or hoodie. Turn dark colored garments inside out to minimize fading.  Make the most of your home laundry using our professional prep tips.


Saggy sweater.

When a favorite knitted garment starts growing, it may be time to bring it back to shape. Let us know and we can block it the right size and shape when we clean it. We’ll even keep measurements on file for special garments – remember, we’re customer service specialists. May we serve your sweater’s special needs?


Dress the part.

There’s new research proving what we’ve known all along — what we wear influences both how we’re seen by others and how we perceive ourselves. Inc. Magazine says ”there’s a science to dressing for success.” Want to seem trustworthy, authoritative and productive? Wear business clothes. If you want to be seen as creative, cooperative or productive, choose clothing that’s role-appropriate. From board room to workshop, dressing the part really helps.


Skip ahead Sunday.

You’ll lose an hour to Daylight Savings but you can make up for it with our time-saving cleaning and laundry services. Whether we pick up and deliver or serve you from our counter, let us take care of your all your household linens and garment cleaning and ironing.


Stow away.

If you’re ready to store away winter clothing for another year, be sure that’s everything’s clean. Even minor splashes and spills can oxidize and discolor over time. Body oils, perspiration and food or beverage stains can attract insect damage. After cleaning, store everything in breathable garment storage bags and keep stored clothing where temperatures don’t get extreme. Ask us about storage and packaging options.


Appreciation day.

Today we celebrate the dedication, ingenuity and friendliness of our staff. We’re proud to employ the wonderful people who answer the phone, clean, finish and deliver your laundry, always with a smile. We’re in the business of taking care of your garments, and without our caring staff we’d be nothing. Next time you deal with us, take a moment to check for friendliness, helpfulness and accuracy. If we can improve, be sure to let us know. If you’re delighted, let us know that too. We’re committed to 100% satisfaction – in your cleaning and in our service.


Greener and cleaner.

Spring’s a great time to change habits for a cleaner, healthier environment. Start by cutting down on water waste with shorter showers, full loads of laundry and dishes, filtered water instead of bottled. Repair and recycle appliances, furniture and clothing. We do more than clean – we can help keep your wardrobe repaired, fitted and functional. And please, return your wire hangers for recycling.


Silk.

Quality silk, from lingerie to neckwear, is an investment in luxury. But natural-fiber silk is delicate: simply rubbing a spot can fade color or dull the fabric’s luster. Water or club soda bleeds color bleed and abrades fibers. If gravy spots your power tie or champagne bubbles over the crêpe de chine, stay calm and gently blot with a clean white cloth. And let our experts do the rest.


Spring trends.

Spring trends. Everything from risqué bralettes to assymetrical deconstructed shirting, bright fuschia and tulle, UK Vogue editors predict a season of ruffles and uneven hemlines, eighties throwbacks and kitten heels galore.  Whether you’re wearing off the rack, vintage or couture, our cleaning specialists will keep you looking your best in every season.


Starched or not?

Shirts can go both ways – let us know if you like a lot or a little starch for crispness. Or do you like a smooth softer feel instead? Our professionals launder and press shirts and blouses with the finish you like best. Not all shirts are the same, so remember to tell us your preference when bringing them to us.


Save the shoes.

Winter can be rough on footwear (unless you’re wearing flip flops year ‘round) when foul weather, deicer and dirty slush take a toll. When shoes or boots get wet, let them air dry at room temperature before stowing. Wipe stained areas with a damp terry cloth to remove soil and break up any rings. Thoroughly air dry before polishing or waterproofing.


Closet (de)clutter.

Too often, keepsake garments take up space and get crushed in the process. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on a shelf. Ask for a no-obligation estimate.


Hit the slopes.

Get the most out of expensive ski wear. Check for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than your home washing machine. We’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.


Bridal tips, part 2

Expert tricks to get more from a budget wedding dress, shared by Brides magazine. Style your silhouette with undergarments that correspond the lines of the dress with the best features of your figure. Use accessories to add panache to even the simplest dress. Add a beaded belt or shrug and get two looks for the price of one. Planning (and shopping) ahead will help get more for your dollar. Retailers discount last-season styles in June and November, but watch for sales year-round.


Bridal tips, part 1

Making the most of a budget wedding dress takes a few tricks, shared by Brides magazine. Start by choosing a white, ivory, champagne or blush color that flatters the undertone of your natural skin tone. Next, splurge on tailoring to make sure the dress hugs every curve. It’s easiest and cheapest to take things in, so order a size that fits your largest measurements. Don’t forget, our alterations specialists can make even an off-the-rack gown fit you like couture.


Cuffs?

Back in the 1890’s, King Edward VII popularized sewn-in “turn-ups” as an alternative to rolling up pant bottoms in rainy weather. Cuffs were a sign of elegant tailoring until WWII wartime clothing restrictions banned cuffs and flaps on pockets to save fabric. Today, cuffs are recommended on trousers with wide or long legs, double pleats and high waists. Cuffs tend to shorten the leg line, so are best for the taller and slimmer. Our tailors can hem, cuff and finish.


Powder explosion.

When powder makeup gets on dark clothing (always when you’re in a hurry) ignore the instinct to brush it away. Rubbing spreads the mess and pushes the powder into the fabric. Blow instead, using canned air, hair dryer or your breath. Makeup remover on a cotton ball should pick up what’s left. We can remove stubborn makeup stains – even professional stage makeup. Tag the stain with masking tape and our stain removal experts will get to work on it next time.


Charge it!

The latest from scientists is a wool fabric woven with solar cells and “triboelectric nanogenerators” to actually create enough electrical energy to power your phone while you walk. The fabric, as reported on Thrillist, is slightly thick and rough, but could lead the way to integrated wearable technology, without bulky power supplies or recharging cables. However this develops, you can be sure we’ll know how to keep it clean and fresh, and powerful.


New suit time.

Nothing adds polish and power to your attitude like a new suit. Making a good 2- or 3-piece investment can be tricky. Valet magazine offers a few tips: Choose fabric according to how often you’ll wear the suit, the higher the “super number,” the more delicate the fabric. Check the build: squeeze the fabric, it should bounce back without wrinkles. Tug a button, check the stitching, are there wrinkles in the sleeve or lapel seams? Spend time trying on a few different brands, and be sure you and the tailor agree on the final fitting.


Winter hazards.

Deicing products, like salt, are a welcome relief from slippery sidewalks and driveways. But when salty slush and water splash on your clothes, the chemical solution can pull color, leave rings and create permanent stains on your winter clothing and shoes. Before your snow-spattered trousers, skirt or outerwear show the signs of damage, bring them in for prompt cleaning or laundry.


Cold season.

When a forgotten tissue in the pocket hits the washing machine, tiny shreds of linty paper get everywhere. Pick off the bigger pieces before letting the dryer’s lint trap do its job. Remove while damp and shake out remaining scraps, use a clothes brush or lint roller to finish.


Glittering holiday.

Here’s a very tiny tip: When the shine comes off, and the carpet’s covered in glitter from ornaments, decorating and celebrating, grab a ball of Play-Do. Roll it over the mess to pick up the loose bits of shine. That’s about as much housecleaning as we’re going to do today.


Happy (new year) wishes.

A few gifts to start off on the right foot: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. It’s a fresh year with new opportunities and challenges, new rewards and surprises. New friends and new ideas. We wish you all the very best and plan to make 2017 the best ever.


Resolutions.

First, Peace. Followed by the usuals: eat better, smile more, lose weight, learn something new, share, drink more water, walk. To that we’ll add “Say Hello” to someone new every day. We say hello a lot every day as part of our job. And the more we do it, the more we like it. Drop by soon and we’ll show you how good it feels to be greeted as a friend. See you in the New Year!


Holiday stain relief.

Candle wax, pumpkin pie, pine resin, turkey fat, red wine and lipstick stains (caused by mistletoe) are just a few of the risks of the holidays. Our stain experts know how to treat even the worst, using techniques and specialized products not available for home use.  Bring the damaged item to us as soon as possible so we can get started before the stains oxidize.


Christmas wishes.

We’ll be home Sunday with family and friends, celebrating the holidays and preparing for a wonderful new year. As Charles Shultz said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”  We hope you’ve enjoyed your share of “a little something extra” this year. We’ve built our business by providing it to every customer, every day. We wish you the best and thank you for your patronage.


Celebrate the solstice.

Tonight’s the longest night of the year — days start getting longer in the morning! We can make your bedding even more comfortable with cleaning and laundry services to keep everything from sheets to pillows and comforters fresh and cozy.


Crisp, clean and professional.

That’s what you’re giving with a gift certificate from us. Your grateful recipient will enjoy expert dry cleaning and laundry with your compliments. We’ll create a certificate in any denomination, from stocking stuffer to magnificent. It’s a gift that’s always welcome.


Velvet everywhere.

This season, we’re seeing more lush, plush fabrics than ever. Velour, velveteen and velvet all rely on cut pile for luxurious feel. Velvet is woven, cut and crushed while velveteen is simply woven and velour is knit. All the V fabrics are comfortable, warm and susceptible to wrinkles, creases and pilling. Always hang velvet on padded hangers, steam to remove wrinkles. Professional cleaning is always recommended for velvet.


Corduroy comeback.

The experts at GQ recommend choosing classic colors for a blazer, like hunter green or rich marine blue, in a thin to medium-wide wale. Avoid baggy fit or too-worn cuffs and elbows — a crisp new corduroy blazer with updated fit won’t break the bank. A sporty corduroy blazer pairs as well with dark slacks as with jeans.


Thanksgiving leftovers.

If candles dripped on the tablecloth, let everything cool and peel the wax off with your fingers.  If it’s stubborn, freeze the tablecloth, then scrape off the wax with a credit card. Wash in hot water to remove the remaining embedded wax. Better yet, and a lot easier, bring your table linens to us for expert stain removal, professional laundering or dry cleaning. They’ll come back clean and wrinkle-free, ready for the next celebration.


Giving thanks.

While we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, we’d like to take a moment to thank a few important people in our lives. Thanks to our staff, who deliver quality and service every day. Thanks to our community, without your support we’d be nothing.  Thanks to our families, for understanding that running a business is a 24/7 commitment.  And thanks to you, our customer and friend. We’re all lucky, blessed and need to share our gratitude every day. (We’ll be closed tomorrow, see you Friday.)


