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Benefits of Professional Dry Cleaning – part 1

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 […]

Clean Ideas: End-of-Summer Cleanup

Tips for getting things ready for storage Before you get caught up in all the back-to-school activities, spend some end-of-summer time returning items to their best possible state before you store them away. This will prove to be a time saver when you want to use them again next spring. Musty beach towels: Launder, using […]

How to clean sleeping bags

Sleeping bags can usually be washed, but because many contain down or fiber filling, you should always check the care instructions before cleaning. Sleeping bags should be washed separately on a gentle cycle. Add detergent to the washer and partially fill with warm water. Submerge the sleeping bag in the water to expel air, then […]

Drying Pointers

Drying is just as important as washing, and though many of us simply toss the wet clothing into the dryer, there are ways to improve your look and protect your wardrobe. When it comes time to dry your next load, try following these easy steps to get less wrinkles, shorter drying times, and safer drying. […]

Making Laundry Easier – One Load at a Time

Laundry is a chore that must be done one way or another. Unfortunately many people haven’t read the manuals for their home laundry machines and have inherited some bad habits that have been passed down from generation to generation. Here are some common mistakes you can avoid to get your clothes their cleanest so they’ll […]

Caring for your wedding gown

May and June are the traditional wedding months, particularly in the United States. A wedding gown is much more than just a dress, it is a treasure, a symbol of an important event in your life. Whether you are borrowing it from a relative or buying it new, your gown deserves your attention, both before […]

Does frequent dry cleaning shorten the life of a garment?

On the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects are attracted to soils such as food, beverages, feces, perspiration, and oils from hair on […]

Keeping blankets looking and feeling great!

Blankets are essential items in every home. Blanket composition ranges from synthetic to natural fibers; from non-woven to woven fabrics; and from neutral colors to exotic prints. Caring for non-electric blankets:  At some point in time, most blankets will need to be cleaned. It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning blankets. Although […]

Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild bleach

Did you know that Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to remove stains on clothing and other items?  It is not safe on all colors but it is safe on most fabrics.  When in doubt, always test an area to see if any color change/fading will occur.  Peroxide is good for removing blood, old yellow stains and […]

Coffee Stains Can Be Sneaky

Some sneaky stains can be a real head scratcher for us if we are working with incomplete information. You may not realize it, but some stains can be made up of compound elements beyond just the obvious presumed cause of the problem. Coffee stains, for example, often contain milk or other additives, making the stain […]

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