Before you stow away your warm winter items, make sure they’re thoroughly clean. Down items can often be home laundered, but woolen or cashmere overcoats and scarves definitely need dry cleaning. Don’t forget your footwear—salt stains can ruin expensive leather. White vinegar mixed one to one with water can remove salt: dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and rub vigorously into the stain until all traces of salt are removed. When completely dry, rub in a small amount of leather conditioner to prevent dullness or cracking.
Anything 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.
Get a jump-start on spring cleaning — bring us all your bulky bedding – we specialize in cleaning and preparing for safe storage. Our professional staff will make sure your downs, wools and silks are ready for next winter’s storms.
Are you getting bogged down by a never-ending pile of household laundry? We offer fast and affordable fluff and fold service. Towels, sheets, kid’s clothes and more – spend your precious time where it counts – and let us do the dirty work in our large-capacity washers. And don’t forget to ask us for an easy reusable laundry bag – once it’s full, drop it off with your normal dry-cleaning!
Start with 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 in non-plastic packaging.
Winter boots can serve for many years, but proper care will extend their wearable life. Clean them often with a brush to dried-on soil. Store them upright, using boot trees to avoid creases. Use a boot dryer when they get soaked, never prop them next to a heat source. Oil the leather regularly, especially the seams. And ask us our recommendations for professional boot care advice.
Start the year by clearing the old — Toss last year’s beat-up bag; 86 any undergarment with holes or stains; saggy sweaters; not-right jeans; trophy shoes (you know the ones) and anything you’ll never wear again. Donate what’s usable, recycle what you can and say hello to a fresh start.
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.
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.
“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.