Corduroy classic.

Autumn favorite, corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy garment is washable, check the label before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together and turn the garment inside out. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap.  Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us clean your corduroy for like-new results.


Veterans’ salute.

Join us honoring our veterans today. We’re proud of their service to our country and thankful for the protection they provide for our American way of life. Let’s remember to thank those who serve, those who sacrifice and their families.


Dress the table.

Our linen specialists put the finishing touches on your tablecloth and napkins. Nothing’s as nice as professional pressing – and our experts can remove most stains, even on delicate lace and heirloom linens. Bring your holiday linens in now and they’ll be clean and crisp for your Thanksgiving festivities.


Daylight Saving Time…

ends this Sunday. Now’s the time to store away your warm weather clothes. It’s a good tradition and a great way to make closet space for the bulkier winter clothes. Just don’t add moth balls to your stored garments — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender. Moth balls contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, petroleum-based chemicals that can cause eye and skin irritation and definitely are not safe around children. Skip the moth balls but be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storing—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t 100% clean.


Sort for success.

Laundry experts take sorting to a new level when they recommend sorting not only by color but also by fabric type. We always separate linty laundry like towels and sweatshirts from corduroys, permanent press and smooth fabrics that can pill. Separate loads for pure whites, lights and patterns on white, darks, brights and delicates lets you fine tune temperature and product choice. If that all sounds impossible, remember we do it every day to deliver the cleanest, brightest and longest-wearing garments and household linens


Crisp, clean and professional.

That’s what you’re giving with a gift certificate from us. Your grateful recipient will enjoy expert dry cleaning and laundry with your compliments. We’ll create a certificate in any denomination, from stocking stuffer to magnificent. It’s a gift that’s always welcome.


Hang it right.

By now, you know that wire hangers are only good for temporary use. Invest in flat, thin hangers for shirts and blouses and wide-shoulder hangers for suits.  Allow about a quarter-inch breathing space between garments to avoid creasing, allow air circulation and keep everything looking crisp and fresh. And please, please don’t store anything in plastic bags.


Help us help you.

Be sure to let us know about spills and spots from white wine, fruit juice or soft drinks that may not be visible when dry. These invisible stains require special attention to prevent permanent discoloring. Mark stained areas with masking tape and we’ll give your garments the special attention they deserve.


Leather for fall.

Suede and leather garments are investments worth protecting. Wear a scarf to protect the collar from body oils and perspiration. Allow leather to air-dry away from heat if it gets wet. Store in a cool dry place, never in heat or humidity, and never, ever in a plastic bag. Our leather cleaning specialists can help remove spills and spots, but time can make stains almost impossible to treat


Necktie tips.

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for “Living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckware to like-new condition.


Starch?

Starch can actually shorten the life of a shirt by reducing the fabric’s ability to bend, stretch and straighten and heavy starching reduces the tensile (resistance to tension) strength by 20-30%, according to DLI. The advantages of starching? Better whiteness, a crisper look and increased resistance to staining. Starched or not, we’ll keep your shirts and blouses looking their best, so you’ll look yours.


High-tech cool.

Scientists at Stanford have invented a new fiber that not only lets perspiration evaporate quickly, but it also allows infrared body heat to escape. By allowing thermal radiation, air and water vapor to pass through clothing, the wearer can feel nearly 4 degrees (F) cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. That’s cool!


Silk scarves, always in style.proper care adds years of life and wear. There’s nothing as luxurious as silk, or as delicate to clean. You can hand wash and press at home, but the experts recommend dry cleaning to avoid color loss, fabric damage or dye transfer, especially for crinkled (plissé) or brocades. To get the most from your investment, avoid bright sunlight – it will fade your scarf, keep makeup and perfume on your skin, not your scarf.

Proper scarf care adds years of life and wear. There’s nothing as luxurious as silk, or as delicate to clean. You can hand wash and press at home, but the experts recommend dry cleaning to avoid color loss, fabric damage or dye transfer, especially for crinkled (plissé) or brocades. To get the most from your investment, avoid bright sunlight – it will fade your scarf, keep makeup and perfume on your skin, not your scarf.


Smarter clothes.

Wearable technology is still in the early days, and shirts that control temperature or pants that charge your phone are still in the planning stages. Fashion and technology are combining to create a few surprises — like comfortable stiletto heels of thermoplastic or Ralph Lauren’s $295 PoloTech shirt that monitors heart, breathing and balance. We’ll be ready to clean your wearables, even if they’re equipped with digital displays or calculating circuitry. Read the BBC report here.


The classic white button-down.

In crisp cotton or soft silk, the tailored shape of the shirt brings elegance to distressed denim or conservative suiting. Smart women rely on this true wear-anywhere closet staple for the office, a night out or a weekend stroll. Tuck it in or let it hang loose, you can’t go wrong with a white shirt. Throw it over a tee and worn jeans, tuck it into a black pencil skirt or top it with a tweed blazer.  Glamour.com shows eighteen photos.


Lost your fluff.

When towels, robes and washcloths lose their fluffy absorbency, they may just need a good washing. Detergent residue and softeners can build up in the fibers, diminish softness and block the thirsty drying qualities of cotton. Run everything through the washer with a cup of white vinegar and an extra rinse cycle. Dry everything, without dryer sheets.


Keep it local.

Want to make a local, sustainable choice that builds the economy? Well look no further than your neighborhood merchants. Born and raised in your hometown, neighborhood businesses create jobs and contribute to our community in many ways. The numbers are impressive: three-quarters of every dollar stays here in your community compared to about 40% when shopping at a large chain company.


Make your bed.

After summer’s hot and humid nights, it’s time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and line dry thoroughly. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace the pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it’s usually less expensive to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets and quilts for musty storage smells. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up when winter chills arrive.


Make your bed.

After summer’s hot and humid nights, it’s time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and line dry thoroughly. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace the pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it’s usually less expensive to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets and quilts for musty storage smells. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up when winter chills arrive.


Storage season.

Before you stow away the swim suits, linen trousers and patio cushions, be sure everything is clean, clean, clean. Invisible spots can oxidize into permanent stains – food drips and body oils are an invitation to hungry insects. Once everything is clean, store in a cool, dry place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags.


Classic jeans.

When you buy new raw denim jeans, aficionados recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? Wear will break down the super-stiff denim, the fabric actually conforms to your shape. When you’re ready to wash, turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle, hot water if you want fading. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry. Lay flat, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked legs and fold up in half with bottoms up to the waistband. Fold in half again and store in an uncrowded drawer or shelf.


Warm weather wedding.

A September wedding can be just as sticky as a summer one. Pick lightweight and airy clothing for the wedding gown and bridal party. Warm weather means sweat, so use airbrush makeup.  After the ceremony and formal photos, change into a simpler dress made of comfortable, lighter material. If you have long hair, choose an updo hair style that gets it off your neck and helps prevent flyaways in the breeze. Enjoy your day in the sun, stay cool and look your best. Read more at Brides.com


Fresh gym gear.

There are so many benefits of working out regularly, but keeping your activewear clean can be tricky. First, choose garments with clear and easy care instructions for technical fabrics. First, never use fabric softeners or dryer sheets —coating the fibers prevents wicking. Wash in cold water to prevent fading. Presoak with a cup of white vinegar to break down residual body aroma.  If you don’t have time to wash, hang your gear in natural sunlight to deter bacterial growth. Avoid the dryer, the heat breaks down elasticity and the technical function of your garments.


Labor Day.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it right.”  We’re proud of our staff for knowing what’s right and doing it, day in day out. Thanks for your talent, dedication and perseverance! We’ll be closed Monday, celebrating Labor Day with family and friends.


Who knew about new.

It doesn’t seem logical to wash or clean new garments, but industry experts recommend laundering everything that comes in contact with your skin. You never know who tried on the item in the store, but you will know for sure that you’re removing chemicals like formaldehyde use in the manufacturing process. Even 100% cotton is treated, be sure to prewash bedding, underwear, t-shirts and swimwear. Bring us the woolens, dresses and suits for cleaning before you enjoy wearing your newest.


Closet cleanser.

Rainy summer day? Take an hour and clear some closet space with these tips from Real Simple. Start by pulling bad bridesmaid dresses, old Halloween costumes and anything that’s stained, torn or ill fitting. Gone are super low-rise jeans, painful shoes and every piece of outdated trends, starting with velour track suits. Do yourself proud by losing anything that makes you feel exposed, fat or uncomfortable.


Oxford classics.

Menswear classic Oxford cloth shirts are the foundation of a quality wardrobe. Look for shirts made of quality fabric made with multi-twist yarn of long-staple cotton. Classic shirts have a center box pleat, 2.5 to 3” button-down collar, barrel cuffs and a 1.5” placket. When you find a good-fitting shirt that’s well constructed, buy a half-dozen. We’ll make sure they’re always freshly laundered and crisply pressed, starched to your wishes.


Hanging out.

The smell of fresh air from line drying is as pleasurable as knowing you’re saving energy. Consumer Reports suggests wooden clothespins and choosing a sunny spot. Shake items before hanging to dewrinkle, hang shirts from bottom, pants from top. Turn dark items inside out to reduce sun fade. Don’t line dry sweaters – they’ll stretch if not dried flat.


Forget me not.

Summer’s a busy time, and the forgotten load of wash left in the machine can mildew quickly. Luckily, vinegar comes to the rescue (again). Run the load through again with a cup of white vinegar. If your machine smells funky, run it empty with hot water and two cups of white vinegar. It removes gunk and detergent build-up while freshening without harm to your washer or the environment.


Sinking stains.

After any time aboard, you may bring home more than memories, even on the cleanest vessel. Rust stains are common wherever there’s water and metal. We use concentrated professional products, at home try Oxyclean or Wink on the spot. Mold and mildew are always found around water and can be removed from your sailing whites in a second with diluted laundry bleach. If there’s an engine, oil and grease stains can soak right into fabric, you’re going to need our help — we take most stains out almost every time.


Sparkling sneakers.

