Is there anything better than receiving a hand-written thank you note? Here at Crest Cleaners, we love doing a small part to help those out who are trying to help themselves. The staff at Crest Cleaners want to thank Vic for the very nice letter he wrote. We are hoping the best for Vic and his family.
No they can’t.
Whether it’s a new garment or a treasured, well worn garment, everyone hates it when they spill something on their clothing. We understand and will always use our best efforts to make that accident go away. Sometimes it’s very easy and sometimes not! Either way, we have the professional expertise to do the job. Successful stain removal depends largely on the nature of the stain, the type of fabric, and the colorfastness of the dye. Some fabrics and dyes simply will not withstand the use of stain removal chemicals.
Visit any of our eleven locations and redeem a coupon and save on your dry cleaning!
- $3.00 off orders $12.00 or more
- $4.00 off orders $16.00 or more
- One shirt laundered FREE when you bring in 4 or more.
You must bring in a printed copy of the coupon with an incoming order to receive the discount. Offer expires April 10, 2017. Limit 1 coupon per order.
Crest Cleaners had a wonderful time co-hosting the Toys for Kids Drive this past Christmas season. The Viera Voice featured us and WAOA’s Toys for Kids drive this month in Crest Cleaners in Viera Hosts Radio Show, Toy Drive.
We were happy to host The Timmy Vee Show with local radio station WAOA-FM, who started the non-profit group Toys for Kids in 1995 to serve families in need. Over 20,000 toys were collected directly and 6,000 through drop-off locations like Crest Cleaners. Eleven of our locations served as drop-off points for toys, including the Viera spot at 5525 Porada Drive.
We really enjoy participating year after year at all of our locations, and seeing the community’s generosity. – Keith Houston
Even though the toy drop offs begin after Thanksgiving and end in December, the organization accepts donations year-round. For more information, visit Toysforkidsbrevard.org.
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Too much detergent
Counter-intuitively, more soap does not make for cleaner clothes. Rather, it can make them grimier as he soap residue fades colour and attracts more dirt. It can also lead to bacteria build-up in the machine and on clothes, especially in areas where the excess soap holds dirt and doesn’t get washed away, like pleats or collars. Detergent build-up even encourages odor.
Leaving wet clothes in the machine
It can not only lead to stinky clothes and a smelly machine, it can allow mildew to start forming, which can trigger an allergy or asthma attack.
You’d have to leave your clothes sitting wet in the washer for about 24 hours before mildew is likely to start forming. But, for smells’ sake, it’s best to remove clothes from the machine as soon as you can. If you don’t have time to hang them out, try placing them in a plastic basket in a ventilated area or at very least open the washing machine door to let air in.
Overloading your machine
It is tempting to clean your basket full of clothes in one fell swoop to save on time. But, it means the “cleaning” part isn’t really effective and it can also damage the machine. To clean successfully, clothes have to be able to move around inside the drum, so that water and detergent can distribute evenly, lift stains and shake the dirt free. When you overload your machine, you cramp its style in this sense and also strain its suspension and bearings from overwork.
Does club soda really work on spills? Everyone “knows” club soda is the ultimate remedy for instant stain removal, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Our 107-year-old professional trade association, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), recently completed an in-depth study of the merits of club soda versus plain old water in stain removal, and as members, we’re pleased to share their findings. The short answer is “yes” club soda can be a big help in the short term, but “no” it is not the end-all, be-all stain removal miracle it is made out to be.
When applied immediately to 10 commonplace food stains DLI tested, both club soda and water removed anywhere from some to most of the stain. However, neither treatment will completely remove the stains and if left untreated the remaining stain residues can become permanent stains over time or when the garment is cleaned. On the 10 common spills that DLI’s stain removal experts used for the test, they found that after blotting a spill with either club soda or water some or most visible traces of the substance were removed; however, an analysis under ultraviolet light showed that at least a portion of nearly every stain remained after club soda or water was used.
Therefore, although it is best to try and rinse out the stain with water immediately after contact with the clothing, it is then also advisable to take the garment to a professional cleaner who can completely remove the last traces. Point out to the cleaner the area of the stain, the type of staining substance, and what attempts you made to reduce the initial spillage. If this is not done as soon as possible, the invisible remaining residue can oxidize over time and leave a permanent discoloration later, which in many cases on some fabrics cannot be removed.