White canvas shoes are perfect for summer – until they start looking beige. Here’s how to remove stains, thanks to How to Clean Stuff. Scrub away dirt stains with shampoo on a nail brush, wipe residue away with a damp sponge. Use dish soap on grass stains, and nail polish remover on grease or tar. Apply oxygen bleach with am old toothbrush to any remaining off-white areas. If you don’t mind losing the new look, canvas shoes can usually be machine washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Hang to air dry.


Clean sheets.

Sheets may get more comfortable after a week or two on the bed, but there are millions of reasons to throw them into the wash. The video “Ten Disgusting Things that Live in Your Bed” promises to get you changing the bed, pronto. For home laundering, hot water and line drying in the sunshine will rid linens of mites, pet dander, mold and human debris like skin and perspiration. Or use our professional laundry services for crisply finished, folded and ready to snuggle bed linens.


The tiniest pocket.

Too small for a phone, too awkward for change, what’s the point of the smallest pocket on your jeans? According to a Quora forum thread, the pocket was added to the original Levi Strauss “waist coveralls” so cowboys would have a safe place to tuck their pocketwatches. Today, the vestigial watchpocket is loved by “denimheads” for the way it ages and wears with age and country western boot scooters love to hook their thumbs into the tiny right pocket.


One redhot with mustard?

Yellow mustard is one of the hardest stains to remove, so act fast if it squirts on you. We can help, first thing Monday morning after the big game. We’ll work that yellow spot out of your outfit – and we never charge more for routine stain removal – like some of the other guys. We make going to the cleaners a fast, easy and affordable time so you can enjoy what matters, like another hotdog with the works.


Handbags.

Forbes magazine reports that, on average, women age 18 to 45 own 13 handbags from seven different brands. “Women are spending more per bag and buying more bags overall,” which explains how this industry has grown to $11.6 billion a year. Forbes continues,”More casual wardrobes and flexible work situations have made handbags surrogates for home closets or office desk drawers.” See some stylish choices for a few more bags at whowhatwear.com


Room for nostalgia?

Too often, keepsake garments take up valuable closet space and get crushed in the process. Christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, Halloween costumes and the occasional Santa suit. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on the shelf.


Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, dirt, sweat and chlorine. To wash after a few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay flat to dry. At the end of the season, put your swimwear in a mesh lingerie bag and run through a gentle wash cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.


Luxe linens.

Twice as durable as cotton, linen gets softer and more luminous with wear. But caring for linen linens has a few rules.  Machine wash in cold or warm water on delicate cycle, then line-dry or tumble at low heat. Smooth out while slightly damp to eliminate the biggest wrinkles. If you don’t like the relaxed and worn look, iron with a low heat while still slightly damp. Drying white linen in the sun will brighten without bleach. Of course, we clean and finish all bedding professionally, linen, cotton or blends


Handbags.

Forbes magazine reports that on average, women, age 18 to 45, own 13 handbags from seven different brands. “Women are spending more per bag and buying more bags overall,” which explains how this industry has grown to $11.6 billion a year. Forbes continues, ”More casual wardrobes and flexible work situations have made handbags surrogates for home closets or office desk drawers.” See some stylish choices at whowhatwear.com


Tax deductible.

The IRS may allow deducting the cost and maintenance of work clothes if you meet three rules: (1) the clothing is required or essential for your job, (2) the clothing is distinctive or protective and (3) the clothing is not suitable for everyday wear outside work. This could be a business expense deduction you’re entitled to take.  We’re not tax authorities or CPAs, we’re cleaners who will keep you (and your team) looking professional.


Dry cleaner tips, part 3.

Good Housekeeping advises in tip #7, “consider the price of maintaining clothes when you buy.” Dry cleaning extends the life of a garment and costs less than a trip to Starbucks. #8 Stop over-drying your laundry. The heat causes fading, shrinkage and fabric wear. #9. Keep your good clothes in the dark – light will discolor the fabric.  #10 Check your pockets for before bring cleaning, you’d be surprised how many pens, lipsticks and markers we find.


Dry cleaner tips, part 2.

You’d be surprised at what crosses our counter. Tip #4 from Good Housekeeping: watch out for jewelry, watches and pocketbooks rubbing against clothes and creating hard-to-fix damage. #5 Recycle our plastic wrap, immediately. Plastic bags are not intended for garment storage and can trap moisture, leading to mildew and discoloring.  #6. No wire hangers in the closet. They’re only for transporting your cleanin


Dry cleaner tips, part 1

Good Housekeeping offers ten tips to add life to your good clothing. #1. Hand the stains to the professional before your scrub, squeeze a lemon or bleach your way to a failure, #2. Inspect your clothes after wearing. Spills and drips will soak in, set up and oxidize without prompt action. #3. Avoid applying perfume, deodorant, body lotion or even sunscreen after dressing. The chemicals can pull color out of the fabric, just like perspiration.


Smart shirt buying.

The right shirt adds confidence, style and comfort. Five tips to help get the best shirt: know your neck, arm, chest and waist size for proper fit — not too baggy or tight. Look for subtle features like pleats, fit and finish. Spread, cutaway or club, choose a collar that goes with your suits, neck and face shape. Leave room for an index finger between skin and fabric. Pick a fabric that’s comfortable for the season, from twill to oxford. Avoid no-iron and polyster fabrics that trap heat and look cheap. And don’t be afraid of a little color beyond white and light blue. Plaid or gingham, pattern or pastel, liven up your wardrobe with the right shirt,


The bride’s bustle.

If your wedding dress has a train, you need a bustle — or you’ll be tripping over fabric instead of the light fantastic.  Brides Magazine offers expert advice on bustle styles. The American bustle, aka the Ballroom or Over bustle, uses waistline hooks to lift the train. The elaborate Austrian gathers fabric vertically with ribbons sewn through the gown’s back seam. The French bustle picks up the train and tucks it under the silhouette. Our alterations department can help choose, adjust and fine-tune the best bustle for you.


Wedding cost cutters.

Just attending a wedding can break the budget. American Express estimates an average cost of $703, including travel, dressing up, meals and the gift itself. To-be-weds are saving big by simplifying the ceremony, the venue and eliminating the wedding planner and caterer. For weddings large and small, frugal and lavish, your friends in the cleaning business can help make your wedding perfect.


Vintage tips.

Before you buy at the flea market, consignment shop or vintage specialty shop, heed these tips from  Vogue magazine: It it’s too small, skip it. Too large? Bring it in for alterations. Check for holes, loose seams, old stains or beads falling off. Check clasps, buttons, zippers. Learn to bargain, gently. Start with “can you do a little better on this?”and be ready to offer a dollar amount. Cash talks louder than credit cards when you’re bargaining. Whatever you find, bring it in for a professional cleaning.


Veiled wedding.

The right veil adds elegance, romance and the finishing touch for a bride’s walk down the aisle. Refinery29 reviews  ten veils with a modern vibe to match almost any gown. Shorter veils are ideal for garden-party or City Hall nuptials. Or choose a full-length tulle veil embroidered with a lace appliqué floral crown. Choose a simple lace headband or a floor-length chiffon — there’s a veil for every bride.


Hang it up.

Website thesweethome.com recommends top-pick Proman Kascade Hanger for its consistent, smooth and solid construction, with hooks for chain-linking, shoulder notches for hanging straps and a solid crossbar for trousers. It’s lightweight and affordable, sold by Amazon in 50-packs for under $70. The wire hangers we provide with your cleaning are not intended for long-term use, and we’re delighted to recycle them for you.


Keeping black clothes black.

The experts at Consumer Reports offer tips to keep your dark clothing items looking fresh and unfaded. Their video advises  turning inside out for infrequent laundering in short, cold water cycle before air drying. We recommend dry cleaning to preserve like-new colors and just-purchased texture.


Upscale classic.

Since its founding in 1963. St. John Knits has set the standard for classic wool and rayon knits, Chanel-inspired jackets and pure, primary colors. Today, St. John is sold in specialty stores in 29 countries and 27 company-owned boutiques with annual sales over $325 million. A classic St. John garment has knit-in hems and an exclusive tightly woven wool and rayon double knit fabric. Generations of women have relied on St. John’s classic, flattering and conservative lines. “It’s almost like a uniform, a status symbol, for those who can afford the best.” Of course, we’re experts at cleaning and caring for all your knits, from St. John to Fair Isle, Gap to Givenchy.


Prom dressing.

Whether you choose a dramatic red-carpet look or a vintage heartbreaker, there are a few trends we’re seeing in stores and the fashion magazines and sites. The hottest solid colors are black, champagne and red, and don’t be surprised to see dramatic prints. Details include intricate low backs, lace insets and practical pockets. If allowed, exposed midriffs are shown off by two-piece gowns. Don’t settle for an off-the-rack fit, our alterations department will make you look like a million in the gown that’s right for prom.


Friday the 13th.

Casual Friday need not be unlucky, but dressing business casual for men has a few rules for success. Choose neutral colored, collared shirts that are crisply pressed (we take care of that) and long sleeved. Dark jeans are OK if they’re clean and hole-free.  A casual jacket in a neutral finishes the look. Every office has different rules, different styles. Whatever is appropriate, make sure it’s clean, crisply finished and in good repair. Our laundry and cleaning services help you always look your best.


The brush off.

Brush your quality garments before hanging them back in the closet, ideally on a wooden hanger. Brushing removes dust, grime and surface soil before it sinks into the weave. Use short, quick strokes against the grain, then finish with long smooth strokes in the opposite direction. Airing gives the garment a chance to recover and completely dry. A bonus benefit: you’ll spot stains or damage that need special attention when we clean your garment.


Chino alert.

Warm weather means chinos for most guys, dressed up with a white cotton shirt, dressed down with t-shirt or polo. Chinos come in colors way beyond khaki; we’re seeing classic blue, green, grey, brown and black. And there are a lot more colors in chinos than ever before (try Dockers).  For a crisp tailored look, let us clean and press all kinds of cotton trousers.  For home care, wash your chinos inside out in warm water, avoid bleach and over drying. If the seams wrinkle, touch up with a steam iron. Then hang on a trouser hanger, ready for wear.


Wedding season.

Today’s millennial brides are changing wedding fashions – look for ready-to-wear bridal gowns, dark floral prints and bridesmaids wearing navy (the most popular color in most of the US). The website WhoWhatWear reports a move to less-traditional bridal wear as brides shop for stylish and lowerer-priced alternatives to bridal gowns. And what are they choosing for the engagement ring? Antique and vintage engagement ring sales are up almost 200% for 2016. Whatever you choose for your wedding, count on our specialists to take care of every aspect of your wedding garments, before, during and after the wedding.


The world’s oldest dress.

The Daily Mail reports  radiocarbon dating has confirmed a garment found in an Egyptian tomb is over 5,000 years old, making it the oldest known woven garment. All that remains of garment tailored to fit an Egyptian elite is a V-neck pleated bodice and sleeves. The Tarkhan dress was found decades ago but it took researcher years to establish its age. We’re no strangers to vintage garments, but this certainly takes the prize for couture from the past.


Like-new colors.

Keep your bright new shirt or blouse looking new with this easy trick from Martha Stewart.  Add 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar to a gallon of cold water. Mix well and add your garment for a 15-minute soak. The vinegar helps set the color and prevents bleeding.  Follow the soak with laundering per the manufacturer’s instructions. Or let us clean and press it to preserve the brand-new look and feel.


Sustain our Earth.

The move to fabrics that can be sustainably grown and responsibly sourced is good news for conserving resources and encouraging wise agricultural practices. Growing cotton takes a lot of water, so blending it with other fibers can reduce its footprint. Hemp is up and coming as a linen-like durable fiber, once legal restrictions are eased. Bamboo is losing favor since it requires so many solvents for processing and cleaning. Recycled fibers made from fishing nets, upholstery waste and even pop bottles, are popular for sports and technical wear. The easiest way to celebrate Earth Day? Extend the life of your garments with regular, professional cleaning instead of buying new. And ask about our “green” cleaning alternatives.


Coco’s wisdom.

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” And who should know better than the queen of fashion, Coco Chanel. From the palest pastels to classic navy, your garments will maintain their color through repeated wear and cleaning. After all, when you find the color that works for you, no sense changing it.


Time for a closet purge.

Make room for the new season by clearing out the old, the tired, the worn. Ten things to start: jeans you no longer wear, concert and event t-shirts, the dress you’re going to fit someday, unwearable shoes (no matter how cute), nostalgic oldies, the bridesmaid dress, ill-fitting bras, anything with shoulder pads, empty hangers, that really expensive piece you never wear. Bag it all and give it to a charity. You’ll feel great, especially when you see all the new closet real estate.


Winter storage.

Take everything wintery out of every closet and drawer for cleaning. Dry cleaning or laundry removes soil, oil, perfumes and splashed stains. Then fold and store in plastic bins with heavier items on the bottom. If you’re planning to store long-term, use cotton, linen or a breathable fabric. Then store in a dry, cool place that’s not musty. Don’t forget those winter shoes – clean well, treat or polish and take them in for repairs before stuffing with cedar trees or crumpled newspaper to maintain shape.


Laundry mildew.

According to Martha Stewart, mildew can grow in a washing machine, especially in humid or poorly ventilated areas. The problem’s usually around the rubber door seal. Start with a cup of chlorine bleach mixed with 2 cups warm water. Wearing protective gloves, wipe and clean the seal from bottom to top, paying special attention to areas where water may collect. Finish your disinfection process by running the washer (empty) with a hot cycle and a full bleach dispenser. Repeat every couple of months or when you see or smell mildew.


New iTie changes everything.

Today Apple revealed their new iTie, revolutionizing the way high-tech men will dress for work. The neckwear uses new flexible LED technology to display a very narrow but colorful desktop showing apps including stock market, weather, email,  to-do and messaging. The perfect companion to iWatch, the iTie automatically connects to the Internet via cell or WiFi. Before you order yours, please check today’s date.


More interview tips.

Invest in a good pair of professional shoes. Think loafers and Oxfords, dark colors and classic lines. Women can wear flats or heels but be sure they are comfortable. 2. Adapt for the season: summer heat can be too much for full traditional interview attire. Whatever the season, you should be dressed to fit in to the work environment. 3. Take your time. Allow an extra hour to get ready to give yourself time to make sure everything, including your hair, makeup and shoe-shine, is perfect. 4. Comfort and confidence are key.  Looking professional and reflecting company culture is important, but feeling certain that you look your best is critical. Wear an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Relax, be your best, and win at your job interview.


Job interview tips.

Making the right first impression at your interview is easier when you’re confident and calm. Dressing the part always helps. First, err on the side of formality with a suit or blazer, especially for an office or retail position. 2. Avoid distractions like scent, jewelry or statement accessories. 3. Look the part. Visit the store or company website to see how your peers dress. 4. Details count. Obviously, your outfit should be clean and wrinkle-free (we can help with this part). Double-check your résumé for errors, turn off your phone and, if you wear glasses, make sure they too are sparkling clean. Now stand up straight, take a deep breath and good luck.


A little less disability.

Now wheelchair users can choose pants, shirts, blouses, blazers and dresses specially tailored for looking (and feeling) good while seated. For instance, the blazer back is cut out to let the sides hang properly. Pants and skirts fit, dresses easily zip and the maker donates 10% to build ramps. See everything at IZCollection.com for affordable, classic and well-made mens and womens clothing made of top quality fabrics, styled to fit a seated body shape. Hurrah to designer Izzy Camilleri!


A good night’s rest.

If you’ve ever slept in a luxury hotel, you know how wonderful it feels to slide between crisp, clean sheets, lie your head on a fresh pillow and slumber like royalty. Keeping bed linens clean is easy if you have a large capacity front-loading washer (like ours). And our professional finishing is impossible to create at home, no matter how long you iron. We clean pillows, duvets, afghans, shams, quilts, blankets, dust ruffles and sleeping bags.


Green Cleaning

It’s not a new way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – we use “green cleaning” earth-friendly products and methods without charging extra. We are locally owned and operated and passionate about saving our neighbors’ money and wardrobe. Not to mention saving the clean air, water and Earth we value. Trust us to keep you looking good and feeling good about your cleaning choices.


Spring ahead.

Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday. It’s the perfect time gather up your winter garments for a pre-storage cleaning. Salt, spills and stains will only get worse with time, so protect your investment in winter warmth and let us clean away the soils of winter.


Wash or dryclean?

Does the label say washable, but the garment looks and feels like it needs dry cleaning? Some manufacturers avoid marking an item as “dry clean only” even though professional cleaning would keep the garment looking and wearing its best, especially when there’s a special finish on the fabric, tricky trim or complex construction. Bring it in and our fabric experts will give you the best advice. Not to mention our unbeatable finishing – not a crease or wrinkle.


Appreciation Day.

Today we celebrate the dedication, ingenuity and friendliness of every member of our wonderful and devoted staff. Drivers, finishers, inspectors, packagers and counter care specialists all work to keep you happy. We’re in the business of taking care of your garments, and without our caring staff we’d be nothing. Next time you deal with us, take a moment to notice friendliness, helpfulness and accuracy. If we can improve, be sure to let us know. If you’re delighted, let us know that too.  We’re committed to 100% satisfaction – in your cleaning and in our service.


Get the most from your cleaner.

Our service starts when we tag and inspect your laundry – we look for stains, tears, broken buttons, snagged zippers. You can help by telling us (or marking with masking tape) trouble spots and stains. Our stain removal experts always appreciate knowing what caused the boo-boo so they can use the right pretreatment. Need something out of the ordinary? We are specialists at special services, just ask.


Sag and stretch.

Of course, only your most-loved knitwear would lose its perfect fit. Let us know and we can block it the right size and shape when we clean it. We’ll even keep measurements on file for special garments – remember, we’re customer service specialists. May we serve your sweater’s special needs?


Winter warning.

Deicing products, like salt, are a welcome relief from slippery sidewalks and driveways. But when salty slush and water splash on your clothes, the chemical solution can pull color, leave rings and create permanent stains on your winter clothing and shoes. Before your snow-spattered trousers, skirt or outerwear show the signs of damage, bring them in for prompt cleaning or laundry.


Leaky latte?

We’ve all spilled a little now and then, and the instinct to rub it is hard to resist.  Blot, blot and blot. Sometimes a stain removal pen (like Tide) can help short term. The best answer is to bring us the shirt as soon as you can. Our stain removal experts use professional products and procedures that can take the coffee out of most fabric.


Coco’s wisdom.

 “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Although many of our female customers might not like to be called “girls,” we’re certain they won’t mind being called classy or fabulous. While culture has changed since Coco Chanel, a well-dressed woman is always in style.


Valentine’s Day Sunday.

After the romantic celebration is over, let us clean your dressup outfit so it’s ready for the next party, dinner or gala event. Of course, we can remove typical Valentine stains like lipstick, champagne and chocolate. Tuxedo, suit or sportcoat, dress, gown or frock – your cleaning experts are standing by.


Wonder wool.

Wool is used for more types of garments than any other fiber. From superfine to chunky, wool can be woven into a wide range of weights, finishes and textures. Wool holds heat and resists water, making wool outerwear a favorite. Even a wet wool coat will keep you warm. Wool is strong but it’s a natural product, subject to damage from heat, light, and insects – not to mention shrinking, stretching and wrinkling. We are wool care experts, preserving the deep and lustrous texture, shape and color.


Superbowl Sunday.

Enjoy the game with no penalties for snack fumbles. Out stain removal experts know how to recover from guacamole interference, Buffalo sauce encroachment and incomplete beverage passing. Blot the damage and let us get started on it Monday morning. We can even remove team color makeup from your favorite jersey. Now go team, GO!


Groundhog Day, again?

When the laundry piles up and starts looking like the same old same thing over and over, give yourself a day off and let our professional laundry team take care of it. Our commercial cleaning machines, specialty cleaning products and expert stain removal get everything super clean. And we can press everything to like-new perfection or simply dry and fold. Treat yourself to a day without a trip to the laundry room.


Spring trends.