For Best Results, Act Fast When it comes time to remove the stain, the chances are greatly increased if club soda (or water) is used to rinse the stain before it dries. After it dries the degree of effectiveness drops considerably. In a coffee stain, for example, there may be sugar residue present that you may not be able to see, but it can carmelize during the drying or pressing processes, leaving a yellowish stain. A stain removal expert can remove this residue if he or she knows the stain was there in the first place. It is always recommended that customers mention any spills or attempts to remove stains at the counter. This way we will be better prepared to restore your garment to a like-new appearance.
There are also some stains that club soda actually makes worse. Ballpoint ink is almost always made up of water and solvent components. If water or club soda is used to remove this kind of stain, it could set the stain permanently into the fabric. So, with ballpoint stains, it is best to leave them to the professional stain removers.
Club soda or water will hold the stain off until you can get the garment to a cleaner: we can usually remove the stains completely if you bring it in without delay.
We want to keep you updated on our stores and information that may impact you and your dry cleaning needs.
The following store closed on May 31, 2014.
1242 Dixon Blvd.
Cocoa, FL 32922
If you had any clothes that were at that store they are available for pick up at 30 S. Fiske Blvd. in Cocoa or you can call 321.636.0473 for more information.
We also have a new store opening sometime in June. The new location is 5525 Porada Drive, Unit 101 in Melbourne. It will include seamstress and drive-thru services. Check back for more information for grand opening dates.
You can always check in for the latest information about your favorite Crest Cleaners by checking out our Facebook page.
Preservation: Many dry cleaners specialize in the preservation of wedding gowns, christening gowns, and other family heirlooms. Preservation is a special type of storage that helps prolong the life of a garment for years and years. Cleaners often say that they aren’t just preserving a customer’s garment, they’re preserving a memory.
Quality: This is what dry cleaning experts should provide and you should expect from them. Accept no less.
Restoration: In addition to preservation, dry cleaners may specialize in the restoration of old wedding gowns, heirloom items, and antique textiles. These items often are very delicate and require great care. Restoration specialists have the expertise to take in these items, although the level they can restore them to depends on their condition at the time they are brought in. It is not uncommon, though, for a cleaner to restore a wedding gown originally worn by a bride-to-be’s grandmother well enough that the bride can wear it in her own wedding.
Stain removal: Dry cleaners use complex procedures and special stain removal chemicals to remove stains. Stains are divided into two major categories: solvent-soluble stains and water-soluble stains. Different stains require different treatments, which stain removal technicians are trained to administer. Why risk a disaster using an over-the-counter “all-purpose” stain removal product or trying a “home remedy” when you could rely on your drycleaner’s expert stain removal abilities?
Technology: Dry cleaners are on top of the latest cleaning and fabric technologies.
Upholstery: Dry cleaning professionals aren’t just clothes care specialists, they are textile care specialists. Some cleaners will even come into your home if you’d like to clean the upholstery of your couch, chairs, and other furniture. These cleaners have special, portable equipment that allows them to clean upholstery and draperies.
Value: A good value is what dry cleaners provide their customers through quality work, excellent customer service, and the extra free time to do the things they’d rather be doing instead of washing and ironing clothes.
Wetcleaning: Wetcleaning is a gentle form of cleaning that cleaners may choose to process sensitive textiles such as wool, silk, rayon, and linen. It gives dry cleaners more flexibility in processing items that may not withstand a dry cleaning process or that have soils that would be better removed in water. For example, many items, such as wedding gowns, are often trimmed with plastic beads or sequins that may dissolve or discolor in dry cleaning but generally perform well in wetcleaning. Items with large water-soluble stains are also more likely to come clean in a wetcleaning process.
eXtend the life of your garments: Contrary to the belief of some, frequent cleaning does not damage clothes. Frequent cleaning extends the life of a garment by removing stains and ground-in dirt and soils.