Harpers Bazaar previews nine trends for 2016, from elaborate vintage embroidery to street-ready pajama sets and comeback versions of the slip dress. You’ll see bold graphic striped dresses and more versions of the ever-popular bomber jacket, contrasted with a big resurgence of bold floral prints and ruffled, feathered, chiffon and sheer romantic looks. Spring collections also relied on blingy sequins and a very Spanish look with flamenco ruffles and deep reds. Trust us to keep you looking your best, in couture or vintage fashion.


Enzymes to the rescue.

We use enzyme-based laundry cleaners that you can’t buy for home use. They cost more a little more and are a lot more complicated to use than home products. Enzymes only work in a specific temperature range and require proper equipment to ensure the enzymes are allowed to do their work. Our specialized laundry products are just one of the ways we keep you looking your best.


Aprés ski.

Check every item for salt, grit or food spills after your fun on the snow.  Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than the home washing machine. Remember, we’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.


Save the memories.

Wedding gowns are not the only heirlooms that deserve special treatment. Careful cleaning, mending and archival storage can benefit any textile. Grandmother’s lace tablecloth, Dad’s letter jacket or uniform, antique tapestries or christening gowns. We’ve seen it all and can recommend the right procedures and products to preserve your treasure.


Wet shoes.

Downpour, puddle or snowstorm, soaking your good shoes is more than uncomfortable, it’s a good way to ruin your investment in quality footwear. First, stuff the shoes with crumpled up newspaper and slowly dry away from direct heat which can crack the leather. When they’re almost dry, replace the paper with cedar shoe trees to maintain the shape. Wipe away salt stains with a little vinegar and water on a sponge.


Beanie or tuque, there’s nothing warmer than a stocking cap.

Pull on a snug knitted cap to add some style to your bundled-up look. Knit or crocheted hats made of natural fibers should be hand-washed in cool water. Soak for twenty minutes in a mild detergent, agitate gently and never squeeze or wring. Rinse in cool water, lay flat and air dry to prevent shrinking. Better yet, bring your knit cap to the experts. We’ll clean and block your cap to like-new freshness.


Coco’s wisdom.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” That advice is just as true today as it was during Coco Chanel’s fashion career. Build your wardrobe on the best basics you can find, and trust us to keep them looking their (and your) best—from the simple black dress to a spotless white shirt or blouse.


Clean gloves.

When the weather turns cool, we reach for our warm gloves. How to keep them clean? For leather, gently massage saddle soap foam into the gloves to remove stains, then polish/dry with a microfiber cloth. Knit wool gloves can be gently hand-washed in the sink, be sure to dry the gloves in their original shape. We’re experts at drycleaning knit and dress gloves to perfection and we offer specialized cleaning for suede and leather gloves.


Resolutions.

First, Peace. Followed by the usuals: eat better, smile more, lose weight, learn something new, share, drink more water, walk. To that we’ll add “Say Hello” to someone new every day. We say hello a lot every day as part of our job. And the more we do it, the more we like it. Drop by soon and we’ll show you how good it feels to be greeted as a friend. We’re closed until Saturday, see you then.


Glitter gone.

Here’s a very tiny tip: When the shine comes off, and the carpet’s covered in glitter from ornaments, decorating and celebrating, grab a ball of Play-Do. Roll it over the mess to pick up the loose bits of shine. That’s about as much housecleaning as we’re going to do today.


Home for Christmas.

Please join us, our employees, our families and friends, in a Christmas wish for peace on earth, goodwill towards all. No matter your faith, station, nationality or color, we’re joined in this season of renewal, of hope and blessing.


Brighter days ahead.

It’s time for family and friends, celebrating the holidays and getting through the darkest part of the year. As Charles Shultz said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”  We hope you’ve enjoyed your share of “a little something extra” this year. We’ve built our business by providing it to every customer, every day. We wish you the best and thank you for your patronage. We’ll close a little early tomorrow and be closed all day Friday.


The gift of clean.

Yes, this is a shameless plug for shirts, sweaters and suits — cleaned and pressed to crisp perfection — with a gift certificate from us. We custom-make them in a size to fit every budget and dry cleaning and laundry is something everyone needs. Even the garbage man will appreciate a little cleaning this Christmas.


Splurge on cashmere.

Like most natural fibers, cashmere comes in many grades and, like fine wine, you can’t cut corners on the quality of the raw material. Thicker sweaters will be more expensive, and simpler knits like a jersey stitch, will be the lowest price. Whether it’s a $50 pullover or a $1,000 Loro Piana cable knit, cashmere is always a welcome gift, soft and warm in luscious colors. It’s no surprise that we help maintain cashmere to extend the wearing life while minimizing shrinkage, pilling and stretching. Read about the expense of cashmere


Traveling for the holidays?

Make your trip easier by packing smarter. Choose a travel wardrobe that will do double or triple duty for extended wear. Use the plastic wrap from your cleaning to separate items and prevent wrinkling. Stuff shoes with stockings and underwear. Pack complete children’s outfits, complete with socks and underwear, in zip plastic bags.  Have safe, easy travels and a great holiday.


Holiday stain relief.

Candle wax, pumpkin pie, pine resin, turkey fat, red wine and lipstick stains (caused by mistletoe) are just a few of the risks of entertaining.  Our stain experts know how to treat even the worst, using techniques and specialized products not available for home use.  Bring the damaged item to us as soon as possible so we can get started before the stains oxidize.


Snuggle up.

Snuggle up, it’s dark and nights are cold. To get the most relaxing and refreshing sleep, strip the bedding and clean your mattress. Mix 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, chamomile, sandalwood or geranium are classic) into a box of baking soda, mix well and massage into the mattress. Wait an hour or so before vacuuming up all the baking soda. The mixture helps lift soil, remove mites and freshens the mattress. Add freshly laundered linens, fluffy pillows and you’re ready for some dream time. Our commercial washing machines are perfect for duvet covers and comforters, quilts and blankets.


Shearling season.

From runway to lodge, shearling’s cuddly warmth makes it a cold weather favorite. Sheepskin’s soft wool fibers are naturally thermostatic, wicking away moisture while they insulate. Caring for your shearling starts with gentle brushing to restore suede’s nap and remove surface soil. Fluff the inside lightly with a wire dog brush. Caught in some wet weather? Blot dry with a towel and hang to dry, away from direct heat. When serious stains happen, bring them to our leather and suede specialists. We’ll keep your investment wearable.


Gravy stains.

Rich, thick gravy is the foundation for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It’s also a stain hazard from dripping gravy ladles, over-sauced potatoes, or oozing from a hot turkey sandwich. Stains happen. We’re experts at removing gravy from table linens, neckties, blouse fronts and favorite sweaters. Our spotters know how to combat the protein-grease-starch-cream mix known in cookbooks as gravy. Bring us your drips, dribbles and blobs. We’ll get it clean again.


Giving thanks.

We all have so much, and tomorrow the luckiest of us will be with family and friends, enjoying the bounties of love, of sharing and a memorable meal. We’re reminded of the Estonian proverb, “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” No matter your Thanksgiving traditions, from holding hands during grace to gobbling the meal during half time, we send our warmest thoughts and prayers. And sincere thanks for your friendship and support. Thank You.


Fur or not.

Whether you choose real or faux fur, fur stoles were a strong favorite on the runways this fall. Michael Kors matched fur stoles with knit sweater and skirt sets for a classic look. Other designers used dark caramel, deep red or tiger striped teal and black. We’re fur cleaning experts, from vintage mink to today’s modacryclic fakes.


Uggs.

Keeping classic Ugg’s soft suede clean can be a challenge. A suede brush can remove surface grime; use a damp cloth to finish. If your Uggs smell a little ugly, be sure they’re always dry after wear – crumple newspapers to absorb the damp and add baking soda to neutralize any odors. For near-miraculous cleaning and restoration, trust us with your snuggly Uggs along with all your leather and suede.


Coco’s wisdom.

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” While not as famous as Ms. Chanel, like her we’re in the business of making sure you look your best, at any age. As we all become more irresistible day by day, isn’t it reassuring to know we’re in good company?


Unbutton the buttons.

Whether your laundry or ours, unbuttoning before washing saves time when ironing, and eliminates stress on the thread holding the button in place. Zippers, on the other hand, should always be zipped to prevent damage from their exposed teeth. We always check for loose or damaged buttons – and we replace missing or broken shirt buttons at no charge.


Clean machine.

The products you use in your washing machine can build up over time, compounded by lint, mildew and good old-fashioned gunk. Cleaning is easier than you might think. Fill the machine with the hottest water, highest load size and longest wash. As it fills, add a quart of white vinegar, then add a cup of baking soda. While this solution sits for an hour, clean the inside of the lid, bleach and softener wells and the top and sides. Run the washer, then repeat with another quart of vinegar and wipe down the washing tub.


Blazing success.

The blazer is a classic must-have for every occasion from casual to dressy. Shop for a blazer with thin lapels, lining that doesn’t show, shoulder seams that hit the tip of your shoulder bones, sleeves ending one inch below wristbone and the torso should button with pulling. Choose fabric that’s mostly wool or camel hair for durability A little polyster adds wrinkle resistance. Our tailor can fine tune the fit and our dry cleaning experts will make sure your jacket is fresh and pressed.


Bye bye Daylight Savings.

This Sunday, Daylight Savings Time ends and it’s time to store your warm weather clothes. Fall back and make closet space for bulkier winter clothes. Moth balls can cause eye and skin irritation — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender sachets. Be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storage—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t 100% clean. Enjoy the bonus hour and get ready for darker evenings.


Halloween’s not so scary.

You’d be surprised how many costumes we clean every year. Before you jump into that skeleton suit or Godzilla’s bridal gown from last year, let us make sure it’s clean and fresh. Need ideas? Here’s a fun Pinterest page with everything from black Jell-O shots to homemade costumes for men.


Socks.

“The Tooth Fairy has a sister named the Sock Fairy, which is why every time you open the dryer a sock is missing and instead you find coins.” Keeping the footsies in pairs won’t be a challenge if you launder every pair in a mesh lingerie bag. That’s how we do it. But until they start selling socks in sets of three, the mysterious hosiery disappearances continue. For a chuckle, see the Sock Comics page on Pinterest.