Yellowing: Frequent cleaning removes stains that, if left untreated, could oxidize and cause yellowing. Exposure to heat or the passage of time can cause stains from food, beverages, and other oily substances to oxidize and turn yellow or brown, much the way a peeled apple turns brown after exposure to air. Once they become yellow or brown, these stains become much more difficult to remove and often cannot be removed.
Zip in and out: That’s how long it takes you to drop off and pick up your dry cleaning. Again, convenience is paramount to good dry cleaning.
Inspection: Before they return a garment to you, quality dry cleaners conduct an inspection to make sure your order has met their own and your expectations. If they spot a problem, the garment gets sent back to receive further attention. Safeguards like this help ensure that your clothes will look their best when you come to pick them up.
Just right: That’s how your clothes will look when you pick them up from your dry cleaning professional.
Knowledge of fabrics and fashions: You may know what rayon, silk, and cotton are, but what about angora, faille or seersucker? There are numerous fabrics and fibers that dry cleaners must know about in order to care best for the clothes they receive. Each fabric can respond positively or negatively depending on the treatment administered.
Laundry: Dry cleaning professionals also have commercial laundry departments where they process shirts, cotton pants, and other items. With the convenience and superior level of pressing that comes with commercial laundry, it won’t just be your dry clean-only clothes that look like a million bucks. Your business casual and casual attire will look their best, too.
Moths, safeguards from: Clean clothes are the first step to preventing moth and other insect damage. Insects can damage clothes either directly or indirectly. Direct damage is caused by a group of insects feeding directly on a fabric. Indirect damage is caused when insects feed on spilled food or perspiration on the fabric. Moths attack the garment directly, especially wool and wool blends. Some cleaners provide mothproofing as a service. Mothproofing is a chemical treatment given to fabrics that provides protection from insects without leaving the objectionable odors that mothballs do.
Neckties: Ties are often made of delicate fabrics (such as silk) and require special care. Whether you’ve spilled gravy on your favorite tie or are just looking to spruce it up, a high-quality dry cleaner is best equipped to clean it.
Odor removal: Some dry cleaning establishments specialize in odor removal and flood and fire restoration of water- or smoke-damaged items. These dry cleaners use ozone generators to do an ozone treatment. The contact between ozone and the odors embedded in the textiles causes oxidation to reoccur, resulting in the elimination of the odors and the release of oxygen. This is a safe and effective process.
What are the benefits of dry cleaning?
Alterations: Professional dry cleaners are full-service clothing care specialists. Alterations are one of the many services they may offer in addition to dry cleaning your clothes.
Buttons: Dry cleaners repair loose buttons or sew on new ones, if necessary.
Convenience: All you have to do is drop your clothes off and pick them up. Your dry cleaner takes care of the rest. Why waste hours doing laundry and ironing when you get quality and convenience with dry cleaning?
Dry cleaning, the process itself: Dry cleaning uses fluids to remove soils and stains from fabrics. Among the advantages of dry cleaning is its ability to dissolve grease and oils in a way that water cannot. Natural fibers such as wools and silks dry clean beautifully, but can shrink, distort, and lose color when washed in water. Synthetic fibers like polyester also respond well to dry cleaning, whereas they can retain oily stains after washing. Dry cleaning helps to return garments to a “like-new” condition using precautions to prevent shrinkage, loss of color, and change of texture or finish.
Expertise: From fashions and fabrics to stain removal to the latest cleaning technologies, dry cleaners have the expertise to clean your clothes right. Why do it yourself or settle for a second-rate job from a so-called “home dry cleaning kit” when you could trust it to an expert?
Finishing: Thanks to special pressing equipment, professional finishing gives garments a crisp, wrinkle-free, like-new appearance that can’t be beat. There are no rumples or creases out of place. Plus, by taking your clothes to the dry cleaner, you don’t have to spend your weekend standing over an ironing board and a hot iron.
Garment storage: Have you got too many clothes and too little space? Some cleaners provide garment storage for out-of-season items. The garments are stored in a vault, which offers protection from insects, fire, burglary, flood, and mildew damage. Furs used to be the primary storage item, but today dry cleaners receive woolens, household items, and other items to store as well.
Household textiles: Dry cleaners don’t just clean clothes. Many dry cleaners also process household items such as blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, rugs, and even upholstery and draperies.