Luxury goat hair.

Luxe cashmere comes from the underbelly of goats living in the Gobi desert. When the goats molt in late spring, workers comb to remove the undercoat of superfine fibers from the belly. After cleaning and refining, the fibers are spun into yarn. Before you invest in a cashmere garment, check for loose fibers prone to pilling. Look for a heavyweight, tight knit and go for a natural, undyed color ranging from Chinese white to camel and brown hues. Never hang cashmere, always fold to prevent stretching.


Corduroy wales.

Classic autumn favorite corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy is garment is washable, check the label for specifics before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together, and turn the garment inside out to wash. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap. Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us dry clean your corduroy for like-new results.


Boyfriend jeans.

The look started when women chose the slightly baggy, faded and relaxed jeans from their man’s side of the closet instead of the tight trendy skinny fit. In less than two years, the look has become the most popular denim trend, especially at the over-$200 premium level. It always makes us oldtimers chuckle to see people choosing new clothes that look worn, but whether you want selvedge’s deep dark denim color preserved or love the slightly ripped, worn and torn look of too-long boyfriend jeans, we’re your jeans-care experts for wet and dry cleaning.


Time for plaid.

Back in the 1500’s, plaid patterns identified rival Scottish clans. Great Britain banned wearing plaid for the last half of the 18th century to punish for the Scots rebellion. By the time plaid made it across the Atlantic, it was adopted by cowboys, lumberjacks and, in the 90’s, grunge bands like Nirvana popularized the classic/cool patterns. Today, you can choose from classic manufacturers like Woolrich or Pendleton, St. Laurent or Ralph Lauren. You’ll find plaid patterns in classic cotton flannel, lightweight Oxford cloth or heavyweight wool flannel. Here’s the complete story on why every man needs a plaid shirt. And whatever plaid you choose, from Royal Stewart tartan to Buffalo check, we’ll keep it looking crisp, clean and fresh.


Trouser tips.

Trouser tips. Before hanging or storing trousers, remove the belt and empty the pockets. Check for stains, tears or spots before hanging on a wooden hanger in an uncrowded closet. Minor wrinkles can be steamed away – hang near your shower or use a steamer. Whether wool or cotton, dressy or casual, we’re specialists at cleaning and finishing trousers. Our tailors can adjust the fit, hem or cuff so you always look your best.


Prepare early.

Prepare early. Holiday guests should be a joy, not a chore. Now’s the time to get your guest room ready. Clear the closet and reline the dresser drawers. Strip the bed and flip the mattress. Linen or cotton sheets and pillowcases should be flawless (we can help with professional laundering and hotel-crisp ironing). Make up the bed with a set of firm and soft pillows, light and heavy blankets and a lightweight throw for afternoon naps. Splurge on an extra set of guest towels, tied with a twill ribbon for that extra Martha Stewart touch.


Sweaters, 101.

Colder weather means sweaters, and caring for your knitwear is easy when you know a few simple tricks. The number one rule: never stretch by hanging. Always fold. How often to clean? Every four wearings, unless you spill, sweat or are around smoke. Pills? Remove carefully with a razor, one at a time or use a sweater stone, gently. Handwash or dryclean? If you have the time and space for airdrying, handwashing with a gentle detergent is fine. Be sure to block the sweater to its original size and shape before drying flat between clean towels. Or let us professionally clean and finish your sweaters.


Spring colors.

Spring colors. Fashion colors for 2016 spring and summer are dominated by five key palettes, previewed by Fashion Snoops website. Seaside is a vibrant collection of mid-tones, highlighted by bubblegum pink, orchid and aqua. Heirloom jewel tones include dark burgundy, evergreen, indigo and grape. Desert Bloom mixes earthy neutrals with rust, copper, marigold, persimmon and pine. Soft Nostalgia soft pastels lead the season with blue hydrangea, peony. champagne and lilac. Backyard uses bright pastels for a lively treatment using grass, candy apple, canary and electric blue or periwinkle. There’s a color scheme to flatter every age, every complexion and we’ll make sure everything’s clean, crisp and true to tone.


In a hurry?

Jumping into a freshly ironed garment can actually create new wrinkles and diminish your steamy work. Give the creases a few minutes to set and allow time for the residual moisture and heat to leave the fabric fibers before dressing.


Swimwear storage.

Before you toss that expensive swimsuit into the bottom drawer, turn it inside out and handwash in mild detergent and warm water, swish to clean – don’t wring – and lay it flat to dry before storing. Or drop it into a mesh lingerie bag and launder using your machine’s gentle cycle and a bit of Woolite. Airdry flat and store over winter with your summer clothing.


Fluff gone?

Lost your fluff?  When towels, robes and washcloths lose their fluffy absorbency, they may just need a good washing. Detergent residue and softeners can build up in the fibers, diminish softness and block the thirsty drying qualities of cotton. Run everything through the washer with a cup of white vinegar and an extra rinse cycle. Dry everything, without dryer sheets.


The brush off.

Brush your good clothes before putting them back in the closet to remove dust, grime and surface soil before it can penetrate. Use short, quick strokes against the grain, then finish with long smooth strokes in the opposite direction. A bonus benefit, you’ll be able to spot stains, tears or damage that need cleaning or repair.


Labor Day.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it right.”  We’re proud of our staff for knowing what’s right and doing it, day in day out. Thanks for your talent, dedication and perseverance!


Sustain your wardrobe.

The added wearings you get from professional cleaning benefit the environment and your pocketbook. Every extra use you get from a garment reduces your need to buy a new one, and keeps it out of the rag heap or landfill. Our gentle cleaning and laundry procedures add life and comfort to your wardrobe, preventing shrinking and fading and extending the value of your investment.


Season switch.

Before you store away your summer favorites, make sure everything’s clean and free of spills and stains. That little white wine spot or Ranch drip can oxidize over time, leaving a brown stain. Pack like-colored items together, and keep everything away from light and moisture. If you don’t have closet hanger space, fold everything (with white tissue paper) and pack loosely in suitcases or a cedar-lined trunk.


Laundry mountain?

If you’d rather enjoy the last weeks of summer than clean up, let us at least take care of the laundry. Guest room bedding, far-from fluffy towels, sweaty sportswear or grass-stained chinos? Our professional team will sort, inspect, prespot, launder and finish to your specifications, from simply folded to crisply starched. We do the work and you enjoy what’s left of summer.


Now we’ve seen everything.

Stockholm designers Mair/Wennel turn pen leaks, ketchup blobs, spilled Cabernet into Dirt Pattern Material, as featured in Design/Milk. As random-seeming stains are overlapped, they become what some call “a work of art.” We agree that art is always in the eye of the beholder, but we admit our decades of stain removal and cleaning cause us to squint at this trend. If you ever buy a garment with a Dirt Pattern, please let us know when you bring it in for cleaning. Please.


New combinations.

New fashions mean new fabric combinations. Remember to read the care labels and always follow the designer’s request for professional cleaning. DIY cleaning mishaps are the number one reason those favorite designs don’t hold up – trust our professional textile experts to protect your fashion investment with special care for delicate fabrics like lace, suede, leather, fur, plastic and even metal.


Attic memories.

Are you keeping an old military uniform, letter jacket or baby blanket in your attic? Bring us your special family heirlooms. Our cleaning process protects delicate fibers, prevents aging stains. We can repair most of the tears and loose seams of time. Ask us about our boxing and preservation options — so you can pass on the memories to the next generation.


Cleaning vs. Washing.

Here’s the easy-to-remember rule: Everything can be cleaned, not everything can be washed. Specialty fabrics such as wool, silk, leather and rayon should never be washed. They require professional cleaning and care. Our expert staff is trained to understand how each of these specialty fabrics should be cleaned – and the right cleaning care protects your clothing investment .


Clothes feeling snugger?

Check your dryer settings and remember the last 15% of drying time is when shrinkage occurs, and it can be permanent. Dry your clothes on delicate to avoid shrinkage and set the timer for a shorter period. You can always add time to dry, but can’t reverse it if you have dried too long. Another hint – don’t mix lightweight silks and rayons with heavier cottons and polyesters – they will dry out faster and are the most prone to heat damage, while the cottons stay wet and keep your dryer spinning.


Getting to clean.

Our experts start by tagging and inspecting your items – we look for stains, tears, broken buttons, snagged zippers. You can help by telling us (or marking with masking tape) trouble spots and stains. Our stain removal skills are at their highest when we know what caused the problem. And remember, stains only get worse with time so make sure we get to work on it as soon as possible. Even “invisible” stains like 7-Up or champagne will darken as the sugars oxidize.


Summer wedding tips.

Choosing an outfit to attend a summer wedding? Keep the spotlight on the bride by avoiding white, cream or pale pastels. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, cover your shoulders with a sleeved dress or jacket. If the wedding’s outdoors, skip the heels and wear comfortable flats that won’t sink into the lawn. A fancier evening reception demands a cocktail dress or your standby little black dress. For city weddings, men should choose a lightweight suit, for country or casual a blazer and chinos. Keep everything understated and put on your best smile. Choosing the right outfit to attend a summer wedding?


Wrinkle-free.

The secret to wrinkle-free shirts is a formaldehyde resin finish that stiffens fabric fibers — leading to holes, frays and texture damage from bends and chafing when resin-treated garments go through washing and drying. The net cost? You’d better buy two or three wrinkle-free shirts at a time because they only last half as long as traditional untreated garments. We’ve yet to wear a resin-coated garment that’s as comfortable as good old-fangled cotton with a crisp ironed finish.


Cold water savings.

Detergent chemists have come a long way since Fels Naptha and boiling water was the answer to dirty laundry. Most people still think hot or warm water gets clothes cleaner, but in fact all it does is add cost. Consumer Reports calculates you could save enough in energy costs to pay for 300 loads worth of detergent. Your clothes will last longer, too. Warmer water contributes to fading and can cause fabric shrinkage. Save the hot water for your shower.


Laundry overload.

Summer laundry. Towels, sports clothes, tennis whites and gardening jeans — seems like summer laundry’s never done. Just don’t overload your washer and hope everything will come out clean. Crammed full, the machine can’t properly agitate, rinse and spin your clothes. Run a load overnight and hang it on the line in the morning. Or let the pros do it. We inspect, pretreat for stains, launder with premium cleansers, and finish to your exacting standards.


Button, button.

Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Our staff will make repairs so you can keep wearing your favorites time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Let us know if you want to keep the original hem. And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on your specialty garments – our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.


Lemons in the laundry.

When life gives you lemons, there’s more than lemonade. The citric acid in lemon juice helps break down stains and brightens whites – instead of bleach, add a cup of lemon juice with your regular detergent. An old trick to remove rust stains still works better than chlorine. Moisten the rusty stain with lemon juice, then hold the stained area over a steaming tea kettle for a few minutes before laundering the garment as usual. Or leave the stain removal to our expert team.


Summer travel.

Travel plans for summer, big or small? Use plastic dry cleaning bags like tissue paper when you pack. Tuck the bags between your folded clothes to reduce wrinkling. They’re great to wrap around shoes, too. We’re happy to package your garments for travel, folded and individually wrapped in plastic or paper, ready to slip into the suitcase or garment bag.


Perfect linen.

Cool summer linen – let us know if you like your linen to stand up, a little starch goes a long way to create a crisp linen feel. Do you like the smooth soft feel instead? Our professional staff cleans and hand presses linen garments to maintain the structure but still soft and smooth to the touch. Not all linen shirts are the same, so remember to tell us your preference – we will keep your linen garments in the shape you like the best.


Happy Fourth of July.

Tomorrow we’re with our families and friends, celebrating our freedom, liberty and blessings. Happy Birthday America!


Hot dogged?

Yellow mustard is one of the toughest stains, so act fast if your sandwich squirts on you. Get it to us, pronto. Our stain experts will get the yellow spot out, and we never charge extra for regular stain removal. The sooner we get to work, the better your chance of stain removal. So celebrate national Hot Dog Month with the works: ketchup, relish, onions and a triple squirt of mustard.


Clean sneakers.

We all love the comfort of what we used to call tennis shoes. Now there’s a special shoe for every sport, including lounging and lazing. Most sneakers will clean nicely in the washing machine, tucked in with a load of towels. Take out the insoles and laces first, then rinse off the shoes before laundering. Pricey specialty shoes should be hand washed with a brush and mild soap. Stuff the damp shoes with clean paper towels and air dry.


Modal?

What’s modal? It’s a type of rayon made from beech tree fibers. This bio-based textile is very soft, ideal for underwear, bedding and towels, often blended with cotton. To clean modal, launder it like you would cotton, but avoid using chlorine bleach. Like cotton, remove from dryer while damp and iron out the inevitable wrinkles.


Wedding emergencies.

Even the best-laid plans can go awry. Double-sided tape, super glue and safety pins can rescue a dropped hem or slippery strap. Sticky zippers yield to a little candle wax rubbed into the teeth. Greasy makeup stains or lipstick can be blotted up with a stain removal wipe, then hidden with baby powder. The most important tip? Your guests won’t even notice a minor mishap. A wedding is a celebration, so have a good time. And bring your wedding finery to us on Monday for professional cleaning.


No more free pour.

Want your laundry to look dingy gray? Too much detergent will leave unrinsed soil in your garments and the over-sudsing will stress your machine’s pump and drain system. The manufacturers would love you to use more, but if you want clean clothes (at lower cost) stick with the minimum recommended amount, and use the measuring cup.


Après swim.

Beach wear care. Three easy tricks to get more swim from your suit. Before you jump in the sea, or the pool, take a shower and saturate your suit in fresh water. Pool and seawater can deteriorate stretchy fabrics and fade colors. Keep your creams and suntan products on skin and off swimwear. After the beach, rinse out salt, sand and sweat in fresh water, roll in a clean dry towel. Handwash at home in mild detergent and warm water. Be gentle and rinse well before air drying in the shade. Keep your swimwear in a cool, dry and ventilated place, ready for the next wave.


Cushion rescue.

Grimy patio or porch cushions? We may be able to help. Depending on the size, material and condition, our dry- and wet-cleaning experts can add another season’s use to your outdoor upholstery pillows, pads and cushions. Give us a call — we’ll do our best to remove the evidence of summers past.


Classic cotton.

Summer wouldn’t be nearly as comfortable without classic cotton. Breathable, long-lasting and easy to clean, cotton’s a staple for every wardrobe, from workwear to sportswear, casual to classy. Yes, cotton will wrinkle (we all do, after a few years) but a few laundry tricks can help. Try air drying cottons to avoid shrinkage and fading from hot dryers. Mist lightly with water before ironing for a crisp finish. Or let us delight you with dry cleaned or laundered cotton garments. We make chinos, golf shirts and jeans look crisp and fresh.


Bridal planning, 101.

Book early – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Visit a bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals. Is this a good time to mention we are very, very experienced with wedding gowns, alterations, formal wear and the inevitable last minute emergency. You can count on us for more than archival gown preservation after the event. Let’s get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your wedding plan.


Chino season.

Warm weather means chinos for most guys, dressed up with a white cotton shirt, dressed down with t-shirt or polo. Chinos come in colors way beyond khaki; we’re seeing classic blue, green, grey, brown and black. For a crisp tailored look, let us clean and press all your cotton trousers and shorts. For home care, wash chinos inside out in warm water without bleach. If the seams wrinkle, touch up with a steam iron. Then hang on a trouser hanger, ready for wear.


Collars and cuffs.

Time to take your business wear out of the closet for a bright-light inspection for signs of wear on collars, cuffs and pockets. Take a good look at the elbows, too. Shirts, sweaters and jackets take a beating at the elbow, even if you’re not a professional arm wrestler. Mark trouble spots with masking tape and bring everything to us — we can patch, mend and reinforce, remove stubborn stains and get your business clothes ready to make an even better impression.


Welcome summer.

Treat yourself to fresh laundered and pressed summer wear. We finish knits like polo shirts and cotton sweaters to perfection. We add crisp and clean to every wardrobe. Have an accident? Most summer stains are no match for our professional-strength laundry products and machinery, especially on whites. Here’s to warm weather and summer fun.


Sustain your investment.

The added wearability you get from professional cleaning is actually a benefit to the environment. Every extra use you get from a garment reduces your need to buy a new one, and keeps it out of the rag heap or landfill. Our gentle cleaning and laundry procedures add life and comfort to your wardrobe, preventing shrinking and fading and extending the value of your investment.


Workout wear.

Gym clothes made with high-performance fabrics require special treatment. Never let damp workout wear sit in your gym bag. Hang it to dry or, better yet, throw it in the washer pronto. Wash with cold water (always follow care tag instructions) with unscented detergent. Extra chemicals, like perfume or fabric softeners, can clog the high-tech fibers and reduce wicking and antimicrobial performance. When your workout wear stops smell-fighting or sun-blocking, time to replace. More details here.


Wearable tech.

New photochromic inks react to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Outdoors, your t-shirt is decorated with a bright colorful design, indoors, it fades back to subtlety. New York research studio The Crated teamed up with Print All Over Me to create a collection including baseball cap, t-shirt and backback. They predict garments in the future that change appearance depending on your mood, activity level or just plain old exposure to sunlight.


Wedding plans?

Here’s Violet Weddings, a new website that helps you build a theme that’s right for you, your schedule and your budget. Beautiful, wonderful weddings don’t always just fall together, although we’ve heard some amazing stories. You may have lots of time now, but the closer to the ceremony, there will be an infinite barrage of details. Don’t forget your best friends in the cleaning business. We make sure everything fits perfectly, looks perfect and is ready for archival storage after the celebration.


Hanging out.

If you’re lucky enough to enjoy an outdoor clothesline, there are a few tricks to drying laundry outdoors. Shake damp laundry to smooth out wrinkles before hanging. Dry shirts on hangers for crease-free results, ready for touchup ironing. Hang pants by the bottom hem. That’s the way to hang t-shirts and polos, too. Hang “departments” of like items to make sorting and folding go faster. Splurge on good wooden clothespins and don’t forget to wipe down the clothesline when it gets grimy.


Stowing away winter leathers.

Everything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter weather conditions. Shoes and boots should be wiped with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.


Sustain your investment.

The added wearability you get from professional cleaning is actually a benefit to the environment. Every extra use you get from a garment reduces your need to buy a new one, and keeps it out of the rag heap or landfill. Our gentle cleaning and laundry procedures add life and comfort to your wardrobe, preventing shrinking and fading and extending the value of your investment.


Silk scarves

are always in style, and proper care will add years of life and wear. There’s nothing as luxurious as silk, or as delicate to clean. You can hand wash and press at home, but the experts recommend dry cleaning to avoid color loss, fabric damage or dye transfer, especially for crinkled (plissé) or brocades. To get the most from your investment, avoid bright sunlight – it will fade your scarf. Keep your makeup and perfume on your skin, not on your scarf. Always allow a scarf recovery time between wearings.


Greener and cleaner.

Spring’s a great time to change habits for a cleaner, healthier environment. Start by cutting down on water waste with shorter showers, full loads of laundry and dishes, filtered water instead of bottled. Repair and recycle appliances, furniture and clothing. Instead of tossing (eventually into a landfill) repair worn heels, replace zippers or restitch a sagging hem. We do more than clean – we can help keeping your wardrobe repaired, fitted and functional. And please, bring your wire hangers back for recycling.


Thrifting, part 2

Know your brands and remember that big names like Givenchy license their name for low quality mass-market garments. Avoid synthetics in vintage clothing and just skip anything made in the third world. With few exceptions, there’s no reason to buy used clothing that was made to be low cost. Speaking of cost, use your smartphone to check prices on eBay before you invest. And double-check tricky labels, there’s a world of difference between Brioni and Baroni. Happy hunting!


How to thrift, part 1

Know your fit and know what can be successfully altered. Carpe item. In other words, grab it when you find it. Time your visits to take advantage of thrift store stocking schedules. Look for damage. Hold it up to natural light and check for spots, holes and stains. Then try it on to make triple sure it fits. We can remove musty smells and wrinkles, and fine-tune the fit to make your new find an old favorite.


“A well-tied tie…

is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for “Living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait, or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckware to like-new condition.


Salt and slush.

For some of the lucky ones, that might be a margarita order.  For the rest of us, winter isn’t so kind. If you slogged through winter snowbanks or slushy curbs your cuffs, coats and hems picked up more than frosty dew. Urban winter brings a special mix of grime, salt, road dirt and grit that can soak in and leave a mess. We have years of experience removing the soils of winter on everything from cashmere to cotton and know how to remove the salt, the splash and the stain.


When is dry-cleaning the best choice?

When to throw it in the washer and when to give it to us? Convenience and quality aside, there are situations when dry cleaning simply is the best choice: Acetate, rayon or silk, leather or fur garments or trim, tricky to iron, structured or tailored with interfacing, specially finished, stiffened garments. The number one reason to trust it to us – your garment is expensive, fragile or special. We do it all, from dungarees to designer.


Lose years and pounds with new secret cleaning process!

Don’t we all wish it wasn’t just April Fool’s! There’s nothing magical we can do to make you skinnier. We can do a lot to make sure you look your best in clothing that’s spotless and crisp. Our tailors alter and adjust fit and our finishers, crease, press and steam to bring fabrics to like-new condition. We’re not fooling when we say we help you look your best. No secrets, no tricks. Just the magic of everyday hard work, cheerful service and years of experience.


Spring cleaning the bedrooms.

The next sunny day’s a good time to strip off winter bedding and clean pillows, comforters/duvets, quilts and blankets. Our commercial-size machines treat your fine bedding gently and we press and finish to perfection with professional equipment. Now’s a perfect time to clean everything before storing winter heavyweights.


Getting the most from your cleaner.

Our expert service starts when we tag and inspect your laundry – we look for stains, tears, broken buttons, snagged zippers. You can help by telling us (or marking with masking tape) trouble spots and stains. Our stain removal expertise is always enhanced when we know what caused the problem so we can use the correct pretreatment. And remember, stains only get worse with time so make sure we get to work on it as soon as possible.


Silky secrets.

Protect your investment in top-quality silk, from lingerie to neckwear, this luxury favorite can be ruined easily. Simply rubbing a spot or stain can remove color, friction from a dry napkin will dull the fabric’s luster. Wiping with water or club soda add more damage like color bleed and fiber abrasion. So when gravy spots your power tie or champagne bubbles on to the crêpe de Chine, stay calm and blot with a clean white cloth. And we’ll do the rest


Spring cleaning early?

Start with the closets. Review your collection of winter wear and donate everything you didn’t use this year. Now inspect the keepers for damage, stains and wear. Mark problem areas with masking tape and we’ll repair, clean and press everything before it goes into storage for the season. Ask about seasonal storage and non-plastic packaging.


Wondering…

what to do with bulky winter blankets until next winter? Bring them to us – professional cleaning of down, wool, and silk household items will help them last for years, and the breathable bags we return them in are perfect for easy closet or attic storage.


Miracle microfiber.

If you haven’t upgraded to a microfiber dust cloth, you’re working too hard. The intricate weave of thin polyster and nylon fibers creates millions of edges to trap dust and grime held in place by static. We use microfiber cloths to clean everything from eyeglasses to dashboards, for wet and dry cleaning.


Skip ahead.

Spring forward this Sunday. You’ll lose an hour to Daylight Savings but you can make up for it with our time-saving cleaning and laundry services. Whether we pick up and deliver or serve you from our counter, let us take care of your all your household linens and garment cleaning and ironing. You’ll always look your best.


Fabric softeners —

a little goes a long way. Related to soap, fabric softeners coat laundry with a waxy lubricant that lets the fibers slide past each other, reducing wrinkling and softening scratchiness. They also make napped fibers stand on end for fluffiness and reduce static cling caused by tumbling in the dryer. Over time, the waxy coating can create a dingy look and reduce absorbency in towels and sports fabrics designed to wick body moisture. For whiter whites and brighter colors, use a high-performance laundry detergent (like we use every day) and skip the softener.


Corduroy…

is an old-school favorite for comfort and warmth. To protect the pile, launder corduroy garments inside out, following care instruction labels to a tee. Iron inside out while still damp, then turn right side out and smooth the pile in the right direction with a soft cloth. Even easier? Bring your corduroy to us for expert cleaning and finishing.


Save the shoes!

Winter can be rough on footwear (unless you’re wearing flip flops year round) and foul weather, deicer and dirty slush take a toll. When shoes or boots get wet, let them air dry at room temperature before stowing. Wipe stained areas with a damp terry cloth to remove soil and break up any rings. Thoroughly air dry before polishing or waterproofing.


Starched or soft?

Shirts can go both ways – let us know if you like a lot or a little starch for crispness. Or do you like a smooth softer feel instead? Our professionals launder and press shirts and blouses with the finish you like best. Not all shirts are the same, so remember to tell us your preference when bringing them to us.


“Mommy Dearest” had a thing about wire hangers.

Did you know 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in landfills every year? When your closet gets overwhelmed, resist the urge to toss wire hangers into the trash or recycling – return them to us. We can reuse them or recycle the steel to greatly reduce carbon impact. Help us sustain the Earth while you sustain closet space – one small step that can result in a huge ecological impact.


Friday the thirteenth.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Sounds like one of those old-fashioned cleaning fluids that left an oily residue, stale smell and ecological repercussions. Rest assured and fear not, we’re cleaning your clothes with the cleanest, safest and least-toxic products available. After all, you should be able to trust your cleaners to be green, clean and responsible. Now we can’t do anything to improve your luck today, but we can make sure you look your best, everyday.


The jean jacket.

The denim coat was first seen on 19th century Japanese firemen, marked with bold indigo symbols. By the end of the century, Industrial Revolution factory workers wore blue jackets, source of the phrase “blue collar.” In 1905, Levi’s “Type I” was the choice for rugged workwear. By the 1950’s, Brando, Presley and those crazy beatniks made denim cool. And denim jackets continue to be casual favorites, made better by age and wear. Our care experts can recommend cleaning options that won’t remove the patina.


Club soda, pros and cons.

The stain removing “magic” of club soda works part of the time for part of the stains. It never works on grease or oil. Greasy stains look absorbed and have no “ring.” Never use club soda on fine fabrics like silks. The dyes may bleed and run. Splashing club soda on wine, coffee or colored sodas will loosen and dilute the stain. Blot – never rub – to prevent the stain from bleeding into surrounding areas. And bring the garment to us as soon as possible.


Save the memories.

Everyone has an heirloom item made of fabric. Wedding gowns are such popular heirlooms we offer special preservation services. But the same careful cleaning and archival storage can benefit any textile. Grandmother’s lace tablecloth, Dad’s letter jacket or uniform, antique tapestries or christening gowns. We’ve seen it all and can recommend the right procedures and products to preserve your treasure.


Superbowl Sunday.

It’s time for TV snacks and Superbowl is the ultimate party food event for fans everywhere. We can’t help with the outcome, but we can help get the stains out from salsa explosions, wing sauce drips or out of bounds cheese dip. Don’t give up on stains and spills – no matter who wins the game we can help clean up afterward. You know who we are cheering for, it’s our customers! Go Hawks, Go Patriots, Go Fans!


Watch for wear.

Dress shirts, especially often-worn favorites, can show signs of aging after twenty or thirty wearings. Check your cuffs and collars for signs of wear. If you see darkness at the edges, you’re seeing the interfacing through worn fabric. Don’t forget the elbows. Thinning fabric that’s been stressed by elbow bending can tear or burst, never at a convenient time. You can trust our shirt laundry to keep your business wear working for you as long as possible.


Love your Uggs.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Ugg boots are here to stay and keeping the soft suede clean can be a challenge. If your boots are smelly, be sure they’re always dry after wear – crumple newspapers to absorb the damp and add baking soda to neutralize any odors. A suede brush can remove surface grime; use a damp cloth to finish. Never wet the leather and always stuff damp boots with socks or newspapers to preserve the shape. For near-miraculous cleaning and restoration, trust us with your snuggly Uggs along with all your leather and suede.


Ruffles and flourishes.

Wondering how to make a dress look as good as it did when you bought it? A trip through your washing machine simply removes crisp details like ruffles and pleats. Even careful home ironing can’t get them back with the risk of scorch from high heat. We not only have the latest pressing and finishing equipment, but our staff specialists always add the professional’s finishing touch, the perfect crease, without iron marks or shiny patches.


Hand-washable in the machine?

Most washing machines have a Delicate setting, some go so far as to label it Hand Washables. When the care label calls for hand washing, it’s calling for gentle squeezing rather than machine agitation to minimize stretching and mis-shaping. If the label says delicate or gentle machine washing, the garment will stand up to longer, more active laundering. Any time you want to reduce agitation and stress on the garment structure, use a net “lingerie” bag. Or skip the extra steps and bring your delicate sweaters and garments to our experts. We provide gentle care, every day.


Hanger humps.

We’ve all seen sweaters with humped shoulders from incorrect hanging. Sweaters and knits should be folded and hung over the padded hanger bar. Better yet, stored flat on a shelf or in a cedar-lined drawer. The weight of the fabric pulls and stretches, even while wearing. Hump not: we can get garments blocked back into shape as part of cleaning.


Extend garment life.

Contrary to some beliefs, frequent dry cleaning actually prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, but ground-in dirt and soil can act as an abrasive, causing rapid wear of fibers. In storage, insects are attracted to soiled clothes (particularly to food or drink stains) and will eat holes in the fabric. Home ironing, or over-pressing, can cause a flattened glazed appearance on some fabric, especially gabardine. We’re very careful to use best practices for pressing and press maintenance here in the shop. Our finishing adds so much to the wearability of your garment.


Women dress for work.

In our lifetimes, we’ve seen women’s workplace attire move from conservative jacketed suits to denim and t-shirts. For a pictorial history showing how fashion has changed since women started office work, Mashable’s photo story shows the shift from crinoline hoops to thumb rings and tattoos. One thing will never change and that’s a woman’s desire to look her best, whether she’s chairing the board or changing the oil. You can count on us to help with everything from loose buttons to changing hemlines, coffee stains to crisp pleats. When you look good, so do we.